How do think tanks matter in Japan?
Past, present, and the future

[Date] Thursday, February 28, 2019, 10:00-12:00
[Venue] SMBC Academia Hall, 4F, International Academic Research Building, Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo MAP
[Organized by] Policy Alternatives Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
[Co-organized by] Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, The University of Tokyo
[Language] English

There is a growing call for evidence-based policy in various policy areas. The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with their 169 targets and 232 indicators, embody such thinking. Think tanks play a key role in producing and communicating policy-relevant knowledge and evidence to policymakers and stakeholders. In this workshop, we invite Dr. James McGann, a leading scholar on the role of think tanks in public policy and creator and editor of the authoritative, annual Global Go To Think Tank Index. We will discuss the global trends and lessons for Japan's policy institutions.


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10:00-10:05 Opening Remarks by Prof. Kiichi Fujiwara, Director, Policy Alternatives Research Institute
10:05-10:45 Keynote Speech by Dr. James McGann, Senior lecturer of International Studies at the Lauder Institute, Director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, Senior fellow, Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania
10:45-10:55 Q & A
10:55-11:55 Panel Discussion moderated by Prof. Kiichi Fujiwara
Comment by Dr. Makiko Ueno, Director, the Urban Community Research Center for Asia
Comment by Prof.Hiroshi Naka, Professor, Policy Alternatives Research Institute,The University of Tokyo
11:55-12:00 Closing Remarks by Prof. Kiichi Fujiwara
12:00 adjournment

This event is supported in part by a JST-RISTEX SciREX project, "Research on description and interpretation of evidence in policy process"