Gender dynamics in the post-pandemic future of work
The Australian Women’s Working Futures (AWWF) Project is a two-wave survey designed to understand the attitudes of young women and men aged 40 and under about their working futures.
Mitigating global fragmentation in digital trade governance: a case study
Digital trade is growing rapidly, and regulators are trying to keep up. This paper looks at how five leading digital economies are using regional trade agreements to address regulatory concerns at the same time as enhancing trade.
Digital campaigning and political finance in the Asia and the Pacific region
Drawing on insights from Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan and Kyrgyzstan, this report connects the global decline of democracies to digital disruption and calls for strengthened regulatory frameworks along with its enforcement to prevent monied interests and hidden actors from influencing the outcome of democratic elections.
US midterms 2022: the stakes for Australia and the alliance
Regardless of the outcome of the mid-term elections in the United States, the new Congress ultimately will both enable and constrain the policy-making necessary to execute lofty US and allied goals as the era of strategic competition continues unabated. The authors of this survey report...
Japan’s security strategy
This report demonstrates the extraordinary proactivity of Japan towards issues of regional order-building, security and defence policy, and military capability development, and teases out the implications for Australia as a closely aligned partner.
Shaping the future of small and medium-sized cities: a framework for digital transformation
At present, the digitalisation level of small and medium-sized cities (SMCs) varies greatly in different regions of the world and at different economic levels. This report examines the challenges of digital transformation in SMCs from four viewpoints - society, economy, governance and environment.
Influencing states' policy and practice on the protection of civilians
This briefing note explores the current practice of international humanitarian organisations in seeking to influence states on their policy and practice regarding the protection of civilians in armed conflict. It considers what factors are inhibiting and enabling these organisations’ influence on states, and sets out...
Reimagining the Japan relationship
This report suggests a new way for Australia to think about Japan, and what is needed to build the institutional support and infrastructure that is necessary for a deepening relationship.
Roadmap to Quad success: practical recommendations for action and sustainability
In the lead up to the next Leaders’ Summit, this paper argues that the Quad should refine its efforts to better signal intentions, build credibility and deliver regional public goods.
A Quad partnership to secure battery value chains
This paper argues that the new role for renewable energy systems will demand a rapid transformation in the global battery industry. Battery demand is expected to increase dramatically in coming years, as a greater share of renewables in the energy mix requires significant build-out of...
Out of sight, out of mind: impacts of Japanese use of Australian coal
With collaboration between Japanese and Australian communities, progress is possible to reduce the damage caused by coal mining in Australia and coal consumption in Japan. The aim of this report is to support this collaboration.
Advancing the Australia-US-Japan infrastructure partnership through private sector engagement
This report examines the Australia-US-Japan infrastructure partnership, identifies the remaining barriers to public-private infrastructure partnerships, and recommends solutions for government.
Innovation quality and global collaborations: insights from Japan
Japan allocates more resources on research and development and files more patent applications than the U.S. and Germany. However, the quality of Japanese innovation severely lags compared to these two nations. This working paper digs deeper into this finding to identify possible policy actions that...
Six-country survey on COVID-19
This paper provides a data set for public use of roughly 6,000 individuals in six countries relating to beliefs about the pandemic, behaviour change, work and living situations, income, and exposure to the virus, socio-demographic characteristics and pre-pandemic health characteristics.
New Zealand and Japan: to our future
This report explores ways for New Zealand and Japan to enhance their economic and cultural relationship.
Socialising parking: public opportunities via regulated market approaches
Market-based car parking policy is one of key fulcrums of transformational change towards sustainable and ethical urban futures. This paper examines parking policy approaches in Japanese cities that might broaden the possibilities of parking approaches and the urban relations they (re)produce.
Hytrojan - is hydrogen the next “clean coal”?
Hydrogen power has been heralded as a game changer in the global transition to low-carbon energy. This paper identifies serious concerns with hydrogen demand projections, regularly cited by state and federal governments, energy experts and industry figures, which overstate potential export demand.
Implementing the Indo-Pacific: Japan’s region building initiatives
This special report examines Japan’s role in the evolving Indo-Pacific regional order. This report brings together a diverse mix of authors, with a variety of perspectives, to offer analysis of the opportunities and challenges facing Japan’s economic, security, and diplomatic role in the Indo-Pacific.
Between Japan and Southeast Asia: Australia and US–China economic rivalry
The Chinese party-state certainly has a well-earned reputation for coercing states economically when they aren’t aligned with it on issues that it deems at any given time to be of particular importance.
The future of women at work: transitions in the age of automation
The report is part of the McKinsey Global Institute’s research program on the future of work, and it focuses on how the growing adoption and diffusion of automation and artificial intelligence technologies is likely to affect women in the workforce.
Exit from aid: an analysis of donor experiences
This report considers the approaches taken by development partners when transitioning and exiting from bilateral aid programs. It features case studies of Australia, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Japan – a leader of quality infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific
This report outlines how Japan’s concept of “quality infrastructure” comprises economic efficiency, inclusiveness, safety and resilience, sustainability, convenience and amenities. It argues that the enhanced prosperity of the Indo-Pacific is best served by cooperative efforts of countries throughout the region and a shift in rhetoric...
Policy of cultural affairs in Japan (Fiscal 2018)
This policy outlines the basic principles and strategies used in the Agency for Cultural Affairs. It introduces the foundations of cultural administration, promotion strategies for different sectors in the cultural and creative industries, and several case studies.
Summary of the second World Circular Economy Forum: 22-24 October 2018
The second World Circular Economy Forum 2018 (WCEF2018) took place from 22-24 October 2018, in Yokohama, Japan. The world’s biggest global gathering on circular economy solutions brought together more than 1,100 leading experts and decision-makers from more than eighty countries to discuss their future visions.
The circular economy: an explainer
This explainer provides an overview of the circular economy concept, what it looks like and why it’s being talked about. It also discusses recent research and developments in the circular economy space, and some of the challenges that may arise in its implementation.