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The G-SEC has set up Core Research Subjects for specific research issues on which there will be special focus. Each research project under the umbrella of the Core Research Subjects is implemented systematically and strategically.

°¶Studies on Global Innovation Systems
°¶Global Health Security
°¶Studies on Global Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
°¶Comparative Studies on Cyber Security Initiatives

°¶Studies on Asian Security System°ŕFinished°Ř
°¶Studies on Emerging Crises for Human Security °ŕFinished°Ř

The G-SEC is ready to cope with the projects in a flexible manner, under the umbrella of the Core Research Subjects, including the reviewing of existing projects and the introduction of new projects, in accordance with how the projects proceed and the societal trend.

Studies on Global Innovation Systems
Setting up the interactions between socioeconomic factors and technological innovations as the research subject, this project analyzes the effects of science and technology policy and innovation policy of a State on economy and society. It also examines the effects of research and development efforts in the private sector on corporate growth, economic development and the change in trade structures; the interlinkage of factors extracted through observations of "innovation and corporate organization", "innovation and nurturing leaders" and "innovation and environmental protection." For the purpose of analyzing quantitatively such innovations, a basic database using statistical data, case studies and questionnaires, and so forth, is being built up. Simultaneously theoretical and empirical studies based on economics and business administration are being carried out. The project features the formation of an international network for joint research. It also has taken up the creation of the "comparative index of international competitiveness on innovation," encompassing international comparisons on innovation potentials.

Global Health Security
After we hosted the seminar on crisis management entitled "Infectious Diseases as a Global Issue" in 2002, we organized a research group on the global health security in the Keio University Global Security Research Institute. In the Academic Frontier Project funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports Science and Technology since 2003, we have pursued the interdisciplinary approach°°to encounter global concerns on the infectious diseases and the environmental pollution by performing sociotechnology research as well as basic research. Since 2007, we started to focus on "biosecurity", which covers the social defense against biological threats, as our primary research agenda. Our goal is to establish the interdisciplinary platform on research, education and network for strengthening global biosecurity.

Studies on Global Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
This research will focus on the negotiation that takes place when solving regional and trade disputes. To be more specific, we plan to develop a negotiation methodology that overcomes the cultural and habitual differences between different countries, and assists with a successful means of achieving international compromises.

The Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation has developed an approach to the study of negotiation methodologies. By utilizing and applying this approach on concrete disputes and case examples from the past, we will analyze and extract the most effective pattern of problem-solving techniques.

We will further develop this new negotiation methodology found in these case studies by utilizing the °»Decision Science°…, often applied in negotiation studies. The purpose of this research will also be to develop an innovative, scientific thinking-model along with some tools, which will ultimately help guide us to peaceful resolutions within the international society. To do so, we will be joining efforts with the International Negotiation Program of Harvard University in a collaborative research study, as well as cooperating with the Global Agenda Council on Conflict Resolution and Negotiation within the World Economic Forum.

Additionally, the methodologies established by this research will become the base for the development of a systematic educational program. This program will provide a knowledgeable environment that will foster and educate those who will carry on the expertise and talent for international negotiations and problem-solving cases of the future.

Comparative Studies on Cyber Security Initiatives
This research aims to compare and analyze counter-measures against cyber attacks, which have been recognized as recent emerging threats to national security and public order. Are unauthorized access and cyber attacks criminal acts, war acts or terror acts? It is quite difficult to distinguish such kind of acts from others in the cyberspace. Therefore, we see unavoidable overlaps between law enforcement activities and intelligence activities. In traditional governmental schemes, there used to be a wall to share information between the two, but the wall could be an obstacle for national security and public order. Digital information networks like the Internet are connected globally. Any country needs not only to introduce domestic counter-measures but also to make alliances with other countries. This research provides basic understanding and comparative views on initiatives taken by other governments to defend them from cyber attacks.

Studies on Asian Security System (ASS Project) °ŕFinished°Ř
This research aims to critically and empirically analyze structural changes in the security environment in the eastern Asian region, including Southeast Asia (hereafter referred to as °»East Asia°…). With the structural changes in international politics, community and economy stemming from the end of the Cold War and deepening globalization, the importance of security and safety that can be sensed in daily lives has been on the rise, in addition to the traditional idea of security centering around the survival of a nation, and prescriptions to tackle such diverse threats are being sought. This research envisages a system of individual, societal, national and regional security and safety against security threats and risks in East Asia through research exchanges with research institutes in East Asia and explores possible policies.°°It comprises the following four tangible case studies: 1) Sino-Japan relations and China°«s governability, 2) Japan°«s Soft Power, 3) US Presence and East Asian Security, and 4) The Age of Nuclear Power and Societal Reactions.

Studies on Emerging Crises for Human Security °ŕFinished°Ř
What is indispensable for materializing human security is a system that enables both the precise monitoring of the regional and global environmental conditions from the past to the present and the time and space regarding various risks and sudden crises. The system also be able to provide timely information. This project involves 1) the building of a spatiotemporal database on human security, 2) the systematization of crisis studies with the viewpoint of human security and 3) the designing of alert systems and policy authoring tools regarding human security. The subjected areas will gradually be expanded to include Eurasia, Latin America and Africa.