By Sara Konoe

This paper analyzes Japan’s role in forming and supporting global economic governance, especially in the fields of macroeconomic and financial issues, in the G7 (or G8 from 1998 to 2014) and the G20. To investigate Japan’s role in the G7, the paper looks at three cases: two cases in which Japan accommodated other summit leaders’ demands, and another case in which Japan took a more proactive role in shaping economic policy recommendations. The paper also discusses the linkage between the G7 and G20 and Japan’s likely approach toward these economic institutions in the future.

Washington, D.C.: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2020

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