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 The Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS) is Japan’s first nonprofit, private think tank. It was established in October 1978 and has a research history of more than 45 years.

 RIPS’ mission is to analyze the complex security issues in the Asia Pacific region and beyond and to provide policy recommendations and challenge these problems. Even though RIPS’ research areas pertain primarily to security issues in the Asia Pacific region, they also include broader security topics such as maritime and outer-space security, post-conflict peacekeeping, disarmament, arms control, nuclear nonproliferation, cybersecurity, and the defense industry.

 RIPS has a committee of twenty- five researchers in a wide range of fields who also hold positions in colleges and universities and help organize research projects and conferences. This provides an important link between RIPS and the academic community.