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In April 1993, the Asian Forum Japan (AFJ) began operations as a voluntary association after receiving the authorization of the minister of foreign affairs. 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of its founding. When AFJ was established, the Cold War was over and Japan was faced with the need to break out of previous frameworks and implement new diplomatic and national-security policies. The foundation of AFJ as a non-partisan think tank was grounded in a strong desire to meet those contemporary needs through policy proposals, advice and implementation; to this day, AFJ has remained true to its founding principles. We will expand our operations by committing ourselves to political, economic, diplomatic and national-security issues in Japan and abroad, and by devoting ourselves to working in the service of world peace and reconciliation.