Research is generally initiated and carried out by core faculty, typically on an individual basis but at times also with colleagues. CJEB may provide financial and administrative support as needed.

CJEB is also actively supporting a number of major research projects by David Weinstein, Carl S. Shoup Professor of the Japanese Economy and Director at CJEB, Takatoshi Ito, Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and Associate Director of Research at CJEB, and other affiliates of the Center and Columbia Business School. CJEB places high priority on promoting research related to Japanese economy and business. Typically, faculty members associated with the Center obtain funding from a range of grants that each raises individually, and CJEB contributes additional support, both financial and administrative.

Gerald L. Curtis's main research includes the evolution of and future prospects for Japan’s political system and foreign policy. In this regard, he has traveled extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia. He is a frequent speaker at think tanks, universities, business and financial organizations in the United States, Australia, China, Korea, and Europe and a participant in numerous track two policy dialogues with and in Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, and the United States. In addition to his academic writings, he regularly publishes op-eds for The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and numerous publications in Japan and elsewhere. He is a frequent guest on Japan’s Sunday morning news programs and is widely quoted by international media outlets on issues relating to Japanese politics and society and U.S. foreign policy.

Merit E. Janow, appointed dean of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 2013, researches financial regulatory reform as well as international trade and investment. Over the past year, she has spoken to international corporate, academic, and policy audiences on topics including financial regulatory reform in the United States, developments in international trade and investment, comparing Chinese and Japanese industrial policies, and corporate governance issues. As dean, she also has initiated a number of new initiatives around the intersection of technology and policy, the development of sound capital markets, and global urban policies. She is continuing a research project on China that focuses on sources of tension and opportunity in China’s external economic relations.