Publications

magazine "International Politics and Society"

International Politics and Society highlights global inequality and brings new perspectives on issues such as the environment, European integration, international relations, social democracy and development policy.

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50 Years FES Japan Office

The Tokyo Office of the FES was founded in 1967. In a booklet commemorating the foundation of the Tokyo Office, we look back at 50 years of activities in the field of Japanese-German dialogue on topical issues important for the two countries and global Society.

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Publication "Sun, Water, Wind: Development of the Energy Transition in Germany"

The energy transition involves the complete conversion of the energy system of an industrial society. A comprehensive explanation of the energy transition that goes beyond mere statistics and technology requires the consideration of the economic, societal, and political context in which the relevant decisions are made.

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Die Wirtschaftspolitik der Regierung Abe (Abenomics) (「安倍政権の経済政策(アベノミクス)・社会保障改革と社会民主主義の課題」)

Ito Shuhei cogently argues that Abenomics has not only failed, but that the Abe government's focus on economic and fiscal policies have led to a neglect of social policies and an increase in social disparities, which will most likely continue to increase in the future.

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"Was es mit den neuen japanischen Sicherheitsgesetzen auf sich hat" ("The New Japanese Security Legislation")

Japan’s refusal of belligerence is a key element of its constitution of 1947. Therefore, the role of Japan’s military used to be interpreted as purely defensive in nature. However, it has remained unclear whether Japan’s Self-Defence Forces were allowed to join multinational efforts of collective security. How can Japan contribute to achieving a global peace?

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Japanese translation of "Energiewende verstehen: Handlungsstrategien, Akteure, Regulierung" (エネルギーシフトを理解する:行動戦略、関係者、調整)

Germany’s ‘Energy Shift’ aims at achieving the country’s goals on climate protection. The two key pillars of the policy are renewable energy production and consumption efficiency. The public discourse tends to overlook the policy’s complexity. To broaden understanding, this study presents key policy options, actors and the legal context of the ‘Energy Shift’.

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The Abe Government and the 2014 Screening of Japanese Junior High School History Textbooks

School textbooks are an arena of contesting the past to shape the future, and can be a sign of democracy as well as an indicator of efforts to suppress it. Results of the Japanese government’s school textbook screening show how successful the Abe administration is in imposing its views of controversial issues, such as the ‘comfort women’ and the Nanjing Massacre.

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Statement of Social Democratic Party of Japan on the House of Representatives General Election

In response to the surprise dissolution and general election seeking the voters' judgment on ‘Abenomics’, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) positioned the election as questioning the politics of the Abe administration. It chose the slogan “For Peace and Social Welfare, it must be the SDP”, as the very opposite to the policies of the Abe administration.

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"The Politics of History - History in Politics. Sources relating to the History Textbook Controversy and other debates over history and memory in Japan and East Asia."

Discussions about the Asia-Pacific War (1931-1945) still have a tremendous impact on international relations in East Asia. As we approach the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in August 2015, this collection of documents will help to better understand the complex processes of reconciliation and the tensions that continue to play out in the region.

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Japanese translation of "Die 6 Mythen der Euro-Krise" ("ユーロ危機をめぐる6つの「神話")

In the European elections of 2014, many demonstrated their distrust towards the European institutions after years of crisis and economic turmoil. Even though Germany is at the centre of this development, Euro-sceptic right-wing movements have not yet fundamentally troubled German politics. However, we clearly reject the view that Germany ‘has done just fine’.

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Minato-ku
Tokyo, 107-0052
Japan

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+03 3588-6035

office(at)fes-japan.org

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Events

Conference "Migration and Demographic Challenges: New Policy Approaches in Japan and Germany"

Under a worldwide trend of growing anti-globalism and anti-refugee movements, both Japan and Germany need objective, fact-based approaches to issues surrounding immigration. By sharing the experiences in this field, Japanese and German experts and politicians will learn from each other and formulate forward-looking migration policies that can contribute to a dynamic and sustainable future.

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Reception "50 Years FES in Japan"

FES Tokyo Office celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.

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Conference "The Relevance of Area Studies for the Sciences and Public Policy - Examples from Europe & Asia"

Social sciences tend to neglect local conditions, i.e. the specific ecological, social, political and economic context of a country or a region. Our conference aims at highlighting contributions of area studies to the sciences, innovation and public policy.

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