"Die Gewerkschaften in Japan" (The Japanese Trade Unions) Monat, Jahr: November 2012

The organisational sophistication of Japanese trade unions has been in notable decline since the 1960s. Especially the growing number of workers in precarious employment is hardly organised in unions. This paper analyses legislation that affects trade unions, as well as organisational patterns on the firm- and sector-/national-level.

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New leaders - old politics? Presidential elections of DPJ and LDP and their effect on Japanese politics

Prime Minister Noda was confirmed as chairman of governing party DPJ in September 2012, however he faces continuing resistance from parts of his own party as well as the opposition. In Shinzo Abe, for the first time a former LDP chairman was re-elected to this post. It seems that the opposition will continue to push for a timely dissolution of the lower chamber and new elections.

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Japanese translation of Statement by SPD-Troika: "Finding a way out of the crisis – growth and employment in Europe"

The economic and social costs of narrowly austerity-focused policy-making are highly destructive – indeed, they threaten European unity. This is evident in the observation that in the past two years, the European crisis has not calmed down, but rather intensified. Moreover, the credit risks that Germany is backing have grown massively.

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Japan one Year after the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accident

One year has passed since a level 9 earthquake hit Japan’s North-East and caused a tsunami that devastated several cities and took almost 20,000 lives, and that led to the catastrophe at Fukushima nuclear power plant. After a short period of optimism in the second half of 2011, disillusionment is now predominant among the Japanese.

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"Japan's Quest for a Permanent Seat on the United Nations Security Council Japan 2012"

In the United Nations, particularly with respect to UN Security Council reform, Japan is often considered of major importance. However, the UN receives scant attention in Japanese foreign policy. This paper critically analyses Japanese policy towards the United Nations and the possibility of Japan becoming a permanent member of the Security Council.

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The 11th Forum "Historical Consciousness and Peace in East Asia"

The Forum "Historical Consciousness and Peace in East Asia" serves to deepen the Sino-Japanese Dialogue on history and considers European experiences with postwar reconciliation.

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EPRIE (Exchange Program for Regional Integration in East Asia and Europe) 2012

Open Symposium on the topic "On The Way to a Economical Integration in Eastern Asia"

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International Symposium "Global Energy Policy at a Crossroad"

During this symposium, experts from Japan, Germany, the United States, China and Hong Kong discuss issues related to renewable energy technology and the global future of energy policy.

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