"Wahlen in Japan 2012" (Japan Elections 2012 - growing frustration with the established parties)

In the 2012 elections the governing Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) suffered major losses, three years after a landslide victory. The conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) came back to power after three years in opposition and is dominating the lower chamber. The main reason for this election outcome is popular discontent with the past three years of DPJ government.

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"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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Japanese translation of "Germany in and with and for Europe"

Speech by former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt on European integration, held at the SPD party convention in Berlin, 2011.

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"The end of nuclear energy? International perspectives after Fukushima"

The nuclear disaster in Fukushima is an opportunity to organise energy supply more sustainably globally. Such re-organisation must balance the goals of energy security, economic viability, ecological sustainability and social compatibility. At the same time, a restructuring in the energy sector has to be formulated in a democratic manner.

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Japanese translation of "Scenarios for Phasing Out Nuclear Energy in Germany"

The exit from nuclear energy planned by the German government presents a number of opportunities and challenges. This study shows that consumer electricity prices and economic competitiveness are unlikely to be affected severely. However, issues in the production of energy arise and require strategic solutions.


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The Resignation of the Kan government and the future of nuclear power in Japan

On the 26th August 2011, Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigned as the chairman of the DPJ and as head of government. This paper analyses challenges that the administration was facing like the uncooperative opposition, reasons for its declining popularity, and the impact of the 2011 catastrophe.

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