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    Speech by the Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Heiko Maas in Tokyo

    On his first trip to Asia, the Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, Heiko Maas, explained the increasing importance of Japanese-German relations in a changing world order. He expressed his hope that the two countries will cooperate in the protection of established rules and the shaping of rule-based international systems.

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    2018 East Asian Forum on UN Peace Operations “New Directions and New Approaches in UN Peace Operations, The Primacy of Politics and Protection of Civilians”

    On the 2018 East Asian Forum on UN Peace Operations we reviewed the changing goals of peacekeeping, discuss directions and approaches taken by the United Nations and the four countries of East Asia, Mongolia, Korea, China, and Japan.

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    Study "Social Innovation Policy for Industry 4.0"

    The concept of “Industry 4.0” outlines the vision of a smart factory, which is characterised by the complete networking of all production parts and processes: real time control via ITC and the increased use of robots, which control themselves, are developments that should contribute to greater productivity through resource efficiency. The shift is already under way and the concept of Industry 4.0 is shaping the digital discourse in Germany.

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    German-Japanese Economy Dialogue

    During the visit of Mr. Wolfgang Tiefensee, State Minister of Economy, Science and the Digital Society in the government of Thuringia, the Japanese-German dialogue on economic policy was deepened. Minister Tiefensee met with Diet Members and researchers in Tokyo.

     

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Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Japan Office

7-5-56 Akasaka
Minato-ku
Tokyo, 107-0052
Japan

+03 6277-7551
+03 3588-6035

office(at)fes-japan.org

Welcome to the website of FES Japan

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany with a rich tradition in social democracy dating back to its foundation in 1925. The foundation owes its formation and its mission to the political legacy of its namesake Friedrich Ebert, the first democratically elected German President.

Apart from political education within Germany, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is active in more than 100 countries worldwide. The Tokyo office was founded in 1967 and is part of the foundation’s section “International Dialogue.” Furthermore, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is a member of the European Network of Political Foundations (ENOP). Japan is Germany’s most important partner in Asia.

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Energy security

Energy security

Has become a major issue for the industrialized nations. Not only the guarantee of supply, but also the environmental impact and socioeconomic development increasingly have to be taken into account. more

Immigration and the integration of foreign citizens

Immigration and the integration of foreign citizens

Is one of the major challenges the societies of Japan and Germany are facing in the twenty-first century. more

Demographic change and ageing society

Demographic change and ageing society

In Japan and Germany is another topic of pressing urgency shared by the two countries. more

Regional integration in East Asia and Europe

Regional integration in East Asia and Europe

FES Japan seeks to introduce the experience of the EU integration into policy-debates on East Asian regional integration, which have been developing since the inception of the ASEAN+3 framework. more

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Events

Work Style Reform – How Can Women (and Men too) Shine? Gender Time Gap and Gender Equality in Japan and Germany

In modern society, gainful employment is the basis for an independent life, and working time is a crucial factor in people's lives as their lifestyles and opportunities depend on how long or short they work. In Japan as well as in Germany, working hours are unequally distributed, and it is especially women who work under precarious conditions. At the conference, the topic of gender-differentiated (working) time will be analysed comprehensively, but best practices from practice will also be presented and their implementation possibilities discussed in a German-Japanese comparison.

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Future of the automotive industry in Japan and Germany

In both Germany and Japan, the automotive industry is one of the key industries. However, the sector is at a crossroads due to current developments (such as digitization). The question arises to which extend the challenges faced by the German and Japanese automotive industries are similar and what recommendations for action result from this. These questions will be the focus of a dialogue between manufacturers, suppliers, scientists and trade unions active in Japan.

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Securing the rule of law. Japan and Germany in comparison

Japan and Germany are constitutional states in which the functions, controls and limits of law and politics are governed by the constitution. Both states see themselves as international leaders in the defence of legal norms. At this symposium, speakers address the relationship between lawmaking and politics in Japan and Germany.

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Graphic: J. Traud

Latest Publications

Study "Social Innovation Policy for Industry 4.0"

The concept of “Industry 4.0” outlines the vision of a smart factory, which is characterised by the complete networking of all production parts and processes: real time control via ITC and the increased use of robots, which control themselves, are developments that should contribute to greater productivity through resource efficiency. The shift is already under way and the concept of Industry 4.0 is shaping the digital discourse in Germany.

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Interview "House of Representatives Elections 2017"

Interview with Sven Saaler regarding the 2017 House of Represenatives election and the trouble of the largest opposition party, the Democratic Party of Japan.

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Commentary "House of Representatives Elections 2017"

In the 2017 House of Representatives election, the LDP could again win a clear victory. The opposition was more divided than ever, after the break-up of the Democratic Party, and could not pose a serious challenge to the Abe government.

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1967-2017: 50 Years FES in Japan

1967-2017: 50 Years FES in Japan

Zivilgesellschaftlicher Dialog zwischen Japan und Deutschland more

Good Society

Good Society

„Good Society“, die „Gute Gesellschaft“ - Was macht eine solche Gesellschaft aus? more

Brochure of FES

Brochure of FES

Promoting Democracy, Peace and Development, making globalization socially equitable. more

Brochure of FES division International Dialogue

Brochure of FES division International Dialogue

Social Dialogue and Promoting Social Democracy. more