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    Symposium „LegalTech: Artificial Intelligence in the legal system – benefits and risks“

    Digitalization and Artificial intelligence (AI) have a fundamental impact on working processes – for legal professionals, but possibly even for the legal system itself. The symposium discusses the benefits and risks of AI technologies in legal services with experts from Japan and Germany.

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    C20 Summit "Promoting Peace, Human Rights and Democratic Governance through the SDG 16+"

    Growing inequality, humanitarian crisis and violation of fundamental human rights threaten the international community. As conditions and space for civic society to find solutions to these challenges remain restricted, protecting human rights and the freedom of civic society are crucial. To achieve the SDG 16 focusing on Peace, Human Rights and Democratic Governance the civil society and the world leaders of the G20 must solve global challenges together. During the 2019 Summit "Promoting Peace, Human Rights and Democratic Governance through the SDG 16+" the Tokyo Democracy Forum will review and discuss these challenges within SDG 16 and adopt the Declaration of Tokyo Democracy Forum.

     

     

     

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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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    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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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

Symposium „Active Ageing in the Digital Age. How can Digitalization and Connectivity enhance Social Participation and Inclusion?”

Japan and Germany are confronting fast ageing populations. Supporting the social participation and inclusion of a growing number of elderly people constitutes a major challenge for both societies. Digitalization and connectivity offer great opportunities in this respect. The symposium addresses the issues of active ageing in the digital age by looking at how societies like Japan and Germany are trying to integrate the older generation into the process of digital transformation.

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Conference “Diversity and Inclusiveness: Divergent Treatment of Neglected Minorities”

How do countries in Asia and Europe deal with ethnic, religious and sexual minorities? Why, in some countries, those minorities are legally protected, while in others negative public attitudes and policies of willful neglect still do persist? This conference aims to examine differences in popular attitudes and official policies towards minorities in Asia and Europe, such as the LGBTQ community and disabled persons.

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Workshop “Remembrance – Responsibility – Reconciliation. New Challenges for Education in Germany and Japan”

With the worldwide rise of populist movements, the increase of nationalist tendencies and young people knowing less and less about recent history, maintaining the memory of the past is more important today than ever. In this workshop, researchers from Germany and Japan analyse the culture of remembrance in both countries and discuss the current challenges of teaching history and commemoration in schools and universities.

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Latest Publications

"Abtritt eines Unvollendeten"

Am 28. August 2020 hat der japanische Premierminister Shinzo Abe nach einer Rekord-Amtszeit von fast acht Jahren seinen Rücktritt angekündigt. Abe war bereits von 2006 bis 2007 Premierminister gewesen. In seiner ersten Amtszeit hatte er kaum etwas bewegen können und wurde in den Medien als "völliger Versager" bezeichnet. Seine zweite Amtszeit brachte zwar politische Stabilität, aber die selbst gesteckten Ziele wurden kaum erreicht.

 

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"Japans Kampf gegen COVID-19"

Japan bekämpfte das Corona-Virus mit einem Teil-Lockdown ohne verbindliche Ausgangs- und Kontaktbeschränkungen. Massenentlassungen und ein wirtschaftlicher Kollaps wurden dadurch vermieden. Dennoch verlor die Regierung viel Vertrauen bei der Bevölkerung, denn bei den Menschen kam wenig Hilfe an, obwohl Konjunkturpakete mit scheinbar gigantischen Summen verabschiedet wurden.

 

 

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"Germany and nuclear sharing"

In this article, German MP Rolf Mützenich discusses the future of nuclear sharing and the question of whether US tactical nuclear weapons stationed in Germany and Europe increase the level of safety of Germany and Europe or whether they have perhaps become obsolete.

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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