Events

Events

EPRIE 2019 - Overcoming the challenges posed by social media: How to make it work for social change?

EPRIE aims to share and exchange perspectives and experiences between East Asia and Europe. In 2018, we examined the challenges posed to the media sector by populism and post-truth politics. This year, together with media practitioners, actors from civil society, scholars and politicians, we will focus on social media as a tool for social change.

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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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Lecture "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Middle Powers Amidst Global Power Shifts"

Less wars, more prosperity—that is a global trend since the end of the Cold War. Yet, illiberalism is increasingly spreading, even in democratic countries, and nationalist populism has come to define the policies of some of the great powers. Do we head towards a world where—to speak with Thucydides—the strong do as they like while the weak do as they must? The most fragile and vulnerable states—the Middle Powers—have to find ways out of the conundrum. To that end, they must find solutions regarding the problems in their own societies.

 

Dr. Volker Stanzel is the former ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan and China and currently serves as the Vice President of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Senior Distinguished Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), and President of the Association of German-German-Japanese Societies.

 

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International Conference "Coexisting with Foreigners in an Era of Mass Migration; opportunities and challenges for Europe and Japan"

Are nation states with strong ethnic identities capable of integrating large numbers of people of diverse cultures, many of whom may wish to stay and form new ethnic minority communities? Of all host nations, Japan, with a less than two percent ratio of foreign residents in its population, comes to the era of diversity with the least prior preparation. At the international conference, the above theme will be discussed with a view to encouraging students to confront social issues likely to have an impact on their futures.

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

The challenges of demographic change and the demand for more participation of women in the labor force require family-friendly working conditions as a fundamental prerequisite for better reconciliation of family and working life. Employers have recognized and acknowledged that fathers also want opportunities to reconcile their work and family commitments.

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German-Japanese Symposium "Securing the rule of law"

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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Symposium "Journalism in the Digital Age -Promoting Democracy or Facilitating Fake News?-"

The proliferation of new media and information technologies pose great challenges on the news media industry. Nowadays, anyone with Internet access can publish online 24/7, making it hard for citizens to identifiy reliable sources. In this conference, changes, implications, as well as challenges are adressed, and different approaches in Europe and Asia are discussed.

 

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What is the "local"? Rethinking the politics of subnational territories in Japan

This symposium aims to enhance the discussion of the "local" as unit of analysis – a discussion that is vital to avoid under-complex approaches to multilayered socio-economic and political phenomena.

 

 

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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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Latest Publications

Publication "The future of the German automotive industry. Transformation by disaster or by design?"

New concepts of digital mobility from China and Silicon Valley and the issue of environmental driving bans for diesel cars pose grave challenges to the traditional German car industry - the backbone of the German economy. German policies must support the transformation of mobility by initiating a stakeholder dialogue to forge a pact for future mobility to transform the German automotive industry.

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"Education and Patriotism" - A Documentary

The TV documentary "Education and Patriotism" (Kyōiku to aikoku) provides a critical look at recent debates surrounding the introduction of moral education in Japanese elementary and middle schools as a new subject and in particular focuses on the compilation, examination, approval and selection of textbooks for classes in moral education, while extending the analysis to the ongoing history textbook controversies.

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Renewable Energy Policies and the Energy Transition in Japan

This report outlines Japan’s renewable energy policy and the state of the energy transition in the country. It includes current prospects for climate change policy and the status of electrical power systems including nuclear power issues, status sand support policy of renewable energy as well as social issues and political feasibility. Furthermore, long-term vision and scenarios for promoting an energy transition are discussed, including community power and credit systems. Finally, policy recommendations are proposed for promoting energy transition in Japan.

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