Events

Events

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

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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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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Europe-Asia Dialogue on the Challenges of New Technologies to the News Media

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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Japanese-German dialogue on issues of world trade and protectionism

Issues of world trade and protectionism were the topics of high-level Japanese-German political dialogue.

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Japanese-German dialogue on issues of security policy in Northeast Asia

The security situation in Northeast Asia was the topic of high-level Japanese-German political dialogue.

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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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Phase out from nuclear and coal, energy transition and citizen's participation in Germany

Aiming to intensify the dialogue on environmental protection within civil society, chairman Hubert Weiger and other representatives of the biggest environmental organization in Germany (Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland/FoE Germany), will join in on a dialogue program with both Japanese environmental organizations and political representatives.

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Latest Publications

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

Collin Rusneac provides a full translation of the TV documentary "Education and Patriotism"

(Kyōiku to aikoku) produced by Mainichi Broadcasting System for its series "MBS Eizō '17" and first aired in July 2017. It 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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