"Japan ist übrigens auch noch da" (Japan is still important)

Germany seems out of touch with Japan. High ranking federal representatives, including Merkel, and the German media seem to focus only little on Japan and its recent developments, such as in economy and politics, or are too heavily focused on very specific topics like the Fukushima catastrophe. This is surprising, given that Japan is the world's fourth largest economy and a vital partner to Germany in the Asia-Pacific region.

Während Bundeskanzlerin Merkel Anfang Juli 2014 schon zum siebten Mal in großer Begleitung nach China reiste, hat sie Japan, die andere wirtschaftliche „Supermacht“ Ostasiens, seit ihrem Amtsantritt erst einmal - 2007 - besucht. Auch für viele andere hochrangige Bundespolitiker ist Tokio nicht die allererste Adresse. Allerdings fahren Ländervertreter häufiger dorthin, um für Investitionen und Unternehmensansiedlungen zu werben. Obwohl sich die Japan- Berichterstattung in den deutschen Medien seit einiger Zeit nicht mehr nur um die Atomruine Fukushima dreht, sondern auch zum Beispiel wichtige wirtschaftspolitische Entwicklungen aufgegriffen werden, entspricht das deutsche Interesse insgesamt nicht der Bedeutung eines Landes, das immerhin die viertgrößte Volkswirtschaft der Welt ist und im asiatisch-pazifischen Raum eine sehr wichtige Rolle spielt.

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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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Workshop „Hate Speech as a School Topic – Teaching Democracy in Japan and Germany“

Hate speech has become a concerning phenomenon in our society, particularly on the internet where minorities such as immigrants or the LGBTQ community increasingly face hatred, verbal violence and discrimination. Children are exposed to different forms of hate speech on a regular basis, not only when using social media but also in everyday school life. The FES Office Japan invites Japanese and German teachers to exchange their views and to work together on different approaches to raise awareness and to prevent racism and violence among students.

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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

Publication "Gewerkschaftsmonitor Japan"

What challenges do Japanese trade unions currently encounter? What determines the economic, social and political framework they operate in?

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Publication "Corona vs Abenomics: Japan’s reaction to the crisis"

Over many years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought to revitalize the Japanese economy, following a policy known as “Abenomics”. While Abenomics-related measures have only resulted in limited success, the COVID-19 crisis might prove to be the nail in the coffin for this economic approach.

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Publication "Gewerkschaftsmonitor Japan"

The briefing analyses the current challenges of Japanese trade unions and their economic, social and political framework.

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