"Wahlen in Japan 2012" (Japan Elections 2012 - growing frustration with the established parties)

In the Japanese elections of 2012 the governing Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) suffered major losses and has now become one of several medium-sized factions. The main reason for this election outcome is popular discontent with the past three years of DPJ government. The conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) came back to power after three years in opposition and even though the LDP represents widely unwelcome policy positions, such as the re-starting of nuclear power plants, it was successful thanks to an aggressive campaign strategy that sought to discredit the DPJ.

In den Wahlen zum japanischen Unterhaus am 16.12.2012 hat die regierende Demokratische Partei Japans (DPJ) eine vernichtende Niederlage einstecken müssen. Die konservative Liberaldemokratische Partei (LDP) hat nach drei Jahren die Macht zurückerobert und dominiert das Unterhaus, während im Oberhaus weiter keine stabile Mehrheit für die Regierung abzusehen ist.Nachdem die DPJ vor drei Jahren in einem erdrutschartigen Wahlsieg über 300 Sitze im Unterhaus errungen hatte, konnte die Partei nur mehr 57 Sitze verteidigen und gehört damit zu einer Gruppe von mehreren mittelgroßen Parteien – weit abgeschlagen hinter der LDP, die 293 Sitze gewann.Der Hauptgrund für den deutlichen Wahlausgang ist vor allem in der Enttäuschung über die drei Jahre DPJ-Regierung zu sehen. Die LDP vertritt unpopuläre Positionen wie das Wiederanschalten von Atomkraftwerken, war aber erfolgreich mit einer aggressiven Wahlkampfstrategie, die vor allem auf die Diskreditierung der DPJ abzielte.Der neue LDP-Vorsitzende und neue Premierminister Shinzo Abe stand von 2006 bis 2007 schon einmal an der Spitze der Regierung, musste aber nach genau einem Jahr aufgrund sinkender Popularitätswerte zurücktreten.

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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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