Our Mission in Japan

  • Photo: FES Japan Office - Tokio, Sven Saaler

FES in Japan

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a non-profit German political foundation committed to the advancement of public policy issues in the spirit of the basic values of social democracy through education, research, and international cooperation. The FES was founded in 1925 and is named after Friedrich Ebert, Germany’s first democratically elected 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. The two countries are important actors in the international arena and are facing similar political, social, economic and environmental challenges. FES Japan promotes Japanese-German dialogue in politics and civil society, supports academic exchange and organizes symposia, workshops and seminars in cooperation with a variety of partner organizations.

Our Topics

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... 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... more

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Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Japan Office

7-5-56 Akasaka
Minato-ku
Tokyo, 107-0052
Japan

+03 6277-7551
+03 3588-6035

office(at)fes-japan.org

Photo: Conference, FES Japan

Events

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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Graphic: Publications, J. Traud

Latest Publications

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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Interview "House of Representatives Elections 2017"

Interview with Sven Saaler regarding the 2017 House of Represenatives election and the trouble of the largest opposition party, the Democratic Party of Japan.

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Commentary "House of Representatives Elections 2017"

In the 2017 House of Representatives election, the LDP could again win a clear victory. The opposition was more divided than ever, after the break-up of the Democratic Party, and could not pose a serious challenge to the Abe government.

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