"Abenomics and Japan’s Growth Prospects"

Until 2012, Japan had suffered two decades of economic stagnation and deflation. Particularly frustrating to businesses was the rampant appreciation of the yen, which accelerated despite such poor growth and the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. After his election, Abe pressed the Bank of Japan to embark on monetary easing, achieving both a weaker yen and a rising stock market.

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"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.

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International Symposium "The Popularity of Nations: How and Why Governments Seek Public Approval Abroad"

This symposium will explore the importance of a positive international public image of nations today, as well as strategies for shaping such images. Participants from Japan, Germany, the United States and other countries will offer ideas on the role of public diplomacy in the foreign policies of their own nations. Where has soft power worked, and where it has not?

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Symposium and Workshop: "Building the Good Society: The Challenge for Europe and Japan"

Social democratic parties in Europe have developed under the concept of the ‘Good Society’ a new social democratic narrative that takes a thorough value-driven analysis of our current economic and political problems as a starting point to craft a new politics. This has implications for Japanese politics. This symposium aims to discuss the efforts and approaches in contemporary Europe and to think about the future political direction of Japan.

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EPRIE "Exchange Program for Regional Integration in East Asia and Europe"

Experts from security policy explain the approaches to a comprehensive security policy in East Asia, the role played by the United States as well as possibilities for an increased EU involvement.

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