Publications

"Was es mit den neuen japanischen Sicherheitsgesetzen auf sich hat" ("The New Japanese Security Legislation")

Japan’s refusal of belligerence is a key element of its constitution of 1947, in which the country explicitly revokes the right to wage war. On this basis, in the past the role of Japan's military was interpreted as purely defensive in nature. However, it has remained unclear whether Japan's Self-Defense Forces (SDF) were allowed to join efforts of collevtive security under United Nations guidance. The paper discusses this issue on two fields: Firstly, how can Japan contribute to achieving a global peace based on order ans justice? Secondly, and alternatively does Japan need to abandon the ideal of a peaceful world and, correspondingly, need to revise its constitution?

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Japanese translation of "Energiewende verstehen: Handlungsstrategien, Akteure, Regulierung" (エネルギーシフトを理解する:行動戦略、関係者、調整)

Germany’s ‘Energy Shift’ aims at achieving the country’s goals on climate protection, particularly a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by shifting towards renewable energy production and improving consumption efficiency. Seeking to provide a broader basis for understanding the policy, this study presents key fields of policy-making within which to realise an 'Energy Shift', as well as many policy options, essential actors and the relevant legal framework.

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The Abe Government and the 2014 Screening of Japanese Junior High School History Textbooks

School textbooks are an arena of contesting the past to shape the future, and can be a sign of democracy as well as an indicator of efforts to suppress it. Results of the Japanese government’s school textbook screening show how successful the Abe administration is in imposing its views of controversial issues, such as the ‘comfort women’ and the Nanjing Massacre.

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Japan

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Events

International Symposium "Germany's experience with Refugees and the Implications for Japan"

Called the worst refugee crisis since World War II, the Syrian humanitarian disaster has displaced half of the country’s total population of 22 million, and about a third of them, 4.2 million people, have fled to neighboring countries and Europe.

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International Symposium "Peace and Conflict Research in East Asia and Eastern Europe"

At the symposium, experts discussed the actual tensions and disputes in Europa and East Asia. This symposium served to deepen the network and intensify the exchange on the topic “conflict prevention”.

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The 14th Forum for "Historical Consciousness and Peace in East Asia"

70 years have passed since the Battle of Okinawa. Until today, the fight against the bases, such as Henoko, continues. On this Forum, we discuss current issues related to the position of Okinawa in East Asia.

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