"Abtritt eines Unvollendeten"

Am 28. August 2020 hat der japanische Premierminister Shinzo Abe nach einer Rekord-Amtszeit von fast acht Jahren seinen Rücktritt angekündigt. Abe war bereits von 2006 bis 2007 Premierminister gewesen. In seiner ersten Amtszeit hatte er kaum etwas bewegen können und wurde in den Medien als "völliger Versager" bezeichnet. Seine zweite Amtszeit brachte zwar politische Stabilität, aber die selbst gesteckten Ziele wurden kaum erreicht.


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"Japans Kampf gegen COVID-19"

Japan bekämpfte das Corona-Virus mit einem Teil-Lockdown ohne verbindliche Ausgangs- und Kontaktbeschränkungen. Massenentlassungen und ein wirtschaftlicher Kollaps wurden dadurch vermieden. Dennoch verlor die Regierung viel Vertrauen bei der Bevölkerung, denn bei den Menschen kam wenig Hilfe an, obwohl Konjunkturpakete mit scheinbar gigantischen Summen verabschiedet wurden.



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"Germany and nuclear sharing"

In this article, German MP Rolf Mützenich discusses the future of nuclear sharing and the question of whether US tactical nuclear weapons stationed in Germany and Europe increase the level of safety of Germany and Europe or whether they have perhaps become obsolete.

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"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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"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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"Fake news all round? How Shinzo Abe is making Japan a 'beautiful country'"

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has propagated the slogan "Towards a Beautiful Country." As seen in recent scandals, however, the most frequently employed method seems to be the dissemination of fake news.

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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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Conference “Diversity and Inclusiveness: Divergent Treatment of Neglected Minorities”

How do countries in Asia and Europe deal with ethnic, religious and sexual minorities? Why, in some countries, those minorities are legally protected, while in others negative public attitudes and policies of willful neglect still do persist? This conference aims to examine differences in popular attitudes and official policies towards minorities in Asia and Europe, such as the LGBTQ community and disabled persons.

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