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The societies of Japan and Germany face many common issues, such as global climate change, energy security issues, and an aging society. FES Japan office aims at promoting and deepening Japanese-German dialogue on these important issues. In its activities, FES Japan cooperates with a variety of political groups, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, universities, as well as labor-related organizations.

FES Japan activities focus on the following topics:

  • Energy Security
  • Dialogue about the Legacies of History and Reconciliation
  • Regional Integration in East Asia and Europe
  • Immigration and the Integration of Foreign Citizens
  • Demographic Issues
  • Consumer Protection
  • Labor issues in Japan and Germany
  • The Role of Civil Society in Japan and Germany
  • Foreign Policy Approaches of Social Democratic Parties
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 socioeconomic development increasingly have to be taken into account. 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 have been developing since the inception of the ASEAN+3 framework. more

Events

International Conference "Coexisting with Foreigners in an Era of Mass Migration; opportunities and challenges for Europe and Japan"

Are nation states with strong ethnic identities capable of integrating large numbers of people of diverse cultures, many of whom may wish to stay and form new ethnic minority communities? Of all host nations, Japan, with a less than two percent ratio of foreign residents in its population, comes to the era of diversity with the least prior preparation. At the international conference, the above theme will be discussed with a view to encouraging students to confront social issues likely to have an impact on their futures.

 

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国際会議「多様化する社会―外国人労働者との共存」

国民国家は、様々な文化的背景を有する人々を統合し得る、民族的アイデンティティを備えているだろうか?移民らは、移住先で新たな民族的マイノリティ・コミュニティを形成したいと考えるかもしれない。外国人の割合が人口の2%未満という日本は、移民受入国の中でも、多様化の時代に対する備えが特に不十分であると言えるだろう。この国際会議では、欧州の学生達が、彼らの将来にも影響を及ぼすであろう社会問題に取り組むため、上記のテーマについて議論を行う。

 

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Symposium "Future of the automotive industry in Japan and Germany"

In both Germany and Japan, the automotive industry is one of the key industries. However, the sector is at a crossroads due to current developments (such as digitization). The question arises to which extend the challenges faced by the German and Japanese automotive industries are similar and what recommendations for action result from this. These questions will be the focus of a dialogue between manufacturers, suppliers, scientists and trade unions active in Japan.

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Latest Publications

論文『インダストリー4.0に向けたソーシャル・イノベーション政策』

「インダストリー4.0」は全ての製造部門と工程の完全なネットワーク化を特徴とする「スマート工場」構想で、コンピューターによるリアルタイムでの制御、ロボット利用の増大、作業単位ごとの自動運転により、資源を節約し生産性を上げようというものです。インダストリー4.0の概念は、ドイツのデジタル化議論において最も重要なテーマとなっています。著者のダニエル・ブーア博士は「インダストリー4.0が単なる技術革新ではなく社会変革として理解され、定義された時、この大変動に対する答えが初めて見えてくるだろう」と述べています。

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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 "Security by the back door"

Japanese MP Shoichi Kondo discusses a controversial anti-terror law that critics say weakens civil liberties.

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