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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. In the view of declining birth rates, the “demographic time bomb” is one of the greatest challenges Japan and German social policies face today. FES Japan promotes Japanese-German dialogue in politics and civil society and supports academic exchange in this field.

Events

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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Work Style Reform – How Can Women (and Men too) Shine? Gender Time Gap and Gender Equality in Japan and Germany

In modern society, gainful employment is the basis for an independent life, and working time is a crucial factor in people's lives as their lifestyles and opportunities depend on how long or short they work. In Japan as well as in Germany, working hours are unequally distributed, and it is especially women who work under precarious conditions. At the conference, the topic of gender-differentiated (working) time will be analysed comprehensively, but best practices from practice will also be presented and their implementation possibilities discussed in a German-Japanese comparison.

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Securing the rule of law. Japan and Germany in comparison

Japan and Germany are constitutional states in which the functions, controls and limits of law and politics are governed by the constitution. Both states see themselves as international leaders in the defence of legal norms. At this symposium, speakers address the relationship between lawmaking and politics in Japan and Germany.

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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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