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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

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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セミナー:インテリジェンスとコネクティビティが創りだす自動車産業

化石燃料エンジンに代わる電動機や蓄電のアイデアや、人間が運動しなくてもよい補助・自動・自走機能を備えた車が実際に道路を走行している現代。 また、車を所有せずに必要な時に移動手段として使用するシェアリングモビリティなどの新しい形のビジネスモデルと販売方法からなる、デジタルプラットフォーム型ビジネスが台頭してきています。

このような劇的な変化が起きている今、自動車産業の変革が求められます。

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

The challenges of demographic change and the demand for more participation of women in the labor force require family-friendly working conditions as a fundamental prerequisite for better reconciliation of family and working life. Employers have recognized and acknowledged that fathers also want opportunities to reconcile their work and family commitments.

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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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