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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. FES activities aim at introducing the European experiences to Japanese policymakers, academics, journalists and civil society and to discuss areas of common interest.

Events

Lecture "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Middle Powers Amidst Global Power Shifts"

Less wars, more prosperity—that is a global trend since the end of the Cold War. Yet, illiberalism is increasingly spreading, even in democratic countries, and nationalist populism has come to define the policies of some of the great powers. Do we head towards a world where—to speak with Thucydides—the strong do as they like while the weak do as they must? The most fragile and vulnerable states—the Middle Powers—have to find ways out of the conundrum. To that end, they must find solutions regarding the problems in their own societies.

 

Dr. Volker Stanzel is the former ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan and China and currently serves as the Vice President of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Senior Distinguished Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), and President of the Association of German-German-Japanese Societies.

 

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Tokyo Democracy Forum (TDF) of the 2019 C20 Summit "Promoting Peace, Human Rights and Democratic Governance through the SDG 16+"

Growing inequality, humanitarian crisis and violation of fundamental human rights threaten the international community. As conditions and space for civic society to find solutions to these challenges remain restricted, protecting human rights and the freedom of civic society are crucial. To achieve the SDG 16 focusing on Peace, Human Rights and Democratic Governance the civil society and the world leaders of the G20 must solve global challenges together. During the 2019 Summit "Promoting Peace, Human Rights and Democratic Governance through the SDG 16+" the Tokyo Democracy Forum will review and discuss these challenges within SDG 16 and adopt the Declaration of Tokyo Democracy Forum.

 

 

 

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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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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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