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ASEAN Economic Community: The beginning, not the end

The report under the "EU-ASIA Economic Governance Forum" discusses the implementation of the "ASEAN Economic Community", highlighting existing hurdles as well as first signs of success. more…

Patrick Bessler | November 5, 2015

Japan: Abenomics with light and shadow

The country report examines Japan's economic and socio-political development against the backdrop of the realignment of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "Abenomics". more…

Dr. Detlef Rehn | October 28, 2015

Japan 70 Years on from the End of the War

Balancing Act en Route to a New Security Architecture

The conservative head of government, Shinzo Abe, is due to make a statement in mid-August on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender. Experts worldwide have already been discussing the content of this statement for months. The main question is the wording that will be used to acknowledge Japan’s role in World War II and as a colonial power. more…

Paul Linnarz | International Reports | August 4, 2015

Energy Efficiency - Opportunities for Japan and Europe

Dr. Gerhard Fasol, Eurotechnology Japan KK

This report summarizes the major reasons for the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi nuclear accident and its impact, e.g. the accelerated introduction of renewable energy in Japan via feed-in-tariffs, and electricity market reform and liberalization. This report also introduces opportunities for cooperation, joint business, investments and acquisitions between Europe and Japan in the field of energy, electricity generation, efficient use of energy, and proper management of the risks associated with energy - there are many more opportunities for cooperation between Japan and Europe, beyond this report. more…

February 6, 2015

Combating Corruption - Implications of the G20 Action Plan for the Asia-Pacific Region

Nepotism, Bribery, Patronage, Collusion… The list of categories in the murky sphere of corruption appears to be a bottomless pit. The obstinate prevalence of corruption has, for the longest time, been one of the most perturbing thorns in the flesh of nation states all around the globe. Especially in Asia, large parts of both the public and private sector are riddled with corrupt practices, gravely undermining efforts to expedite the conduct of ‘good governance’. more…

December 25, 2014