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The Future of Work for the Asian Youth (Malaysia)

The Future of Work for the Asian Youth Webinar Series

A webinar on the impact of technology, climate change, the global health and economic crisis, on the changing nature of work for the Malaysian youth.


Defense Ministers’ Forum Indo-Pacific: Japan and Germany's Engagement in the Region

(German-Japanese) Virtual Discussion with Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Minister of Defense Nobuo Kishi

(This is a German-Japanese session) Strengthening defense cooperation between Germany and the countries in the Asia Pacific region has been one of the priorities on the agenda of the German Minister of Defense, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Japan, as a steadfast value partner to Germany, has been advocating a free and open Indo-Pacific for over a decade and regularly emphasizes the multilateral protection of a ruled-based order with partners and like-minded nations. Both, Germany’s Indo-Pacific Guidelines and Japan’s concept of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) recognise the importance of international law and norms to prevent instability, conflict or a disruption in the maritime domain of the Indo-Pacific region. The policy guidelines address the existential security concerns of Germany’s long-standing partners. Germany pledges to contribute diplomatic responses and offers tangible contributions to its partners in the region. What are the goals of the recently published Indo-Pacific guidelines of the German federal government and how could an implementation look like in the range of security and defense policy? Moreover, what could be possible joint responses to threats to the ruled-based order in the region imposed by third parties? What role does Japan expect Germany to play in the region?


“Together, Make Europe strong again”

One year into the new EU commission and the new challenges ahead of Europe

As Europe is struggling with the coronavirus pandemic it faces challenges on an epic scale. Not just the recovery seems far, but even the foundation and principle values of the European integration such as freedom of movement have been put into jeopardy. The pandemic poses challenge and will definitely have a big impact on key policies including future enlargement and the neighbourhood policy. Much lies on the shoulder of both the German Presidency and the new EU Commission. It has been one year into the term of the present EU Commission, which is a good occasion to look back the first year and at the same time, to look ahead. Together, make Europe strong again – says the motto of the present EU presidency under Germany. When it was adopted, probably no one had thought that this would be so timely and accurate in the middle of the multifaceted challenges posed not only by the dramatically changing security landscape around the globe, but the COVID pandemic that had disrupted not just social and economic activity but the fundamental freedoms of the European integration.


Digitalisation: New Opportunities and Challenges for Women Owned Small and Medium Enterprises

Webinar via ZOOM

The Webinar will serve as an interim touch point, as we consolidate our full reports on the topic focusing on four Southeast Asian countries - Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar. We hope this Webinar would inform policymakers, development partners and private investors with perspectives and recommendations, and importantly, stimulate initiatives towards achieving maximum potential of digitalisation for women-led SMEs.


After the U.S. elections: what Germany and Japan should do to safeguard the international order

Virtual Panel Discussion on Zoom

Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Japanese-German Center Berlin, the Asia Pacific Initiative, and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs would like to invite you and your colleagues to a Virtual Panel Discussion on Zoom After the U.S. elections: what Germany and Japan should do to safeguard the international order


Future of Work for the Asian Youth (Indonesia)


Jointly organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's regional program on Socio-Economic Governance in Asia (SOPAS) and the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF), the Future of Work for the Asian Youth Webinar Series aims to highlight the key issues behind the changing employment landscape of Asia’s young people.


Leading with Grit and Grace

Conference Organized by KAS Social Economic Governance in Asia and Talentnomics India

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)’s Socio-Economic and Governance Programme Asia (SOPAS) and Talentnomics India invite you to an International Leadership Conference “Leading with Grit & Grace”.


The Future of Work for the Asian Youth (Taiwan)

KAS Japan SOPAS (Social and Economic Governance in Asia) and the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF) invite you to participate in a series of webinars on "The Future of Work for the Asian Youth' on 27 August 2020 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Taiwan Standard Time); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Japan Standard Time. We talk about how


Call for Papers: "Digital Trade in Asia"

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s (KAS) Social and Economic Governance Program Asia (SOPAS) invites submissions for unpublished papers on digitalization’s impact on trade.


COVID-19 and the Future of Doing Business in Asia

The COVID19 pandemic has caused massive disruption and volatility to the global economy. The loss of lives and livelihoods has pushed governments to intervene significantly in response to the outbreak while businesses are adapting to the rapidly changing needs of their people, consumers, and suppliers. As the world contends with the outbreak, countries in Asia have pioneered containment strategies, shaped new protocols, and restarted economic activity. As businesses in the region resume economic activity, Asian companies are in a unique position to define and structure the “new normal.” What will the “new normal” look like? How is COVID19 reshaping the dimensions that define the future of doing business in Asia? Focus countries include the following: (1) China, (2) Japan, (3) Singapore, (4) South Korea, (5) Philippines, (6) Vietnam

KAS Japan Weekly COVID-19 Updates

How Asia is reopening amidst COVID-19

Some Asian countries are beginning to ease lock downs and cautiously reopening economies amidst the threat of case resurgence.

KAS Japan Weekly COVID-19 Updates

12 May 2020

GOJ extended the state of emergency to the end of May. As the Golden Week (Japanese national holidays in early May) ended, discussions on exit strategy has become active in the politcs. GOJ is likely to remove the state of emergency off from 34 prefectures. The infected cases has fallen to 100 or less in the past days. GOJ's criteria for lifting the state of emergency are: (1) Situations of infected cases in each prefecture (2) Situations of prefectural medical system (3) Function of monitoring system. Nikkei poll found 55% of the respondents were not in favor of GOJ's measures to Covid-19, 11 percentage points down from the previous one.

KAS Japan Weekly COVID-19 Updates

28 April 2020

On April 27th, the Government of Japan finally submits emergency economic package to the National Diet. Japanese economy will keep facing economic challenges. Further measures to be taken by the country. Key messages include: 1) The Bank of Japan made a fiscally bold decision to abolish its cap to buy national bonds. 2) Political parties are figuring out how to fund rent expenses for SMEs. The oppositions are steps ahead. 3) The Government further upgrades its financial support to SMEs by paying practically 100% of leave allowances under certain conditions.

KAS Japan Weekly COVID-19 Updates

21 April 2020

Government of Japan last week extended a state of emergency to all over the country and has made a major change to emergency economic package. Key messages include: 1. GOJ will pay JPY 100,000 to all citizens in the country instead of JPY 300,000 to families in financial difficulties. 2. Komeito, LDP's junior coalition partner strongly pressured PM Abe to change the plan. Usually, budgets stay as they are once approved by Cabinet. 3. This development was unusual and has cast shadow over PM's clout and leadership.

KAS Japan Weekly COVID-19 Updates

8 April 2020

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on 7 April 2020. An economic package of amounting to JPY 108 trillion was prepared to cushion the economic fallout. Watch the video to learn more!

KAS Japan Weekly COVID-19 Updates

14 April 2020

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) survey finds that business sentiments of large enterprises in the manufacturing industry fell to minus 8 points (-8). The Cabinet Office abandons the hope of recovery in their March 2020 report and admits that the Japanese economy is in a severe situation, the worse state in the last seven years. A high probability of negative GDP growth is projected by the Nomura Research Institute for the second quarter (April to June) of 2020.

KAS Japan Weekly COVID-19 Updates

Updates on the latest economic outlook for developing Asia

Growth will slowdown to 2.2% while inflation will rise to 3.2% in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No country will escape the economic impact of the pandemic but more open, trade and tourism-dependent countries will be hit the hardest. The economic impact may spillover to the rest of the economy and trigger a financial crisis if governments fail to take quick and decisive policy actions.

KAS Japan Weekly Updates

Economic uncertainty amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Economic uncertainty surged to a record high in the first quarter of 2020. The level of uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic is remarkably high compared to other outbreaks such as SARS and Ebola. Japan and India registered the highest levels of economic uncertainty in Asia. Addressing economic uncertainty requires coordinated action to restore confidence in and provide stability to the global economy.

KAS Japan Weekly COVID-19 Updates

Economic consequences of COVID-19 on the Japanese and Asian economies

Introducing the weekly updates on the economic consequences of COVID-19 in Japan and Asia. Stay tuned!

SOPAS Inception Workshop and Program Launch

The Social Economic Policies Asia (SOPAS) is a regional forum that contributes to the debate and reform of economic and governance models in Asia. It brings together a network of policy makers, economists, political analysts and thought leaders across Asia-Pacific to discuss emerging issues, propose policy alternatives and share best practices. For the 2020-2022 cycle, SOPAS will focus on three strategic areas: (1) advancing female leadership, (2) free trade consolidation, and (3) the future of work. The programme will primarily work with the following countries: (1) India, (2) Japan, (3) Singapore, (4) South Korea, (5) Taiwan, and (6) Viet Nam. The series of workshops conducted over a day, aim to establish partnerships with key regional stakeholders and jointly identify and define the themes covered and possible areas for cooperation under SOPAS’ three strategic areas. At the end of the workshops, a working framework for the program’s 2020-2022 implementation will have been created and agreed upon.

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