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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


Digitalization: Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Business

KAS Japan/Social and Economic Governance Program Asia (SOPAS) in partnership with Woomentum is conducting a research on the impact of digitalization to women entrepreneurship. Empowered women with digital transformation and innovation are key agents in building more stable and resilient communities, reducing poverty and stimulating greater social and digital economic growth. Ministries, private companies and other relevant stakeholders get confronted with challenges and opportunities in response to the changes in digitalization and gender equality. The research hopes to shed light on those opportunities and provide insights to address the set challenges to all stakeholders.


“Design and Democracy” Plenary Panel Discussion

Social and Economic Governance Programme Asia (SOPAS) co-organized panel at ACAS/ACCS2020

A Plenary Panel Discussion on "Design and Democracy" presented at the 10th Asian Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS2020) and the 10th Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS2020) jointly organized by KAS SOPAS and IAFOR.


Tokyo Conference 2020

Genron NPO event / February. 29th at Nikkei Hall and March 1st at Tokyo Prince Hotel

The Tokyo Conference is the most influential high-level track II dialogue on international challenges and global governance in Japan


US-Japan Relations under Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe

DIJ KAS Roundtable

US-Japan relations form a core element in Asian regional security and a central pillar of the international trade regime. The quality of the relationship has always been shaped by the personalities representing the two countries. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s now longest-serving prime minister, has been keen to establish good personal ties with Donald Trump, whose “America First” policy implied a major shift in the US approach to regional and global issues. This roundtable will discuss the changes that US-Japan relations underwent since the beginning of Trump’s presidency and analyze the regional and global implications.


Social Economic Policies Asia (SOPAS) 2020-2022 Cycle

Inception Workshop and Programme 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.


Track 1.5 Japan-Germany Security Dialogue Public Forum

A public forum on the Track 1.5 Japan-Germany Security feature a panel discussion where policy practitioners and experts from both Japan and Germany will speak about security issues in both countries, as well as the regional situations in Europe and Asia.


The EU and Japan

Really getting things done?

The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) were concluded in 2018 and have now entered the implementation phase. What kind of concrete steps have the EU (and its member states) and Japan taken to strengthen cooperation, coordination and synergies in view of both agreements’ ambitious agenda? This 1-day conference accompanied by a public forum/panel addresses these question and pinpoints common areas of interest where EU and Japan cooperation could make a difference. The conference, thus, will besides assessing progress, analyse likely areas for cooperation. The purpose of the conference is to move the process and come up with suggestions for the next steps to take.



Diversified diplomatic ties are a major goal for the EU and Japan. In near future both partners aim for sustainable relations in the political and economic sector. Therefore KAS Japan office and EJARN organize an international conference.


"Japan and Southeast Asia - Current Foreign Policy Issues in the Era of Global Change and Challenges"

In Kooperation mit dem Center for Southeast Asia Studies Kyoto University (CSEAS) wird ein internationaler Workshop zu aktuellen außenpolitischen Entwicklungen Japans und Südostasiens organisiert.


Briefing zur wirtschaftlichen Sicherheit vis-à-vis China

Am 5. Juni hatte das Auslandsbüro der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) die Ehre, den nordrhein-westfälischen Ministerpräsidenten Hendrik Wüst zu einem Briefing über wirtschaftliche Sicherheit vis-à-vis China willkommen zu heißen. Das Programm gliederte sich in drei Fachvorträge mit anschließender Diskussion mit der Delegation des Landeskabinetts und hochrangigen Wirtschaftsvertreterinnen und –vertreter.

Responding to the Dynamic Changes in the World of Work in Asia

The panel on “Responding to the Dynamic Changes in the World of Work in Asia” is organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS). It was held last July 28, 2023, as part of the South East Asia-South Asia-Taiwan (SEASAT) Camp 2023, an annual flagship event organized by the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF) since its establishment. The panel in particular, and the SEASAT Camp 2023 in general, is aimed at young people, think tanks, academia, and government policy makers.

Enabling an Equiverse: 4W’s

Equal access to Work, Wealth, Wellbeing and Welfare

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s (KAS) regional economic program SOPAS, in cooperation with TalentNomics India, launched a two-day conference titled “Enabling an Equiverse: 4W’s- Equal access to Work, Wealth, Wellbeing and Welfare” to specifically discuss the issues women face in regard to their work, wealth, wellbeing, and welfare

Party Dialogue between the Christian Democratic/ Social Union and the Liberal Democratic Party

On November 16, the Japan Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, in cooperation with Minoru Kiuchi, Member of the House of Representatives of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) / Secretary-General of the Japan-German Parliamentary Friendship League, held the second party dialogue between the Christian Democratic/Social Union (CDU/CSU) and the LDP in the National Diet of Japan. The CDU/CSU members of the German Bundestag and the LDP members of the National Diet discussed the following topics.

A Better (Re)Start

The Future of Work for Young People

On November 4, 2022, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s (KAS) Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS) and the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF) organised the online conference ‘A Better (Re)Start: The Future of Work for Young People’, which discussed in depth the trends and patterns within the global youth education and labour environment.

Deutsch-Japanischer Track 1.5-Sicherheitsdialog

Angesichts des russischen Angriffskrieges gegen die Ukraine und die mit ihm in Verbindung stehenden globalen Komplikationen hielten am 14. November, 2022 das Auslandsbüro der Konrad–Adenauer-Stiftung Japan (KAS), in Kooperation mit dem Japanischen Institut für Internationale Angelegenheiten (JIIA), dem Auswärtigen Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (AA), und dem Japanischen Außenministerium (MOFA) die deutsch-japanische Konferenz „German-Japanese Track-Security Dialogue 1.5”. Im Zuge der globalen Covid-19 Pandemie war diese Sitzung die erste Präsenzveranstaltung in drei Jahren.

The War in Ukraine: Europe's response and implications for the Indo-Pacific

On October 26, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Japan Office held an experts’ roundtable on “The War in Ukraine: Europe's response and implications for the Indo-Pacific” at the organisation’s Tokyo office. Rabea Brauer, Country Representative, KAS Japan, welcomed the participation of experts from the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) at the Brussels School of Governance and various Japanese organisations. Key points made by the CSDS speakers concerned the following: • Impact of the Russian aggression against Ukraine from both a Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific perspective and the conflict’s indirect link to both regions through the U.S. military presence; • Evaluation of Japan and Taiwan as partners sharing common values with Europe. Shift by Eastern European states from pro to anti-China following China’s show of support for Russia; • EU’s endeavour to seek tighter and more robust defense cooperation as a part of an effort to secure the strategic autonomy of the bloc; development of stronger defense cooperation between the EU and NATO. The subsequent discussions centered around topics such as future Japan-NATO cooperation in new domains, the prospect of a Taiwan contingency, solidarity amongst like-minded countries, and weapon systems. The whole session was moderated by Michito Tsuruoka, Associate Professor of Keio University.

Women in Japan

Breakthroughs in Women Business Leadership

Event Report: Women in Japan: Updating Gender Roles in Society

Universe to Equiverse

Start the Ripple

This report summarises the key take-aways and recommendations from the International Leadership Conference 'Universe to Equiverse: Start the Ripple', jointly organised with TalentNomics India. The event was held virtually on December 9th and 10th, 2021 and brought together more than 35 Global Leaders as speakers and panellists, with over 800 participants.

Women in Japan

Updating Gender Roles in Society

The second in the series of events titled, 'Women in Japan', the 'Women in Japan: Updating Gender Roles in Society' webinar took place on 4 April 2022. The webinar focused on learning best practices from Scandinavian countries (Norway) that have been successful in their gender policy on the societal front to learn how they have achieved their current gender situation by comparing it with the present state in Japan.