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.

Deutsch-Japanischer Wirtschaftspolitischer Austausch der KAS

Wirtschaftspolitik angesichts einer anhaltenden COVID-19-Pandemie: Japanische und deutsche/EU-Strategien im Vergleich

Die Reihe Deutsch-Japanischer Wirtschaftspolitischer Austausch der KAS bietet eine offene Plattform zum wirtschaftspolitischen Dialog. Wichtige japanische und deutsche/EU-Akteure der Wirtschaftspolitik, wie z.B. politische Entscheidungsträger und Vertreter der Industrie, diskutieren auf vielfältigen Ebenen über die Herausforderungen und Perspektiven ihrer jeweiligen Volkswirtschaften. Ziel des Projekts ist den Austausch zwischen deutschen, europäischen und japanischen Vertretern aus Wirtschaft und Politik zu intensivieren und Kooperationen auszubauen. Die Teilnehmer sollen nach einem initialen Kontakt durch die KAS in gegenseitigem Kontakt bleiben. Zu den Rednern der Veranstaltung vom 10. Februar gehörten Vertreter der führenden Wirtschaftsverbände Deutschlands und Japans, des Bundesverbands der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) und des japanischen Wirtschaftsverbands (Keidanren), ein Mitglied des Europäischen Parlaments live zugeschaltet aus Brüssel, sowie ein hochrangiger Funktionär des japanischen Ministeriums für Wirtschaft, Handel und Industrie (METI). Sie führten eine offene Diskussion zu den Herausforderungen und Perspektiven beider Volkswirtschaften und den damit verbundenen Notwendigkeiten des gemeinsamen Handelns angesichts der geopolitischen Veränderungen.

The Path to Digitalization for WSMEs - Policy Breakthroughs from Vietnam, Singapore and South Korea

In today’s business environment where going digital is a necessity, all business owners must be equipped to become part of the digital economy to stay relevant. In particular, women-owned small and medium enterprises (WSMEs) can and want to thrive in the digital age. However, support from policymakers and private stakeholders is necessary to set inclusive digital transformation agendas that can unleash their dormant potential. Organised in cooperation with Woomentum and in partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the webinar, 'Path to Digitalisation for WSMEs- Policy Breakthroughs from Vietnam, South Korea and Singapore', had policy experts from Vietnam, South Korea, and Singapore share breakthroughs and learnings from digital transformation policies in their countries as well as discussed the next steps to crafting a path to digitalisation for WSMEs. The webinar took place on Tuesday, 14 December 2021 from 17:00 JST. 

Women in Japan

Current Roles and Expectations

The first in the series of events titled, 'Women in Japan', the 'Women in Japan: Current Roles and Expectations' webinar took place on 3 December 2021. The webinar focused on providing an overview of Japan’s current gender environment in the three sections of politics, economy, and society with prominent speakers (politicians, journalists, and academics).

Labour Mobility and Global Health Governance in Asia

Contagious viral diseases had affected the Asian continent in the past, yet the COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the region. Disrupted travel and business connections have highlighted the vulnerability of global health governance and international labour migration in the region. The region lacked a clear and effective leadership in the pandemic, as the WHO’s role as a global health organisation came under increasing pressure and international public health has become an arena of heavy contestation between global powers. Consequently, countries in the region have dealt with COVID-19 differently, even though personal health security has become a transnational issue in a region that relies heavily on migrant workers. Current policies were not designed with pandemics of this scale in mind, and their defects are showing. The conference, ‘Labour Mobility and Global Health Governance in Asia’, organised with the Leiden Asia Centre (LAC) and the IAFOR Research Centre at Osaka School of International Public Policy (IRC), discussed all these topics and took place on Thursday, 4 November 2021 from 17:00 – 19:30 (JST).


Managing Time, Cost, and People to Embrace Technology in Your Business

In a post-pandemic world, the need for digitalisation in business has become a necessity. On top of their day-to-day operations, it can be overwhelming for small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) to try and navigate the many digital tools available. The “Managing Time, Cost and People to Embrace Technology in your Business” webinar covered valuable insights and lessons learnt from 140 women-led small and mid-sized enterprises (WSMEs) across 7 Asian countries and featured a panel of successful entrepreneurs and digitalisation experts. The webinar took place on Thursday, 28 October 2021 from 17:00 – 18:30 (JST) with interpretation in English, Vietnamese and Burmese.

After the Voting

What Happens Next?

Bundestagswahl 2021: Nachwahlgespräch mit Herrn Jürgen Hardt, Mitglied des Bundestages

Digital Asia

Crafting Responsive Trade Policies

The exponential growth of the digital economy in Asia is driving large numbers of firms and consumers online. Digital ecosystems, regional platforms, 5G technology, digital financial services and payments are key trends that feature prominently in “new generation trade agreements” in Asia. Trade agreements such as the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the Digital Economic Partnership Agreement (DEPA), among others, are trying to create a multilateral framework to tackle these critical issues. However, national governments in the region are still struggling to manage and regulate these trends. The results often lead to contentious issues, including inconsistent data policy, digital taxation and consumer protection rules.

Bundestagswahl 2021: Was ist zu erwarten?

Hintergrundgespräch mit Frau Ursula Groden-Kranich, MdB

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