COVID-19 and the Future of Doing Business in Asia

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s regional program on “Socio-Economic Governance in Asia” (SOPAS) has conducted this research, “COVID-19 and the Future of Doing Business in Asia” jointly with the Asian Institute of Management Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness (AIM RSN PCC) to outline how the “new normal” will look like. Asia’s resilience to the shocks brought about by COVID-19 provides a first sketch of how the structural changes accelerated by the pandemic have reimagined and reformed the roles of the State and businesses. As businesses in the region resume economic activity, Asian governments and enterprises are in a unique position to define and structure the “new normal”, providing Germany, Europe and the rest of the world a tentative template of how to respond to these unprecedented challenges.

The Future of Work for the Asian Youth

Country Profile: Taiwan

This paper discusses the rising global issues of the future of work and its impact on youth employment in Taiwan. It begins by giving a brief background of Taiwan’s demography, economics, and labor profile. The next session describes the three main challenges of the future of work in Taiwan: (1) the structural change of the nature of work, (2) the gap between education and youth employment, and (3) issues of workforce and social protection. The paper concludes by highlighting the advantages that Taiwan holds in preparing for the future of work and a brief set of policy recommendations that will enable it to harness these advantages.

Japan-EU relationship:

Recommendations on SPA

The implementation of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) from February 2019 provided the basis for the conference discussion concerning trade and economic issues. The EPA, being the largest free trade agreement ever concluded, is of course very important, especially at present when some other countries instead have turned more towards protectionism. Moreover, the EPA provides predictability, transparency, and a roadmap for the development of EU-Japan trade and investment ties in the years to come. Regarding the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), which was concluded in tandem with the EPA, and is now under provisional Japan-EU relationship: Recommendations on SPA implementation, the picture is much more vague. While the EU and Japan have defined the priorities areas, i.e. the areas Brussels and Tokyo have chosen from a list of more than 40 areas formulated in the SPA – discussions on how and when to do this have only just begun. The purpose of this publication is to take a few of the most innovative ideas presented at the conference and add some new thoughts and initiatives that have developed since then. In this way we aim to make several policy recommendations that we believe can assist in moving forward mutually and globally beneficial EU-Japan cooperation in several diverse fields.

The multilateral trade system under stress

Charting Asia's path forward

The volume aims to examine questions surrounding the shifts occurring to the current multilateral framework and propose answers that can enrich current policy dialogues on free trade and the limits to multilateralism. Current developments and supranational responses to the challenges faced by the dominant multilateral trading system are discussed with special focus on the proposals for reforming the World Trade Organization (WTO). Asia’s role and country responses from leading economies in the region are also presented and discussed. It brings with it the need to revitalize multilateralism, upholding a cooperative international system that facilitates the achievement of common goals.

A New Era of Japan-Europe Cooperation in a Changing World

A View from Japan

Never have global systems been challenged as they are now. Governments must recognise that trustworthy and transparent cooperation becomes crucial in order to overcome pandemics and economic crises. This is a timely moment to look into Japans relationship to the EU and to see if and how the partnership agreement can and will be of help to deepen ties. Dr. Ueta Takako analyses not only the current state of implementation of the Strategic Partnership agreement and defense collaboration but also she looks into how Japan and the EU will share lessons and insights gained from disease response measures.

T20 Summit in Tokyo

At the T20 summit, which was hold in Tokyo on May 26th to 27th, the participants called for a revival of multilateralism because only together sustainable answers can be found to the global issues of our time.

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Donald Trump visits Japan

As the first foreign state guest since the accession of Emperor Naruhito, US President Donald Trump visited Japan between 25th and 28th May. During his four-day trip he aimed for improving trade relations between the two countries – as expected, no concrete results were achieved.

Between political alienation and economic dependence


Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping could vastly expand their political power this autumn. Both are now in a position to govern for years to come. Abe dissolved the Japanese Lower House in order to face down the opposition in the new elections. The coup succeeded. Abe wants to "reclaim" Japan. Xi Jinping was almost simultaneously appointed as the core leader of the Chinese Communist Party. He is now the undisputed leader of the Middle Kingdom, on par with Mao Zedong. Xi wants to realize the "Chinese dream". A collision course seems pre-programmed.

Japan's Hot Summer

Premier im Umfragetief, Kabinettswechsel, Nordkorea provoziert Sicherheitslage

There is no sign of a summer slump. The priorly largely successful LDP and Prime Minister Abe see themselves confronted with the harsh reality of electoral defeats, rapidly dropping approval ratings and political scandals. Abe and his government are severely dented; a new cabinet consisting of minister veterans is hoped to create stability. Meanwhile, the North Korean security situation threatens to esca-late.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung mourns the loss of Helmut Kohl

On the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and former President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, writes: