Events - Foundation Office Japan / Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS)
Constitutional implications of the coronavirus pandemic
Online symposium on the 160th anniversary of German-Japanese relations
The Future of Work for the Asian Youth (Vietnam)
Online discussion with academics, government, CSO and industry practitioners on the ever-changing employment landscape for Vietnam's young people.
Towards the Future Together
160 Years of Japanese-German Relations
In 2021, Japan and Germany look back on 160 years of diplomatic relations. On January 24th in 1861, Japan signed a treaty of friendship, trade and navigation with Prussia, which today is considered the beginning of Japanese-German diplomatic relations. Today, both countries are close partners committed to a rules-based, multilateral international order. Based on shared interests and values, Japan and Germany are jointly approaching global challenges and trends such as digitalisation, climate change, demographic developments – while currently battling the ongoing pandemic. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) has long been engaged in and with Japan. Through our offices in Tokyo, Berlin and Brussels, KAS fosters political dialogue and multifaceted cooperation between Japan, Germany and Europe. On the occasion of the 160th anniversary of bilateral relations, KAS together with the Japanese Embassy of Germany will look ahead: How can Japan and Germany move closer to each other in a multilateral context? How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect and accelerate global developments in both countries? What can Japan and Germany learn from and with each other to thrive given the trends of the 21st century? Which formats does that take? In two panel discussions focusing on a strong, resilient and smart future, renowned experts from Japan, Germany and other countries discuss challenges and joint solutions.
Open Call for Country Papers
The Displaced: Disrupted Trade, Labour, and Politics in the Mekong River Basin
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Japan's Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS) is now accepting submissions for unpublished papers under the title, "The Displaced: Disrupted Trade, Labour, and Politics in the Mekong River Basin"
Open Call for Papers
Transitions and Transformations: Perspectives on the Future of Work in Asia
Interested in writing on the topic of the Future of Work in Asia? Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Japan's Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS) is now accepting submissions for unpublished papers under the title, "Transitions and Transformations: Perspectives on the Future of Work in Asia."
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.
Discussing International Engagement in the Indo-Pacific Region
Defense Attachés from mainly NATO Member States participated the event and discussed Japan's Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) with participation by National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS). The event was conducted on Chatham House rule.
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.