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)

Webinar Series

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Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Japan's Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS) is now accepting submissions for unpublished papers under the title, "The Displaced: Disrupted Trade, Labour, and Politics in the Mekong River Basin"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 Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Japan's Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS) is now accepting submissions for unpublished papers under the title, "Transitions and Transformations: Perspectives on the Future of Work in Asia."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.


Defense Dialogue:

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.

Inter-Parliamentary Dialogue

Event Report

This is the event report for the very first Inter-Parliamentary Dialogue which was organised by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Japan office between German and Japanese Members of Parliaments (MPs). The dialogue took place on 27 April 2021.

Leading with Grit and Grace

Conference Report

This report summarises the key take-aways and recommendations from the International Leadership Conference “Leading with Grit and Grace”, jointly organised by TalentNomics India and KAS Japan's Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS). The event was held virtually on November 5th and 6th, 2020. The meeting brought together more than 20 Global Leaders as speakers and panelists, and was attended by over 500 participants. The event, held in the backdrop of COVID19 health, social and economic global crisis, centred around charting an inclusive recovery from the crisis and highlighting traits of leaders who can impactfully steer the new post-COVID world.

The Future of Work for the Asian Youth: Vietnam

Webinar Summary

The last session of the Future of Work for the Asian Youth webinar series focused on Vietnam. The event was opened by Ms. Rabea Brauer, KAS Country Representative for Japan and Director for the Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS) and Mr. Peter Girke, KAS Country Representative for Vietnam. The panel of speakers comprised of Dr. Do Ta Khanh, Director of the Centre for EU Studies, Institute of European Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences; Ms. Vo Thi Thanh Xuan, Tax Manager, Senior Associate, CPA Australia – Roedl & Partner Law Co., Ltd.; and Dr. Le Duy Binh, Director of Economica Vietnam. TAEF Executive Director, Dr. Alan Hao Yang, gave the closing and summary speech for the session and for the Future of Work for the Asian Youth webinar series. Mr. Yuri Baral, TAEF Non-Resident Assistant Research Fellow, served as moderator for the session.

Towards the Future Together: 160 Years of Japanese-German Relations

On the occasion of the 160th anniversary of bilateral relations between Japan and Germany, KAS together with the Embassy of Japan in Germany brought together renowned politicians and experts from Japan, Germany and like-minded countries to discuss joint challenges and joint solutions in two panel discussions focusing on a strong, resilient and smart future.

The European Green Deal and Japan's 2050 zero-emissions goal

Towards a greener, cleaner planet

Closed webinar in collaboration with the EU Asia Institute of the ESSCA School of Management

The Future of Work for the Asian Youth: Malaysia

Webinar Summary

The third session of the Future of Work for the Asian Youth webinar series focuses on Malaysia. Experts from the academe, government, and the private sector discuss the current state of Malaysia's labor market, the impact of COVID19 on young people's education and job prospects, as well as the policy interventions required to prepare the future workforce to successfully respond to the changing trends.

Future of Work for the Asian Youth: Indonesia

Webinar Summary

The second session of the Future of Work for the Asian Youth webinar series shifted the discussion to Southeast Asia, this time focusing on Indonesia.


5th German-Asian Business Dialogue

The Future Of The International Order Is Decided In Asia

German-Asian cooperation possesses abundant potential for maintaining the rules-based international order and keeping global trade routes open – requirements for both regions’ prosperity. Which challenges are governments and businesses in the Indo-Pacific and Germany facing under Covid-19? What lessons have been learned?

KAS Japan Weekly COVID-19 Updates

Gender, guilt, and work-life balance

A recent IMF working paper found out that Japan’s voluntary lockdown in April was more costly for women than men. The analysis solidified the observation that women face greater responsibility and #guilt for “neither being the ideal mother nor the ideal employee”.

Yoshihide Suga wins the LDP leadership Election.

Succeeding PM Shinzo Abe

Yesterday (September 14), Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga enjoyed a land sliding victory, winning 70% of the overall eligible votes for the LDP leadership election. Key messages are: 1. His victory was obvious even before the election as the major factions had expressed their support to him. 2. Fumio Kishida managed to stay in the race for the next year’s full-fledged leadership election. He could only obtain support from a small portion of regional votes. 3. Shigeru Ishiba came last. His popularity among the public is his strong point. However, he lost 16 percentage points from the regional chapters compared to 2018. He could not garner a big support from Diet members outside his faction.