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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.

Expert conference

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.

Expert conference


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.


Energy Security and Climate Change in East Asia - Jointly Getting on Track for a More Sustainable Future

The threat of Climate Change, as well as the importance of Energy Security makes it necessary to establish cross-border cooperation and multilateral collaboration. Therefore we aim to discuss regional steps towards a sustainable future in East Asia.

Expert conference



At the conference, we are going to explore the potential EU- Japan cooperation after the adoption of the above-mentioned SPA. Our main aim is to assess what kind of cooperation is already going on and how it could be intensified.

Expert conference


Numerous international security policy experts followed KAS’ and Temple University Japan Campus’ invitation and participated in a full-day conference on July 11th.



Between June 5-8, students from Japan, Korea and China were given the opportunity to exchange their views on the effects of demographic change in the region.


Social Market Economy in South Asia

In May, the regional SOPAS programme organized a discussion in cooperation with the Pathfinder Foundation based in Colombo. Experts from Germany and Sri Lanka exchanged their views on how SMEs can be sustainably fostered in South Asia.


Multi-Dimensional Secuirty Challenges in the Region

On April 20th we were pleased to welcome a delegation of the Parliamentary Oversight Panel of the German Bundestag to a roundtable discussion titled. Together with international experts the delegation debated security issues in the Asia-Pacific.

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.

The Future of Work for the Asian Youth: Taiwan

Webinar Report

The Future of Work for the Asian Youth webinar series, jointly organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Japan’s Social and Economic Governance in Asia (SOPAS) and the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF) finally launched on August 27, 2020, with a seminar that focused on Taiwan. The session addressed Taiwan’s case on the changing nature of employment for youth, challenges and opportunities, and how the country is preparing for the future of work.

KAS Japan Weekly Covid-19 Update

Next week, Yoshihide Suga will formally be Abe’s successor. What are the factors that LDP Diet members opt for Suga? Key messages include: 1. LDP Diet members have sought for continuity though the majority of general public until August disapproved Abe or GOJ’s responses to COVID19. 2. Factions one after another supported Suga, they couldn’t miss the bus. 3. Kishida’s weak leadership was centrifugal factor, instead gave impetus to Suga. 4. Skipping general LDP members all over the country is a big disadvantage for Ishiba. LDP factions get attempted to hold on to the winning horse. 5. Suga’s appointment to be as PM seems ironic for his belief that party factions’ role had long gone.

KAS Japan Weekly COVID-19 Updates

Digital trade expands

COVID19 has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies and services, allowing trade to virtually continue despite movement restrictions.

Prime Minister Abe's resignation

On August 28, Prime Minister Abe announced his resignation from the top position due to his long-held illness. Listen to our analysis of Shinzo Abe‘s resignation as Japan‘s longest serving Prime Minister. Will his move destabilize LDP? Are Japan’s days of political stability over? How much of his legacy will remain and who would be the most suitable successor - especially in the eyes of a strong EU-Japan partnership.

KAS Japan Weekly Covid-19 Update

25 August

Yesterday (August 24), Shinzo Abe became Japan 's longest continuously serving PM with 2,799 days in office. This represents Abe’s strength. (He already had become the longest serving PM last November, totaling the days in office in his 1st term) Cabinet #reshuffling is expected in September. Key messages are: 1) Two backbones in the Cabinet will remain. LDP SG Nikai may be replaced by Abe’s favorite successor, Kishida. Meanwhile in the LDP some voice that he may keep the Cabinet over the growing concerns on Abe’s health condition. 2) Covid-19 is giving him hard time and his disapproval rate is highest ever. 3) One more year left as LDP President / practically as PM. Whether he can dissolve the Lower House before the end of the House’s term and if the Olympic Games will take place in a ‘complete form’ are uncertain.

KAS Japan Weekly COVID-19 Updates

Aging economies and fiscal stimulus

The latest research from the IMF has found out that fiscal stimulus is less effective in aging economies compared to economies with a younger population.