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Events

11/25/2020

Panel Discussion „Media freedom, populism and democratic resilience“

The Digital Age has brought new opportunities for civic expression and participation. However, Social Media also facilitates the spread of manipulative content such as propaganda, hate speech and fake news. How resilient are open and democratic societies to these influences, and what is the role of the traditional media?


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02/28/2020

Symposium „Active Ageing in the Digital Age. How can Digitalization and Connectivity enhance Social Participation and Inclusion?”

Japan and Germany are confronting fast ageing populations. Supporting the social participation and inclusion of a growing number of elderly people constitutes a major challenge for both societies. Digitalization and connectivity offer great opportunities in this respect. The symposium addresses the issues of active ageing in the digital age by looking at how societies like Japan and Germany are trying to integrate the older generation into the process of digital transformation.


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02/05/2020

Conference “Diversity and Inclusiveness: Divergent Treatment of Neglected Minorities”

How do countries in Asia and Europe deal with ethnic, religious and sexual minorities? Why, in some countries, those minorities are legally protected, while in others negative public attitudes and policies of willful neglect still do persist? This conference aims to examine differences in popular attitudes and official policies towards minorities in Asia and Europe, such as the LGBTQ community and disabled persons.


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10/19/2019

Workshop “Remembrance – Responsibility – Reconciliation. New Challenges for Education in Germany and Japan”

With the worldwide rise of populist movements, the increase of nationalist tendencies and young people knowing less and less about recent history, maintaining the memory of the past is more important today than ever. In this workshop, researchers from Germany and Japan analyse the culture of remembrance in both countries and discuss the current challenges of teaching history and commemoration in schools and universities.


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10/04/2019

Symposium „LegalTech: Artificial Intelligence in the legal system – benefits and risks“

Digitalization and Artificial intelligence (AI) have a fundamental impact on working processes – for legal professionals, but possibly even for the legal system itself. The symposium discusses the benefits and risks of AI technologies in legal services with experts from Japan and Germany.


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10/02/2019

Workshop „Hate Speech as a School Topic – Teaching Democracy in Japan and Germany“

Hate speech has become a concerning phenomenon in our society, particularly on the internet where minorities such as immigrants or the LGBTQ community increasingly face hatred, verbal violence and discrimination. Children are exposed to different forms of hate speech on a regular basis, not only when using social media but also in everyday school life. The FES Office Japan invites Japanese and German teachers to exchange their views and to work together on different approaches to raise awareness and to prevent racism and violence among students.


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06/26/2019

EPRIE 2019 - Overcoming the challenges posed by social media: How to make it work for social change?

EPRIE aims to share and exchange perspectives and experiences between East Asia and Europe. In 2018, we examined the challenges posed to the media sector by populism and post-truth politics. This year, together with media practitioners, actors from civil society, scholars and politicians, we will focus on social media as a tool for social change.


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04/21/2019

C20 Summit "Promoting Peace, Human Rights and Democratic Governance through the SDG 16+"

Growing inequality, humanitarian crisis and violation of fundamental human rights threaten the international community. As conditions and space for civic society to find solutions to these challenges remain restricted, protecting human rights and the freedom of civic society are crucial. To achieve the SDG 16 focusing on Peace, Human Rights and Democratic Governance the civil society and the world leaders of the G20 must solve global challenges together. During the 2019 Summit "Promoting Peace, Human Rights and Democratic Governance through the SDG 16+" the Tokyo Democracy Forum will review and discuss these challenges within SDG 16 and adopt the Declaration of Tokyo Democracy Forum.

 

 


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04/16/2019

Lecture "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Middle Powers Amidst Global Power Shifts"

Less wars, more prosperity—that is a global trend since the end of the Cold War. Yet, illiberalism is increasingly spreading, even in democratic countries, and nationalist populism has come to define the policies of some of the great powers. Do we head towards a world where—to speak with Thucydides—the strong do as they like while the weak do as they must? The most fragile and vulnerable states—the Middle Powers—have to find ways out of the conundrum. To that end, they must find solutions regarding the problems in their own societies.

 

Dr. Volker Stanzel is the former ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan and China and currently serves as the Vice President of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Senior Distinguished Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), and President of the Association of German-German-Japanese Societies.

 


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02/21/2019

International Conference "Coexisting with Foreigners in an Era of Mass Migration; opportunities and challenges for Europe and Japan"

Are nation states with strong ethnic identities capable of integrating large numbers of people of diverse cultures, many of whom may wish to stay and form new ethnic minority communities? Of all host nations, Japan, with a less than two percent ratio of foreign residents in its population, comes to the era of diversity with the least prior preparation. At the international conference, the above theme will be discussed with a view to encouraging students to confront social issues likely to have an impact on their futures.


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