May 26, 2021: Web Forum Data and Values – German and Japanese perspectives, June 10, 17:00-18:30 (JST) 10:00–11:30 (CET)

German Institute of Japanese Studies (DIJ) will organize the Web-Forum;

Data and Values – German and Japanese perspectives 

Date: Thursday, 10 June 2021, 17:00h – 18:30h (Japan)  10:00h – 11:30h (Germany) 

Speakers:  Axel v.d. Bussche, Taylor Wessing
                  Stefan Heumann, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung
                  Hitomi Iwase, Nishimura & Asahi
                  Koichi Sumikura, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Moderator: Franz Waldenberger, German Institute for Japanese Studies

Data are widely considered to be the “oil” of the digital economy. But whereas the concept seems essential and ubiquitous, social, economic and legal aspects associated with the meaning, ownership, exchange, use and protection of data remain highly contested even among countries with similar economic and political systems like Japan and Germany.

Our speakers will present the main legal regulations and public discourses related to the concept of data in Japan and Germany. In the discussion, we will try to pin point major differences in the understanding of data and their implications for the ownership, protection, use and international exchange.            

This Web-Forum will be held in English, online (Zoom). Detailed information and registration on our website (

Log-in data will be provided upon registration (until 17.00 h JST on June 10, 2021).

German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

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