February 28, 2021: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH IN JAPAN

The purpose of this programme is to provide opportunities for young and excellent postdoctoral researchers from other countries to conduct, under the guidance of their hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions.

This programme allows the researchers to advance their own research while contributing to the progress of research in Japan and the counterpart countries. All fields of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are included under this program.

  • Target group: PhD holders, Postdoctoral Researchers
  • Funding organisation: The Government of Japan
  • Duration: 12 to 24 months
  • Closing date for applications: no later than 30 July 2021

Please find the detailed information: JSPS – Postdoctoral-Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers)

More information about further JSPS-Programmes:

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February 27, 2021: Invitation: 2021 Annual Conference of the German Association for Social Science Research on Japan (VSJF) on “Continuity and Change 10 years after 3.11“, March 19, 09:00 – 17:00 (CET) / 17:00 – 01:00 (JST)

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and the subsequent catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, the VSJF Annual Conference 2021 focuses on the long-term effects of the triple disaster on Japanese politics and society. The one-day online conference offers three panels, which are devoted to change and continuity in energy policy (1), life in the Tōhoku areas hit hardest by the triple disaster (2), and interactions between civil society and the state (3).

The Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB) and the German Association for Social Science Research in Japan (VSJF), in cooperation with the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) and supported by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and Universität Zürich, would like to invite you and your colleagues to the VSJF Annual Conference 2021 on

Continuity and Change 10 years after 3.11

On Friday, March 19, 2021, 09:00 – 17:00 (CET) / 17:00 – 01:00 (JST)

You will find a detailed description of the three panels and a programme on the registration website.

The conference will be held in English.

For your virtual participation via ZOOM please use the online registration website.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the virtual Japanese-German Center Berlin.

Programme:

09.00-09.30 (CET)/17:00-17:30 (JST)

Welcome

Organisers (Florentine Koppenborg, Anna Wiemann, Tobias Weiss)

VSJF Chair Anke Scherer

JDZB Secretary General Julia Münch

DIJ Director Franz Waldenberger

09:30-11:30 (CET)/17:30-19:30 (JST)

Panel 1: Change and Continuity in Energy Policy

Chair: Franz Waldenberger (DIJ)

Hiroshi Takahashi (Tsuru University): “Carbon Neutral by 2050? -Policy Debate on the Next Basic Energy Plan”

Asami Takehama (Ritsumeikan University): “Large-Scale Integration of Renewable Energy in 2030: Supply-demand Balance in the Grid and Challenges in the Regulatory Framework”

Andrew DeWit (Rikkyō University): “Japan’s Imperative of Material Efficiency in the Energy Transition”

11:30-12:30 (CET)/19:30-20:30 (JST)

Break: Let’s meet up online on Wonder

12:30-14:30 (CET)/20:30-22:30 (JST)

Panel 2: Tōhoku – Life between Nuclear Radiation and Reconstruction

Chair: Phoebe Holdgrün (JDZB)

Cornelia Reiher (Freie Universität Berlin): “Governing Radionuclides in Food in Post-Fukushima Japan”

Julia Gerster (Tōhoku University): “Institutionalization and Representations of Disaster Memory in Tōhoku: Disaster Museums and Exhibitions on the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Disaster”

Isaac Gagné (DIJ): “Haunting Memories of 3.11 and the Heaviness of Trauma in Post-Disaster Miyagi”

14:30-15:00 (CET)/22:30-23:00 (JST)

Break: Let’s meet up online on Wonder

15:00-16:30 (CET)/23:00-00:30 (JST)

Panel 3: Civil Society and the State since 3.11

Chair: Gesine Folianty-Jost (Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

Keiichi Satō (Hitotsubashi University): “Changes in the Landscape of Antinuclear Movements after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident”

Carl Cassegård (University of Gothenburg): “Between Government and Grassroots: Challenges to Institutionalization in the Japanese Environmental Movement”

Ayaka Löschke (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg): “Mothers Against Radiation: Effort to Become a ‘Professional’ Organization and its Failure”

16:30-17:00 (CET)/00:30-01:00 (JST)

Wrap-Up by the Organisers

Florentine Koppenborg, Anna Wiemann, Tobias Weiss

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February 26, 2021: the EU-Japan Centre Webinars in March

The following webinars organised by the EU-Japan Centre will take place in March:

WEBINAR 165: SMART FARMING TECHNOLOGY IN JAPAN
Date: 2 March 2021 – from 10:30 to 11:30 AM CET
Registration deadline: Monday, 1 March 2021
https://www.eubusinessinjapan.eu/library/event/webinar-165-smart-farming-technology-in-japan-and-opportunities-for-eu-companies

EXPORT TO JAPAN 15: MARKETS, DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND SALES CHANNELS FOR B2B AND B2C
Date: 3 March 2021 – from 10:30 to 11:00 AM CET
Registration deadline: Tuesday, 2 March 2021
https://www.eubusinessinjapan.eu/library/event/export-to-japan-15-markets-distribution-system-and-sales-channels-for-b2b-and-b2c

WEBINAR 166: THE MARKET FOR BIOGAS PLANTS IN JAPAN
Date: 9 March 2021 – from 10:30 to 11:30 AM CET
Registration deadline: Monday, 8 March 2021
https://www.eubusinessinjapan.eu/library/event/webinar-166-the-market-for-biogas-plants-in-japan-and-opportunities-for-eu-companies

EXPORT TO JAPAN 16: TRADE SHOWS AND DUE DILIGENCE: FINDING BUSINESS PARTNERS
Date: 10 March 2021 – from 10:30 to 11:00 AM CET
Registration deadline: Tuesday, 9 March 2021
https://www.eubusinessinjapan.eu/library/event/export-to-japan-16-trade-shows-and-due-diligence-finding-business-partners

EPA HELPDESK WEBINAR 32: PROCESSED AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
Date: 16 March 2021 – from 10:30 to 11:30 AM CET
Registration deadline: Monday, 15 March 2021
https://www.eubusinessinjapan.eu/library/event/epa-helpdesk-webinar-32-processed-agricultural-products

WEBINAR 167: THE OLIVE OIL MARKET IN JAPAN
Date: 23 March 2021 – from 10:30 to 11:30 AM CET
Registration deadline: Monday, 22 March 2021
https://www.eubusinessinjapan.eu/library/event/webinar-167-the-olive-oil-market-in-japan

WEBINAR 168: EU-JAPAN.AI PROJECT (H2020)
The EU-Japan.AI project aims to support cooperation between EU and Japan in areas relevant for AI-driven innovation in manufacturing and digital industrial platforms.
Date: 25 March 2021 – from 10:30 to 11:30 AM CET
Registration deadline: Wednesday, 24 March 2021
https://www.eubusinessinjapan.eu/library/event/webinar-168-eu-japanai-project-h2020

EPA HELPDESK WEBINAR 33: TARIFF RATE QUOTAS
Date: 30 March 2021 – from 10:30 to 11:30 AM CET
Registration deadline: Monday, 29 March 2021
https://www.eubusinessinjapan.eu/library/event/epa-helpdesk-webinar-33-tariff-rate-quotas


How to register:
– If you are already a member, please log in before registering to one or more webinars.
– If you are not yet a member, you will first have to register for free via: https://www.eubusinessinjapan.eu/user/register. Once your registration request is confirmed by the EU-Japan Centre, please log in before registering to our webinars.

Cost: Free

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February 13, 2021: METI (Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) monthly news release

METI has released January news summary in English. Next release will be in March.

Jan 29, 2021Announcement of Actions on Dramatic Price Surge in Wholesale Electricity Market

Jan 29, 2021Minister Kajiyama Attends WTO Informal Ministerial Meeting

Jan 27, 2021Report on Trends in Regional Economies and Industries in November 2020 Compiled

Jan 26, 2021Series of Meetings on FY2020 Platform for Distributed Energy Systems to be Held

Jan 26, 2021Announcement to Consumers under Contract of “Market-Price-Linked” Electricity Rate Plans

Jan 25, 20212nd CEFIA Government-Private Forum to be Held

Jan 20, 2021Demonstration Tests to be Held for Food Waste Reduction Taking Advantage of Electronic Tags (RFID)

Jan 20, 2021Development of Examination Environment for AI-related Inventions Starts

Jan 20, 2021New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (January 2021)

Jan 19, 2021“Disclosure and Engagement Guidance to Accelerate Sustainable Finance for a Circular Economy” Compiled

Jan 19, 2021FY2020 Study Group on Ideal Approaches to Assessment of Environmental Impacts for Appropriate Introduction of Renewable Energy to Hold its First Meeting

Jan 19, 2021State Minister Ejima Attends Eleventh Session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly

Jan 19, 2021Background regarding the UK scenarios referenced in “Green Growth Strategy towards 2050 Carbon Neutrality” addressed by British Embassy Tokyo

Jan 18, 2021“FAQ on Companies’ Integral Disclosure of Business Reports, etc. and Securities Reports” Compiled

Jan 15, 2021Call for Public Comments on “AI Governance in Japan Ver. 1.0 (Interim Report by Expert Group on Architecture for AI Principles to be Practiced) Opens

Jan 15, 2021Announcement of Actions on Price Surge in Wholesale Electricity Market

Jan 15, 2021Council on Measures for Supply Chains in the Aircraft Industry Holds Meeting

Jan 15, 2021Closing Date for Filing Requests for Subsidy Program for Sustaining Businesses and Subsidy Program for Supporting Business Rent to be Extended to February 15, 2021

Jan 15, 2021New Designation of Nagoya Sekku Kazari as Traditional Craft under the Act on the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries

Jan 15, 2021Minister Kajiyama Holds Meeting with H.E. Mr. Alok Sharma, COP26 President (United Kingdom) via Video Conference

Jan 14, 2021Minister Kajiyama Holds Meeting with H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, UAE

Jan 12, 2021Final Round of Presentations to be Held under the Japan Healthcare Business Contest (JHeC) 2021 Program

Jan 12, 2021Pitch Presentation Event “Atotsugi Koshien” for Future Successors of SMEs to be Held

Jan 8, 2021Study Group on Solving Challenges in Digital Markets and Developing Infrastructures for Next-Generation Transaction Compiles Report “Discussion Paper on Digital Markets – For Solving Social Challenges and Achieving Economic Growth by Transition of Industrial Structures -”

Jan 7, 2021TDK Corporation Selected as Winner of the METI Minister’s Award for Corporate Governance of the Year 2020

Jan 6, 2021“Project for Research and Analyses Concerning Future Potential for Virtual Spaces and Challenges therein” to Start

Jan 4, 2021Numerical Limit to Japan-Brazil PPH Requests to be Relaxed

Jan 4, 2021Services Launched for System for Filing Requests for Subsidies Called “jGrants 2.0”

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