EU-Japan Centre’s newsletter – October 2021 issue released 

The EU-JAPAN Centre for Industrial Cooperation has just released the “EU-Japan Newsletter” October 2021 issue.

For the WEB version:
For the PDF version:

The next publication will be in December 2021.

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EU-Japan Online Workshop on “Cities, regions, clusters: on the road to zero carbon”

With the EU and Japan accelerating efforts to decarbonize and leading global action in this area, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is organising a one-year cycle of free online events bringing together experts, business leaders and other stakeholders from both sides to share ideas and experiences and identify synergies and opportunities for joint action. 

The final event under the theme will come on October 26 & 27 and here are messages from the orgeniser:

Our next and final event in this series will take place on 26 and 27 October, on the theme “Cities, regions, clusters: on the road to zero carbon”.

From the southern coasts of Spain and Portugal to the northern lands of Denmark and Finland, from the sunny islands of Kyushu to the snowy mountains of Hokkaido, join us for a tour of leading cities and regions in Europe and Japan, on the road towards carbon neutrality. Our 20+ speakers from all over Europe and Japan will highlight leading initiatives for a low-carbon transition taken by cities, regions, prefectures and clusters, in 6 key sectors: local planning, renewable energy, agriculture, transport, housing and tourism.
Book your free ticket now and board with us for this online conference!

Agenda and registration:

Thank you for your interest in our one-year series of EU-Japan events on decarbonization.

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
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Online DIJ B & E Study Group: Japan’s economic management: decades of self-induced paralysis?

You are cordially invited to the next DIJ Business & Economic Study Group on

October 7, 2021, 18:00h (JST)
Japan’s economic management: decades of self-induced paralysis? (
Brieuc Monfort, Sophia University

Back in the 1970s, Japanese policymakers earned the reputation of being the most competent among their peers within advanced economies for successfully weathering the second oil shock. Where has this reputation gone? The high growth of the late 1980s proved to be transient, as a succession of financial crises led to the “lost decade” of the 1990s. Ben Bernanke (1999) famously described the initial measures to fight deflation that would dominate the 2000s as “a self-induced paralysis”. A more forceful set of policies called “Abenomics” in the 2010s also ultimately fails to achieve its ambitious goals of 2% GDP growth and 2% inflation, a shortcoming blamed on either error in design or pusillanimity in implementation. Empty stadiums during the Tokyo Olympics because of the Covid-19 pandemic were seen as yet another proof of poor management.This presentation focuses on three cases (the lost decade, Abenomics, Covid-19) to discuss to what extent the narrative of a never-ending crisis reflects hindsight bias, theoretical assumptions, and narrowly defined comparisons.

Brieuc Monfort (PhD in economics) is associate professor in the Department of French Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo and associate researcher at the Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS in Paris. He is also a fellow at the European Institute at Sophia University. He previously worked for the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. and for the French Ministry of Finance in Paris and in Tokyo. He co-authored a book with Sébastien Lechevalier, Lessons from the Japanese Experience: Towards a New Economic Policy (Editions ENS Rue d’Ulm, 2016).

This talk is a Zoom online webinar. Registration is required via email to until 6 October 2021 (JST). Log in data will be provided after registration. Further details here.

German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

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The German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH): Two Events coming up in October

DWIH COFFEE TALK #5 : Our Hydrogen Future

The fifth DWIH Coffee Talk on Tuesday, October 4, 2021 at 17:00 (JST) / 10:00 (CEST), takes a close look at Germany’s and Japan’s national hydrogen strategies and at current hydrogen energy projects in both countries. Moderator Axel Karpenstein (DAAD Research and Studies) is in conversation with Prof. Dr. Christian Sattler (German Aerospace Center (DLR) / TU Dresden) and Prof. Dr. Tatsuya Kodama (Niigata University), together they will examine the promises and challenges of a hydrogen-based future and opportunities for German-Japanese research and development collaboration.

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Sustainable urban innovation in Japan and Germany

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 18:00 (JST) / 11:00 (CEST), the mayor of Heidelberg city, Prof. Würzner will elaborate in an input lecture on examples of innovative projects in Heidelberg and discuss with researchers in related fields from Japan and Germany about aspects of innovation, sustainability and the demand of a changing society towards urban spaces.

The event is organised by the Heidelberg University Office, Kyoto (HUOK) in cooperation with the DWIH Tokyo and with the support of Heidelberg city. Language of the event are Japanese and English (simultaneous interpretation will be provided).

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