Invitation to the Circular Economy Webinar on June.15

Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (CEREP)

– The Strategy of Resource-Autonomous Circular Economy for Growth –

Thursday, June 15, 2023 17:00-18:30 Tokyo (10:00-11:30 Brussels)

(With English-Japanese Simultaneous Interpretation / Free event)

Needless to say, the importance of the Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Principles (CEREP) is increasing and it was raised as one of the major topics at the G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers’ Meeting held this April. The concept of a circular economy is not limited to mere resource circulation, but is characterized by the expected effects of economic growth and job creation through drastic business model reforms throughout the value chain and supply chain.

The EU is developing these concepts with a strong link to the Green Deal and has launched a series of policies towards 2030 that will strengthen consumer and environmental protection while maintaining industrial competitiveness. At the same time, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has also announced the Strategy of Resource-Autonomous Circular Economy for Growth and proposed a package for its establishment.

In this seminar, the policy authorities and private companies in both Japan and the EU will talk about the path to progress in CEREP and discuss the possibility of cooperation between Japan and Europe.


17:00 -17:05 (10:00 – 10:05)  Opening remarks

–        Manuel Hubert, Managing Director European Side, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

17:05-18:00(10:05 – 11:00)  Presentation

–        Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, Director, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission

–        Shogo Tanaka, Director, Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Division, Industrial Science, Technology and Environment Policy Bureau, METI

–        EU Company/Organization TBC

–        Satoshi Amanuma, President and CEO, airCloset, Inc.

18:00-18:30 (11:00 – 11:30)  Q & A and Discussion

–        Moderator: Yasuo Tanabe, Managing Director Japan Side, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

l  Registration: This webinar will be held on ZOOM. Please register from this ZOOM link to join.

l  Q&A: Questions during the webinar can be entered in the Q&A box on your screen. In addition, it’s possible to accept questions in advance when registering for ZOOM participation.

Contact: Enoki / or Sasaki / EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation


Business matching: The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is running “EU-Japan Green Transition”, an online business platform that is aiming for business partnerships and open innovation between European and Japanese companies and organizations in the Green Economy field. It’s available for free, please visit our site.

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Kyoto University and Heidelberg University Joint Degree Master | Online Students Orientation July 2023

Kyoto University and Heidelberg University invite interested students to online Q&As about the international Joint Degree Master of Arts Program in Transcultural Studies (JDTS). 

① July 14 (Fri) 10:00 to 11:00 (JST), registration:
② July 14 (Fri) 17:00 to 18:00 (JST), registration:

Students are asked to register via the respective registration links above until ten days before the orientation. The orientations have been scheduled to accommodate different time zones and will cover the same content.
About a week before the orientation, registered participants will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link and passcode. If you do not receive the Zoom meeting link automatically, please double-check your spam folder or contact us in case you did not receive any email: . 

Building on the strengths of both institutions, this jointly conducted, research-oriented English-language graduate program offers students access to an interdisciplinary field in the humanities and social sciences to study and research transcultural dynamics between and within Asia and Europe in a global context. The study program is situated at two partner institutions, the Graduate School of Letters (GSL) of Kyoto University and the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) of Heidelberg University. Students enrolled in the program begin their studies at one of these two partners, their home institution, but spend an equal amount of time at the other university. After two years of study and supervised by international faculty of both, the GSL and the HCTS, students submit a single master’s thesis to receive a Master of Arts degree jointly awarded by both universities upon completion.

The transregional outlook of the JDTS is based on the perspective that cultures are not contained within ethnically closed, linguistically homogenous, and territorially bounded spheres. Instead, they are constituted through transformations and entanglements that follow from contacts and relationships between various agents, concepts, and institutions. Transcultural Studies combine methodological and theoretical approaches from a broad spectrum of humanities and social sciences disciplines.

The study program expands the regional and disciplinary competencies students have obtained in their Bachelor’s degrees or another Master’s degree. Students of the JD Transcultural Studies acquire empirical knowledge on historical and contemporary moments of exchange as well as on theories and methodologies to frame and analyze such processes. The JDTS is primarily designed to train its students for a successful career in international academia.

· Student Quota: 
Ten students between both partners per year (five students enrolled at Heidelberg University as their home institution, five students enrolled at Kyoto University). 
· Degree Granted: Master of Arts
· Standard Duration:
Two years (one year at the home institution and one year at the partner).
· Next Date of Enrollments:
Spring 2024 (at Kyoto University)

The orientation targets primarily BA students who will graduate by March 2024 but is also open to students in the earlier stages of their undergraduate studies.

We are introducing a new online application process, about which students can already learn here:

Location: online (details upon registration)
Language: English and Japanese
For more information about the program and the orientation, please visit:

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JSS Travel Award 2023 – Call for Applications (Deadline May 31, 2023)

The International Liaison Committee of the Japan Sociological Society (JSS) is pleased to announce its 17th annual grant competition for early-career scholars in its renewed format as JSS Travel Award. JSS will select an overall of 10 scholars to present papers in two special sessions and participate in the JSS annual meeting held at Rissho University, October 8-9, 2023. This year, we invite research presentations towards the shared topic of “Transnationalism in Context of Crises“. The selected scholars will receive financial support towards their travel costs as follows:  

  • 6 early-career scholars from outside of Japan (100,000 yen for travel costs)  
  • 4 early-career scholars from within Japan (20,000 yen for travel costs)  

For the detailed Call for Applications, please refer to the website below:

In a change from previous years, Japanese nationals living and working (or studying abroad) are now also eligible to apply as scholar from outside of Japan.

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Einladung: Virtuelle Podiumsdiskussion „Demokratie auf dem Land“, 11. Mai 2023, JDZB 日独パネルディスカッション「地方における民主主義のあり方」、2023年5月11日ウェブ開催 (*Webinar is conducted only in German and Japanese)

Zu der dritten Veranstaltung in seiner Reihe „Die Zukunft der Demokratie“ lädt das Japanisch-Deutsche Zentrum Berlin (JDZB) dieses Mal gemeinsam mit dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien (DIJ) in Tokyo zur Podiumsdiskussion

Demokratie auf dem Land: Trends politischer Partizipation in den Regionen

am Donnerstag, den 11. Mai 2023, von 10:00 bis 12:00 Uhr MESZ / 17:00 bis 19:00 Uhr JST ins virtuelle JDZB ein.

Anlässlich der einheitlichen Regionalwahlen in Präfekturen und Kommunen in Japan im April 2023 fragen wir: Wie zeigt sich lebendige Demokratie in ländlichen Regionen? Welche Möglichkeiten der Mitgestaltung und politischen Partizipation eröffnen sich „an der Peripherie“ im Gegensatz zu urbanen Zentren überhaupt, besonders für jüngere Menschen – und welche Chancen und Hindernisse zeigen sich hier? Wie entwickelt sich das Repertoire der politischen und gesellschaftlichen Beteiligung weiter, zum Beispiel durch digitale Angebote oder „Lifestyle Partizipation“? Oder tritt eine zunehmende „Politikverdrossenheit“ und Nicht-Beteiligung immer stärker zutage? Inwiefern tragen Angebote der politischen Bildung zu einer lebendig ausgeprägten Partizipationskultur auf dem Land in Japan und Deutschland bei?

Diesen Fragestellungen gehen Fachleute und politisch Engagierte aus Japan und Deutschland in dieser Veranstaltung nach und arbeiten dabei im Dialog Chancen, Trends und Herausforderungen sowie Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede der beiden Länder heraus.

Die Veranstaltung findet in japanischer und deutscher Sprache mit simultaner Verdolmetschung statt.

Weitere Einzelheiten entnehmen Sie bitte dem Programm auf unserer Website.

Für Ihre virtuelle Teilnahme via Zoom registrieren Sie sich bitte ebenfalls auf unserer Website.

Wir freuen uns darauf, Sie online im Japanisch-Deutschen Zentrum Berlin willkommen heißen zu dürfen.


日独シンポジウム「地方における民主主義のあり方 – 地域における政治参画の動向」



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