November 22, 2020: Invitation to the webinar on EU-Japan collaborative industrial innovation

The EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk takes immense pleasure in inviting you to attend the webinar on “EU-Japan collaborative industrial innovation”, co-organized by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, the EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk, and the EU Delegation to Japan, also in cooperation with EURAXESS, to be held on December 1st, 2020,from 5pm JST to 7pm JST.

When: December 1st, 2020
Where: Zoom webinar. Direct link will be sent to the attendees after the registration. Please make sure to have the Zoom app installed to have access to the webinar if you want to have access to the interpretation feature.
Cost: free participation
Language: English/Japanese (with interpretation channel on Zoom)


  1. Innovation can sustainably contribute to economic growth in two primary ways: first, by expanding the number and value of new products and services that people are willing to buy; and second, by commercializing productivity-enhancing inventions and processes that make better use of labour and capital.
  2. The EU and Japan have an increasingly vibrant set of entrepreneurship hubs, but young firms face a range of barriers when it comes to scaling up their ideas. The EU and Japan are therefore investing in both the framework conditions for commercialization and as well as in collaborative links that enable firms, research centres and universities to better work together and take advantage of markets and assets.
  3. The Incremental models of innovation may not be sufficient to deliver the growth that is needed in the future. We have seen for example in the digital revolutions the need for innovation process to create disruptive products and entirely new markets.
  4. Collaborative innovation between young, dynamic firms and large, established businesses, leveraging the resources of both is a great opportunity to create value that spills over from firms to customers to entire economies and societies.


  1. Highlight the drivers, challenges and opportunities of EU-Japan collaborative innovation cooperation (i) between large and SMEs/start-ups and (ii) between SMES / start-ups.
  2. Present concrete cases of such collaborative industrial innovation in particular in the digital, circular and space sectors to fully exploit the potential to translate new ideas into valuable products and services.
  3. Discuss ways to further improve the EU and Japan business environment and research & innovation programmes towards increasing the number and success rate of innovation-focused collaborations between young, dynamic firms and large, established companies.

17:00-17:10       Welcome and opening remarks by Dr. Philippe de Taxis du Poët, Managing Director, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, and Minister Counsellor, EU Delegation to Japan
Presentation Sessions of EU-Japan business cooperation cases
17:10-17:25       Title: Enabling the new space economy: the benefits of space logistics
Topic: the exponentially growing new space market is facing severe bottlenecks preventing satellite operators to optimize their revenues and operational costs. D-Orbit provides the fastest delivery of satellites into the right operational slot in orbit, in one or more orbit. ION cargo services include small satellite transportation and delivery, in-orbit demonstration and validation of innovative technologies for startups and research institutions, advanced services for operating constellations. D-Orbit has recently signed an agreement with Marubeni Corporation and Interstellar Technologies Inc. to study the development of an agile satellite release system based on D-Orbit’s InOrbit NOW technologies.
Speaker:            Mr. Luca Rossettini, CEO, D-Orbit, Italy.
17:25-17:40       Title: Robot as a Service for inspection and maintenance of infrastructures
Topic:  Hibot, with its robotic solutions, is helping its customers with
obtaining their digital transformation, in particular for complete asset
data management and failure prediction. The new snake like robot, Float
Arm, developed for operations inside petrochemical plants, will be
introduced together with its first field deployments within a
collaboration with a major European chemical group.
 Speaker:           Mr. Michele Guarnieri, CEO, hibot, Japan.
17:40-17:55       Title: New health-creation system beyond treatment – preventative health tools for lifelong health
Topic: Nightingale Health’s preventative blood testing technology, backed by years of scientific research, provides unique health data otherwise invisible in standard tests. By combining pioneering technology and science, we are enabling a health system that predicts and prevents chronic illnesses and gives everyone the tools to live a healthy life. In collaboration with Japanese partners, Nightingale Health is now bringing it’s preventative health services also for the Japanese society and consumers.
Speaker:            Ms. Ida Tuononen, Business Manager, Nightingale Health, Finland
17:55-18:10       Title: Global business and collaboration on an eco-friendly foamed glass “Porous Alpha”
Topic: The innovative foamed glass “Porous Alpha”, recycled from waste glass developed by a Japanese company “Tottori Resource Recycling, Inc”, is introduced to EU countries in cooperation with a venture company in Portugal “Better to Earth Lda.”. The presentation covers their partnership not only to export the product from Japan to Europe but also to develop the new technology and manufacturing base covering the third region such as Africa and the Middle East.
Speaker:            Ms. Maki Sawada, International Business, Tottori Resource Recycling, Inc., Japan
18:10-18:50       Panel discussion

Luca Rossettini (D-Orbit)
Michele Guarnieri (HiBot)
Ida Tuononen (Nightinghale Health)
Maki Sawada (Tottori Resource Recycling)
Judit Erika Magyar (Country representative, EURAXESS Japan: researcher mobility, career development and scientific collaboration between Europe and the world)

Mr. Luca Escoffier, Project Manager, EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk
18:50-19:00       Closing Remarks by Dr. Gediminas Ramanauskas, First Counsellor, Head of the Science, Innovation, Digital and Other EU Policies Section, Delegation of the European Union to Japan.
To register, please click here

Thank you for your time and we very much look forward to your participation in this event.

Kind regards,
Your Technology Transfer Helpdesk Team

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November 21, 2020: Webinar invitation on GDPR & APPI | M-Sec EU-Japan project | 25 November | 9am-10h30am CET, Zoom

The M-Sec Project would like to invite you to its Webinar dedicated to EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Japan’s Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI) and the regulatory challenges in modern smart cities regarding the protection of personal information.

M-Sec is a Research and Innovation EU-Japan Collaborative Project jointly funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 and by the Commissioned Research of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology of Japan (NICT). The main goal of this project is to develop an innovative solution that ensures a more secure (and less vulnerable) data transfer between stakeholders (such as citizens, researchers, companies, local municipalities) when using IoT devices and applications in hyper-connected smart cities. Building on the security problems of other similar IoT infrastructures, the M-Sec solution is expected to leverage the use of blockchain, big data, cloud and IoT technologies and be ready for replication by smart cities all over the world by next year.

The Webinar “GDPR & APPI: regulatory challenges in modern smart cities” will be held on the 25th of November at 9am CET (Brussels Time), through the following Zoom link: Our experts will present the current status of EU’s GDPR and Japan’s APPI privacy laws and provide fact-based objective information on the regulatory challenges in modern smart city applications and how to overcome them, based on evidence gathered in the scope of the M-Sec project.

You will find more information on the Webinar and can register here

More information also in our blog article:

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November 20, 2020: Virtual Symposium: Nuclear Disarmament, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation. German and Japanese Perspectives ahead of the NPT Review Conference (Dec.3 & 4, register by Nov. 26)

Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum in Berlin (JDZB), cooperated with German Federal Foreign Office (Berlin), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Berlin), Japan Institute of International Affairs (Tōkyō), holds the Virtual Symposium;

This year, under difficult circumstances, we celebrate both the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, and the 50th anniversary of the entry-into-force of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

At the same time, in 2020, we commemorate the 75th year after the horror of the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Against the backdrop of a turbulently changing world order, Hiroshima and Nagasaki remind us that sustainable impulses for nuclear disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation are urgently needed. Nuclear weapons still pose an imminent threat to mankind, and, as some have argued, may enter a renaissance before long.

Alongside many other countries, Japan and Germany work closely together to reverse any such trends and to come closer to the common goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. This especially concerns their leadership in diplomatic efforts such as the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament, and the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI).

Despite these efforts, a world free of nuclear weapons seems remote. Nuclear disarmament has reached a standstill, proliferation crises demand our fullest resolve, the risk of inadvertent escalation is growing. The entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons polarizes the NPT community and reflects the wide expectation gap in achieving a world free of nuclear weapons. Ahead of the next Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2021, this symposium aims at reviewing the current state of the multilateral nuclear order, and weighing sustainable pathways to nuclear disarmament. High-ranking experts from politics, government, academia, and civil society will come together to discuss the issues at hand. Day 1 will focus on Japanese and German perspectives on nuclear disarmament, while Day 2 will focus on regional challenges in Asia and Europe.

Day 1 (3 December) will be held in German and Japanese with simultaneous translation.
Day 2 (4 December) will be held in English without translation.

For your virtual participation via Zoom please register by returning the requested information by E-Mail to Sven TRASCHEWSKI at by 26 November 2020:
Name, Position, Institution, E-Mail
I consent to the Data Protection Compliance: Please write Yes/No

Program is available here.

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November 19, 2020: GEAS Winter Digital Lecture Series 20/211: East Asian Responses to Crisis (Nov. 25, Dec.3, Jan.22, Feb. 25)

Graduate School of East Asia Studies (GEAS), Freie Universität Berlin, invites to the GEAS Winter Digital Lecture Series Winter 20/21: East Asian Responses To Crisis.

The Covid-19 pandemic has called for new responses to crisis worldwide. How have governments and people of East Asian countries coped with the current and previous crises, and what strategies have they developed? In this GEAS Lecture Series, scholars from GEAS and FUB colleagues discuss responses to the current Covid-19 pandemic by East Asian governments and people, including people from East Asia in Berlin. The last lecture in the series reflects dealing with disasters, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the 3.11 triple disaster in Japan.


The lectures will take place exclusively online. Please find below the registration information as well as the links for participation on each event website.

25.11.2020 12:00 PM
Covid 19: Responses to a global pandemic
Eun-Jeung Lee (Freie Universität Berlin)

03.12.2020 12:00 PM
Coping with uncertainty: Berlin’s Japanese restaurateurs during the Covid-19 pandemic
Cornelia Reiher (Freie Universität Berlin)

22.01.2021 13:00 PM
Casting ancient nets: Chinese grid-style social management during the COVID-19 pandemic
Sabrina Habich-Sobiegalla (Freie Universität Berlin) and Franziska Plümmer (University of Vienna)

25.02.2021 12:00 PM
Remembering the 3.11 triple disaster in Japan
Cornelia Reiher (Freie Universität Berlin) and Julia Gerster (Tohoku University)

Freie Universität Berlin uses the video conferencing system Webex from Cisco. It is not necessary to install any software on a desktop PC via any browser. For mobile devices, the app Webex Meet is recommended. You may need a microphone on your end device (Smartphone, Tablet, Notebook, PC) to ask questions.

Further Information

Graduate School of East Asian Studies
Freie Universität Berlin
Hittorfstr. 18
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838 51596

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