November 18, 2020: Web Forum on December 03: From New Normal to New Work? (18:00h – 19:30h in Japan, 10:00h – 11:30h in Germany)

Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien (DIJ) holds the Web-Forum in co-operation with Taylor Wessing on;

Thursday, 3 December 2020, 18:00h – 19:30h (Japan)  10:00h – 11:30h (Germany) 

From New Normal to New Work? Insights from Japan and Germany

Speakers:     Andrea Hammermann, German Economic Institute
                    Nobuko Nagase, Ochanomizu University
                    Michael Johannes Pils, Taylor Wessing
                    Chisako Takaya, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Moderator:  Franz Waldenberger, DIJ

Due to the corona pandemic, work organization has been subject to dramatic change, and teleworking from home offices had to be suddenly implemented to keep businesses running. Mobile working, software-based collaboration, web-based meetings and new means of performance control were installed at a large scale. Have we suddenly reached the long-discussed digital future of work? Or is this only a temporary phase, and work life will return to what it was before the pandemic? Our speakers will outline the major changes in the organization of work caused by the pandemic in Japan and Germany. They will also discuss to what extent national regulations have been obstructing, shaping or supporting respective adjustments and assess to what extent the newly introduced workstyles can be expected to last. 

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.

German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

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November 17, 2020: Online Symposium on Global Views of Japanese Parliamentarism (Nov 26 & 27, 16:00 JST, register by Nov 25)

German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok holds on;

Thursday, November 26, 2020 16:00h – 19:30h (Tokyo); 14:00h – 17:30 (Bangkok)
Friday, November 27, 2020 16:00h – 18:30h (Tokyo); 14:00h – 16:30 (Bangkok)

Symposium on the Occasion of the 130th Anniversary of the Opening of the Japanese Parliament:
Global Views of Japanese Parliamentarism in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

On November 29, 1890, the parliament of the Empire of Japan, the Imperial Diet, met for the first time marking the beginning of parliamentary government not only in Japan but in Asia. However, while the recognition of Japan as a role model for successful ‘modernization’ of a non-Western society in the wake of the Russo-Japanese War has received much scholarly attention, the transnational appeal of this successful establishment of representative governance in Japan has not yet received much interest.
The German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo, and the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, will therefore take the occasion of this year’s 130th anniversary of the opening of the Imperial Japanese Diet as an opportunity to hold a symposium to discuss the global appeal of this first functioning constitutional government in Asia and beyond.

For further information on speakers, detailed program and technical details refer to our website:

The event is open to all. Registration is required until November 25, 2020 (JST)online or via Log-in data will be provided after registration.


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November 16, 2020: Virtual Panel Discussion “EU-Japan Relations: Beyond the Strategic Partnership Agreement”, November 26, 2020, JDZB (register by 19. November)

The Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB) in cooperation with the European Japan Advanced Research Network (EJARN), the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) and Freie Universität Berlin (FU) would like to invite you and your colleagues to the

Virtual Panel Discussion

EU-Japan Relations: Beyond the Strategic Partnership Agreement

on Thursday, November 26, 2020

09:30 – 11:00 (CET) / 17:30 – 19:00 (JST)

In July 2018, the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) was signed and in February 2019, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) went into force. In times of increasing protectionism and challenges to free trade, the EU and Japan see the SPA and the EPA as key to support a rules-based international trade system with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the core. At the same time, the SPA and EPA underline shared fundamental values and principles such as the rule of law, a strong commitment to human rights and joint support for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

This panel discussion intends to evaluate the initial period since the EPA went into force and to analyse the progress of EU-Japan cooperation under the new rules as well as the effects of the SPA and EPA/Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on EU-Japan relations. It brings together academics, government officials and business representatives to discuss the EU-Japan cooperation in the areas of politics, business, trade, energy security and digitalization.

The event will be held in English.

For further details please refer to the program on our website.

The virtual panel discussion will be streamed from the Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB).

For your virtual participation via Zoom please register by returning the requested information by email to Ms Tatjana Wonneberg at by November 19, 2020:





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In case you do not wish to participate actively in this panel discussion, we kindly ask you to watch via the provided livestream on the JDZB YouTube Channel.

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

Best regards,

Dr. Julia MÜNCH

Secretary General

Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)

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November 15, 2020: German Cooperation with Partners in France and Japan: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) to Fund Nine Artificial Intelligence Projects

Approximately €7 million in funding for three years / Trilateral projects to complement DFG’s strategic funding initiative for research into AI.

The nine projects selected to receive funding will be launched on 16 November 2020 at a kick-off event to take place during the “Japan-France-Germany Trilateral Symposium on AI”. For the DFG, the trilateral cooperation is one of several modules intended to promote research in the area of artificial intelligence. Up until 2022, projects in all areas of AI research will be granted funding within the framework of various DFG programmes that will make up a strategic funding initiative.

The nine trilateral projects in detail:
(in alphabetical order according to the university locations of the DFG projects)

“User-Adaptive Artificial Intelligence for Human-Computer Interaction” (Project leader: Professor Dr. Elisabeth André, University of Augsburg; Professor Dr. Jean-Claude Martin, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Orsay; Dr. Yukiko Nakano, Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society, Saitama)

“Research on Real-Time Compliance Mechanisms for AI” (Project leader: Professor Dr. Adrian Paschke, FU Berlin; Professor Dr. Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, Sorbonne University; Professor Dr. Ken Satoh, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo)

“Knowledge-enhanced information extraction across languages for pharmacovigilance” (Project leader: Professor Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Möller, TU Berlin; Dr. Pierre Zweigenbaum, Laboratoire d’Informatique pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de l’Ingénieur (LIMSI), Universitaire d’Orsay; Professor Dr. Yuji Matsumoto, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Ikoma)

“Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction” (Project leader: Professor Dr. Michael Beetz Ph.D., University of Bremen; Dr. Aurélie Clodic, Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture des Systèmes (LAAS-CNRS), Toulouse; Dr. Takayuki Kanda, University of Kyoto)

“AI empowered general purpose assistive robotic system for dexterous object manipulation through embodied teleoperation and shared control” (Project leader: Professor Jan Reinhard Peters Ph.D., TU Darmstadt; Professor Dr. Liming Chen Ph.D., Ecole Centrale Lyon; Professor Dr. Yasuhisa Hasegawa, University of Nagoya)

“AI for Ageing Societies: From Basic Concepts to Practical Tools for AI-Facilitated Cognitive Training” (Project leader: Professor Dr. Tonio Ball, University Medical Center Freiburg; Alexandre Gramfort Ph.D., The French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control, INRIA Saclay – Ile de France; Dr. Mihoko Otake-Matsuura, Center for Advanced Intelligence Project, Riken)

“Enhanced data stream analysis: combining the signature method and machine learning algorithms” (Project leader: Professor Dr. Joscha Diehl, University of Greifswald; Professor Dr. Marianne Clausel, Université de Lorraine; Dr. Nozomi Sugiura, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology JAMSTEC, Kanagawa)

“Understanding and Creating Dynamic 3D Worlds towards Safer AI” (Project leader: Professor Dr. Carsten Rother, University of Heidelberg; Dr. David Picard, École des Ponts ParisTech; Professor Dr. Ko Nishino, University of Kyoto)

“Learning Cyclotron” (Project leader: Professor Dr. Andreas Dengel, Professor Dr. Jochen Kuhn, TU Kaiserslautern; Professor Dr. Laurence Devillers, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS); Professor Dr. Koichi Kise, University of Osaka)

Original press release by DFG is here.

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