August 31, 2020: Web-based seminars on “Human Security” Wed. September 30, Fri. October 30, Fri. November 27, 2020, at 09:30 – 11:00 CE(S)T (FREE event)

The seminars are initiated by the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) and organized in cooperation with the European Japan Experts Association (EJEA). Detailed information will follow soon.

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August 14, 2020: Japanese Research Fellowship -Hakuhodo Foundation

What is the Japanese Research Fellowship?

With the goals of further strengthening the fundamentals of international research into Japan and deepening understanding of Japan, the Japanese Research Fellowship invites leading international researchers of the Japanese language, Japanese language education, Japanese literature and Japanese culture to Japan to conduct residential research.

Eligible research

  • Japanese language
  • Japanese language education
  • Japanese literature
  • Japanese culture

Applicants:

Researchers working in the fields of Japanese language,Japanese language education, Japanese literature or Japanese culture who reside outside Japan and meet all of the criteria below.

  • Affiliated with a higher education or research institution (including postdoctoral scholars, adjunct professors and part-time lecturers), or have equivalent research and educational background.
  • Researchers with a doctoral degree (including degree to be granted on or before December 31, 2020) OR an equivalent level of research or education background.
  • Sufficient Japanese language proficiency to be able to conduct research in Japanese.
  • Non-Japanese national residing outside of Japan or Japanese national who has resided outside Japan for 10 years or more and been active in the academic community ,etc. of the country of their residence.
  • Able to stay continuously in Japan for the duration of the Fellowship period and participate in research reporting sessions arranged by the Foundation.

Applications are not sought from those whose purpose is to write a doctoral thesis.
As research reporting and communications with the Fellowship secretariat on various procedures will be conducted in Japanese only, a suitable level of Japanese language ability is required.
Those who have previously received support for residential research in Japan may also apply.

Fellowship content

  • Invited fellows will have their airfares, living and research expenses, housing and other expenses necessary for conducting research in Japan covered.
  • Long-term (12-month) and short-term (6-month) fellowships are available.

Receiving organizations

Invited fellows will conduct their research with the cooperation of one of the following receiving organizations:

  • International Research Center for Japanese Studies
  • The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute,Urawa
  • Kyoto University
  • National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
  • Ochanomizu University
  • Ritsumeikan University
  • Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
  • Waseda University

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11, July 2020: EU and Japan step up cooperation in science, technology and innovation (News from European Commission)

European and Japanese researchers and innovators will be able to cooperate more easily on global challenges such as health, climate change, digital transition and ageing societies, and to coordinate their efforts in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Naokazu Takemoto, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, agreed to step up EU-Japan cooperation in the context of the Japan-EU Leaders Videoconference Meeting. They signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen cooperation in science, technology and innovation, and to enhance the synergies between the next EU research and innovation programme Horizon Europe, and Moonshot, Japan’s research and development programme.

Commissioner Gabriel said:

“Japan is one of our key partners. I am therefore extremely happy to have signed, together with Minister Takemoto, this Letter of Intent to strengthen our existing cooperation in science, technology and innovation. The coronavirus crisis has shown that cooperation at international level in research and innovation is more than ever necessary, including through open access to data and results.”

The letter underlines the paramount importance of a coordinated research and innovation response to the coronavirus outbreak and future pandemics, including through open access to research data and results. EU and Japan are key partners in the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak. On 4 May, the EU with several partners kicked off the Global Response pledging marathon to ensure collaborative development and universal deployment of diagnostics, treatments and vaccines against coronavirus. Japan co-chaired the event and contributed by pledging over €760 million.

Background

Japan is one of the EU’s closest and like-minded partners in research and innovation cooperation. This letter is based on the on the 2011 Japan-EU Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement and is a key element of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), provisionally applied since 1 February 2019. Under Horizon 2020, EU’s current research and innovation programme, Japanese entities have participated 163 times in 130 signed grants in strategic areas of cooperation such as climate change, smart cities, artificial intelligence, quantum technology, and open science.

EU’s and Japan’s new research and innovation programmes (future Horizon Europe and Moonshot) present opportunities to enhance such cooperation, including on pandemics. To face the spreading of the coronavirus the EU is intensifying its global efforts, joining forces with partner countries to find solutions, and maximizing access to the latest scientific knowledge and international value chains.

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June 24, 2020: Eyes on Asia Webinar by Asia Observatory “Internationales Management Post-Covid-19: Was bleibt?” Record available (only in German)

Asia Observatory organised a Webinar “Post-Covid-19: Was bleibt?” on 22. June 2020, discussing how Covid-19 affects the economic as well as industrial environment and urges its transformation.

The Webinar record is available here (only in German)

Wird Covid-19 ein Motor wirtschaftlicher Transformation der Bodenseeregion?

Wir stehen am Beginn einer neuen Ära, in der Unternehmen die Art und Weise ihrer internationalen Geschäftstätigkeiten überdenken. Die Coronavirus-Pandemie hat in vielen Branchen zu einem gleichzeitigen Angebots- und Nachfrageschock geführt. Die Krise ist noch nicht vorbei und die Konsequenzen für Vorarlberger Organisationen und Akteure in ihnen sind schwer abzusehen.

Als stark exportorientierte Region oft hoch entwickelter Nischen- produkte und -dienstleistungen haben Ungewissheiten rund um Auslandsaktivitäten sicherlich eine besondere Tragweite. Disruption kann aber auch ein Impuls für Wandel sein. Viele Unternehmen werden ihre Erkenntnisse aus dieser Krise, wie sie Lieferketten organisieren und Wachstumsmärkte bedienen, nicht so schnell aufgeben.

Wie Firmen international agieren und Führungskräfte Aufgaben bewältigen, könnte sich daher grundlegend verändern. Prozesse rund um die Gesundheit und Sicherheit der Beschäftigten über Grenzen (und unterschiedliche Pandemieverläufen) hinweg, virtuelle Geschäftsanbahnung oder Kundenbeziehungsmanagement sind im Umbruch und damit auch die Managementfähigkeiten, die Unternehmen benötigen.

Ein Webinar mit Fach- und Führungskräften aus der DACH-Region fragte, was von der Coronakrise bleibt, und konnte damit für diese neuen Skills sensibilisieren. Die FH Vorarlberg möchte Anregungen für den Umgang mit Covid-Widrigkeiten bieten. Mit dem virtuellen Rundtisch schaffen wir eine Plattform für den direkten und offenen Dialog zwischen Industrie und Forschung.

Wir haben uns über die spannende Beiträge von Asienkennern sehr gefreut!

 

• Reinhard A. Pfefferkorn (Panexio)

• Dr. Thomas Schwaninger (Liebherr-Werk Biberach GmbH)

• Markus Tecklenburg (Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH)

• Bernd Wachter (ALPLA South East Asia)

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