The German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo) is a platform for German universities, research institutions and researchbased companies in Japan.
It represents and promotes Germany as a location for science, research and innovation. It supports knowledge exchange between Germany and Japan, and communicates with relevant stakeholders in both countries, thereby creating the preconditions for research cooperation. In doing so, it relies on its research-based supporters in Germany who facilitate and shape the work of DWIH Tokyo on the ground.
DWIH Tokyo is part of a global network of five German Centres for Research and Innovation. Since its establishment in 2010, it has been supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. It has been coordinated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since 2017.
Family Business in Changing Times
[DWIH Coffee Talk #3: Family Business in Changing Times]
Family-run businesses constitute over 90% of all companies and over 70% of the workforce in Germany and Japan, and they include some of the oldest businesses in the world which go back many centuries. But how are they coping with the challenges of the 21st century? Can they maintain their position and their character amidst a changing environment of slower growth, lower returns, declining birth rates and more frequent economic crises?
In the third DWIH Coffee Talk moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) meets three experts on family business and economics in Germany and Japan – Dr. Sigrun Caspary of the Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU), Prof. Toshio Goto of the Japan University of Economics, and Prof. Masahiro Nagata of Reitaku University. Together they will explore the role family companies play in the German and Japanese economies, how it is changing, and the potential the family business model holds for the future.
Event information: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk3
Recording in English (Video version): https://youtu.be/DNAI_UJk8aI
Recording in Japanese (Video version): https://youtu.be/EcnDZehvYro
The Future of Work: New Technologies and the Workplace
[DWIH Coffee Talk #2: The Future of Work: New Technologies and the Workplace]
Digitalization, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things … new technologies are changing every aspect of society including the way we work. What kind of potential do these technologies hold? How can our work benefit from them? How can science and research help us find good solutions? The second DWIH Coffee Talk presents answers to these questions from four joint German-Japanese research networks of the “Future of Work” campaign by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The virtual café is getting busy when moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) welcomes several members from the research networks to discuss the implications for manufacturing and production, small and medium size industries, and care for the elderly.
Event information: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk2
Recording in English (Video version): https://youtu.be/odiMtXzT6p4
Recording in Japanese (Video version): https://youtu.be/N70AkOO7Dt0
Japan's new Science, Technology, and Innovation Basic Plan - Opportunities for German Research
[DWIH Coffee Talk #1: Japan's new Science, Technology, and Innovation Basic Plan - Opportunities for German Research]
DWIH Tokyo’s new webtalk series provides up-to-date information on research and innovation trends in Germany and Japan. Our first Coffee Talk is dedicated to the Japanese government’s new Basic Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation, which is scheduled to take effect in April 2021. Moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) is in conversation with Fumikazu Sato (Japanese Cabinet Office) and Dr. Lothar Mennicken (German Embassy Tokyo). Together they explore the goals of the new Basic Plan, the course it sets for the Japanese research landscape, and the potential it brings for joint German-Japanese research projects.
Event information: www.dwih-tokyo.org/coffeetalk1
Recording in English (Video version): https://youtu.be/sNZUOQe3smQ
Recording in Japanese (Video version): https://youtu.be/UIJ5_7MXKzc