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Thursday, 11 October
2012
13:30-16:40

"Ageing Societies in Europe and Japan Active and Healthy Ageing – Social and Economic Challenges"
Venue: University Library Hall, Kwansei Gakuin University
Language: English/Japanese
Organizer: EU Institute in Japan, Kansai (EUIJ-Kansai)
Co-host: European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
                Institute for Industrial Research, Kwansei Gakuin University
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Coordinator: Associate Prof. Akira Ichikawa (Kwansei Gakuin University)
Opening Remarks: Prof. Takayuki Yamaguchi (Kwansei Gakuin University)
Session 1: Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Ageing Populations
EU: “Business Challenges and Opportunities Arising from an Ageing Society”
    Eve Päärendson (President of the EESC-Japan Contact Group, Employers' Group of the EESC)
Japan: “From Ageism to Productive Ageing in the Super-Ageing Society Japan”
   Prof. Ayako Fujita (Professor, Koshien University and Professor Emeritus, Osaka University)

Session 2: Challenges Facing Pension Systems in Europe and Japan
EU: "Challenges facing European pension systems"
     Mr Krzysztof Pater (Member of the EESC-Japan Contact Group, Various Interests' Group of the EESC)
Japan: “Challenges facing the pension system in Japan”
     Prof. Toshikatsu Oda (Kobe University)

Session 3: Employment and Social Activities of Aged Citizen
EU: "ICT and Active Ageing: continuing true life by working, connecting, helping"
    Mrs Laure Batut (Member of the EESC-Japan Contact Group, Workers' Group of the EESC)
Japan: “The work integration social enterprise in Japan: Requirements of institutional and social foundation for an active ageing society”
    Associate Prof. Kohki Harada (Rikkyo University)

Panel discussion 
        Moderator: Associate Prof. Li-Mei Chen / Kwansei Gakuin University

Closing Remarks

Friday, 1st June 2012
15:00-17:00

"EU-Japan Cooperation on International Peace and Security"
Venue: Conference Room (6F), OSIPP Building
language: English
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Professor: 
Prof. Jacques RUPNIK Director of Research and Professor, Centre for International Studies and Research, Sciences-Po de Paris
Prof. Christopher LAMONT Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations and International Organization, University of Groningen

Saturday, 10 March 2012
10:00-17:45

"Toward a Japan-EU EPA"
Venue: Room 601 Frontier Hall, Rokkodai Campus, Kobe University
Language: English
General Moderator: Professor Shotaro Hamamoto
                  (Kyoto University; Head of the Research Group, EUIJ Kansai)

Saturday, 17 December 2011, 13:00 - 17:00

"The Central and Eastern European Economy in Turmoil: Effects of Globalization and Financial Crisis"
Venue: Meeting room, Graduate school of Economics, Rokkodai Campus, Kobe University
Language: English
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“The Central and Eastern European model of capitalism  and its performance in the current global economic  and financial crisis”
  Beáta Farkasa (Professor, University of Szeged, Hungary )

“European Economy: Struggling with the Second Wave  of Financial and Debt Crisis”
 Marek Dabrowski (Senior Researcher, Center for Social and Economic Research, and Former First Deputy Minister of Finance of Poland) 

Thursday 3 March 2011, 9:30-12:30

"Growth Strategies in the EU and Japan"
Venue: European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Brussels
Organisers: Kobe University, EESC, EUIJ-Kansai
Supported by: JETRO Brussels
Language: English
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9:30-09.50 Opening Remarks
Ms Eve Päärendson (President of the EESC Contact Group for Japan, Employers Group)
Prof. Hiromasa Kubo (President of the EU Institute in Japan, Kansai Kobe University, Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam)

09.50 -11.10  "Growth Strategies in the EU and Japan"
Moderator: Prof. Eiji Ogawa (Hitotsubashi University, EU Studies Institute in Tokyo, Japan)
Key-note speakers
- Prof. Hiromasa Kubo, “Japan´s New Growth Strategy”
- Prof. Takuji Kinkyo, Kobe University: “Promoting Asian Economic Integration within the framework of New Growth Strategy”
- Dr. Razvan-Silviu Jora, European Commission, DG ENTR, Policy Development for Industrial Innovation Unit: “Europe 2020 Strategy – Towards an Innovation Union”

11.10 - 12.30  Debate
- Mr Pedro Augusto Almeida Freire (Representative of EESC Employers' Group)
- Mr Dumitru Fornea (Representative Employees´ Group)
- Mr Panagiotis Gkofas (Representative of Various Interests Group)
- Mr Tom Jenkins (Senior Adviser of The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC))
- Mr Adrian Van Den Hoven (Director of International Relations Department, BUSINESSEUROPE: “Trade Policy as essential part of the Europe 2020 Strategy”)
- Prof. Eiji Ogawa (Hitotsubashi University, EU Studies Institute in Tokyo, Japan)

Wednesday 6 October 2010, 13:00-17:00

"Effective Ways of Public and Private Partnership on Social Infrastructure Sectors: Comparative Analysis between Europe and Japan"
Venue: Ikeuchi Memorial Hall, Nishinomiya-Uegahara Campus, Kwansei Gakuin University
Language: English
Target participants: Researchers and postgraduate students in the field of public utilities
Organisers: EUIJ-Kansai and Institute for Industrial Research, Kwansei Gakuin University
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13:00-13:10  Opening Remarks:
Dr. Nobuchika Kaido (Head of Outreach Group, EUIJ-Kansai/ Professor, School of Business Administration, Kwansei Gakuin University)
13:10-13:40  "Aviation and Airport Policy in the UK"
Dr. Anne Graham (Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster, London, UK)
13:40-14:40  "Collapse of Japan Airlines and Future of Regional Airports in Japan”
Dr. Munenori Nomura (President of Institute for Industrial Research/ Professor, School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University)
"Aviation and Airport Policy and the Growth of Low-Cost Carriers in Asia"
Dr. Shinya Hanaoka (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
14:40-15:00  Break
15:00-15:30  "Railway Policy and Water Supply Policy in Germany"
Ms. Eva Faulenbach (Referentin, Stadtwerke Köln GmbH, Germany)
15:30-16:30 
"Rail Policy in Japan: Focusing on Local Services “
Dr. Fumitoshi Mizutani (Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University)
"Insight obtained from Comparisons between Public Opinion Poll for Tap Water and ongoing types / Regionality of Water Utility Businesses in EU / Japan "
Mr. Shoji Kusuda (Managing Director, The Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship [AOTS]  /  Lecturer, Waseda University and Rikkyo University)
16:30-17:00  Discussion & Closing

Wednesday 22 September 2010, 13:00-17:00

"How to Encounter Demographic Change? -Comparison between The EU and Japan"
Venue: Conference Room (1F), Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS), Kobe University
Language: English
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13:00-13:10 Opening Remarks
Prof. Hiromasa Kubo (President, EUIJ-Kansai/Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University/Jean Monnet Chair)
Session 1: 13:10-14:30
Chair: Prof. Masahiko Yoshii (Vice-President, EUIJ-Kansai/Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)
13:10-13:40
"Demographic Change in European Societies - some main policy challenges"
Prof. Claudius Ohder (Berlin School of Economics and Law)
Q&A & Discussion
13:40-14:30
"Ageing, and Shrinking Population: Challenges and Opportunities from Businesses´ Perspective"
Ms. Eve Paarendson (President of the Contact Group on Japan, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Employers´ Group)
"Employment Policy and Old-age Pension in Japan: Their Interactions"
Associate Prof. Yuki Sekine (Graduate School of Law, Kobe University)
Q&A & Discussion
14:30-14:50 Coffee Break
Session 2: 14:50- 16:30
Chair: Prof. Hiromasa Kubo (President, EUIJ-Kansai/Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University/Jean Monnet Chair)
14:50-15:40
"Work-life Balance as a Pre-condition for Demographic Restoration of the Society"
Mrs. Erika Koller (Member of the Contact Group on Japan, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Employees´ Group)
"Marriage and Aging: Why Fertility Rate is So Low in Japan"
Associate Prof. Takashi Unayama (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)
Q&A & Discussion
15:40-16:30
"Challenges Facing the European Pension Systems"
Mr. Krzystof Pater (Member of the Contact Group on Japan, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Various Interests Group)
"Role of Public and Private Pension Benefits in Financing Elderly Household Consumption- Comparison of OECD Countries"
Mr. Tatsuya Ishikawa (NLI Research Institute)
Q&A & Discussion
16:30-17:00 Discussion & Closing

Publications

Wednesday 10 February 2010, 10:00-16:00

"National Foreign Policies of the Member States and External Action of the EU
-The Cases of France, Germany, and United Kingdom-"

Venue: Conference Room (1F), Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS), Kobe University
Language: English
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10:00-  Opening Remarks
10:15-11:15  First Session (U.K.) 
Chair: Dr. Daisuke Ikemoto (Kansai Gaidai University)
Prof. Christoph Bluth (Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law, University of Leeds)
 "National Foreign Policy and the EU: The United Kingdom”
Discussion 
Discussant: Prof. Crispin Bates (School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh)
11:15-11:30  Coffee Break
11:30-12:30  Second Session (Germany) 
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Hiroyuki Ogawa (Faculty of Foreign Studies, Aichi Prefectural University)
Prof. Gunter Hellmann (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany)
"From a "Culture of Restrain" to "Assertive Multilateralism” Germany's Invention of a New Foreign Policy Tradition”
Discussion
Discussant: Dr. Tetsuji Senoo (EUIJ-Kansai Fellow)        
12:30-13:30  Lunch
13:30-14:30  Third Session (France)
Chair: Prof. Kota Yoshitome (Kansai Gaidai University)
Prof. Jean-Jacques Roche (Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) France)
"European Attitude Towards Privatized Security: Between Opposition and Small Arrangements"
Discussion
Discussant: Prof. Ken Masusjima (Graduate School of Law, Kobe University)
14:45-16:00  Concluding Session

Sun., 25 Oct, 2009, 13:00‐15:10
"Russia: Gap or Bridge between EU and Japan?"
Venue: Conference Room (1F), Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University Yoshida Campus
Language: Japanese
Co-host: Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University
Speaker:
Prof. Shinichiro Tabata (Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University)
"The End of the Economic Boom in Russia under the Global Financial Crisis: Does Its Growth Model Change?"
Assoc. Prof. Masato Hiwatari (Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration, Hokkaido University)
"A Network Approach to Roscas (Rotating Savings and Credit Associations): An Empirical Analysis of ‘Gap's in Uzbekistan"

Commentator:
Prof. Akira Uegaki (Faculty of Economics, Seinan Gakuin University)
Prof. Satoshi Mizobata (Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)
Assoc. Prof. Hiroaki Hayashi (Faculty of Policy Studies, The University of Shimane)
Assist. Prof. Yuka Takeda (School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University)
Fri., 23 May 2008, 9:30-14:00
Mon., 26 May 2008, 10:00-16:00
7th EUIJ Workshop
"Environmental Education in the EU and Japan"
Chair / Coordinator: Prof. Masanobu Ishikawa (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)
Co-organisers:
"RCE Hyogo-Kobe"/Contemporary GP "Development and Promotion of ESD curriculum with Action Plan"/The Economic and Social Committee and the ECSC Consultative Committee
23 May
-Teaching practices at Deutsche Schule Kobe European School by Mr. Gerben de Vries, "Environmental Protection of Water Quality in the Waddenzee in the northern Netherlands"
Venue: Deutsche Schule Kobe/European School (1-3-22, Sowa-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe)
-Discussion
Discussants:

Mr. Gerben de Vries (Marnix Academie)
Prof. Nobushige Imatani (Faculty of Human Development, Kobe University)
Ms. Regine Weiss (Principal, Deutsche Schule Kobe / European School)

Venue:Faculty of Human Development Bldg., A-347, Kobe University
26 May
-Field Work at Toyooka
Venue:

・Hyogo Prefectural Homeland for the Oriental White Stork
・Toyooka High School
・Nitta Elementary School

-Approaches to environmental education: EU-Japan comparative studies in Toyooka

Experimental lesson "Talk with the Nature, Meet the Kappa at School!"
Lecture by Mr. Hiroshi Iijima, Representative of NGO "Asaza Funds"

-Discussion
Discussants:

Mr. Gerben de Vries (Marnix Academie)
Mr. Hiroshi Iijima (Representaive, NPO "Asaza Funds")
Ms. Shizuka Tanaka (Teacher, Nitta Elementary School)
Ms. Itsuki Nishimura (Staff Worker, Toyooka Agricultural Development and Extension Association)

Sat., 10 May, 2008, 13:30‐18:40
"New Research Horizons of the History of European Integration"
Coordinator: Associate Prof. Kaoru Kurusu (Vice President, EU Institute in Japan, Kansai, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University)
Opening Remarks:
Prof. Fumio Tokotani (Dean, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University)
Session 1:

"Whither EU Historiography"
Prof. Ken Endo (Graduate School of Law, Hokkaido University)
"From the ‘Rescue of the Nation State’ to the Emergence of European Spaces" 
Associate Prof. Ryosuke Amiya-Nakada (Faculty of International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University)
"Explaining European Integration: The Contribution from Historians" 
Prof. Wilfried Loth(University of Duisburg-Essen, Historisches Institut)

Session 2:

Chair: Prof. Ken Endo (Graduate School of Law, Hokkaido University)
Commentator:
Associate Prof. Hiroo Nakajima (Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University)
Associate Prof. Shuichi Kawashima (School of Political Science and Economics, Meiji University)
Associate Prof. Hidenori Tozawa (Graduate School of Law, Tohoku University)

Venue: Osaka University, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) 6F Conference Room

Publications

20 Oct., 2007
10:00-17:00
"Participatory Type of Environmental Protection in Europe and Japan"
Objectives: Grass-root movements to reduce resource consumption are imperative to realising sustainable growth. Countless civil society organisations and private enterprises in both Europe and Japan are engaged in such activities. At the Workshop, leading European as well as Japanese environmentalists and industrialists will be invited, together with academics, to share their experiences and to learn from each other's experiences.
Panelists:

Prof. Gjalt Huppes (Head of Department of Industrial Ecology, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University)
Prof. Raimund Bleischwitz (Co-Director, Wuppertal Institute)
Dr. Helmut Weidner (Senior Researcher, Social Science Research Centre, Berlin (WZB))
Ms. Eve Päärendson (Vice-President of the Employers' Group, European Economic and Social Committee(EESC))
Prof. Masanobu Ishikawa (Kobe University, Graduate School of Economics, Director, Gomi-Japan)
Prof. Hiromasa Kubo (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University, President, EUIJ, Kansai)

Venue: Kobe University Rokkodai Campus Main Bldg., Conference Room (2F)
Organiser: EU Institute in Japan, Kansai / European Economic and Social Committee
Language: English
29 Sept., 2007
10:30-17:30
"New Developments in the European Automobile Industry" 
Keynote Speech:

Prof. Koichi Shimokawa (Faculty of Business Administration, Tokai Gakuin University, Emeritus Professor, Hosei University)
"Globalization of the World Automobile Industry and the Growth of the Automobile Industry in Central-Eastern Europe"

Session 1: New Directions in the European Automobile Industry: Policy Making and Structural Changes

"The Automobile Policy of the European Union"
Associate Prof. Holger Bungsche (Institute for Industrial Research, Kwansei Gakuin University)
"The Automobile and Parts Supply Industry in Central-Eastern Europe"
Associate Prof. Krzystof Gwosdz (Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland)

Session 2: New Competitive Landscape in Europe

"Toyota in Poland and in the Czech Republic"
Prof. Hiroshi Kumon (School of Social Sciences, Hosei University)
"Škoda Auto: The Revival of a Traditional European Manufacturer"
Prof. Gert Schmidt (Institute of Sociology, Erlangen-Nuremberg University, Germany)
"Beyond the EU: Toyota in Turkey"
Associate Prof. Shinya Orihashi (Faculty of Economics, Tohoku Gakuin University)

Session 3: New Division of Labour in the European Automobile Industry

"German Companies in Eastern Europe: Changing East-West Division of Labour and its Effect on Work and Employment"
Dr. Martin Krzywdzinski (Research Fellow, Social Science Research Centre Berlin, Germany)
"Reacting Towards the Eastern Challenge: New Work Models and Social Corporate Responsibility at Volkswagen"
Prof. Nobutaka Kazama (School of Commerce, Meiji University )
Panel Discussion:
"The Future of the European Automobile Industry Between New Markets, New Regulations and Social Responsibility."

Venue: Applause Tower 13F, Room 10 (19-19, Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka
Language: Simultaneous Interpretation (English-Japanese) provided.
Organiser: EU Institute in Japan, Kansai
Co-host: Institute for Industrial Research, Kwansei Gakuin University
9 Dec, 2006 "The EU Accession of Two New Member States: Comparison of Poland and Romania"
Panelists:

Dr. Ewa Balcerowicz (President, CASE-Centre for Social and Economic Research, Poland)
Prof. Gabriela Dragan (Vice Dean of Faculty, Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest)
Dr. Gábor Hunya  (Senior Research Economist, The Vienna Insitute for Economic Studies(WIIW))

Commentators:

Dr. Akio Komorida (Director, Institute of Social Science, Tokyo University)
Prof. Hirokazu Iemoto(Department of Economics, Nagoya Gakuin University)
Prof. Akira Uegaki (Department of Economics, Seinan Gakuin University)
Associate Prof. Silviu Jora (Graduate School of Law, Kobe University)

Venue: Kobe University
Language: English

Publications

9 Sep, 2006 "Social Impact of European Research and Development Policy" Opening Remark:

Dr. Michael Reiterer (Minister, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Commission to Japan)

Panelists:

Mr. Pierre Naves (Inspector General of Social Affairs)
Ms. Nathalie Cavasin (Visiting Researcher, Waseda University Global Information and Telecommunication)
Prof. Masatake Haruta (Tokyo Metropolitan University, Faculty of Environmental Science)
Dr. Shinichiro Nakamura (Technology Platform Leader, Fundamental Technology Laboratory, Research and Development Division, Mitsubishi Chemical Group)
Prof. Yukinori Nakano (Kwansei Gakuin University, School of Policy Studies)

Venue: Kwansei Gakuin University
Language: French-Japanese(Simultaneous Interpretation Provided)
8 July, 2006 "Institutional Convergence under Regional Integration" Cordinator:

Prof. Akira Kohsaka(Dean, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University)

Speaker:

Prof. Michael Landesman(Science Director, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (WIIW), Professor of Economics, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria)

Discussants:

Prof. Shigeyuki Abe (Doshisha University)
Prof. Tatsuyoshi Miyakoshi (Tohoku University)
Prof. Yukiko Fukagawa (Tokyo University)
Associate Prof. Tsunehiro Otsuki (Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University)
Associate Prof. Yupana Wiwattanakantang (Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)
Dr. Mamoru Nagano (Senior Economist, Mitsubishi Research Institute)
Associate Prof. Masahiro Enya (Osaka International University)
Dr. Misa Okabe (Lecturer, Kyoto Gakuen University)

Venue: Osaka University, OSIPP 6F Conference Room
Language: English
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