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The Future of Structural Reforms in Germany and Japan

The future of Abenomics and economic growth in Japan depends on the success of structural reforms. But despite strong popular support, effective trade, health and labor market reforms remain as difficult to implement as ever. Reforms in Germany, on the other hand, seem to have been more successful. Effective globalization and the highly recognized “Agenda 2010” labor and social security reforms implemented a decade ago seem to have revitalized the country. Research at Germany’s leading industry think tank reveals, however, that the impact of such structural reforms has long faded in Germany, too, and that its current success might be due to other factors.

Leading experts from Japan and Germany will discuss major “structural reforms” but will also show that smaller, future and technology oriented reform initiatives might be easier to implement and more effective than big and often rather “backward looking” structural reforms. Business initiatives, such as “Industry 4.0” in Germany and “Special Deregulation Zones” in Japan, could help kickstart effective regional infrastructure investment, IT-based reorganization, international cooperation, and modernization of services and education systems.

We welcome your participation.

Program: "The Future of Structural Reforms in Germany and Japan"  [110KB]

 

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Time and Date September 8, 2015 from 13:00 – 17:40 (Reception begins at 12:30)
Venue Diamond Room, Keidanren Kaikan 4th fl.
1-3-2, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tel.03-6741-0222
Area Map of Keidanren Kaikan
Language Simultaneous translation available: English, Japanese
Entry fee Free

Program

*Programme subject to change

13:00
Opening Remarks
Friederike BOSSE (Secretary General, JDZB)
Shigeaki HONJO (President, FRI)
Presentations: Structural Reforms in Germany and Japan
13:10
Japan and Germany Compared: How Different are their Strategies?
Martin SCHULZ (Senior Research Fellow, FRI)
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13:40
Keynote: Corporate and Structural Reform in Japan
Masahiro SAKANE (Councilor, Komatsu Ltd)
14:10
Measuring German, Austrian, Swiss Reform Activities: The Reform Barometer
Thomas PULS (Senior Economist, Cologne Institute for Economic Research)
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14:40
Effective Industry-led Growth Initiatives in Germany: What worked?
Hubertus BARDT (Head of Research, Cologne Institute for Economic Research)
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15:10
Potentials for Change: Winning Majorities for Reforms in Germany
Karl-Rudolf KORTE (Dean, NRW School of Governance, University Duisburg-Essen)
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15:40
Q&A
15:50
Coffee Break
Panel Discussion: Policy Initiatives beyond Structural Reforms
16:00
Future Strategies for Effective Reforms
Chair:
Hideo HAYAKAWA (Senior Executive Fellow, FRI)

Panelists:
Atsushi NAKAJIMA (Chairman, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry)
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Nobuyuki KINOSHITA (Senior Advisor, AFLAC)
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Hubertus BARDT (Head of Research, IW Cologne Institute for Economic Research)
Karl-Rudolf KORTE (Dean, NRW School of Governance, University Duisburg-Essen)
Martin SCHULZ (Senior Research Fellow, FRI)
17:00
Q&A
17:30
Closing remarks
Yoshihiko TOKUMARU (President of Economic Research Center, FRI)

For inquiries

FUJITSU Research Institute, Japanese-German Symposium desk
TEL: 03-5401-8392
email: fri-jgsympo2015@cs.jp.fujitsu.com

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