With Denkwerk (think tank), the Robert Bosch Foundation seeks to promote project partnerships between scientists and academics, teachers and students. Within this framework, the project largely initiated by the FU Berlin “Japan in the 21st Century – Society in a State of Flux?” is a joint project of the Japanese Studies unit of the Free University of Berlin, two Berlin high schools and the JDZB. The focus of the project shall be on current social challenges in Japan and related discourses in politics, the economy and society of Japan.
As a consequence of globalization, an ageing population, increasing social inequality and the effects of the huge earthquake and nuclear disaster in northeastern Japan in March 2011, Japan faces many social challenges that drive the structure of relationships between societal stakeholders to the limits of endurance. The students are the focus of the project. They will be given an understanding of the academic methods used in humanities and social science research, and how to deal with scientific discourse in an interdisciplinary approach in general. The final presentation of the results of the students' work will take place in the JDZB and then discussed with students from the Free University of Berlin. The project is supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation. A first workshop was successfully conducted in 2013 at the JDZB.