With the development of new communication tools such as social media, the exchange of information among individuals has accelerated and information can be spread worldwide quickly. The exchange of information through the internet has an enormous impact on diplomacy as well as international cultural exchange.
At this symposium we will compare and discuss how these new communication tools are used in Japan, Germany and the rest of the world. How does social media affect the images of nations and the work of mass media? How can civic participation in international cultural exchange be encouraged? And what will societies and international cultural exchange look like in the future?