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from 09:30 to 11:00
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Digitalization in the (post) COVID World: Views from Japan and Europe

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of accelerating the digital transformation of both the industry and the society.

Digitalization will help companies to ensure a better resilience to disruption and guarantee a continuity of their activities. Digitalization is also necessary to develop new forms of work practices such as working from home (WFH) and develop tele-medicine and other remote services. Finally, digital transformation will also help to achieve a green recovery.

Both Japan and the EU have placed digitalization at the center of their recovery strategy post-COVID. Therefore, this webinar will discuss the Japanese and European approaches to digitalization of industry and society, it will highlight the opportunities and challenges and identify areas of cooperation.

This webinar will be held in English.



Chair and discussion leader: Françoise NICOLAS, Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

  • Motohiro TSUCHIYA, Professor, Keio University
    • Digital transformation as a political and industrial priority in Japan
  • Reinhilde VEUGELERS, Senior Fellow, Bruegel, Belgium
    • The European approach to industrial digitalization: challenges, opportunities and implications.
  • Sébastien LECHEVALIER, Professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales – EHESS (Paris), President of the France-Japan Foundation
    • Industry 4.0: a comparison of the European and Japanese strategies



Contact the organizers: 

For more information on the event, please contact Céline Pajon: pajon@ifri.org

COVID-19 Digital transformation Europe France Japan