13th Japanese-German Forum

October 8–10, 2004
Tokyo

The 13th Japanese-German Forum  brought together 30 participants to discuss various issues including (1) Germany in Japan Year 2005/6: Enhancing Exchange Activities in Diverse Fields, (2) Economic and Industrial Restructuring of Germany and Japan in Response to the Changing International and Regional Socioeconomic Environments: Implications for a New Economic Partnership, (3) The Respective Roles of Germany and Japan in the European Union and the Emerging East Asian Community: Possible Partnership to Bring Europe and Asia Closer Together, and (4) Germany and Japan Facing International Issues and the Challenges of Global Governance.

The joint exploration and discussion of common challenges by Forum members from the two nations were reinforced by presentations by Mr. Toshihiko Fukui, Governor of the Bank of Japan, on “The Prospects for the Japanese Economy” and Mr. Fukushiro Nukaga, member of the House of Representatives, on “Japan’s Reform Agenda.” Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, Senior Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, also joined the first session and he emphasized the importance of cooperation between Germany and Japan—two nations that share a major responsibility in the international community, in tackling the diverse challenges facing the world today.

At the outset of this year’s Forum, the German members introduced plans for a German Year in Japan 2005/2006, which is designed to promote closer cooperation between Germany and Japan in diverse fields such as business, science, academic research, education, technology, sports, and the environment.

GERMAN PARTICIPANTS

CHAIRMAN

DR. ULRICH CARTELLIERI

Member of Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG

PARTICIPANTS

RAINER BRÜDERLE

Member of Parliament (FDP)

VLRI FRANK BURBACH

Head of East Asia Division, Foreign Office

(REPRESENTING MINDIRIG DR. CHRISTIAN HAUSWEDELL)

 

ROLF HEMPELMANN

Member of Parliament (SPD)

PROF. DR. HANS-OLAF HENKEL

President, Leibniz Association

GEBHARD HIELSCHER

Journalist; Director Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Tokyo Branch

PROF. DR. IRMELA HIJIYA-KIRSCHNEREIT

Professor, East Asian Department, Institute for Japanese Studies, Free University Berlin

DR. KARL-LUDWIG KLEY

Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Lufthansa AG

DR. OTTO GRAF LAMBSDORFF

Former Federal Minister of Economics

PROF. DR. DR. H.C. MULT. HEINZ RIESENHUBER

Member of Parliament (CDU)

AMBASSADOR HENRIK SCHMIEGELOW

Ambassador to Japan

WOLFGANG SCHMITT

Director General, German Agency for Development Corporation (GTZ)

ANGELIKA VIETS

Secretary General, Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

CHAIRMAN

YUZABURO MOGI

President and CEO, Kikkoman Corporation

DINNER HOST

ICHIRO AISAWA

Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs

GUEST SPEAKER

TOSHIHIKO FUKUI

Governor, Bank of Japan

PARTICIPANTS

KOICHIRO GEMBA

Member, House of Representatives (Democratic Party of Japan)

YOSHIMASA HAYASHI

Member, House of Councilors (Liberal Democratic Party)

MORIO IKEDA

President and CEO, Shiseido Company, Ltd.

AKIRA KOJIMA

Chairman, Japan Center for Economic Research; Special Editorial Advisor, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc.

KENJI KOSAKA

Member, House of Representatives (LDP)

RYOHEI MURATA

Executive Adviser, The Nippon Foundation; Former Japanese Ambassador to Germany

TORU NAGASHIMA

President and CEO, Teijin Ltd.

FUKUSHIRO NUKAGA

Member, House of Representatives (LDP); Former Chairman, Policy Research Council

JIRO SAITO

President and CEO, The Tokyo International Financial Futures Exchange Inc.

MASARU SAKATO

Managing Director, Planning and Evaluation Department, The Japan Foundation

YUSHU TAKASHIMA

Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

AKIHIKO TANAKA

Director, Institute of Oriental Cultures, University of Tokyo

NAOKI TANAKA

President, The 21st Century Public Policy Institute

SHINJI TARUTOKO

Member, House of Representatives (DPJ)

KOJI WATANABE

Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Executive Adviser, Japan Business Federation; Former Japanese Ambassador to Russia

TAIZO YAKUSHIJI

Member, Council for Science and Technology Policy of the Cabinet Office; Executive Research Director at the International Institute for Policy Studies (IIPS)

TADASHI YAMAMOTO

President, Japan Center for International Exchange

October 8
SESSION 1: Germany in Japan Year 2005/6: Enhancing Exchange Activities in Diverse Fields between Germany and Japan
Speaker

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Heinz RIESENHUBER, Member of Parliament (CDU)

SPECIAL SESSION 1: Japan’s Reform Agenda

Fukushiro NUKAGA, Member, House of Representatives, Liberal Democratic Party; Former Chairman, Policy Research Council

SPECIAL SESSION 2: Outlook for the Japanese Economy

Toshihiko FUKUI, Governor, Bank of Japan

Remarks:
Japan’s Diplomatic Challenges

Ichiro AISAWA, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs

October 9
SESSION 2: Economic and Industrial Restructuring of Germany and Japan in Response to the Changing International and Regional Socioeconomic Environments: Implications for a New Economic Partnership between Germany and Japan

Japanese Speaker

Akira KOJIMA, Chairman, Japan Center for Economic Research; Special Editorial Advisor, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc.

German Speaker—Preponderance of the Tertiary Sector in the Major Developed Economies: Germany and Japan Falling Behind?

Hans-Olaf HENKEL, President, Leibniz Association

Session 3: The Respective Roles of Germany and Japan in the European Union and the Emerging East Asian Community: Possible Partnership to Bring Europe and Asia Closer Together

Japanese Speaker

Koji WATANABE, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Executive Adviser, Japan Business Federation; Former Japanese Ambassador to Russia

German Speaker

Rainer BRÜDERLE, Member of Parliament (FDP)

October 10
Session 4: Germany and Japan Facing International Issues and the Challenges of Global Governance

Japanese Speaker

• Jiro SAITO, President and CEO, The Tokyo International Financial Futures Exchange Inc.

German Speaker

• Otto Graf LAMBSDORFF, Former Federal Minister of Economics

Wolfgang SCHMITT, Director General, German Agency for Development Corporation (GTZ)

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