14th Japanese-German Forum

October 14–16, 2005
Tokyo

The 14th Japanese-German Forum was held in Tokyo from October 14–16, 2005. Thirty-seven participants gathered to discuss various issues on (1) Recent Socio-Political Developments in Japan and Germany; (2) Challenges of Global Governance and the Role of International Organizations, of Major Nations including Germany and Japan, and of NGOs; (3) Challenges Facing German and Japanese Corporations—Corporate Governance in Changing Domestic and Global Socio-Economic Environments; and (4) Growing Regional Interdependence in East Asia and Europe—Implications for Japanese-German Relations.

The German participants paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi before the Forum began. The members welcomed this opportunity to meet and talk with the Prime Minister as an indication of his interest in and appreciation of the Japanese-German Forum.

At the end of the Forum, the Chairmen prepared a statement summarizing the discussions of the meeting, which will be presented to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

October 14

Session I: Recent Socio-Political Developments in Japan and Germany

Japanese Speakers:

• KENJI KOSAKA, Member, House of Representatives (Liberal Democratic Party)
• KOICHIRO GEMBA, Member, House of Representatives (Democratic Party of Japan)

German Speakers:

• MATTHIAS NASS, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, DIE ZEIT
• HENRIK SCHMIEGELOW, Ambassador to Japan
(Reporting on Germany in Japan Year 2005/2006)

October 15

Session II: Challenges of Global Governance and the Role of International Organizations, of Major Nations including Germany and Japan, and of NGOs

Japanese Speaker:

• YOSHIHIDE SOEYA, Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Keio University

German Speaker:

• HANNS MAULL, Chair for Foreign Policy and International Relations, University of Trier

Session III: Challenges Facing German and Japanese Corporations—Corporate Governance in Changing Domestic and Global Socio-Economic Environments

Japanese Speaker:

• NAOKI TANAKA, Economist; President, The 21st Century Public Policy Institute

German Speaker:

• KARL-LUDWIG KLEY, Member, Executive Board, Deutsche Lufthansa AG

 October 16

Session IV: Growing Regional Interdependence in East Asia and Europe—Implications for Japanese-German Relations

Japanese Speaker:

• HITOSHI TANAKA, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE); Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

German Speaker:

• OTTO GRAF LAMBSDORFF, Former Federal Minister of Economics

 

GERMAN PARTICIPANTS

CHAIRMAN

DR. ULRICH CARTELLIERI

Member of Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG

PARTICIPANTS

RAINER BRÜDERLE

Member of Parliament (FDP)

PROF. DR. FLORIAN COULMAS

Director, German Institute for Japanese Studies

DR. CHRISTIAN HAUSWEDELL

Director General, Asian and Pacific Affairs, Federal Foreign Office

GEBHARD HIELSCHER

Journalist

PROF. DR. IRMELA HIJIYA-KIRSCHNEREIT

Institute for Japanese Studies, Free University of Berlin

DR. KARL-LUDWIG KLEY

Member, Executive Board, Deutsche Lufthansa AG

DR. OTTO GRAF LAMBSDORFF

Former Federal Minister of Economics

PROF. DR. WOLF LEPENIES

Permanent Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies; Professor, Free University of Berlin

PROF. DR. HANNS MAULL

Chair for Foreign Policy and International Relations, University of Trier

MATTHIAS NASS

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, DIE ZEIT

PROF. DR. BERNHARD SCHEUBLE

Chairman, Executive Board, Merck KGaA

AMBASSADOR HENRIK SCHMIEGELOW

Ambassador to Japan

PROF. DR. GÜNTER STOCK

Member, Board of Executive Directors, Schering AG

ANGELIKA VIETS

Secretary General, Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)

ANTJE VOLLMER

Vice-President, German Bundestag

PROF. DR. FRANZ WALDENBERGER

Japan Centre, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

CHAIRMAN

YUZABURO MOGI

President and CEO, Kikkoman Corporation

PARTICIPANTS

KEIKO CHINO

Chief Editorial Writer, The Sankei Shimbun

KOICHIRO GEMBA

Member, House of Representatives (Democratic Party of Japan)

AKIRA KOJIMA

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

KENJI KOSAKA

Member, House of Representatives (Liberal Democratic Party)

RYOHEI MURATA

Former Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

MASASHI NISHIHARA

President, National Defense Academy

MEGUMI NISHIKAWA

Senior Editorial Writer, Mainichi Newspapers

JIRO SAITO

President and CEO, Tokyo Financial Exchange Inc.

YOSHIHIDE SOEYA

Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Keio University

TOSHIYUKI TAKANO

Ambassador Designate to the Federal Republic of Germany

HATSUHISA TAKASHIMA

Special Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs; Former Press Secretary/Director General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

YUSHU TAKASHIMA

Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

AKIHIKO TANAKA

Professor of International Relations, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo

HITOSHI TANAKA

Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE); Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

NAOKI TANAKA

Economist; President, The 21st Century Public Policy Institute

SEKI TOMODA

Director-General, Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)

KATSUYUKI YAKUSHIJI

Chief Editor, Monthly Magazine Ronza

TAIZO YAKUSHIJI

Executive Member, Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office

TADASHI YAMAMOTO

President, Japan Center for International Exchange

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