17th Japanese-German Forum

November 25–26, 2008
Berlin

The 17th Japanese-German Forum was held in Berlin on November 25–26, 2008. The meeting was co-chaired on the German side by Bernhard Scheuble, chairman of the Foundation Council of the Japanese-German Center, and co-chaired on the Japanese side by Yuzaburo Mogi, chairman and CEO of Kikkoman Corporation.

The thirty-five participants in the forum gathered to discuss political and economic trends within Japan and Germany and opportunities for closer cooperation between the two countries. The global financial crisis and the common challenges faced by Germany and Japan in approaching economic reform was an issue discussed in depth at the forum. In addition, there was a session devoted specifically to energy availability and cost, a topic critical for each country in terms of both domestic economic performance and global environmental ramifications.

The participants also discussed trends in East Asian and European regional integration as well as political issues such as potential reform to the democratic process in both Japan and Germany and the upcoming elections in the US. On the afternoon of November 25th, a courtesy call was paid on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, where both co-chairmen reported on the issues covered during the two-day forum.

Tuesday, November 25

Session I: Common Challenges for Japan and Germany: The Financial Crisis and Unstable Political Conditions

Japanese Speaker
Keikichi HONDA, Chairman, BIAC (Business & Industrial Advisory Committee to the OECD), KEIDANREN)

German Speakers
Hilmar KOPPER, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank
Mathias NASS, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, DIE ZEIT 

Session II: Prospects for Greater Regional Integration in East Asia and Europe and their Consequences for Inter-Regional Cooperation

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

German Speaker
Eckart von KLAEDEN, Member of German Parliament (CDU/CSU)

Wednesday, November 26

Session III: Energy Availability and Cost: Impact on Climate Change, Economic Performance, Food Scarcity, and other Major Global Issues

Japanese Speaker
Taizo YAKUSHIJI, Member, Council for Science & Technology Policy, Cabinet Office  

German Speaker
Rolf HEMPELMANN, Member of German Parliament (SPD)

Session IV: Democracy in Crisis: The Quest for Effective Systems of Governance

Japanese Speaker
Amb. Koji WATANABE, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE); former Japanese Ambassador to Russia 

German Speaker
Dietmar BARTSCH, Member of German Parliamemt (Die Linke)

GERMAN PARTICIPANTS

CHAIRMAN

BERNHARD SCHEUBLE

Chairman of the Foundation Council, Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB) 

PARTICIPANTS

DIETMAR BARTSCH 

Member of German Parliament (The Left) 

FRIEDERIKE BOSSE

Secretary General, Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB) 

HANS HENNING BLOMEYER-BARTEINSTEIN 

Director-General for Asian and Pacific Affairs, Federal Foreign Office

FLORIAN COULMAS

Director, German Institute for Japanese Studies

HANS-JOACHIM DAERR

Ambassador to Japan

HORST FRIEDRICH 

Member of German Parliament (FDP) 

ROLF HEMPELMANN 

Member of German Parliament (SPD) 

HANS-OLAF HENKEL

Honorary Professor, University of Mannheim

ECKART VON KLAEDEN

Member of German Parliament (CDU/CSU)

HILMAR KOPPER

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank

HANNS MAULL

Professor, University of Trier; Advisor, German Council on Foreign Relations

MATTHIAS NASS

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, DIE ZEIT

WOLF LEPENIES

Permanent Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

WOLFGANG SCHMITT 

Managing Director, German Agency for Development Cooperation (GTZ) 

THEO SOMMER 

Editor-at-Large, DIE ZEIT

RAINDER STEENBLOCK 

Member of German Parliament (Alliance 90/The Greens) 

FRANZ WALDENBERGER

Professor, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

CHAIRMAN

YUZABURO MOGI

Chairman and CEO, Kikkoman Corporation

PARTICIPANTS

ICHIRO AISAWA 

Member, House of Representatives (LDP); Former Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs

KEIKO CHINO

Columnist, The Sankei Shimbun

KOICHIRO GEMBA 

Member, House of Representatives (DPJ) 

KEIKICHI HONDA

Chair, Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, Nippon KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation)

JIRO SAITO

President and CEO, Tokyo Financial Exchange Inc.

HAJIME SASAKI

Chairman of the Board, NEC Corporation

TAKAHIRO SHINYO

Ambassador, Japanese Embassy to Germany

MAMORU TAKAHASHI

Statutory Auditor, Deutsche Securities Inc.

TSUYOSHI TAKAHASHI

Special Assistant to the President, Japan Foundation

HITOSHI TANAKA

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

KOJI WATANABE

Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Former Japanese Ambassador to Russia

TAIZO YAKUSHIJI

Member, Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office

TADASHI YAMAMOTO 

President, Japan Center for International Exchange 

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