23rd Japanese-German Forum

November 5–6, 2014
Berlin

The 23rd Japanese-German Forum brought together more than three dozen business leaders, policy experts, and politicians, including State Minister Minoru Kiuchi; former Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba; Volker Kauder, the parliamentary chairman of the Christian Democratic Union; and Rainer Bruderle, the former Federal Minister for Economics and Technology. In their Berlin meeting, they discussed the current domestic trends in Germany and Japan; the two countries’ respective responses to recent security challenges, such as Ukraine and the Islamic State; and the ways in which they can effectively work together to achieve shared objectives, such as addressing the challenges of human resource shortages and immigration.

The program began with a reception on the evening of November 4, hosted by Germany’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The second day featured a full day of discussions, including a separate meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Discussions concluded on November 6, following which a joint statement was drafted for submission to the Japanese prime minister and the chancellor of Germany that documents common challenges facing both countries and outlines recommendations for German-Japanese cooperative action.

The Forum, which began in 1993, is organized by JCIE on the Japan side, while the Japanese-German Center Berlin acts as the German secretariat.

 

November 5

Session I: Political, Economic, and Energy Trends in Germany and Japan

Session II: The Roles of Germany and Japan in a Changing Global Security Environment (Russia, Ukraine, China)

November 6

Session III: German and Japanese Responses to Demographic Change: Labor Shortages and Immigration Policy

GERMAN PARTICIPANTS

CHAIRMAN

BERNHARD SCHEUBLE

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

PARTICIPANTS

MATTHIAS BARTKE

Member, Bundestag (SPD)

VERENA BLECHINGER-TALCOTT

Professor, Free University of Berlin

FRIEDERIKE BOSSE

Secretary-General, Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)

RAINER BRÜDERLE

Member, Bundestag (FDP); former Federal Minister for Economics and Technology

VOLKER DEVILLE

Head, Berlin Representative Office, Allianz SE; Advisory Board Member, Berlin Demography Forum

ELKE FERNER

Member, Bundestag; Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

GESINE FOLJANTY-JOST

Vice President, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

VOLKER KAUDER

Member, Bundestag; Chairman of the CDU/CSU Faction

STEFAN LIEBICH

Member, Bundestag (The Left)

MATTHIAS NAß

Chief International Correspondent, Weekly Newspaper DIE ZEIT

LARS NICOLAYSEN

Managing Director, German Press Agency Tokyo

PETER PRÜGEL

Director-General for Asian Affairs, German Foreign Office

HEINZ RIESENHUBER

Member, Bundestag (CDU/CSU); former Minister of Scientific Research

FRITHJOF SCHMIDT

Member, Bundestag (Alliance 90/The Greens)

MARIO SCHMIDT

Redaktionsleiter Aktuelles, NDR (North German Radio and TV)

THOMAS SILBERHORN

Member, Bundestag (CSU); Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

VOLKER STANZEL

Former German Ambassador to Japan / Guest Professor, University of California

SABINE STRICKER-KELLERER

Senior China Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

PROF. DR. FRANZ WALDENBERGER

Professor, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich

HANS CARL VON WERTHERN

German Ambassador to Japan

GERHARD WIESHEU

Partner, Bankhaus Metzler; Chairman, Japanese-German Business Association

 

 

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

CHAIRMAN

YUZABURO MOGI

Honorary CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kikkoman Corporation

PARTICIPANTS

SHOGO AKAGAWA

Chief Correspondent in Berlin, NIKKEI Inc.

KEIKO FUJIWARA

Managing Director & CEO, Komatsu Europe International n. v.

KOICHIRO GEMBA

Member, House of Representatives, Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ); Former Minister for Foreign Affairs

TOSHIMASA IUE

Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, LIXIL Group Corporation

YOKO KAWAMURA

Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Seikei University

MINORU KIUCHI

Member, House of Representatives, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)

TOSHIAKI MIURA

Editor-in-Chief, GLOBE, Asahi Shimbun

TAKESHI NAKANE

Japanese Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

AKIO OKAWARA

President, Japan Center for International Exchange

MASARU ONISHI

Director, Chairman, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.

HAJIME SASAKI

Honorary Advisor, NEC Corporation

TOSHIYUKI TAKANO

Senior Advisor, ITOCHU Corporation; Former Japanese Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

HITOSHI TANAKA

Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute, Ltd.; Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

TAIZO YAKUSHIJI

Research Counselor, Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS)

KENICHI YANAGISAWA

Director General, Japan Foundation London

 

 

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