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.
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)
Session III: German and Japanese Responses to Demographic Change: Labor Shortages and Immigration Policy
Chairman of the Foundation Council, Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)
Member, Bundestag (SPD)
Professor, Free University of Berlin
Secretary-General, Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)
Member, Bundestag (FDP); former Federal Minister for Economics and Technology
Head, Berlin Representative Office, Allianz SE; Advisory Board Member, Berlin Demography Forum
Member, Bundestag; Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Vice President, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Member, Bundestag; Chairman of the CDU/CSU Faction
Member, Bundestag (The Left)
Chief International Correspondent, Weekly Newspaper DIE ZEIT
Managing Director, German Press Agency Tokyo
Director-General for Asian Affairs, German Foreign Office
Member, Bundestag (CDU/CSU); former Minister of Scientific Research
Member, Bundestag (Alliance 90/The Greens)
Redaktionsleiter Aktuelles, NDR (North German Radio and TV)
Member, Bundestag (CSU); Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Former German Ambassador to Japan / Guest Professor, University of California
Senior China Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
PROF. DR. FRANZ WALDENBERGER
Professor, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich
HANS CARL VON WERTHERN
German Ambassador to Japan
Partner, Bankhaus Metzler; Chairman, Japanese-German Business Association
Honorary CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kikkoman Corporation
Chief Correspondent in Berlin, NIKKEI Inc.
Managing Director & CEO, Komatsu Europe International n. v.
Member, House of Representatives, Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ); Former Minister for Foreign Affairs
Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, LIXIL Group Corporation
Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Seikei University
Member, House of Representatives, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
Editor-in-Chief, GLOBE, Asahi Shimbun
Japanese Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
President, Japan Center for International Exchange
Director, Chairman, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
Honorary Advisor, NEC Corporation
Senior Advisor, ITOCHU Corporation; Former Japanese Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute, Ltd.; Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
Research Counselor, Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS)
Director General, Japan Foundation London