25th Japanese-German Forum

October 19–20, 2016
Berlin, Germany

On October 18–20, more than 40 Japanese and German politicians, policy experts, business leaders, and journalists gathered in Berlin to discuss key issues facing Japan, Germany, and their bilateral relationship. After kicking off with a reception hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), the participants reviewed the economic and political developments of the past year, the impact of Germany’s refugee policy, the global trend toward populism and anti-globalism, the direction and impact of the US presidential election, the recent developments in East Asia, and more. The participants also paid a courtesy call on Chancellor Angela Merkel.

While the discussions were off the record, a joint statement will be submitted to Prime Minister Abe and Chancellor Merkel that documents the common challenges highlighted during the discussions and outlines recommendations for German-Japanese cooperative action. JCIE serves as the Japanese secretariat for the program, while the Japanese-German Center Berlin acts as the German secretariat.

Tuesday, October 18

Session I: Domestic Challenges and Political Response
Session II: Global Security and the Refugee Crisis

Wednesday, October 19

Session III: Emerging Digital Economy

German Participants

[Chairman]

Matthias NASS

Chief International Correspondent, Weekly Newspaper DIE ZEIT

[Participants]

Dr. Thomas BAGGER

Head of Policy Planning Staff, Federal Foreign Office

Dr. Matthias BARTKE

MP (SPD)

Prof. Dr. Verena BLECHINGER-TALCOTT

Professor, Free University Berlin

Christopher BORNSCHEIN

CEO, Torben, Lucie Digital Transformation Agency

Dr. Friederike BOSSE

Secretary General, Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)

Prof. Dr. Gesine FOLJANTY-JOST

Professor, University Halle-Wittenberg

Dr. Stefan HEUMANN

Member, Management Board, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung

Prof. Dr. Gesche JOOST

Professor, Berlin University of the Arts

Volker KAUDER

MP, Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Budestag

Dr. Stefan LIESSICH

MP (Die Linke–the Left)

Prof. Dr. Hanns W. MAULL

Senior Distinguished Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Lars NICOLAYSEN

Tokyo Bureau Chief, German Press Agency

Ambassador Dr. Norbert RIEDEL

Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Federal Foreign Office

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Heinz RIESENHUBER

MP (CDU/CSU); former Federal Minister for Education and Research

Dr. Frithjof SCHMIDT

MP (Bundnis 90/Die Grunen)

Mario SCHMIDT

Beijing Bureau Chief, Norddeutscher Rundfunk

Dr. Sabine STRICKER-KELLERER

Senior China Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Prof. Dr. Franz WALDENBERGER

Director, German Institute for Japanese Studies

Ambassador Dr. Hans Carl von WERTHERN

German Ambassador to Japan

Gerhard WIESHEU

Partner and Member of the Executive Board of B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG and Chairman, Japanese-German Business Association

Christian WULFF

Lawyer and former President of Germany

[Young Leaders]

Dr. Elise GRAUER

Deputy Head of Division 123 “Cooperation between the Federal Government and the Länder,” Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Inka van PUTTKAMMER

Lieutenant Commander, German Federal Armed Forces, German Navy

Tomohiro NAGASAKI

Impact Team Lead, UNDP, Istanbul

Hiroshi TAKAHASHI

Executive Vice President, Mizuho Trust & Banking (Luxembourg) S.A.

[Observers and Secretariat]

Dr. Wolfgang BRENN

Head Project Manager, JDZB

Dr. Michael FRANK

Planning Group, Foreign and Security Policy, CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag

Mareike GEIPEL

Desk Officer Japan, Federal Foreign Office

Frank HARTMANN

Head of Division, Federal Chancellery

Dr. Peter KETTNER

Bureau Chief, Office Wulff

Herr MOM

Bureau Chief, Office Kauder

Michael NIEMANN

Head of Press and Public Relations, JDZB

Jorg REINOWSKI

Project Manager, JDZB

Masaru SAKATO

Deputy Secretary General, JDZB

Petra SIGMUND

Director, East Asia Division, Foreign Office

Alexander THIES

Desk Officer, Policy Planning Staff, Federal Chancellery

Tatjana WONNEBERG

Project Manager, JDZB

Japanese Participants

[Chairman]

Eizo KOBAYASHI

Chairman, ITOCHU Corporation

[Participants]

Takeyoshi IDE

Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, YANASE & Co., Ltd.

Nobuo INABA

Director, Ricoh Company, Ltd.; President, Ricoh Institute of Sustainability and Business

Norihiko ISHIGURO

Advisor, NEC Corporation

Koichiro GEMBA

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

Hideto KAKINOKI

Head, Project Planning Office, Nikkei Inc

Izuru KATO

President, Totan Research Co., Ltd.

Yoko KAWAMURA

Professor, Seikei University

Minoru KIUCHI

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

Toshiaki MIURA

Political and Diplomatic Correspondent, Asahi Shimbun

Tetsuo NARUKAWA

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Germany

Akio OKAWARA

President, Japan Center for International Exchange

Masaru ONISHI

Director, Chairman, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.

Prof. Dr. Takahiro SHINYO

Vice-President , Kwansei Gakuin University; Former Japanese Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

Toshiyuki TAKANO

Audit & Supervisory Board Member, Japan Post Co., Ltd.; Former Japanese Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

Mana TAKATORI

Advisor, NEC Corporation

Hitoshi TANAKA

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

Fumio TATEISHI

Chairman, OMRON Corporation

Takeshi YAGI

Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in Germany

Prof. Dr. Taizo YAKUSHIJI

Research Counselor, Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS)

Observers

Masaki IKEGAMI

Director, Central and South Eastern Europe Division, European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Atsushi KAIFU

Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Germany

Kazuhiro KATO

Principal, Global Business Planning Division, NEC Corporation.

Takuji MOTOOKA

Advisor, General Manager, Research & Business Development Division, ITOCHU Corporation

Kazuyuki NAGASHIMA

General Manager Tokyo Bod Office Executive Assistant to Chairman, OMRON Corporation

Masakazu TACHIKAWA

Director, The Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne, The Japan Foundation

Jun WASHIYAMA

Manager, Chairman Office Secretariat, ITOCHU Corporation,

Secretariat (Japan Center for International Exchange)

Hyejin LEE

Program Associate, JCIE

Toshihiro MENJU

Managing Director and Chief Program Officer, JCIE

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