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 Foreign Minister Taro Kono, the participants reviewed the domestic challenges facing each country and the political responses, discussed the implications of a “world without global leadership,” the future of robotics and its social impact, focusing on Germany-Japan technological collaboration. The participants also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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.
Wednesday, November 15
Session I: Domestic Challenges and Political Response
Session II: World without Global Leadership
Thursday, November 16
Session III: The Future of Robotics and its Social Impact
Chief International Correspondent, Weekly Newspaper DIE ZEIT
Dr. Matthias BARTKE
Head of Corporate Research, KUKA Roboter GmbH
Prof. Dr. Verena BLECHINGER-TALCOTT
Professor, Free University Berlin
Dr. Friederike BOSSE
Secretary General, Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)
Prof. Dr. Gesine FOLJANTY-JOST
Professor, University Halle-Wittenberg
Prof. Dr. Hanns W. MAULL
Senior Distinguished Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs
Tokyo Bureau Chief, German Press Agency
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Heinz RIESENHUBER
Former Federal Minister for Education and Research
Regional Director for East and South-East Asia, Federal Foreign Office
Dr. Sabine STRICKER-KELLERER
Lawyer, SSK Asia
Prof. Dr. Franz WALDENBERGER
Director, German Institute for Japanese Studies
Hanno D. WENTZLER
Member of the Executive Council, Freudenberg Group
Ambassador Dr. Hans Carl von WERTHERN
German Ambassador to Japan
Partner, B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG
Lawyer and former President of Germany
Chairman, ITOCHU Corporation
Director & Senior Executive Officer, Tsumura & Co.
Member, House of Representatives, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs
Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, YANASE & Co., Ltd.
Chair of the Board of Directors, Ricoh Company, Ltd.; Senior Counselor, Ricoh Institute of Sustainability and Business
Senior Executive Vice President, NEC Corporation
Executive Officer and Head of Project Planning Office, Nikkei Inc.
President, Totan Research Co., Ltd.
Professor, Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Seikei University
President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Member, House of Representatives, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP); Former Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs
Political and Diplomatic Correspondent, Asahi Shimbun
Director, Nippon Soda Co., Ltd.; Director, Okasan Securities Co., Ltd.
Chairman of the Board, Komatsu. Ltd.
President, Japan Center for International Exchange
Adviser, Tokyo Financial Exchange Inc.
Managing Executive Officer, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
Prof. Dr. Takahiro SHINYO
Vice-President , Kwansei Gakuin University; Former Japanese Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
Audit & Supervisory Board Member, Japan Post Co., Ltd.; 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
Chairman, OMRON Corporation
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Germany
Prof. Dr. Taizo YAKUSHIJI
Research Counselor, Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS); Professor Emeritus, Keio University
General Manager, ITOCHU Economic Research Institute, ITOCHU Corporation
Lead Research Associate, ITOCHU Economic Research Institute, ITOCHU Corporation
Principal, Global Business Planning Division, NEC Corporation.
Researcher, Institute for International Strategy, the Japan Research Institute, Ltd.
Director, Strategic Corporate Relations Division, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
General Manager Tokyo Bod Office Executive Assistant to Chairman, OMRON Corporation
Director, Central and South Eastern Europe Division European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Secretary, Tokyo Board of Directors Office, OMRON Corporation
Manager, Chairman Office Secretariat, ITOCHU Corporation
Chief Staff, Global Business Planning Division, NEC Corporation
Senior Program Coordinator, International Exchange Planning Division, Center for International Youth Exchange (CENTERY
Head of Press and Public Relations, German Embassy Tokyo
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Lead Engineer, Preferred Networks Inc., Tokyo
Official, Central and South Eastern Europe Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Program Associate, JCIE
Managing Director and Chief Program Officer, JCIE
Web and Book Design, JCIE
Administrative Associate, JCIE
Dr. Wolfgang BRENN
Head Project Manager, JDZB
Minister, Deputy of the Ambassador, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Dr. Peter KETTNER
Office Christian Wulff
Deputy Secretary General, JDZB
Minister Counsellor, Head of Political Section, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Head of Division, Federal Foreign Office
First Secretary, Political Section, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Project Management, JDZB