3rd German-Japanese Business Dialogue

07. February 2018

Mark Hauptmann (CDU), south Thuringian member of the Bundestag, organized the 3rd German-Japanese Business Dialogue on 31.01.2018, a networking event for political decisionmakers and entrepreneurs from Germany and Japan, in cooperation with the Japanese embassy in Berlin. The dialogue is supported by strong partners like the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV) and the Foundation for Family Businesses.

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250 guests from Germany and Japan attended the event. Host Mark Hauptmann was pleased about the positive feedback: “Germany and Japan are high tech nations; their innovative products are enjoying a unique reputation at the global market. At the CeBIT 2017, guest country Japan demonstrated this in an impressive way. But not only are Germany and Japan connected by a long-lasting business partnership of common values, they face similar social challenges.

Two particular challenges among these are the demographic change, as the population grows older and fewer children are born, as well as the technological change through digitization. With the 3rd German-Japanese Business Dialogue, we promote transnational cooperation on forward-looking subjects for our prosperity and competitiveness, like for example free trade, digitization, Industrie 4.0 or Society 5.0, and want to show solutions of how this can serve the future of Europe and the world”, says Hauptmann.


Top-class Speakers from Germany and Japan

The participants could look forward to a program consisting of keynote speeches and a panel discussion, which featured top-class speakers like the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Minister for Agriculture and Food, Norbert Barthle, the Executive Vice President of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Yasukazu Irino, the President of DMG Mori, Dr. Masahiko Mori as well as German and Japanese company representatives from Hitachi, KPMG, YASKAWA and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen.

Member of the Bundestag Hauptmann emphasizes the importance of the German-Japanese relations: „Japan and Germany face the challenges of the 21st century together. In times of growing international insecurities, against the background of an upcoming Brexit and the USA abandoning the Trans Pacific Partnership TPP, we are taking a global responsibility. In contrast to a growing protectionism, we advocate an intensified free trade under fair conditions. These are prolific efforts, as is shown by the recently successfully concluded negotiations regarding a free trade agreement between the EU and Japan“, Hauptmann says in a concluding statement.