Here you will find information on the 5th German-Japanese Business Dialogue, which takes place in the residence of the Japanese ambassador on 4 March 2020.

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Dear Ladies and Gentleman,

Next year the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games as well as the Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK) will take place in Tokyo. We are delighted to invite you to the 5th German-Japanese Business Dialogue on March 4, 2020 at the Residence of the Japanese Ambassador in Berlin in the run-up to these major events.

As Germany and Japan share common values and mindsets, it is worth fostering the German-Japanese relations further, especially during challenging times in world politics.

Both countries also face similar challenges such as demographic change due to an ageing society and the realignment of traditional industries towards the digital revolution. Developing innovative solutions to these challenges will be essential to secure our future prosperity and competitiveness. Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, as a showcase of innovation and technology, will offer a proper occasion for the relevant discussions. Key areas such as hydrogen applications, autonomous driving, healthcare and high speed networks (5G), integrated into the "Society 5.0" initiative, have enormous potential to boost the German-Japanese economic cooperation in the future.

We promote cross-border cooperation in future-oriented areas through the well-established format of the German-Japanese Business Dialogue. We offer German and Japanese companies a top-class platform on which they can discuss opportunities for future cooperation and exchange with high-ranking decision-makers from politics.

We look forward to an evening full of exciting conversations and a lively and inspiring exchange with you!

Mark Hauptmann
Member of the German Parliament


Takeshi Yagi
Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Japan to the Federal Republic of Germany

Review on the 4th German-Japanese Business Dialogue 2019


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About the Business Dialogue

It is impressive what Mark Hauptmann, as an individual member of the Bundestag, has achieved with the German-Japanese Business Dialogue in Berlin's political scene. My compliments, congratulations and many thanks, dear Mark Hauptmann for this important initiative of strengthening the German-Japanese relations.
Volker Kauder, Member of the German Bundestag
We participated for the fourth time. The German-Japanese Business Dialogue is an established format in the German-Japanese business community and enjoys high reputation from both the German and Japanese side. For all of us it is more than a partnership – it is a profound friendship. On that basis we can build on. This highlights the value of the event.
Jörg Grünenberger, Head of Japan Country Practice, KPMG AG


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Unser Programm

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  • 5 pm

  • 6 pm
    Opening and Welcome Remarks

    Mark Hauptmann
    Member of the German Parliament

    H.E. Takeshi Yagi
    Ambassador of Japan in Germany

    Master of Ceremonies:
    Thomas Awe
    Resident Representative in Japan, Konrad- Adenauer-Stiftung

  • 6.25 pm
    Keynote Speeches

    Volker Kauder
    Member of the German Parliament

    Tetsuo Narukawa
    Vice Chairman, Europe/Russia – Japan Relations Committee, Keizai Doyukai

  • 7.00 pm
    Panel Discussion

    Towards Solution of common Social and Economic Challenges based upon Value Partnership: The Roles of Free Trade and Innovation

    Yasushi Akahoshi
    President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

    Shinjiro Akamatsu
    President & CEO, Sysmex Partec GmbH

    Jörg Grünenberger
    Head of Japan Country Practice, KPMG AG

    Kai Grunwitz
    Senior Vice President EMEA, NTT Security

    Tobias Helmstorf
    Head Pharma Health Policy, Regions Japan/APAC, Bayer AG

    Marcus Schürmann
    Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Japan
    Chief Executive Officer, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (AHK Japan)

  • 8.15 pm
    Closing Remarks

    Hitoshi Masuda
    General Director, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Berlin

    Wilfried Schmidt
    Member of the Management Board, German-Japanese Business Association (DJW)

  • 8.30 pm
    Get Together

Approximately 10 pm end of the event. Participation in the event is free. A translation of the contributions is available in German and Japanese.
  • January 31, 2019
    8 - 9 am

    Workshop: “Brexit: Impact on Japanese Companies”
    (Breakfast Session)

    If you are interested to participate, please contact the Bundestag office of Mark Hauptmann via mark.hauptmann@bundestag.de.

    Kindly supported by KPMG and Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)

Our Guests 2019

Directions and Parking Space

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By Car

Berlin is easily reached via several motorways from all directions, more information can be found here: how to get to Berlin.

By Train

You can reach the Embassy of Japan by public transport. The Embassy ist located at Hiroshimastr. 6, 10785 Berlin. More information can be found online at BVG and bahn.de.

Parking Space

There are no parking spaces at the Embassy of Japan, due to the special security areas around the embassy. We recommend to use the following car park: