Your Hosts

Dear Ladies and Gentleman,

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

Building on the successes of the launch event and the follow-up event, it is our sincere pleasure to invite you to the 3rd German-Japanese Business Dialogue. The Dialogue will help to strengthen ties between the business and political spheres and to continue promoting an ever closer economic and political cooperation between Germany and Japan.

Both Germany and Japan are high-tech nations with highly innovative products that have gained unique reputations in global markets, which was well-demonstrated at CeBIT 2017 with technologies showcased by the Partner Country Japan. It was also an occasion which highlighted that Germany and Japan have not only maintained a close economic and value partnership for many years, but also share common social challenges – in particular the demographic shift from ageing populations and low birth rates and technological transformation driven by digitalization. With the 3rd German-Japanese Business Dialogue we hope to promote cooperation in key areas for our prosperity and competitiveness, such as free trade, digitalization, Industry 4.0 and Society 5.0, and to consider how such cooperation could further contribute to the future of Europe and the world.

We look forward to an evening full of exciting conversations and a lively and inspiring exchange.

Mark Hauptmann
Member of the German Parliament

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

Review on the 3rd German-Japanese Business Dialogue 2018


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Our Program 2018

  • 5 pm

  • 6 pm
    Opening and Welcome Remarks

    Master of Ceremonies:
    Benedikt Seemann
    Head of Section East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

  • 6.15 pm
    Keynote Speech

    Norbert Barthle
    Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

    Yasukazu Irino
    Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

    Dr. Masahiko Mori
    President, DMG MORI

  • 6.45 pm
    Panel Discussion

    "International Trade at Stake? The Future of German-Japanese Economic Relations between International Uncertainties, Free Trade and Digitalization."


    Yoshiyuki Ogura
    Chairman of the Board
    Hitachi Europe Ltd.

    Andreas Glunz
    Managing Partner International Business

    Manfred Stern
    Chief Executive Officer
    Yaskawa Europe GmbH

    Rainer Hundsdörfer
    Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

    Marcus Schürmann
    Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Japan, CEO AHK Japan

  • 8 pm
    Technology presentation

    Toshiba – „Digital Twin“
    Isao Fukumoto

    Senior Manager
    Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation
    Industrial Solutions Div.

  • 8.15 pm
    Closing Remarks

  • 8.30 pm
    Get Together

Approximately 10 p.m. end of the event. Participation in the event is free. A translation of the contributions is available in German and Japanese.

Our Guests 2018

  • Norbert Barthle - Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
  • Dr. Masahiko Mori - President, DMG MORI
  • Andreas Glunz - Managing Partner, International Business, KPMG AG
  • Yoshiyuki Ogura - Chairman of the Board, Hitachi Europe Ltd.
  • Isao Fukumoto - Senior Manager, Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation
  • Rainer Hundsdörfer - CEO, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
  • Yasukazu Irino - Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
  • Manfred Stern - Chief Executive Officer, Yaskawa Europe GmbH
  • Marcus Schürmann - Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Japan, Chief Executive Officer AHK Japan
  • Hitoshi Masuda - Director General JETRO, Berlin
  • Wilfried Schmidt - Member of the Management Board, German-Japanese Business Association (DJW)

Der Japan-Parcours

In Kooperation mit der Präfektur Kagoshima

Japan entdecken – mit allen Sinnen. In unserem erstmals veranstalteten „Japan-Parcours“ wird nach dem offiziellen Teil der Veranstaltung zum Empfang geladen. Wir freuen uns gemeinsam mit der im Südwesten Japans gelegenen Präfektur Kagoshima und der Kagoshima Prefectural Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry, zum ersten Mal dieses neue Format in den Räumen der Deutschen Parlamentarischen Gesellschaft in Berlin zu präsentieren.

Directions and parking space

  • By Car

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

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
  • Parking

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: