Your Hosts

Dear Ladies and Gentleman,

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

Both countries are high-tech nations with highly innovative products that share a unique reputation on global markets. Germany and Japan do not only look back on a close economic and value partnership for many years, but also share common social challenges – in particular the demographic change from population ageing and declining birth rates. In these areas we have to develop common solutions to secure our prosperity and competitiveness. Key-issues like the upcoming Brexit, an increasing automation in companies and the concept of “Society 5.0” offer excellent links for an ever closer German-Japanese economic cooperation.

We would like to take up this initiative and therefore kindly invite you to the 4th German-Japanese Business Dialogue in Berlin on January 30, 2019. With the event we continue promoting the transnational cooperation in promising fields for the future, such as free trade, automation, and life sciences.

The German-Japanese Business Dialogue offers a top-level platform for German and Japanese companies to discuss chances for further cooperation and to liaise with high-ranking stakeholders from politics and the diplomatic corps.

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 4th German-Japanese Business Dialogue 2019


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In case of any questions, please contact the office of Mr. Mark Hauptmann MdB:
Phone: +49 (0)30 22772571

The registration is closed.
If you have any questions, please contact the office of Mark Hauptmann:
Tel. 030 - 227 72571.

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Our Program 2019

  • 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

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

Our Guests 2019

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: