Japanese-German Forum

13th Meeting
October 8–10, 2004

The 13th Japanese-German Forum was held in Tokyo from October 8-10, 2004. 30 participants gathered to discuss various issues including; (1) Germany in Japan Year 2005/6: Enhancing Exchange Activities in Diverse Fields , (2) Economic and Industrial Restructuring of Germany and Japan in Response to the Changing International and Regional Socioeconomic Environments: Implications for a New Economic Partnership, (3) The Respective Roles of Germany and Japan in the European Union and the Emerging East Asian Community: Possible Partnership to Bring Europe and Asia Closer Together, and (4) Germany and Japan Facing International Issues and the Challenges of Global Governance.

The joint exploration and discussion of common challenges by Forum members from the two nations were reinforced by presentations by Mr. Toshihiko Fukui, Governor of the Bank of Japan, on "The Prospects for the Japanese Economy" and Mr. Fukushiro Nukaga, member of the House of Representatives, on "Japan's Reform Agenda." Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, Senior Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, also joined the first session and he emphasized the importance of cooperation between Germany and Japan&emdash;two nations that share a major responsibility in the international community, in tackling the diverse challenges facing the world today.

At the outset of this year's Forum, the German members introduced plans for a German Year in Japan 2005/2006, which is designed to promote closer cooperation between Germany and Japan in diverse fields such as business, science, academic research, education, technology, sports, and the environment.

Agenda

Friday, October 8

Session 1: Germany in Japan Year 2005/6: Enhancing Exchange Activities in Diverse Fields between Germany and Japan

Speaker:

• Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Heinz RIESENHUBER, Member of Parliament (CDU)

Special Session 1: Japan's Reform Agenda

• Fukushiro NUKAGA, Member, House of Representatives, Liberal Democratic Party; Former Chairman, Policy Research Council

Special Session 2: Outlook for the Japanese Economy

• Toshihiko FUKUI, Governor, Bank of Japan

Remarks:

Japan's Diplomatic Challenges

• Ichiro AISAWA, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs

Saturday, October 9

Session 2: Economic and Industrial Restructuring of Germany and Japan in Response to the Changing International and Regional Socioeconomic Environments: Implications for a New Economic Partnership between Germany and Japan

Japanese Speaker:

• Akira KOJIMA, Chairman, Japan Center for Economic Research; Special Editorial Advisor, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc.

German Speaker:

Preponderance of the Tertiary Sector in the Major Developed Economies: Germany and Japan Falling Behind?

• Hans-Olaf HENKEL, President, Leibniz Association

Session 3: The Respective Roles of Germany and Japan in the European Union and the Emerging East Asian Community: Possible Partnership to Bring Europe and Asia Closer Together

Japanese Speaker:

• Koji WATANABE, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Executive Adviser, Japan Business Federation; Former Japanese Ambassador to Russia

German Speaker:

• Rainer BRÜDERLE, Member of Parliament (FDP)

Sunday, October 10

Session 4: Germany and Japan Facing International Issues and the Challenges of Global Governance

Japanese Speaker:

• Jiro SAITO, President and CEO, The Tokyo International Financial Futures Exchange Inc.

German Speaker:

• Otto Graf LAMBSDORFF, Former Federal Minister of Economics

Wolfgang SCHMITT, Director General, German Agency for Development Corporation (GTZ)