Japanese-German Forum

14th Meeting
October 14–16, 2005

14th Meeting of the Japanese-German ForumThe 14th Japanese-German Forum was held in Tokyo from October 14–16, 2005. Thirty-seven participants gathered to discuss various issues on: (1) Recent Socio-Political Developments in Japan and Germany; (2) Challenges of Global Governance and the Role of International Organizations, of Major Nations including Germany and Japan, and of NGOs; (3) Challenges Facing German and Japanese Corporations—Corporate Governance in Changing Domestic and Global Socio-Economic Environments; and (4) Growing Regional Interdependence in East Asia and Europe—Implications for Japanese-German Relations.

The German participants paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi before the Forum began. The members welcomed this opportunity to meet and talk with the Prime Minister as an indication of his interest in and appreciation of the Japanese-German Forum.

At the end of the Forum the Chairmen prepared a statement summarizing the discussions of the meeting, which will be presented to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

Agenda

Friday, October 14

Session I: Recent Socio-Political Developments in Japan and Germany

Japanese Speakers:

• Kenji KOSAKA, Member, House of Representatives (Liberal Democratic Party)
• Koichiro GEMBA, Member, House of Representatives (Democratic Party of Japan)

German Speakers:

• Matthias NASS, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, DIE ZEIT
• Henrik SCHMIEGELOW, Ambassador to Japan
(Reporting on Germany in Japan Year 2005/2006)

Saturday, October 9

Session II: Challenges of Global Governance and the Role of International Organizations, of Major Nations including Germany and Japan, and of NGOs

Japanese Speaker:

• Yoshihide SOEYA, Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Keio University

German Speaker:

• Hanns MAULL, Chair for Foreign Policy and International Relations, University of Trier

 

Session III: Challenges Facing German and Japanese Corporations—Corporate Governance in Changing Domestic and Global Socio-Economic Environments

Japanese Speaker:

• Naoki TANAKA, Economist; President, The 21st Century Public Policy Institute

German Speaker:

• Karl-Ludwig KLEY, Member, Executive Board, Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Sunday, October 16

Session IV: Growing Regional Interdependence in East Asia and Europe—Implications for Japanese-German Relations

Japanese Speaker:

• Hitoshi TANAKA, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE); Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

German Speaker:

• Otto Graf LAMBSDORFF, Former Federal Minister of Economics