Japanese-German Forum

16th Meeting
October 2–3, 2007

Chairmen's Statement

October 3, 2007


Dear Madam Chancellor,
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,


During the 16th meeting of the German-Japanese Forum, which took place in Tokyo from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3 our discussions focused specifically on two major issues which we had identified already in our previous meeting in Berlin in 2006: the common challenges posed by global warming and an increasingly tight world energy outlook, and the implications of the rise of China, not least in that context. Permit us to share some of the conclusions and implications of our discussions with you, some of which we already had the opportunity to discuss with Chief Cabinet Secretary Mr. Machimura who welcomed some of the members, despite the very recent instalment of the new Japanese Government.

The capacity of our economies and societies to innovate will be of obvious importance in coping with the energy/climate challenge. In our last session, we therefore reviewed at some length the efforts of our two governments in this regard and once more were impressed with how fruitful and inspiring such exchanges are: our two countries, we feel, still can learn a lot from each other. What would be desirable now is to pursue, in the specific context outlined above, our shared interests and common experiences through co-operation in concrete projects to support energy innovation, in our own societies and beyond.

As has become tradition by now in our meetings, our first session once more was dedicated to a review and discussion of recent political, social and economic developments in our two countries.

Very respectfully yours,


Dr. Bernhard Scheuble   Yuzaburo Mogi
German Chairman      Japanese Chairman


H.E. Angela Merkel
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
11012 Berlin


H.E. Yasuo Fukuda
Prime Minister of Japan
Prime Minister's Office
Nagatacho 2-3-1
Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0014