Japanese-German Forum

18th Meeting
November 4–6, 2009

In November 2009, the 18th German-Japan Forum brought together representatives from various fields in both countries to discuss the future of Japan-German relations and the common challenges faced by the two countries. This was the first German-Japan Forum held after the change in government in both Japan and Germany that occured in fall 2009, and a large portion of the dicussion was devoted to examining their respective political transformations. In addition, the participants examined the effects of the global financial crisis on the Japanese and German economies as well as new energy policies underway in both countries. The participants also attended a welcoming reception hosted by Japanese State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Tetsuro Fukuyama.

Agenda

Thursday, November 5

Session I: Japanese Political and Economic Change—The Regional and Global Impact and the Implications for German-Japan Relations

 

• Koichiro GEMBA, Member, House of Representatives (DPJ: Democratic Party of Japan)


• Yoshimasa HAYASHI, Member, House of Councillors (LDP: Liberal Democratic Party)


• Shin’ichi KITAOKA, Professor, University of Tokyo

Session II: German Political and Economic Change—The Regional and Global Impact and the Implications for German-Japan Relations

 

• Dr. Theo SOMMER, Editor-At-Large,Die Zeit


• Alexander Graf LAMBSDORFF, Member of European Parliament (FDP: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament)


• Jürgen FITSCHEN, Member of the Management Board, Deutsche Bank AG

Friday, November 6

Session III: Impact of Financial Crisis on Germany and Japan and Possible Bilateral Cooperation in Response

 

• Jiro SAITO, President and CEO, Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd.

 

• Uwe NEBGEN, Representative, Deutsche Bundesbank, Tokyo

Session IV: Energy Policy in the Context of Green New Deal and COP 15 Meeting

 

• Taizo YAKUSHIJI, Vice President and Executive Research Director at the Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS)

 

• Rainder STEENBLOCK, Member of German Parliament until 2009 (Alliance 90 / The Greens)