Japanese-German Forum

26th Meeting

November 15–17, 2017

More than 40 Japanese and German politicians, policy experts, business leaders, and journalists gathered in Tokyo to discuss key issues facing Japan, Germany, and their bilateral relationship. After kicking off with a reception hosted by the Foreign Minister Taro Kono, the participants reviewed the domestic challenges facing each country and the political responses, discussed the implications of a “world without global leadership,” the future of robotics and its social impact, focusing on Germany-Japan technological collaboration. The participants also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

While the discussions were off the record, a joint statement will be submitted to Prime Minister Abe and Chancellor Merkel that documents the common challenges highlighted during the discussions and outlines recommendations for German-Japanese cooperative action. JCIE serves as the Japanese secretariat for the program, while the Japanese-German Center Berlin acts as the German secretariat.


Wednesday, November 15

Session I: Domestic Challenges and Political Response


Session II: World without Global Leadership


Thursday, November 16

Session III: The Future of Robotics and its Social Impact


Foreign Minister Taro Kono

26th Japanese-German Forum session

Former Federal President of Germany Christian Wulff

Rep. Koichiro Gemba (Former Foreign Minister)