1st German-Japanese Digitalization Dialogue

During the last years, one keyword seems to be omnipresent on the global stage: the ongoing digitalization. Germany as well as Japan are following their own approaches with the German concept “Industrie 4.0” and the Japanese strategy “Connected industries”. However, to implement new strategies successfully and benefit from new opportunities coming hand in hand with the digitalization, it is of utmost importance to create synergies and establish international partnerships. In order to foster the bilateral dialogue between Japan and Germany on a political and business level, the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (AHK Japan) organized the “1st German-Japanese Digitalization Dialogue” in Tokyo.



Tuesday, 28th November 2017, 10:00 – 19:30h


International Conference Hall, 1st Diet Members' Building


German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in japan (AHK Japan)


Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Platform Industrie 4.0, Robot Revolution Initiative,

Industrial Value chain Initiative, IoT Acceleration Consortium, German Embassy in Tokyo

The “1st German-Japanese Digitalization Dialogue” was opened with welcome notes given by Mr. Minoru Kiuchi, diet member and member of German-Japanese friendship; Mr. Mark Hauptmann, member of the German Bundestag and Mr. Masaki Ogushi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. Besides business experts, diet members as well as related agency and ministry representatives from Germany and Japan took part in the dialogue. In total more than 120 guests could be welcomed to the event. With 14 presentations and 2 panel discussion concerning potential partnerships, economic competition and possible future scenarios, the event contributed to a stronger exchange between the German and Japanese side. Subsequent to the presentation and discussion session, a further networking event rounded off the program of the first day. Besides all guests, speakers and panelists, Mr. Kosaburo Nishime, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry; Mr. Jirō Kawasaki, president of the German-Japanese friendship and Mr. Minoru Kiuchi, diet member and member of German-Japanese friendship honored the event with their presence.

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We would like to express our gratitude to all supporters and sponsors of the “1st German-Japanese Digitalization Dialogue”.

Main Sponsor

DENSO Corporation
DMG Mori Co., Ltd.
EPLAN Software & Services K.K.
Infineon Technologies AG
NTT Security Corporation
Schaeffler Japan Co., Ltd.
Siemens K.K.
Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation
TÜV Rheinland Japan Ltd.


Heidelberg Japan K.K.
Japan Telegärtner Ltd.
LEONI Wire & Cable Solutions Japan K.K.
NRW Japan K.K.

Supporting Sponsor   

Beckhoff Automation K.K.
Bosch Corporation
Merck Performance Materials, Ltd.