Working Groups

As an AHK Japan member, you can regularly participate in working groups and exchange views on current and interesting themes.

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The various working groups generally meet between two and four times per year and provide a platform for discussion, sharing information and making contact with people of experience and expertise in their field. At all meetings except for the Shachokai (“presidents' meeting”), the working language is English.

Working Groups at a Glance

German Finance Roundtable

The Finance Roundtable is a working group for chief executives, finance directors and other experts in financial matters.

The roundtable provides an opportunity for specific exchange of knowledge and experience of the German-Japanese business world. Major themes are corporate governance, compliance, information technology and IT security, business effectiveness, human resources, accounting and controlling.

Chair Person:

  • Hans-Peter Musahl (Partner / Ernst & Young Tax Co.)

Healthcare Roundtable

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The Healthcare Roundtable is open to members from any company offering products or services in the healthcare, pharmaceutical or medical technology sectors.

The roundtable provides an interactive and dynamic platform to address and discuss important and constant issues in the healthcare sector. Healthcare industry specialists report on current developments in the sector.

Chair Person:

  • Holger Klein (President & Representative Director / Dräger Medical Japan Ltd.)

Human Resources Roundtable

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The HR Roundtable of the AHK Japan is a platform for HR representatives to come together, discuss, and share their views on common issues on a regular basis. Topics discussed include flexible working hour systems, differences in German and Japanese working culture, and legal issues.

According to "German Business in Japan 2018", the annual business climate survey of the AHK Japan, 90 percent of German companies in Japan see the biggest challenge in recruiting a qualified workforce.

If you are interested in other HR related activities of the AHK Japan, please also have a look at our German Chamber Talent Café, a regular job event organized by us.

Chair Persons:

  • Martin Hertle (General Manager, Human Resources / Mercedes-Benz Japan Co., Ltd.)
  • Dr. Florian Kirschner (President / NIPPON AEROSIL CO., LTD.)

Shachokai (presidents' meeting)

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All Japanese-speaking chief executives are invited to join the Shachokai.

Many presidents of foreign companies face a range of challenges in their communication with the head office, particularly in the area of business strategy or local issues such as questions of law or personnel. For this reason, the AHK Japan organises the Shachokai: an occasion for Japanese-speaking participants to exchange opinions, experiences and information, and to expand their own business network.

Chair Persons: (in alphabetical order)

  • Markus Baron (Representative Director & President / SGL CARBON Japan Co., Ltd.)
  • Shinzo Yotsumoto (Managing Director, Representative Director / Schaeffler Japan Co.,Ltd.)

Young Leaders Forum (YLF)

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The Young Leaders Forum is a platform for young specialists (up to 40 years old) within the AHK Japan network. Any member wanting to broaden his or her network in the German-Japanese business landscape is welcome to join.

The Young Leaders Forum offers two core activities: discussion groups led by individuals of experience and expertise on relevant themes for the upcoming generation, and networking events with other international organisations.

Chair Person:

  • Dr. Tobias Schiebe, LL.M. (Wellington), (Attorney at Law / ARQIS Foreign Law Office Foreign Law Joint Enterprise with TMI Associates)