Swissotel Nankai Osaka
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German Economic Roundtable in Osaka
Swissotel Nankai Osaka
5-1-60 Namba Chuo-ku
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AHK Japan members: Free of charge | Non-members: 3,000 yen
15.11.2023 · 18:00
15.11.2023 · 21:30

Global Talents and International Teams as Corporate Advantage? Strategies for Human Resource Management in Germany and Japan


The German Consulate General Osaka-Kobe, the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (AHK Japan) and the Japanese-German Business Association (DJW) would like to invite you to our “German Economic Roundtable Osaka” networking event. The cooperation was initiated in 2017 and we are happy to continue the tradition of providing opportunities for the Japanese-German business community to meet and network in Kansai area. With each roundtable, we address a topic of mutual interest for both our countries. As the topic of human resources raised a vivid discussion with our previous event in March 2023, we would like to continue the exchange focusing on talent management within Japanese and German companies.

Japan as well as Germany are known as innovative economies with a highly skilled labor force and a broad industry landscape. Whereas both countries are connected through numerous common political, economic, social features, the strategies for integrating human resources to companies and their cultures, for onboarding new team members, and for allocating talents in-house are rather differing:

In Japan, the common process to develop human resources is via acquiring skills through in-company practical and on-the-job training. Hence, academic education serves as comprehensive basis and human resource development can be expected to be continued based on the culture of vocational training in each individual company; the motivation of each employee can be triggered by relocation, change of assignment, and job transfer in-house.

In Germany, on the other hand, it is common for employees to acquire necessary skills at university education prior to joining a company. New corporate employees are expected to be rather fully trained and be of benefit for the team within a short period of onboarding time.

Since both countries rely on internationalization and a global network of talents to keep their high economic standards, is there a way to align both styles of human resource management and to train global rather than local talents? Not only to improve the skills of workers, but also to establish an international system that enables smooth implementation of relocation, change of assignment, job transfer to places where employees’ abilities and skills can be made use of? How could challenges such as the increasing number of irregular employees, of shortages of labor be met?

We would be happy to have an open exchange of opinions from both Japanese and German perspectives on what learnings can be taken from both strategies, and what should be done by the government, companies, and on a worker’s levels. The roundtable’s panelists will shed light on the challenges companies and team leaders face when tackling these assignments and will share their insights and own experiences.

Join us for insightful talks and networking at the Roundtable in Osaka!

Date and Venue

Wednesday, 15th November 2023, 18:00 - 21:30 (JST)

Swissotel Nankai Osaka
5-1-60 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0076



Anne Pomsel

Managing Director, Japanese-German Business Association (DJW)


Dipl.-Finanzwirt (FH) StB Michael Samson

Managing Partner, DORNBACH Transfer Pricing GmbH / DORNBACH International K.K.

Felix von Helden

Head of Department Member Relations, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (AHK Japan)

Mark Steward

Senior Manager - Osaka Industrial & Healthcare, Robert Walters Japan K.K.

Rie Yamaguchi

General Manager Interpretation Office / R&D HR Department, DMG MORI CO., LTD.

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Felix von Helden

Felix von Helden

Head of Department
Member Relations