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German-Japanese Innovation Initiatives 160 Online Seminar on December 16

Nov 30, 2021

German-Japanese Innovation Initiatives 160 Online Seminar17:00-19:00(JST) / 9:00-11:00(CET) on16th December Speaker:BASF(Chemical),Infarm-Indoor Farming Japan(Smart Farming System),VENSYS(Wind Turbine)and more

To mark the 160th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Germany and Japan in 1861, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), in cooperation with the German and Japanese governments and economic organizations, will launch the "German-Japanese Innovation Initiatives 160" to promote interactive innovation to solve recent global issues (declining birthrate and aging population, COVID-19, global warming, SDGs, etc.). The kick-off event will feature a keynote speech by Ms. Saori Dubourg, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF, Germany's largest chemical company, and Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development, followed by a presentation of the latest corporate examples that will serve as models for Japan-Germany innovation exchange. We look forward to your participation.


Thursday, December 16th, 2021 17:00-19:00(JST) / 9:00-11:00(CET)


Online (English, Free of charge)
The event is planned to be held in a hybrid format combining in-person and online sessions. Due to the limited capacity of the venue in relation to COVID-19, participation in the in-person venue will be limited to the speakers and some invited guests.


  • Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
  • Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)


  • Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI)
  • Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy (BMWi)
  • The Embassy of Japan in Germany
  • Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin (JDZB)
  • KEIDANREN(Japan Business Federation)
  • The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI)
  • Deutsch-Japanischer Wirtschaftskreis (DJW)


Contents Speaker
17:00 - 17:10(JST)/ 9:00 - 9:10(CET)
Formal Welcome
  • Mr. Nobuhiko Sasaki, CEO and Chairman of JETRO
  • Dr. Robert Hermann, CEO GTAI
17:10 - 17:25 / 9:10 - 9:25
Welcome Speeches
  • High-ranking officials of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Japan(METI)
  • High-ranking officials of the Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy(BMWi)
  • H.E. Mr. Hidenao Yanagi, Ambassador of Japan to the Federal Republic of Germany
17:25 - 17:50 / 9:25 - 9:50
Keynote speeches
  • Ms. Saori DUBOURG, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF/
    Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development
  • Japanese company(tbc)
17:50 - 18:40 / 9:50 - 10:40
Introduction of best practices of German-Japan Innovation Projects
  • Mr. Ikuo Hiraishi., Managing Director, Infarm-Indoor Farming Japan K.K.
    A startup from Berlin that operates "smart farming units" (self-production for self-consumption type) in stores such as supermarkets
    A major wind turbine manufacturer in Germany which just started the first wind firm project in Tsuyama, Okayama in Sep.2021
  • Dr. Yoshihiro Takiguchi, President, The Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics
    Promoting regional industry cooperation between Hamamatsu and Germany in photonics
  • And more
  • Mr. Marcus Schürmann, CEO, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan(AHK Japan)
18:40 – 19:00 / 10:40 - 11:00
Summary and closing remarks of JETRO and GTAI

Your participation is free of charge. Pre-register is required on the following website. (Deadline: 12th December 2021)

JETRO Berlin(Mr.Kosuge)