DJW "Asa no Kai"

"EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) from the Perspective of a Wholesale Company"

with Christoph Winterer, Operating Partner, METRO AG

Zur Veranstaltung anmelden Di 05.06.2018,
08:00 - 10:00 Uhr

Metro-Straße 8
40235 Düsseldorf
(follow directions of "METRO Inn")


After five years of negotiation, the European Union and Japan successfully concluded the final discussion on the EPA. “The EPA will open huge market opportunities for both sides, strengthen cooperation between Europe and Japan in a range of areas, reaffirm their shared commitment to sustainable development, and include for the first time a specific commitment to the Paris climate agreement”, states the European Commission with its press release. The agreement will significantly reduce duties to be paid by EU companies exporting to Japan, as well as a number of regulatory barriers. Key elements include easing the trade of agricultural products, concurrently increasing ex- and import opportunities for both countries.

How will the agreement help to bring more European products, especially those with geographical indications, on the dining table of Japanese consumers? And will European gourmets finally get their fair share of original Japanese food stuffs? On which level will the agreement encourage more investment and more trade between the EU and Japan, especially with regard to both economies’ SMEs?


Christoph Winterer joined METRO AG in 2015 as Operating Partner and member of the METRO Cash & Carry board. As Operating Partner, he is in charge of METRO Cash & Carry’s wholesale business in India, Pakistan, China and Japan and supports the local management in realizing growth opportunities.

Before joining METRO, he was Managing Director of EX3NET, Singapore. EX3NET is a network of former top-tier consultants providing personalized advice to senior executives in Europe and Asia. In parallel, Mr. Winterer founded with two other partners Eastar Capital, Inc., Kuala Lumpur, a boutique investment and asset trading firm focused on identifying, screening, and developing early stage investment opportunities in South East Asia and China. Before that, he spent 22 years at Bain & Company, one of the world’s top management consulting firms. As a Bain partner in Munich, Zurich, Beijing, and Singapore he served multinational clients in the consumer goods and retail space, with a strong focus on corporate strategy, customer value creation, sales & marketing, performance improvement and organization design. He has many years of experience in the food service space, including many target segments of METRO Cash & Carry.


Consul General Ryuta Mizuuchi


  • 08:00 – Registration, Networking
  • 08:30 – Welcome, Breakfast
  • 09:00 – Speech
  • 09:20 – Q&A, Discussion
  • 10:00 – Close

Participation Fee

  • DJW members: EUR 0 / JPY 0
  • Non members: EUR 35 / JPY 5,000

Bank details and invoice will be provided after registration.

Speaker Christoph Winterer Speaker Christoph Winterer