"German Economic Roundtable" in Kobe

History of German Companies in Kansai Region

Organized by AHK Japan | Consulate-General Osaka-Kobe | DJW

Zur Veranstaltung anmelden Do 18.07.2024, 18:15 - 21:15 (JST)

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
5-6 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku
Kobe 650-0042

4f Banquet Room “Ginga” (Presentation)
5f Banquet Room “Tenku” (Networking)

The German Consulate General Osaka-Kobe, the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (AHK Japan) and the Japanese-German Business Association (DJW) are pleased to welcome you to our “German Economic Roundtable” networking event. This cooperation was initiated in 2017 and we are happy to continue the tradition of providing joint networking opportunities for the German-Japanese business community.


With each roundtable, we address a topic of mutual interest for both our countries. This time, on the occasion of this year’s 150th anniversary of the German Consulate General Osaka-Kobe, we will look back at the rich history of German business in Kansai and Kobe.

We are honored to present you the president of C. Illies & Co - the oldest operational German business in Japan - as well as the president of Juchheim, creating original German Baumkuchen from Kobe for more than 100 years. On top of that, the CEO of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan will provide insights on the current situation and look ahead on the German business presence in Japan and Kansai.

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


[in alphabetical order]

  • Hideo Kawamoto, President Juchheim Co., Ltd.
  • Hartmut Pannen, President & Representative Director K.K. IRISU (Illies Japan)
  • Marcus Schürmann, CEO of AHK Japan and Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Japan


  • 18:00  Doors open, networking
  • 18:30  Opening remarks
  • 18:35  Speeches by panelists and panel discussion
  • 19:20  Q&A (for all attendees)
  • 19:45  Dinner and reception
  • 21:15  Closing



Participation Fee and Registration

DJW Members participate free of charge. Non-Members of DJW attend with a participation fee of JPY 3.000. A prior registration is mandatory. Participation is limited (first come, first served). Registration deadline is Friday, July 12, 2024.


According to our conditions of participation, the participation fee is due for no-shows as well. Registered participants who need to cancel their attendance may do so by email up to 3 days prior to the event. Thank you for your cooperation.


Deutsch-Japanischer Wirtschaftskreis e. V. (DJW)
Kazuya Yoshida
Representative in Japan

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