"German Economic Roundtable" in Osaka

Women in Leading Positions as HR Strategy

by Consulate General Osaka-Kobe, AHK Japan and DJW

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Mi 15.03.2023, 18:00 - 21:30 (JST)

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

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

With each roundtable, we address a topic of mutual interest for both our countries. This time, we will discuss the challenging Japanese job market and how foreign companies may position themselves as attractive employers. The roundtable’s focus will lie on the merits and value of a gender diverse workforce and teams as a strategy to position German and Japanese companies as attractive employers to people in all stages of their lives and careers. In Japan in particular, women are still lagging behind in ensuring a stable position and improving their status in the corporate world, with approximately 40% of working women in non-regular employment and are obliged with relatively low salaries accordingly.

We would be happy to have a frank exchange of opinions from both Japanese and German perspectives on what measures can be taken to change this situation, and what should be done by the government, companies, and workers levels.The roundtable’s speakers will shed light on the challenges companies and team leaders face when thriving for a gender diverse team and will share their insights and own experiences into which strategies bear fruits and which ones do not.  

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


  • Ms. Karola Japke, Chief Human Resources Officer, Teijin Group
  • Ms. Jennelle Petit, President&CEO, TÜV Rheinland Japan Ltd


18:00  Doors Open, Networking
18:30  Greeting
18:40  Keynotes
19:20  Q&A
19:45  Networking with Dinner Buffet
21:30  Close of Roundtable

Participation Fee

DJW Members participate free of charge. Non-Members of DJW attend with a participation fee of JPY 3.000, and are most welcome to explore the benefits of a DJW membership and join us as a member.


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)
Anne Pomsel
Managing Director