"German Economic Roundtable" in Osaka

Global Talents and International Teams As Corporate Advantage?

Strategies for Human Resource Management in Japan and Germany

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Mi 15.11.2023, 18:00 - 21:30 (JST)

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka
35th floor
5 Chome-1-60 Nanba, Chuo-ku
Osaka, 542-0076

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 team members 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, the comprehensive academic education serves as foundation and is build up 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 our countries rely on internationalization and a global network of talents to keep their high economic standards, the question raised would be whether there is 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 team members, but also to establish an international system that enables smooth implementation of (crossborder) relocation, change of assignment, job transfer to places where employees’ abilities and skills can be fostered? 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 measures can be taken to learn from both strategies, and what could be contributed by the government, by companies, and on workers' side. 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!


  • Michael Samson, Managing Partner, DORNBACH Transfer Pricing GmbH
  • Mark Steward, Senior Manager Osaka Industrial & Healthcare, Robert Walters
  • Felix von Helden, Head of Department Member Relations, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (AHK Japan)
  • Rie Yamaguchi, General Manager, Interpretation Office / R&D HR Department, DMG Mori Co., Ltd.

Overall moderation: Anne Pomsel, Managing Director, Japanese-German Business Association (DJW)


18:00  Doors Open, Networking
18:30  Greeting
18:40  Panel Discussion
19:30  Q&A with Audience
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. A prior registration is mandatory.


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

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