New Governments in Japan and Germany - Analysis and Outlook for Bilateral Cooperation

DJW Dialogue | 2 Guests | 1 Topic

Handelsblatt × 日経新聞


2021-11-09, 12:00 - 13:00 (MEZ)
2021-11-09, 20:00 - 21:00 (JST)

via Microsoft Teams

"The highest form of communication is dialogue". It requires courage to address thoughts that move, acumen to formulate one's opinions, and strength to allow other views. At the same time, dialogue is key to a trusting communication, growing together, learning from each other; it reveals common ground, creates insights, raises potential and shapes the future.

With our new series of events "DJW Spot On!", we enter into dialogue with two interlocutors, asking questions and addressing issues that affect German-Japanese economic relations. The aim is to explore points of view, listen to opinions, question the existing situation, and find joint solutions. We want to connect business and politics, discuss current global issues across industries and contribute to an active, balanced formation of opinion.


DJW Dialogue #1 
Handelsblatt meets Nikkei

In Germany, the elections for the 20th German Bundestag and thus indirectly for the next German Chancellor are dominating topics: On September 26, 2021, Chancellor Angela Merkel's 16-year term in office ended; until the new coalition is formed, she will remain in office on an acting basis. In Japan, both the chairman of the LDP was newly elected and - as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced his resignation at the beginning of September - the new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida assumed office in October.   

Both elections are observed beyond their respective national borders, their results are of global significance for the direction of policy: What focus will German-Japanese relations (be able to) take and what significance will they have for international economic as well as political relations? How will the new governments position themselves on the agreements between the EU and Japan, the RCEP, and CPTPP, towards China and the US? Can and will they be able to put a stronger emphasis on our Japanese-German relations given the 160 years old partner- and friendship between our countries?

Dialogue Partners

  • Dr. Shogo Akagawa - Senior Correspondent for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Nikkei 
  • Nicole Bastian - Head of Foreign Department at Handelsblatt and member of the DJW Board
  • Moderator: Anne Pomsel - Managing Director of DJW

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Dr. Shogo Akagawa | Nikkei Dr. Shogo Akagawa | Nikkei
Nicole Bastian | Handelsblatt Nicole Bastian | Handelsblatt