Best Practices/Case Studies “Japanese-German/German-Japanese Innovation Initiative 160”

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) launched the “German-Japanese Innovation Initiatives 160” a new window will open. in 2021 to mark the 160th anniversary of Japan-Germany relations, in order to create innovations aimed at resolving global issues such as climate change, declining birthrate and aging population, infectious diseases including COVID-19, SDGs, and food issues. And this year, as a follow-up, exchange networking programs between German and Japanese companies have been held in various parts of Germany.
At the same time, JETRO and GTAI called for exemplary successful cases to promote the creation of new successful stories of German and Japanese innovations. As we look back over the past year toward the 200th anniversary of Germany and Japan, we will introduce some of the best practices at the Play-Up Event.

This event will also be held as part of the J-Bridge project. J-Bridge is a business platform to facilitate collaboration between Japanese and overseas companies. JETRO supports cross-border open innovation for accelerating digital and green transformation.

Outlines of opening ceremony and seminar

Date Monday, 5th December 2022, 10:00-12:00 (CET) / 18:00-20:00 (JST)
Venue Japanese German Center Berlin, Saargemünder Str. 2, 14195 Berlin
Organizer Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)
  • Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)
  • The Japanese-German Business Association (DJW)
  • Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
  • The Federation of German Industries (BDI)
  1. Formal Welcome
    10:00-10:10 (CET) /18:00-18:10 (JST)
    • Mr. Kazushige Nobutani, President of JETRO
    • Dr. Robert Hermann, CEO of GTAI
  2. Welcome Speeches
    10:10-10:15 (CET) /18:10-18:15 (JST)
    • H.E. Mr. Hidenao Yanagi, Ambassador of Japan to the Federal Republic of Germany
  3. Keynote Speech
    10:15-10:30 (CET) /18:15-18:30 (JST)
    • Prof. Jörg Rocholl, President, European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) Berlin
  4. Presentations
    10:30-11:40 (CET) /18:30-19:40 (JST)
    Introduction of best practice examples of German-Japan Innovation Projects
    1. 1. Cooperation between JX Nippon Mining & Metals and NanoWired, Start-Up of nano wiringExternal site: a new window will open.
      • Mr. Koichiro Tsuchiya, General Manager, JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation Frankfurt Office
      • Mr. Olav Birlem CEO, NanoWired GmbH
    2. 2. Cooperation between HACARUS (Japanese AI Start-Up) and German companies such as BMW, Deutsche Bahn and WKW (aluminum, steel and plastic material company)
      • Mr. Adrian V. J. Sossna, Director of Global Division, HACARUS
    3. 3. Cooperation between be.stroraged, the German Start-Up in the energy storage systems and Hitachi Chemical Ltd. Hitachi Power Solutions Co. Ltd. NGK Insulators Ltd. EWE AG
      • Dr. Magnus Pielke, Managing Director, be.storaged GmbH
    4. 4. Cooperation of Kudan and Artisense (German start-up of camera-based positioning system) and the on-going collaboration after the acquisition
      • Ms. Su Yin Voon, Sales Manager (EU) of Kudan Inc. (former Artisense employee)
    5. 5. Innovation in Flexible Electronics through Strategic Collaboration between Yamagata and Saxony and its continous development into regional industry tie-up
      • Dr. Jonas Jung, Project Manager, Organic Electronics Saxony (OES)
      • Dr. Takahiro Kamata, INURU GmbH
      • Dr. Tatsuhiro Takahashi, Professor, Yamagata University
  5. Presentation
    11:40-11:45 (CET) /19:40-19:45 (JST)
    • Introduction of GTAI activities(Digital Hub外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます etc.)
    • Mr. Philip Kövener GTAI
  6. Review 2022 and Closing Remark
    11:45-11:55 (CET) /19:45-19:55 (JST)
    • Mr. Toshiki Wani, Director General of JETRO Berlin
  7. 12:00-13:30 (CET)
    • Luncheon networking (Held at the venue only)
  • 100 persons(participants at the venue)
  • English, Free of charge
  • The event is planned to be held in a hybrid format combining in-person and online sessions.

Your participation is free of charge. Pre-register is required on the following website. (Deadline: 12:00 Monday, 5th December 2022)

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