Japan, India and Germany in a Changing World

March 26 Tuesday

Date/time

March 26, 2013, 10.00 - 18.00

Loc.

Nippon Foundation, Tokyo

Type

Symposium

Trilateral symposium in cooperation with the Institute for International Policy Studies and the Japanese-German Center Berlin

Also available in 日本語, Deutsch

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In a sequence of events on the trilateral relations between Japan, Germany and the single BRICS countries the KAS Japan Office on 26 March 2013 hosted an international symposium on Japan, India and Germany in a Changing World.

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The symposium consisted of of keynote addresses and three panel discussions on various issues and was opened with remarks by JDZB-President and former Japanese Ambassador in Berlin, Mr. Yushu Takashima, as well as Mr. Jörg Wolff, KAS Resident Representative for Japan. Afterwards Mr. Ken Sato, President of IIPS, gave a short introduction to the contents of the event.

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In a first Keynote Speech ,Volker Stanzel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan, dealt with the role of Germany and Europe in a G20 world, while Mrs. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Member of the Japanese House of Councillor and former Minister for Foreign Affairs, in her speech reflected on the Japanese view of current changes in the East Asian power dynamics.

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Shyam Saran, Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board and former Indian Foreign Secretary, subsequently added the importance of value based partnerships for developing adequate institutions for a multipolar world order, before Elmar Brok, Member of the European Parliament and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, presented his assessment on the development of the European Union's role in this new global environment.

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In the First Panel moderated by Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies, Center of Policy Research, discussions focused on the question, how the three countries were actually connected and which role was given to their shared values as free democracies. In this context, the possible further cooperation of the three in an attempt to reform the United Nations and their Security Council in particular, which was especially advocated by the Japanese and Indian side through Mr. Lalit Mansingh, Prof. Emeritus, Foreign Service Institute of India and former Indian Foreign Secretary, and Mr. Hiroshi Hirabayashi, President of the Japan-India Association and former Japanese Ambassador to India. Heinrich Kreft, Director General for Public Diplomacy and Dialogue among Civilizations at the Foreign Office, added and emphasized the special responsibility for promoting and supporting democratic principles and values in the different regions of the world. Also, similar interests in the fields of non-traditional security were identified as important starting-points for deepening the interstate relations.

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In the Second Panel, unter the moderation of Mr. Manfred Hoffmann, Executive Director, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, the focus changed to the increasing economic importance of Asia and the potentials in the economic relations between the three countries. The trilater relations, it was said, must not only be looked at on the government level. The presentation by Mr. Friedolin Strack, Director for Asia, the Middle East and Foreign Trade Promotion at the BDI - Federation of German Industries, left no doubt, that the significance of Asia for Europe and Germany in particular steadily increased, while especially China remained of particular interest, and at this point at latest became a central issue of the event. The economic relations between Japan, India and Germany, however, as was pointed out especially by the other two panelists, Mr. Yoshihiro Watanabe, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Japan-India Business Cooperation Committee and Managing Director of the Institute for International Monetary Affairs, as well as Mrs. Vijaya Bajpai, East Asia experts from the International Division of the Confederation of Indian Industry, were still running below expectations, but could for example through upcoming free trade agreements and intended investments be stimulated.

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The final Third Panel turned, with Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka, Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, President of the International University of Japan, Executive Director of Research at IIPS and former Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations, acting as the moderator, on the uncertainties in the security environment in East Asia and their implications for Europe. After an introducting presentation by Mr. Nobushige Takamizawa, President of the National Institute for Defense Studies and former Director General Defense Policy Planning at the Japanese Ministry of Defense, all panelists acknowledged unisono the decisive but not stringently stabilizing role of the People's Republik, the threat posed by North Korea as well as the persisting relevance of the United States of America. Furthermure of crucial importance for all three countries remained, as Mr. Ulrich Schlie, Director General Security and Defence Policy at the Federal Ministry of Defence, in his comments iterated, the future development in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Brahma Chellaney as the third panelists reminded not to forget the growing significance of an expansive ressource policy of certain countries as well as the also therefore increasing imbalance in International Relations. Lastly the Taiwan-question was introduced to the discussion as a further common challenge. More difficult that the idenitifcation of existing risks, however, remained the quest for approriate and effective answers and stabilization measures, which were even more complicated by the accumulating complexity of contemporary international relations.

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The event closed with a Summary by Mrs. Beatrice Gorawantschy, Head of the Team Asia and the Pacific of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Contact person

Thomas Yoshimura

Assistant Representative

Thomas Yoshimura
Phone +49 30 26996-3496
Fax +49 30 26996-53496
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ 日本語

Naoko Ogawa

Project Coordinator (on parental leave)