Event Review: 12th Japan Germany Industry Forum 2016 (JGIF)

Healthful society

Dec 01, 2016
Tokyo | Japan

On December 1, 2016, Germany Trade & Invest held the 12th Japan-Germany Industry Forum (JGIF 2016) in Tokyo.
The topic of this year’s JGIF forum was “Healthful society” focusing on the German health industry, with respect to the opportunities and new business fields for German and Japanese companies.
Presentations outlined the general framework conditions for investment in Germany, and both German and Japanese companies presented their current and planned activities in the consumer healthcare sector.
The “German Business Lounge” afterwards provided an opportunity to establish, maintain and intensify personal contacts to the industry experts as well as the speakers. A mini fair of representatives from the German federal state gave participants the opportunity to meet the representatives of Bavaria, Berlin, Hessen, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and the German National Tourist Board, and to learn more about the latest developments in these regions.
More than 250 attendees from industry, research, and politics participated in Tokyo and joined this exclusive event.

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Mini Fair of Federal states, DZT and GTAI


Opening Remarks and Intro Germany Trade and Invest

Dr. Jürgen Friedrich, Geschäftsführer, Germany Trade & Invest

Mr. Iwami Asakawa, Japan Representative, Germany Trade & Invest


Welcome Speech Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry

Mr. Tsuyoshi Toyama, Director, Medical and Assistive Device Industries Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau


Keynote: Bayer AG

Mr. Dr. Carsten Brunn, Head of Commercial Operations Region Japan Pharmaceuticals, President and Representative Director, Bayer Yakuhin, Ltd.


Supporting Your Business in Germany

Ms. Christina Schön, Senior Manager Tax & Legal Services, Germany Trade & Invest

15:10Overview of the Economic Situation in Germany and Activities of Japanese Companies
Mr. Seiichi Kuroiwa, Regional Head for Germany & General Manager Düsseldorf Branch, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

Coffee Break

Mini Fair of Federal states, DZT and GTAI

16:00Panasonic’s Supporting Services for the Healthy Life
Herr Hiroyuki Saito, General Manager, Business Promotion Department,
AGE-FREE Business Unit (nursing care products and service), Eco Solutions Company, Panasonic Corporation
16:25Medical Device Innovation in Germany
Dr. Richard Schill, Corporate Officer, B. Braun Aesculap Japan
16:50Innovative solutions for diagnosis
Mr. Yoshitake Saito
Executive Officer, Head of Business Development Office Olympus Corporation
17:15Coffee Break
Mini Fair of Federal states, DZT and GTAI

Personalized Health and Wellbeing – R&D in Medicine and Rehabilitation Facing the Challenge of the Demographic Change

Dr. Ing. Bernhard Budaker, Head of Medicine and Biotechnics,
Franhofer Institute for Manufacturing Enginneering and Automation IPA

18:00Current Trends and Opportunities in Germany’s Health Markets
Mr. Gabriel Flemming, Senior Manager Healthcare, Germany Trade & Invest
18:20Closing Remarks
Mr. Iwami Asakawa, Japan Representative, Germany Trade & Invest

German Business Lounge

  • Reception
  • Minimesse der mitreisenden Vertreter der deutschen Bundesländer, der DZT und GTAI
20:00Closing of the event
Hiroshi Iwamura

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