Event Review: 13th Japan Germany Industry Forum 2017 (JGIF)

The Ever-Evolving Energy Market – From Deregulation to Integration

Nov 21, 2017
Tokyo | Japan

On November 22nd, 2017, Germany Trade & Invest held the 13th Japan-Germany Industry Forum (JGIF 2017) in Tokyo.
The topic of this year’s JGIF forum was the German energy market, 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 German energy market.
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, Thuringia and the German National Tourist Board, and to learn more about the latest developments in these regions.
More than 240 attendees from industry, research, and politics participated in Tokyo and joined this exclusive event.

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Mini fair of the German federal states, DZT and GTAI


Opening Remarks and Introduction - Germany Trade & Invest

Dr. Jürgen Friedrich, CEO, Germany Trade & Invest

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


Welcome Address

Mr. Takashi Omote, Executive Director, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)


Keynote: Germany
“Decentralized Digital Disruption in the German Utility Landscape”

Mr. Christian Arnold, Managing Director enera, EWE AG


Keynote: Japan
What makes fishcake company act on “ENERGY”?
Mr. Teisuke Suzuki, Executive Vice President, SUZUHIRO KAMABOKO CO.,LTD.

President, Network of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs for a Sustainable Business and Energy Future

President, The Odawara Hakone Chamber of Commerce Industry


Coffee Break

Mini fair of representatives from German federal states, DZT and GTAI

3:30pmOverview of the German Economy and Japanese Investment Trends
Mr. Masaru Abe, Regional Head for Germany & General Manager Düsseldorf Branch, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
3:55pmHow to get started - Legal Framework and Business Opportunities in Germany
Christina Schön, Senior Manager Tax & Legal Services, Germany Trade & Invest
Heiko Staubitz, Senior Manager Smart Grid & Energy Storage, Germany Trade & Invest
4:20pmThe Role of "Power-to-Gas" in the coming Green Society and Asahi Kasei's Activity in Germany
Dr. Mutsuhiro Maruyama, European Regional Senior Manager, Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
4:40pmCoffee Break
Mini fair of representatives from German federal states, DZT and GTAI
5:10pm„Renewable-energy-driven contribution to Earth & People - Initiative by Hitz“
Dr. Naokazu Kumagai, Executive Officer, Global Environment Protecting Technology Development & Business Promotiong Department,
Hitachi Zosen Corporation
5:30pmHydrogen Key for Sustainable, Catenary Free Railway Traffic
Dr. Jens Sprotte, Customer Director Urban & Systems Germany and Austria, ALSTOM Transport Deutschland GmbH
Infrastructure for Hydrogen Rail Traffic
Andreas Frixen, Tender Manager fuel Cell Trains, ALSTOM Transport Deutschland GmbH
6:00pmWindNODE – Showcasing Smart Energy Systems from Northeastern Germany
Mr. Markus Graebig, Project Leader WindNODE, WindNODE (hosted by 50Hertz Transmission GmbH)
6.20pmClosing Remarks
Mr. Iwami Asakawa, Japan Representative, Germany Trade & Invest

German Business Lounge


Mini fair of representatives from the German federal states

8:00pmConference Conclusion
Hiroshi Iwamura

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