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Japan-Germany Industrial Policy Dialogue at Director-General Level Held

On March 2, 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Germany, held a Japan-Germany Industrial Policy Dialogue at Director-General-Level to enrich and develop Japan-Germany industrial cooperation, mainly in the automobile industry.

1. Outline

The dialogue was attended by Mr. Akihiro Tada, Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI, Dr. Wolfgang Sheremet, Director-General, Industrial Policy Bureau, BMWi, and other officials responsible for industrial policies. Participants exchanged views concerning ideal approaches to Japan-Germany cooperation, focusing on the automobile industry, the Industrie 4.0 / Connected Industries, the iron and steel industry, the aerospace industry, and other issues.

2. Major agenda

(1) Automobile industry

Both countries exchanged views concerning recent trends surrounding the automobile industry, including the introduction of electric automobiles and autonomous driving technologies. Moreover, they confirmed the progress made in efforts involving the Hannover Declaration.

(2) Industrie 4.0 / Connected Industries

Both countries confirmed that they will follow up on the Hannover Declaration, which was concluded by ministerial-level officials in March 2017 at a Japan-Germany IoT Forum as part of the Hannover Messe to be held in Germany in April 2018.

(3) Iron and steel industry

Both countries productively exchanged views concerning future approaches to advancing the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity (GFSEC). Director-General Sheremet served as the chair of the 2017 meeting of GFSEC.


Release date

March 2, 2018

Division in Charge

Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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