Demographic change is one of the most important issues in the bilateral dialogue between Germany and Japan. Chancellor MERKEL made this clear during her visit to Prime Minister ABE in the spring of 2014 and this was reiterated last April during the visits of the Japanese Ambassador, S.E. YAGI Takeshi, at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) in April and July 2016. The German-Japanese symposium on demographic change in January 2016 has created an important basis for the exchange between the BMFSFJ and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW), including the JDZB. This dialogue shall be continued on both sides.