From the speech of the Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Angela MERKEL, at the Hamarikyū Asahi Hall in Tōkyō on 9 March 2015:
..."From the long list of institutions that stimulate the exchange between our two countries, I would like to highlight in particular the Japanese-German Center Berlin. The Center was founded 30 years ago on the initiative of Prime Minister NAKASONE Yasuhiro and Federal Chancellor Helmut KOHL.
Since then it has hosted numerous conferences, cultural events and exchange programs. Today‘s event was also co-organized by the Center. I would like to sincerely thank everyone at the Center who contributes to making this lively German-Japanese dialogue possible."...
Berfore her speech, Chancellor MERKEL visited the Asahi Shimbun; on her right the president of the Asahi Shimbun, WATANABE Masataka
Greetings by school kids
Final remarks by JDZB Secretary General Dr. Friederike BOSSE after the speech of chancellor MERKEL.