Lecture celebrating the 25th birthday of the JDZB. starting at 6 p.m.
This year the JDZB celebrates its 25th birthday. For more than a quarter of a century the JDZB has created a lively forum for scientific and cultural exchange between our two countries. Many thousands of scientists, academics, artists, politicians, business people, managers, journalists and students have taken part in our conferences, symposia, exhibitions and concerts. We look back with gratitude and indeed a sense of pride on the two and a half decades of rewarding dialogs which from the start included partners from all over Europe, Asia and the world.
We celebrated the JDZB’s birthday on October 20 in Berlin. A lecture was given by former German Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. His relations with Japan have remained close ever since his incumbencies as Federal Minister for Finance and Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Even after his departure from politics he has remained a constant visitor to Japan both as a public speaker and as a highly respected advisor – not least in his role a member of the jury of the Praemium Imperiale. A binding friendship developed between him and former Japanese Minister for Finance and Prime Minister FUKUDA Takeo.
In his lecture Helmut Schmidt spoke about the relations of Germany and Japan with their large neighbors Russia and China and drew some lessons from the changing, difficult history for our two nations today.
JDZB Vice President and Deputy Editor-in-Chief, DIE ZEIT, Hamburg