Japan and Germany: Digital Transformation together
For the 16th time the Japan Day in Düsseldorf offered special insights into modern and traditional Japanese culture. Alongside folklore and culinary delights, the focus was also on the latest technical developments. As part of the event, “Wirtschaftstag Japan” showed the developing of the land of the rising sun in the digitization of society and industry. The digital Transormation of the industry as well as Society 5.0 are no longer a vision in Japan, but reality. This makes partnerships with the flagship country even more important.
“Innovation through cooperation – new success strategies for companies in the digitized and globalized economy” was the motto of the Japan Day this year. In lectures and panel sessions, current developments, intelligent concepts and strategies as well as examples of successful cooperation in Germany and Japan were presented. “In view of today’s turbulent times of world politics, German-Japanese cooperation is more important than ever,” emphasized the Japanese Consul General in Düsseldorf, Ryuta Mizuuchi. Seiichi Kuroiwa, President of the Japanese Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Duesseldorf, sees this similarly: “The ability to remain innovative decides more and more about the economic success of a company in a globalized and digitized world. This applies to both Japan and Germany. It is therefore more important to discuss how companies in both countries deal with this challenge, “says Seiichi Kuroiwa.
Speeches from science and industry by professional experts
Concrete exchanges included reports from companies as well as lectures by high-caliber experts from science and business at the Japanese Business Day. Dr. Michael Brandkamp, Managing Director of the High-Tech Gründerfonds Management, offered the basis for the subsequent panel discussion with his opening speech “Cooperations between Japanese companies and innovative start-ups from Germany as a success factor”. In exchange with Dr. Klemens Gaida the head of the Digihub Düsseldorf Rheinland, andGeorge Goda, the representative of the Japanese Accelerator 01Booster, similarities and differences of the developments in the field of digital economy and start-ups were worked out.
The event was rounded by six experiences from the practice of representatives of German and Japanese companies. In various presentations from the areas of digital transformation in the field of steel industry, autonomous vehicles, the future and transformation of Japanese family businesses, they showed how successful cooperations are designed to promote innovation and product development in Japanese and German companies.
“Cooperations are indispensable to advance technological innovation”
“The digital transformation represents the same major tasks for the traditionally strong industrial companies of our two countries,” said Dr. Herbert Jakoby, Deputy Head of Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Economics, Energy, Industry, SME and Handicrafts of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia. “To cope with these together promises more success than trying alone. Cooperations are indispensable in order to open up new business areas and to bring forward technological innovations, “says Dr. Herbert Jakoby.
“The good German-Japanese economic cooperations are a platform for future-oriented digital business areas and bring about technological innovations”, explained Petra Wassner, Managing Director of the NRW.INVEST GmbH. “Numerous examples, such as in medical technology or in industry, are proving successful joint projects.”
M2M Alliance takes an important role in the process of digitization
As an important link between different companies, sectors and countries, the M2M Alliance also plays a key role in the digitalization of industry and society. Europe’s largest industry association for M2M and IoT has been taking over the role of intermediary for many years, when it comes to the concrete realization of partnerships, initiatives or even new standards. “In our global world, the necessary digitization can only be achieved if the economy and the policy work together on solutions that are ultimately also in the overall interest of the company,” says Dr. Andreas Fink, Chairman of the M2M Alliance. “This is why we always come to a table with as many parties as possible, in order to promote topics and projects around the Internet of Things and also industry 4.0 in a targeted way. As in the last few years, the economic day Japan has once again proved to be an important platform, “says Andreas Fink, drawing a positive balance. The M2M Alliance’s board of directors intends to push this exchange forward, among other things, at the M2M Summit in October, which will also take place in Düsseldorf.
“Digitization and start-up funding are key issues for the economic development of a location,” says Düsseldorf’s Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel. For this reason, the city of Düsseldorf has been actively pursuing this development for several years. “As a leading location for mobile technologies and the hotspot of digitization in Germany and Europe, the best opportunities for cooperation between developers and users are offered here. Both within the digital economy, as well as with companies from trade, services, crafts and industry. “