Minister Voigtsberger visits Japan
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of German-Japanese relations Economics Minister Harry K. Voigtsberger visited Japan at the beginning of September 2011.
The main focus of the trip was on the topics energy and environment, transport and economic policy. In talks with entrepreneurs and politicians Voigtsberger informed himself about the situation in Japan – the first representative of the North Rhine-Westphalian State Government to do so since the March earthquake and the nuclear disaster in Fukushimaund Unternehmern.
Together with Masanori Tanimoto, the Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture, Voigtsberger opened the conference entitled "Ways to improve energy efficiency in residential buildings". More than 200 delegates from the housing sector and other areas informed themselves about developments in ecological construction in Germany at the conference organized by the prefecture administration and the Öko-Zentrum NRW in Hamm.
In addition, the minister's itinerary included visits to the world's largest auto company Toyota, the automotive supplier Denso, and Fuji Film.
Voigtsberger and the Mayor of Düsseldorf, Dirk Elbers, welcomed around 1,000 German and Japanese guests to the tenth Düsseldorf Evening organized by the city of Düsseldorf and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. This year's event took place completely under the banner of the 150th anniversary of German-Japanese relations and provided ample opportunity for those present to cultivate contacts.
Furthermore, a seminar held by the state capital Düsseldorf and Landeswirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft NRW.INVEST entitled "Nordrhein-Westfalen & Düsseldorf, a Global Mobile Capital" provided information on the opportunities and developments of the German and European mobile markets. Participants in the event included Kozo Omae, President of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Düsseldorf and General Manager of the European branch of the Nippon Steel Corporation in Düsseldorf.