April 29, 2014
  1. On April 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (local time), Mr. Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister, who was on his visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, attended dinner in which political leaders from the Federal Government and the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany were invited. Attending from German side included Mr. Volker Kauder, Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag, Ms. Manuela Schwesig, Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, and Mr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.

  2. In his address at the beginning of the dinner, Prime Minister Abe stated that the friendly relationship between Japan and Germany is an important pillar of the diplomatic policies of each country and it was not a coincidence that Berlin became the first destination of his visit to Europe. Moreover, Prime Minister Abe stated that medium and small enterprises of Japan and Germany are supported by diligent craftsmen who emphasize technique and quality and if medium and small enterprises of the two countries work together, they can make further contribution to the global economy.

  3. In response to the above, participants from Germany side stated that they would continue their cooperation to deepen the bilateral relationship in a wide range of fields as friends of Japan and also would like to contribute to promotion of exchanges between Japan and Germany.

  4. In addition to the above, the participants discussed issues such as aging society, an issue which the two countries are commonly facing, further enhancement of roles of women, and peaceful solution of the issues related to Ukraine.

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