JDZB Governing Bodies


The Japanese-German Center Berlin (Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin JDZB) is a non-profit organization. It has two governing bodies, the Board of Executives and the Foundation Council. Both countries are equally represented in the governing bodies, which meet annually, alternating between Germany and Japan. The meetings are preceded by government consultations on the contributions of both countries to the JDZB’s annual budget.

YAKI Takeshi

 JDZB Board of Executives


President Former Ambassador YAGI Takeshi
Vice President Prof. Dr. Verena BLECHINGER-TALCOTT
  First Vice President, Freie Universität Berlin
Secretary General Dr. Julia MÜNCH
Deputy Secretary General MATSUMOTO Kenji
Other Members

     Senator for Science, Health and Care, Berlin

State Secretary Dr. Thomas BAGGER, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

Director ISHIKAWA Wataru, Foreign Ministry of Japan, Tōkyō

(As of 1 July 2024)

Gerhardt Wiesheu

JDZB Foundation Council


Chairman Gerhard WIESHEU, CEO
     B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG, Frankfurt a.M.
Vice-Chairman Dr. Eng. MORI Masahiko, President
     DMG Mori Co., Ltd., Tōkyō
German Members

Johannes EBERT, Secretary General
     Goethe-Institut, Head Office, Munich

Prof. Dr. Gesine FOLJANTY-JOST
     Institute for Political Science and Japanese Studies
     Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle

Ambassador Dr. Clemens von GOETZE
     German Embassy, Tōkyō

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke KAYSSER-PYZALLA, Chair of the Executive Board
    German Aerospace Center, Cologne

Prof. Dr. Ute KLAMMER, Managing Director
     Institute for Work, Skills and Training
     University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg

Gerda MEUER, Fmr. Director of Programming
     Deutsche Welle, Bonn/Berlin

Julia SCHNITZLER, Managing Partner
     STRASSBURGER Filter GmbH & Co KG, Westhofen

Prof. Dr. Klaus SEMLINGER, Fmr. President
     HTW University of Applied Sciences, Berlin

Prof. Gereon SIEVERNICH, Fmr. Director of Museum, Berlin

Dr. Sabine STRICKER-KELLERER, Attourney at Lawy
    SSK ASIA, Munich

Thomas WITTY, Lawyer, ARQIS Foreign Law Office,
     Foreign Law Joint Enterprise with TMI Associates, Tōkyō

Japanese Members

Prof. Dr.  AGATA Kōichirō, Faculty of Political Science and
     Economics, Waseda University, Tōkyō

Dr. ANZAI Yūichirō, Senior Advisor of the
     Japan Society for the Promotion of Science;
     Director of the Center for Science Information Analysis, Tōkyō

Prof. Dr. IWAMA Yōko
     National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies (GRIPS),Tōkyō

KANO Isao, President & CEO
     Japan Center for International Exchange, Tōkyō

KIDA Tetsuhiro, Honorary Advisor of Daido Life Insurance Company, Tōkyō

KUROSAWA Shinya, President
     The Japan Foundation, Tōkyō

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. MAE Michiko, Institute of Modern Japan
     Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf

MIYOSHI Norihide, Journalist, Tōkyō

State Secretary OKANO Masataka
     Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tōkyō

TAKAHASHI Yōko, President
     Japan Philanthropic Association, Tōkyō

Prof. em. Dr. TANABE Reiko
     Kyōto University

(As of 1 July 2024)