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.


 JDZB Board of Executives


President Ambassador NAKANE Takeshi
     Ambassador for Science and Technology Cooperation
     Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tōkyō
Vice President Prof. em. Dr. Werner PASCHA
     Prof. em. for East Asian Economic Studies / Japan and Korea
     Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) and Mercator School of Management
     University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg
Secretary General Dr, Julia MÜNCH
Deputy Secretary General KIYOTA Tokiko
Other Members

Michael MÜLLER, The Governing Mayor of Berlin
     Senate Chancellery – Higher Education and Research, Berlin

Ambassador YANAGI Hidenao, Embassy of Japan, Berlin

State Secretary Miguel BERGER, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

Director HANADA Takahiro, Foreign Ministry of Japan, Tōkyō

(As of 1 July 2021)

Gerhardt Wiesheu

JDZB Foundation Council


Chairman Gerhard WIESHEU, Partner
     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. Ute KLAMMER, Managing Director
     Institute for Work, Skills and Training
     University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg

Gerda MEUER, 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
    Curator of Capitan Cultural Fund, Berlin

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

Prof. Dr. Margret WINTERMANTEL, Fmr. President
     German Academic Exchange Service, Bonn

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

KIDA Tetsuhiro, Advisor of T&D Holdings, Inc. and Daido
     Life Insurance Company, Tōkyō

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

MIYOSHI Norihide, Senior Writer
     The Yomiuri Shimbun, Tōkyō

State Secretary MORI Takeo
     Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tōkyō

ŌKAWARA Akio, President & CEO
     Japan Center for International Exchange, Tōkyō

TAKAHASHI Yōko, President
     Japan Philanthropic Association, Tōkyō

Prof. em. Dr. TANABE Reiko
     Kyōto University

UMEMOTO Kazuyoshi, President
     The Japan Foundation, Tōkyō

(As of 7 September 2021)