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Welcome to ECHO+! In our JDZB blog we share current news, voices and reflections and provide insights into our work. Please also visit our media center and take a look at the quarterly "conventional" echo.

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Our colleague Dr. Phoebe Stella HOLDGRÜN asked Dr. Jan GROTHEER - a long-time cooperation partner of the JDZB - to write a contribution for this section.
The JDZB is planning a conference on “Artificial Intelligence and the Human – Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Science and Fiction” from May 11 to 13, 2022 in collaboration with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and Waseda University. Below is an interview with Dr. Thomas Christian BAECHLE, Head of the Research Program “The Evolution of Digital Society” at HIIG, and Dr. NAGAI Yukie, Project Professor at the International Research Center for Neurointelligence at the University of Tōkyō.
We have a lot planned this year. In this article, JDZB Secretary General Dr. Julia MUENCH presents current topics, formats and activities of the JDZB.
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This is a slighty different bridge walker article: Dr. SHINYO Takahiro, former Japanese Ambassador to Germany, has himself done a lot for German-Japanese relations. He sent us a very interesting article, which proves his profound knowledge of foreign policy.
For the Japanese-German Center Berlin, 2021 represented a transformational year in which significant groundwork was laid for its strategic realignment. We – JDZB team – look back with gratitude and look forward to 2022 with excitement but confidence.
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The JDZB owns a treasure: an original work by the great painter HIGASHIYAMA Kaii, which he donated to the JDZB on the occasion of its foundation. In this article, the President of the Japanese-German Center Berlin, Ambassador (ret.) NAKANE Takeshi, introduces the great master.
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UEDA Erina remembers her high school's "new principal," whom she meets again 25 years later as a "kind and strict German teacher."
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Who can still remember the great Hokusai exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in 2011? Our then Deputy Secretary General Mr. SHIMIZU Yōichi and his assistant Ms. KIRIZUKI Emi had done a great job in organizing the exhibition. This article, in which Mr. SHIMIZU introduces a "unique connoisseur and advocate of Japanese art", was also written in cooperation with them.
From the JDZB
Recently an #OpenWeekLab took place at the JDZB. With the help of experimental formats, the future of the JDZB was rethought. Secretary General Dr. Julia Münch writes about this extraordinary week.
Promoting exchange
There are more than 8,000 kilometers between Tōkyō and Berlin – yet there are many similarities between Japan and Germany. On the occasion of the anniversary, the State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office Miguel Berger, who is also a member of the JDZB's Board of Executives, reflects on the relations between the two countries.