Vale KIMURA Keizō

3rd May 2021

We regret to report the passing of the former president of the JDZB (from 1996 to 2003), KIMURA Keizō. A dedicated friend of Germany who died on 27 April 2021, at the age of 91.

Mr. KIMURA was Ambassador of Japan to the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from 1985, then Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) from 1989, and finally Ambassador to reunified Germany from 1990 to 1993. He was always committed to Japanese-German diplomatic relations, particularly in turbulent times. In 1992, he was awarded the Grand Cross of Merit by the German government for his diplomatic achievements between Germany and Japan.
As President of the Japanese-German Center Berlin, he inaugurated our new location in Berlin-Dahlem in 1998 and contributed significantly to its development. He was also Vice President of the Federation of Japanese-German Societies (VJDG) and Vice President of the Japanese-German Society of Tōkyō. We fondly remember singing German folk songs with him together.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. KIMURA and his family.

Photo: Inaugural Celebrations held on 3 June 1998 to open the new premises of the JDZB. From left:
JDZB President Former Ambassador KIMURA Keizō; the Premier of the German Federal State of Brandenburg, Dr. Manfred STOLPE; Former Prime Minister NAKASONE Yasuhiro; the Chair of the JDZB Foundation Council, Dr. Wilfried GUTH; Japanese Ambassador
to Germany, KUME Kunisada; the Senator for Justice for the City State of Berlin, Dr. Erhart KÖRTING, and Ambassador Dr. Jürgen SUDHOFF from the German Federal Foreign Office.


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