Minister of State Michael Roth met his Japanese counterpart, State Minister Minoru Kiuchi, on 11 November for an exchange of views on international issues and on bilateral topics.
The two Ministers of State emphasised that German-Japanese relations were solid, friendly and based on mutual trust. Furthermore, Roth pointed out the close cooperation in many international issues:
We are very grateful to our Japanese friends for standing shoulder to shoulder with us in a host of international crises and we are pleased that we speak with one voice: in the Ukraine conflict, in the efforts to combat the abominable terrorist organisation IS, and in the fight against ebola.
Similar challenges for both countries
The two politicians also agreed that Germany and Japan, both major industrialised nations, would face similar challenges in the coming years, for example in climate policy, where both countries were stressing the importance of regenerative sources of energy and energy efficiency. However, ageing societies also required new answers.
Our societies are not only ageing but also becoming more diverse and more colourful. We should work together to ensure that we remain role models for many other regions of the world when it comes to matters relating to the world of work.
Kiuchi and Roth agreed to meet for another exchange of views on their experiences, especially in relation to the balance between work and family and the greater integration of women into the labour market.