Achieving more together

International cooperation with Japan

Baden-Württemberg established its partnership with the Japanese Prefecture of Kanagawa as early as 1982. Numerous delegations from all areas of life, including public and business sectors, have since been on visits in Baden-Württemberg and in Kanagawa. Minister President Winfried Kretschmann and Kanagawa's Governor Yūji Kuroiwa signed a joint memorandum in November 2014 committing the parties to deepening a relationship which has now existed for over 25 years. In particular, the memorandum provides for extended collaboration in the fields of renewable energies, energy efficiency and e-mobility.

The first contact was made with the Prefecture of Gifu on the delegation tour undertaken by Minister President Winfried Kretschmann in May 2013. The Minister of the Environment Franz Untersteller also took part with his own expert delegation. Governor Hajime Furuta, Minister of Science Theresia Bauer and Minister of the Environment Franz Untersteller signed a Memorandum of Understanding. They agreed to cooperate on the expansion of renewable energies, energy efficiency, environmental technology and forestry.

Several expert delegations visited Baden-Württemberg and forestry scientists from Baden-Württemberg travelled to Japan in 2014. Concrete measures were then taken to implement the Memorandum. Governor Hajime Furuta and the President of the Prefectural Assembly of Gifu, Hiroshi Horaguchi, visited Baden-Württemberg in November of the same year.

Numerous other delegations from Japan have also visited the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector. An overview of the most important activities relating to the cultivation of international relations with Japan are shown in the timeline.

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November 2014

25 years of partnership with Kanagawa

November 2014

Members of the Prefectural Assembly

November 2014

Governor Hajime Furuta

August 2014

Consul general Hidenao Yanagi

May 2014

Organisation Utsukushii Mura

March 2014

Japan's ex-premiere Naoto Kan

March 2014

Energy experts from Gifu

January 2014

Representatives from Kyoto University

November 2013

Dialogue with parliamentarians to renewable energy

August 2013

Toyota City Mayor Toshihiko Ota

May 2013

Japan tour from MP Kretschmann and Minister Untersteller

February 2013

Prof. Dr. Hiroko Ota and Prof. Dr. Tatsuo Hatta

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