In this era of globalization, international cooperative relationships are fundamental requirements in the exchange of information and ideas. When considering the impact of the Asian community in the fields of science and research, Japan is considered a significant and reliable contributor.

150 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Japan are celebrated by numerous events. Starting in fall 2010 both countries celebrate this anniversary of German-Japanese friendship for one year with a variety of festivities. Further information is available at: www.dj150.jp

However German-Japanese contacts in science have a much longer tradition. And still today the exchange is quite active. This is confirmed by statistics of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). In 2007 almost 300 Japanese researcher decided Germany to be their destination for exchange and cooperation and also approximateley the same number of German scientists had chosen Japan.
In addition, 308 cooperations of German and Japanese universities and four Japanese universities with their European offices in Germany demonstrate the strong bilateral relationship.

The promotion of young scientists is key-element within the German-Japanese relations. Very recently both countries established by joint initiative within the G8-HORCS frame a system for multilateral research funding. Higher education reforms as well as efforts to create international competitive universities and excellent research centers indicate similar challenges for both, Japan and Germany.