The Embassy of Japan in Berlin
Address: Hiroshimastrasse 6, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 30-210-940
Fax: +49 30-210-94222
Amb. Hidenao Yanagi
Ambassador Hidenao Yanagi was born on the 16th October 1958, and he has served as the Ambassador of Japan to Germany since 2020.
Yanagi graduated from University of Tokyo, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, in the field of International Relations in 1982. The same year as his graduation, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In July 1985 he served as second Embassy Secretary in Austria and in April 1996 he became the First Embassy Secretary in Germany.
He worked in the Embassy of Japan in India 2004, whereafter he became a minister at the Japanese Embassy in Germany in 2006. In April 2014 he became Consul General of Japan in Munich. Before serving as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Germany from 2020, he previously was Ambassador of Japan to Jordan.
Outside his work in embassies he has also worked as the Deputy Director-General for Crisis Management, Consular Affairs Bureau and Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department & Deputy Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau as well as the Southeast and Southwest Asian Department.
Germany and Japan have a tradition of friendly bilateral relations. Over the past decades, international cooperation between the two countries has intensified. In 2011, Germany and Japan celebrated their 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. The principal multilateral forums for German cooperation with Japan are the United Nations, the G7/G8 and G20 groups and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summits. In addition, the European Union is a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in which issues relating to security policy in Asia are discussed.
Japanese-German relations are extremely tight also in the economic field. Germany is for Japan the largest trading partner in Europe, while, conversely, Japan was for many years the most important German trading partners in the Asia-Pacific region.