Family Business in Changing Times

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Family-run businesses constitute over 90% of all companies and over 70% of the workforce in Germany and Japan, and they include some of the oldest businesses in the world which go back many centuries. But how are they coping with the challenges of the 21st century? Can they maintain their position and their character amidst a changing environment of slower growth, lower returns, declining birth rates and more frequent economic crises?

In the third DWIH Coffee Talk moderator Axel Karpenstein (DWIH Tokyo) meets three experts on family business and economics in Germany and Japan – Dr. Sigrun Caspary of the Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU), Prof. Toshio Goto of the Japan University of Economics, and Prof. Masahiro Nagata of Reitaku University. Together they will explore the role family companies play in the German and Japanese economies, how it is changing, and the potential the family business model holds for the future.

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Time: 17:00-18:00 (JST) / 10:00-11:00 (CEST)

Language: English / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)

Recording  (English):

Recording  (Japanese):

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Event Information

May 11, 2021, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Organizer(s): German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo)


Dr. Sigrun Caspary, Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU)

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Prof. Toshio Goto, Japan University of Economics

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Prof. Masahiro Nagata, Reitaku University

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Axel Karpenstein, Program Manager, German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo)




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