As of July, Munich-based ARQIS partner Dr. Meiko Dillmann took over the chair of the board at Japan Club Munich. Her term of office runs until March 2021. Dillmann has replaced former chairman Takatoshi Okagawa who has returned to Japan. She has been Vice-Chairwoman of General Affairs and Public Relations at the Association since April 2016.
The Japan Club Munich was founded in 1979 and is a central economic association in the field of Japanese business. Around 100 well-known Japanese companies based in the Munich metropolitan region are represented here. At the same time, it is one of the largest local associations of individual members in the field of German-Japanese exchange. The association’s board includes representatives of well-known Japanese companies such as the local subsidiaries of Fujitsu, Epson, NTT DOCOMO, All Nippon Airways and Panasonic.
Munich has always been the second most important location in Germany for business with Japan, besides Düsseldorf. The importance has been increasing for years, especially automotive and electronics companies are more and more settling in the city and the surrounding area. In southern Germany, the most important customers of Japanese companies are often located.
Dillmann began her career in 2010 at the ARQIS Japan Desk in Düsseldorf. The Japan Desk, led by Düsseldorf based partner Dr. Shigeo Yamaguchi, is one of the leading practices for advising Japanese companies on their M&A activities in Germany. Under the responsibility of Dillmann, the expansion to Munich took place in 2015. Within a very short period of time, the firm has developed a leading practice for advising Japanese companies in the Munich market. In 2016, Dillmann was appointed partner.