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April 25, 2023

DIJ deputy director meets Federal Minister Cem Özdemir

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On April 25, DIJ deputy director Barbara Holthus participated in an exchange between Cem Özdemir, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, and Toru Nakaya, president of the Japanese Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives. Özdemir had made a brief stop in Tokyo on his way back to Germany after participating in the G7 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting in Miyazaki. On April 20, Barbara Holthus and DIJ administrative director Elisabeth Köller had met Christa Nickels, former Federal Minister of Health, for a discussion about women in Japanese politics. Nickels came to Japan for the opening of the German film festival Horizonte 2023 which featured the film “Die Unbeugsamen” (The Unbending). The film portrays several female politicians during the so-called Bonn Republic, including Nickels.