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Prof. Dr Uwe Hohage
Japanese Business Network (JBN) & Markets Leader EMEA, PwC Germany
Tel: +49 211 981-1947
Bilateral relations between Germany and Japan go back many years, and are characterised by intensive exchange and close collaboration. The close ties between these two countries – both leading industrial nations – are founded on multifaceted bonds and common fundamental values in the political, economic and social spheres.
German-Japanese economic ties are particularly close. Germany remains Japan’s biggest trade partner in Europe, while Japan was Germany’s most important trade partner in the Asia-Pacific region for many years. Japan is an important target for German investment, and Germany is a key target for Japanese investment in Europe. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, a free trade deal which came into effect on 1 February 2019, simplifies market access in both directions.
Companies from Japan are continuously increasing their investments abroad and we expect this trend to continue. With our international network and Japan desk, we help Japanese companies to tap new international markets and support them with all their tax, accounting and legal issues as they develop their business. This includes comprehensive services to help you make full use of applicable tax incentives, along with global tax management and tax audit services.
Our international Japanese Business Network has more than 13,000 members in 106 countries. This strong cross-border and cross-sector network enables us to generate distinctive added value for Japanese companies, making them fully fit for growth abroad. Companies can benefit from our expertise and best practice experience as well as from our relationships with industry, chambers of commerce, authorities and business organisations in Germany. We can provide you with the latest information on developments concerning laws, regulations and industry trends and help you position your company successfully for your growth project. Because of our size and capabilities, we have the necessary expertise to find solutions to your financial or organisational challenges – whether this involves optimisation of existing structures, cost cutting, or structuring your company for the future. Our extensive network and our local roots enable us to fully tailor our services to your requirements.
“As the head of our Japanese network in Germany, I work with Japanese and German experts who are very familiar with the culture and working methods of Japanese companies. Our interdisciplinary and cross-divisional team provides comprehensive advisory services to Japanese companies on their very specific issues, especially on future-oriented transformation projects such as digitalisation and sustainability, alongside the traditional areas of legal and tax consulting, auditing, and audit-related consulting.”
Based in Düsseldorf, Japanese Business Network Germany offers a one-stop shop for all PwC services. The sections above show a selection of the areas where we frequently support Japanese companies with a connection to Germany.
Our team in Düsseldorf is made up of various Japanese and German employees. This enables us to offer you professional, tailor-made support in English, Japanese and German in each of our three lines of service.
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“As an expat from PwC Osaka, I bring in expertise and an up to date market knowledge directly from Japan. I have a wide range of experience for not only Japanese corporate tax, but also cross-border transactions such as M&A and restructuring. With my strong network, both in my home country and here in Germany, I am happy to support you in carrying out your business from daily issues to a deal transaction!”