"Japan ist übrigens auch noch da" (Japan is still important)

Whereas in 2014 German Chancellor Angela Merkel travelled to China for the seventh time, she visited Japan only once in 2007. Similarly, German media is slow to re-focus from the Fukushima catastrophe to more current politico-economic issues. Overall, German interest in Japan is not adequate for a country that is the world’s fourth-largest economy and that plays a central role in the Asia-Pacific region.

Während Bundeskanzlerin Merkel Anfang Juli 2014 schon zum siebten Mal in großer Begleitung nach China reiste, hat sie Japan, die andere wirtschaftliche „Supermacht“ Ostasiens, seit ihrem Amtsantritt erst einmal - 2007 - besucht. Auch für viele andere hochrangige Bundespolitiker ist Tokio nicht die allererste Adresse. Allerdings fahren Ländervertreter häufiger dorthin, um für Investitionen und Unternehmensansiedlungen zu werben. Obwohl sich die Japan- Berichterstattung in den deutschen Medien seit einiger Zeit nicht mehr nur um die Atomruine Fukushima dreht, sondern auch zum Beispiel wichtige wirtschaftspolitische Entwicklungen aufgegriffen werden, entspricht das deutsche Interesse insgesamt nicht der Bedeutung eines Landes, das immerhin die viertgrößte Volkswirtschaft der Welt ist und im asiatisch-pazifischen Raum eine sehr wichtige Rolle spielt.

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