Once again, Metzler Bank is a main sponsor of the Nippon Connection Japanese film festival this year – for the 15th time. The world’s largest public festival for Japanese films will not be held in the cinema this year for obvious reasons, but large portions of the program will be presented online via the Vimeo platform. The Metzler reception, which traditionally attracts around 150 clients and friends to Frankfurt’s Mousonturm at the end of the festival, will be cancelled this year. Gerhard Wiesheu, partner at Metzler Bank responsible for Metzler’s Japanese business, regrets this and also the fact that Nippon Connection will not be able to draw on unlimited resources for its 20th anniversary year. Nevertheless, he is impressed by how quickly the volunteer team has adapted to the new situation with innovative ideas and creative concepts. "In difficult times, it is especially important for us to stand by our longstanding initiatives particularly closely," Wiesheu continues.
One year after the Nippon Connection started, Metzler Asset Management (Japan) Ltd was founded. It has been located in Tokyo since 2001, and since then has established itself as a competent asset management partner for institutional clients from Japan. Advisory of Japanese companies for corporate transactions on the German market and support for Japanese clients investing in real estate in the USA and Germany are becoming increasingly important services offered by Metzler.
Since its founding in 1674, Metzler Bank has followed a longstanding tradition of supporting cultural and social initiatives primarily in Frankfurt/Main – mostly based on long-term cooperation and personal commitment. The cooperation with Nippon Connection fits perfectly into this "support scheme" and underlines that Metzler’s business commitment in Japan is long-term.
From June 9–14, 2020, fans of Nippon Connection will have the opportunity to watch more than 70 short and feature films – both current films and cinema classics – via the Vimeo platform. In addition, the digital program "Nippon Connected" with numerous workshops, lectures, performances and concerts will invite you to discover the multi-faceted culture of Japan. The virtual marketplace also offers a wide range of other events relating to Japan. For more information on the festival, go to www.nipponconnection.com.