In mid-April, Borussia Dortmund and BVB Product Partner Mazak co-organised a BVB Japan Evening in Düsseldorf. The event, which was held at the Technology Center of Yamazaki Mazak Deutschland GmbH, was attended by around 70 guests from a selection of Japanese companies based in the Düsseldorf region.

The event was opened by BVB Managing Director Carsten Cramer and Martin Engels, Managing Director of Yamazaki Mazak Deutschland GmbH. Following a Mazak company presentation and an address by the Japanese General Consul Mizuuchi Ryuta, BVB star Shinji Kagawa made an appearance to welcome the guests from his homeland, giving a humorous interview and fulfilling all the autograph and photo requests. BVB subsequently spoke about their exciting Asia tours over the course of recent years as well as the club's current activities in Asia.

Once the official part was over, the evening ended with a get-together and some fabulous food. Over a cool Brinkhoff's or a refreshing Vilsa sparkling apple juice, the guests enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere as they chatted among themselves and established new relationships with BVB.