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Voices of Support for Japan

Business Seminar
Doing Business with Japan

23 February 2016, Tuesday

The YES Committee of the Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce
(BJA), in co-operation with AWEX, BIE, FIT, Unizo International and UWE
have the pleasure to invite you to the
Business Seminar on Doing business with Japan at ING,
with practical advice and insights into the business culture in Japan.
This event in support of the Young Executive Stay YES X Program

-which is an export mission to Japan under auspices of
His Majesty King Philippe, enjoying its 20th year in 2016
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will enhance interactive exchanges for all, and bring
commerce and trade to a deeper level of understanding.
We welcome you to join us and go beyond sushi, samurai, manga...

Join us and talk business culture!



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Day of Remembrance
11 March 2016, Friday

The President and Board of Directors of the Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce, together with the Mayor and the Council of Aldermen of the City of Hasselt, cordially invite you to join us in remembrance of March 11, 2011, the day which, even after 5 years, remains in our memories as the moment the worst of Mother Nature and the best of Human Nature encountered.

Together with His Excellency Ambassador Ishii, Japanese Ambassador to Belgium, and other officials, we will honour the lives lost and hold an intimate commemoration ceremony at the Japanese Garden of Hasselt.



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Foreign Chambers of Commerce - Joint Response - Belgium Bashing
International business community supports Belgium


Belgium’s image has seriously suffered in the weeks and months following the terrorist attacks in Paris last November. In response, a group of 13 Chambers of Commerce, representing the largest and most active foreign investors in Belgium, have signed an open letter re-affirming the commitment of the international business community to Belgium as a place to live and work. We have a strong, positive message about Belgium that we would like to share to help start correcting some of the misrepresentations.

Please kindly find the open letter of the Chambers by clicking 'more'.

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Pictures of the Exclusive Business Luncheon with H.E. Minister Johan Van Overtveldt, Federal Minister of Finance, on Belgian Tax Reforms

The picture of the Exclusive Business Luncheon with H.E. Minister Johan Van Overtveldt, Federal Minister of Finance, on Belgian Tax Reforms have been uploaded. You can see them by clicking on 'more'

01月25日に開催されました、BJA Exclusive Business Luncheon with H.E. Minister Johan Van Overtveldt, Federal Minister of Finance, on Belgian Tax Reformsの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Job offers at BJA members
人材募集

Please have a look at the latest job offers from Yamashin, Toyota Boshoku Europe, AM&PM, Japan Consulting Office,...Interested? Click on more.

只今, Yamashin, Toyota Boshoku Europe, AM&PM, Japan Consulting Office数社で人材を募集しています。詳しくはこちらの'more...'をクリックしてください。

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Pictures of the BJA New Year Celebrations


The Pictures of the BJA New Year Celebrations are online.
You can see them by clicking on "more"

01月13日に開催されました、BJA 新年カクテルパーティーの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Welcome to our newest company members
新企業会員のご紹介


The Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce welcomes Terumo Europe, Yotsume BVBA, The city of Hasselt (Japaense garden), Grayling, NG-Events & Productions, Nomura Nederland
For more information and contact details, please click on more.

この度、Terumo Europe, Yotsume BVBA, The city of Hasselt (Japaense garden), Grayling, NG-Events & Productions並びにNomura Nederland新たにBJA企業会員となられましたこと謹んでお礼申し上げます。 詳しい会社概要に関してはこちらの’more…’をクリックしてください。

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Pictures of the BJA visit to Brussels Airport

The pictures of BJA VIP visit to Brussels Airport are online. You can see them by clicking on 'more'.

11月19日に開催されました、BJA特別訪問:ブリュセル・インターナショナル空港の写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Applications welcomed for YES X 2016
For twenty years, the YES program has been offering a unique opportunity for young executives from Belgium to gain an in-depth understanding of doing business in Japan, providing hands-on support for meeting real business prospects in the country.
The YES program, under the auspices of His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium, is co-organized by the BLCCJ in Japan and the Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce (BJA) in Belgium and comprises briefing sessions in Belgium and a one-week practical training program in Japan October 2016 at a reasonable cost.

Are you interested in doing business in Japan, then apply for the YES Program. For more details, kindly find the information attached or kindly visit: www.bja.be/services_yes.php

Wishing you good luck!

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The Government of Japan announced the names of foreign recipients of the 2015 Autumn Imperial Decorations - Mr Thomas Leysen, Honorary BJA President

On November 3rd, 2015, the Government of Japan announced the names of foreign recipients of the 2015 Autumn Imperial Decorations. Among the 100 foreign recipients are two Belgian nationals. Mr. Thomas André Leysen, President of Umicore N.V. / S.A., Former President of the Belgium-Japan Association and Chamber of Commerce, will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star for his contribution to the enhancement of economic relations and mutual understanding between Japan and Belgium. Mr. Daniel Ost, a Flower artist, will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contribution to the promotion of cultural exchanges and mutual understanding between Japan and Belgium.

The Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate all the bestowed, but especially Mr Thomas Leysen, former BJA President, on the conferment of decoration “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star” to him by the Government of Japan. The BJA is honoured to have him as BJA Honorary President, and indebted to his expertise and wisdom he gladly shares to the benefit of Belgium-Japan relations. His continued efforts to strengthen the bonds of the community will lead us to take example in contributing to the friendship between our two nations.

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BJA Friendship Committee - new committee members welcome!
Looking for a fun way to get out there in Belgium-Japan relations? Love connecting people? Love organizing events doing both of the above? Join the Organizing Team of the Friendship Committee of the Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce (BJA) !

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Special website & facebook page 150 Years of Friendship between Japan and Belgium
A special website for the 150 Years of Friendship between Japan and Belgium has been launched. An additional facebookpage has been added as well. You will find all information concerning the anniversary in due time on these special websites. If time allows, please kindly visit! 

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BJA 2015-2016 Directory
The twelfth edition of the BJA directory will be available as of September 2015. You can order it online now by clicking on 'more'

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Congratulations ANA & Brussels Airport - Direct flight Tokyo-Brussels
The Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce congratulates ANA and the Brussels Airport Company with establishing a direct flight between Tokyo and Brussels, as from autumn 2015.
The efforts done by all – firstly ANA and Brussels Airport, ambassadors, businessmen, diplomats, a multitude of missions and organizations - including the BJA with a recent meeting between CEO ANA, Mr Shinobe and Professor Declerck, BJA President, in February 2015 - , have culminated with a meeting of Prime Minister Michel and Deputy Prime Minister Peeters and CEO Mr Shinobe in May – resulting in the establishment of a direct flight.
We look forward to boarding already!

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BJA Publication: “Belgium and its Neighbours’ business climates compared” Presented in Tokyo at Joint Belgium-Japan Seminar

Tokyo - On May 12, addressing and presiding over the Seminar on investment opportunities in Belgium, Prime Minister Charles Michel and Deputy Prime Minister Kris Peeters, highlighted the recent measures taken by the Federal Government of Belgium to support the business and investment climate and strengthen Belgium’s attractiveness as a gateway to Europe.

One of the key notes at the seminar was the presentation of BELGIUM AND ITS NEIGHBOURS' BUSINESS CLIMATES COMPARED 2015 edition, a comparison of business climates in Belgium and other European countries, which was delivered by Mr Masatomo Nomura, Chair of the BJA Investment Committee.

As the BJA wanted to be as objective as possible, a methodology called a ‘study of studies’ has been adopted and comparisons have been carefully selected from among internationally-renowned studies.

This study of studies looks at the four areas:
- As the pages on global attractiveness show, there is a rather big gap between the perception of Belgium and reality. In other words, the recognition of ‘Belgium’ as a brand is low, but in reality the Belgian economy is highly globalised and investors discover pleasant surprises afterwards.
- The pages on headquarters and holding companies show that Brussels is one of the leading cities in Europe for business. Not only because of its central location in Europe, but also because of its internationally open business culture and the ease of doing business, reasonable level of office rent and an investor-friendly tax regime, Belgium is a highly regarded location.
- When it comes to logistics, Belgium ranks number 1 in Europe because of the strong combination of excellent infrastructure, accessibility and superb cost efficiency for distribution.
- Concerning research and development, Belgium is in the top five countries in the world for the quality of scientific research institutions. The quality of mathematics and science education is among the top 3 in the world. University-industry collaboration is very active, which shows potential to bring the results of research to the market. As many of the surveys in the publication confirm the advantages of this country, the BJA and its Investment Committee, hope that this booklet will help companies to consider Belgium in the short list of the best possible locations in setting up a headquarters, a distribution hub or a research and development centre in Europe.

To download the study, clicke on 'more'.

Specific questions related to the publication:
Mr M. Nomura, Chairman of BJA Investment Committee and founder of NCE
mnomura_eu@telenet.be


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Pictures of the BJA - YES IX second briefing session at the Royal Palace & Toyota Motor Europe
The pictures of the BJA - YES IX second briefing session have been uploaded on our website. You can see them by clicking on 'more'

10月07日に開催されました、 BJA - YES IX second briefing sessionの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Award of the “Ambassador’s Commendation”
On December 10th, an awarding ceremony of the Ambassador‘s Commendation was held at the Ambassador’s residence. The following three persons were awarded the commendations for their valuable contribution to promoting friendly relations and enhancing economic and cultural exchanges between Japan and Belgium.

1. Mr. Tanguy VAN OVERSTRAETEN (Vice President of Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce (BJA)) Mr. VAN OVERSTRAETEN has contributed to promoting economic relations through working on legal issues related to Japan’s and Belgium’s investment for more than 20 years, particularly by establishing and managing the Legal and Tax Committee at BJA.

2. Prof. Andreas THELE (Director of Japanese Studies Centre, University of Liège) Prof. THELE has contributed to promoting cultural and academic relations through research and lectures in Japanese Studies for more than 20 years at the University of Liège and through Japanese language education at the University of Mons.

3. Prof. Dimitri VANOVERBEKE (Professor of Japanese Studies, Catholic University of Leuven) Prof. VANOVERBEKE has contributed to promoting cultural and academic relations through research and lectures in Japanese Studies at Catholic University of Leuven for more than 15 years and through activities in various areas of exchange between Japan and Belgium.

The Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate all the bestowed of a certificate of commendation by His Excellency Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba, Japanese ambassador to Belgium.

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Pictures of the BJA 50 years Gala
The pictures of the BJA 50 years anniversary Gala of November 9th have been uploaded. You can see them by clicking on "more".
11月9日に開催されました、BJA50周年記念ガラディナーパーティー写真はこちらの"more"をクリックしてご覧ください。

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ROYAL TITLE BESTOWED UPON THE BJA
His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium bestowed upon the BJA the Royal title. This honour comes as the BJA prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary. During these 50 years, the BJA has promoted closer ties between Belgium and Japan, both at the economic, cultural and personal level.

On March 20th, the Royal Diploma was handed over during an Official Ceremony by the Governor of Brussels, Mr Jean Clément, to Mr Thomas Leysen, the President of the BJA, in presence of BJA Vice-Presidents, Mr Edward De Beukelaer, Mr Atsushi Sudo and Mr Tanguy Van Overstraeten.

The title "Royal" may be granted by the King to Belgian associations that have been in existence for more than 50 years. Other criteria taken into account include good management, the not-for-profit purpose of the association, its vitality and soundness.

The BJA is most grateful for the honor granted by His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium - a historical moment for the association and its members.

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Certificate of Commendation by H.E. Ambassador Jun Yokota, Japanese ambassador to Belgium
The Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate all the bestowed, but especially Mr Thomas Leysen, BJA President and Mrs Anja Oto-Kellens, BJA Executive Director on the bestowment of a certificate of commendation by His Excellency Ambassador Jun Yokota, Japanese ambassador to Belgium.

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Pictures of Commendation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan to the BJA
BJA平成20年度外務大臣表彰受賞のレセプション写真集

The Japanese Embassy in Belgium officially informed the BJA that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan awarded in Tokyo on July 15, 2008 the Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce a commendation for the outstanding role the BJA plays in fostering the relations between both nations. The certificate of commendation was bestowed upon the BJA during a reception at the residence of HE Ambassador Hayashi on Thursday 2 October in Brussels.

この度、BJAは平成20年度外務大臣表彰候補者団体に挙げられ、7月15日に行われた表彰式の席にて正式に受賞者団体の一団体に選ばれました。 日本と諸外国との友好親善関係の増進に努め、その功績に称えるこの名誉ある外務大臣表彰は10月2日に林大使公邸で開かれたレセプションの席にてBJAに授与されました。

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