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Voices of Support for Japan

Join the Ommegang Parade in Japanese costume - 5 & 7 July 2016
5 July 2016, Tuesday

Dress up in a 16th century Japanese costume at the special 2016 Ommegang Parade! BJA Friendship Committee is excited to announce our next event - to celebrate 150 Years of Friendship between Japan and Belgium. 22 lucky participants will dress up in a 16th century Japanese costume and parade in the Grand Place as a special event to open Ommegang Parade. The costume you wear (examples are shown in the picture) will be given to you at the end of the parade on the 7th of July.
戦国時代の衣装を着て、オメガングの前に行われる スペシャルパレードに参加しませんか? 日本とベルギーの友好関係150周年を記念したイベントに、BJAフレンドシップ委員会が参加します。 22名のラッキーな参加者の方は、戦国時代(風)の衣装を着て、グランプラス内をパレードします。 パレードの日に着ていただく衣装は、7月7日のパレード終了後、参加者の方に差し上げます。 衣装の一部は下記の写真でご覧いただけます。

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BJA 2016 Golf Cup and Golf Initiation
17 September 2016, Saturday

BJA 2016 GOLF CUP AND GOLF INITIATION

Flanders Nippon Golf - Hasselt

      

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Belgium-Japan friendship,
the BJA Cultural Committee is thrilled to organize the 12th BJA Golf Cup & Golf Initiation
at the Flanders Nippon Golf Club.
This year thanks to Ernst & Young and other sponsoring companies,
we have splendid prizes to offer, including flight tickets to Japan!

Don’t miss this exciting event and join us on the green!

 



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BJA Office
As of Monday 27 June the BJA Office will move to the 6th floor instead of the 4th floor at avenue Louise 287, 1050 Brussels.
It will be hard to reach us during the days of 27-28 June, for which we apologize.
We look forward welcoming you again in our Office as of Wednesday 29 June.



Job offers at BJA members
人材募集

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

只今, 在ベルギー日本国大使館, AM&PM, Makita Europe, Yamashin, Toyota Boshoku Europe, 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 Security Seminar

The picture of the 4th Security Seminar have been uploaded. You can see them by clicking on 'more'.

04月21日に開催されました、第4回企業・在留邦人向け安全対策セミナ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 Keller & Heckman LLP, Simmons & Simmons LLP, Softkinetic, Herfurth Group, Antwerp Headquarters, Mizuho Bank Nederland Brussels Branch
For more information and contact details, please click on more.

この度、Keller & Heckman LLP, Simmons & Simmons LLP, Softkinetic, Herfurth Group, Antwerp Headquarters, 並びにMizuho Bank Nederland Brussels Branch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 Hanami

The picture of the BJA Hanami have been uploaded. You can see them by clicking on 'more'.

04月03日に開催されました、花見の写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Pictures of the BJA Annual General Assembly Meeting

The picture of the BJA Annual General Assembly Meeting have been uploaded. You can see them by clicking on 'more'

03月17日に開催されました、定例総会の写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Video of the Day of Remembrance

The video of the 5th commemoration ceremony at the Hasselt Japanese Garden on March 11 is now on YouTube. You can see it by clicking on 'more'

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Passing away of Mr Frans Blondé
It is with great sadness we have to inform you about the passing away of Mr Frans Blondé, BJA Honorary Director & Co-Founder of the Marilo Fund.

He will be immensely missed by many amongst us and will be remembered as a deep and active friend of our association and a lover of Japan, always willing to contribute in strengthening the ties between our two countries.

All our deepest and most sincere condolences go to Mrs. Lieve Eelen-Blondé, his wife and children.

The funeral will take place on Saturday 2 April, 11 o'clock, in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Koningin Church, Ruusbroeckplein, Schoten.



Fund application open for Journalists to Japan
The Marilo Fund is a unique initiative that promotes commercial, cultural, and social relations between Japan and Belgium. Wishing to sustain this connection, the Marilo Fund was founded by Mr and Mrs Blondé-Eelen. By partnering with the King Baudouin Foundation and the Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce the Marilo fund has been supporting individuals and projects that contribute positively to the mission of the fund by means of a yearly award. Applications files can be filled in here. Please note that candidates will be invited to present their project to the Steering committee of the Fund on 24th May (between 3pm and 5pm) at the offices of the King Baudouin Foundation. In case you cannot be present at that date/time, your application will not be taken into consideration.

Journalists who work in Belgium and who, thanks to their passion for Japan, will contribute to strengthen the good relationships between the two countries are welcomed to apply.

For more information the selection criteria and application process, please on 'more'

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Pictures of the Day of Remembrance

The picture of the Day of Remembrance have been uploaded. You can see them by clicking on 'more'

03月11日に開催されました、東日本大震災5周年追悼式の写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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BJA Publication: “Research and Innovation in Belgium” (bilingual English-Japanese)
On 17 March 2016, the BJA Annual General Meeting at imec was followed by a presentation by Mr Masatomo Nomura, Chairman of the Investment Committee of the BJA, presenting the latest publication of the BJA Investment Committee, ‘Research and Innovation in Belgium’.

At the time of the visit of the Prime Minister Michel and Deputy Prime Minister Peeters in May 2015, the BJA was instrumental in making the investment seminar in Tokyo focus on research and innovation. Following up in 2016 again, the Investment Committee has prepared a brochure exclusively focused on research and innovation. It will shed light not only on sectors with strengths but also on a geographical area that has shown an extraordinary performance.

To download the study, click 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 Business Seminar: Doing Business with Japan (YES X)

The picture of the BJA Business Seminar: Doing Business with Japan (YES X) have been uploaded. You can see them by clicking on 'more'

02月23日に開催されました、BJA Business Seminar: Doing Business with Japan (YES X)の写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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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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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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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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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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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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