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Voices of Support for Japan

Hanami Picnic in the Japanese Garden - Hasselt
ハッセルト日本庭園での花見とピクニック

4 April 2015, Saturday
The BJA Friendship Committee is happy to invite you for its traditional Hanami.
Due to the exceptional soft winter, sakura trees are blossoming much sooner!
We would be happy to welcome you at the Japanese Garden of Hasselt on 4th of April.
Families are welcome!
The BJA-FC

毎年恒例のお花見とピクニックをハッセルト日本庭園で開催します. 今年の冬は例年ほど厳しくなかったため、すでに桜が開花し始めています。 日時 : 2015年4月04日(土) 1,30 pm
ご家族連れでの参加も大歓迎です。それでは、皆様のお越しをお待ちしております



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第3回企業・在留邦人向け安全対策セミナー
23 April 2015, Thursday


在ベルギー日本国大使館、日本人会、BJA(日白協会兼商工会議所)は、日本人学校の協力を得て、第3回「企業・在留邦人向け安全対策 セミナー」を開催いたします。



Please note that this event is in Japanese only.




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

3月17日に開催されました、BJA Annual General Assembly Meetingの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Marilo Fund 2015 grant: call for project

Supported by the BJA, 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.

The award is a € 5,000 grant to a journalist working in Belgium with a passion for Japan. Through this award, the Fund wants to contribute to financing an article, a series of articles, a radio or TV report, whose objective is to help improve understanding Japanese society and entrepreneurship in Belgium.

Who is it for?

o Journalists working in Belgium.
o Ideally, journalists working within a broad economic framework;
o with active and in-depth knowledge of English or Japanese;
o who are willing to undertake a short stay in Japan within the framework of the award.

How to submit an application form?

Please follow the procedure indicated on the King Baudouin Foundation website

Timing

o start: 29/01/2015
o submit your application before: 14/04/2015
o announcement of the selection: 30/04/2015


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Job offers at BJA members
人材募集

Please have a look at the latest job offers from Toyota Boshoku Europe, Yamashin Europe Brussels, Kintetsu World Express, Japan Consulting Office,...Interested? Click on more.

只今,Toyota Boshoku Europe, Yamashin Europe Brussels, Kintetsu World Express, 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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Welcome to our newest company members
新企業会員のご紹介

The Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce welcomes Geyskens Vandeurzen & Vennoten, Ashurst LLP, JSR MICRO, AM & PM Relocation, MPF Management Consulting, etc.
For more information and contact details, please click on more.

この度、Geyskens Vandeurzen & Vennoten, Ashurst LLP, JSR MICRO, AM & PM Relocation, 並びにMPF Management Consultingが新たに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 New Year Cocktail Reception
The pictures of the BJA New Year Cocktail Reception have been uploaded on our webiste. You can see them by clicking on 'more'

1月19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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Pictures of the Gala Dinner & Launch Event : Gault&Millau Belux Guide 2015 & "Best of Japan" Special
The pictures of the Gala Dinner & Launch Event: Gault&Millau Belux Guide 2015 & "Best of Japan" Special have been uploaded on our webiste. You can see them by clicking on 'more'

11月10日に開催されました、Gala Dinner & Launch Event: Gault&Millau Belux Guide 2015 & "Best of Japan" Specialの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Pictures of the BJA Golf competition and Initiation
The pictures of the BJA 2014 Golf Competition and Initiation have been uploaded on our webiste. You can see them by clicking on 'more'.

9月27日に開催されました、BJA懇親ゴルフコンペ並びにゴルフイニシエーションの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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150 Years of Friendship between Japan and Belgium: Results of the logo competition
In 2016, Japan and Belgium will celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations and friendship. In the run-up to this year of friendship, a public competition was held to select the official anniversary logo. The jury evaluated 187 entries. The winning design is the work of Ms. Ayaka YASHI, a 21 year-old student living in Osaka. It stands for the connection between Japan and Belgium, which is represented by circles of coloured shades, fusing together.

The jury chose Ms. YASHI’s design because it conveys very well the idea of connection and exchange, and it gives equal weight to Japan and Belgium. The jury, composed of 12 members (6 based in Japan and 6 based in Belgium), consisted of representatives of the Belgian and Japanese Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the respective Ambassadors in Brussels and Tokyo, representatives of Japanese associations in Belgium and Belgian associations in Japan, business people and academics.

The official logo of the anniversary will be used in all communication regarding the activities associated to the anniversary in the course of 2016. The logo will be made available upon request to organizers of events related to the anniversary for use in their communication regarding these events. The relevant documents and an application form will be published shortly. More information about the results of the logo competition and about the 150th anniversary can be found on the following websites:

The Embassy of Japan in Belgium:
http://www.be.emb-japan.go.jp/english/index.html
The Embassy of Belgium in Japan:
http://countries.diplomatie.belgium.be/en/japan/relationship_belgium_japan/150_years_belgium_japan/

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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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Belgium and its Neighbours’ business climates compared
The Investment Committee of the Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce has just published a booklet which compares the business environment in Belgium and the surrounding countries.

As the BJA wanted to be as objective as possible, a methodology called a ‘study of studies’ has been adopted and more than a year was spent in the selection of 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 four 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.

Specific questions related to the publication : Mr M. Nomura, Chairman of BJA Investment Committee and founder of NCE Tél : 0475 60 79 52 ; mnomura_eu@telenet.be

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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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