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BJA publication "Belgium and its neighbours' business climates compared - 2017"

On 7 June 2017, the latest publication of the BJA Investment Committee, "Belgium and its neighbours' business climates compared - 2017" was presented.

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

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

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。

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


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

BOOK LAUNCH & OFFICIAL HANDOVER TO HRH PRINCE FILIP OF BELGIUM - The Experience of Japanese Companies in Belgium - 2012
Like in 2000 and 2006, the Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce (BJA) is publishing a review of Japanese companies which have invested in Belgium. The purpose of the book is to share their views and experience regarding the Belgian environment and market conditions. This book has been officially handed over to HRH Prince Filip of Belgium during the Princely Trade Mission to Japan on June 11 in Tokyo.

This bilingual document (English and Japanese) is based on interviews of executives of the companies which volunteered to participate, representing a variety of industry sectors and a geographical footprint across all regions (Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia). The book also covers the views of Belgian research institutes in relation with Japanese businesses and institutions.

The book evidences that Belgium is and remains an excellent investment destination for Japanese companies. Participants underline in particular Belgian well developed infrastructure, its highly qualified workforce (including for R&D activities) deriving from an excellent educational system, high motivation of people and multilingual skills. The quality of life is also an important factor. Japanese expatriates feel at home in Belgium and appreciate the support of the authorities.

Interviewers also gathered comments on issues that could still be improved in the country to make it even more attractive for foreign investments. These include the reduction of employment costs and the further simplification of administrative procedures, including a wider use of the English language. Participants also stressed the need for direct flights from and to Japan.

This book is an initiative of the BJA and its Investment Committee. It is the result of a joint effort of the Federal and Regional governments, private companies and individuals. It also received the support from HE Prime Minister Di Rupo and HE Ambassador Yokota.

Participating companies include:
AW Europe, Kobe University Brussels, European Centre (KUBEC), Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Meiko Europe, Daikin Europe N.V., Mitsui Benelux, S.A./N.V., F.P.N.I. Belgium N.V., NYK Bulkship, (Atlantic) N.V. FUJIFILM Europe N.V., OSG Europe, GC Europe N.V., Terumo Europe N.V., GIGA, AGC Glass Europe, HONDA, Toyota Boshoku Europe, IMEC, Toyota Motor Europe, Kaneka Group, Yakult Honsha European Research, Center for Microbiology ESV

Please kindly order via this link: http://www.bja.be/publications_books_form.php

Pictures of BJA Book Handover to HRH Prince Filip of Belgium
The pictures of the official book handover to HRH Prince Filip of Belgium on June 11th have been uploaded. Please enjoy them by clicking on "more..."

第2回企業・在留邦人向け安全対策セミナーの写真
4月18日に開催されました、第2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。

Book THE EXPERIENCE OF 20 JAPANESE COMPANIES IN BELGIUM
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ベルギー進出日系企業の状況 -20社の事例- 2006年版
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