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Voices of Support for Japan
Marilo Fund Seminar

Inspiring Belgium-Japan Relations

The Marilo Fund was founded by Mr and Mrs Blondé-Eelen
within the King Baudouin Foundation
and partners with the Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce.
The Marilo Fund supports journalists contributing to a better understanding of
Japanese society for Belgian entrepreneurs and thus the wider public.
A total of 10 journalists already received a grant.

In honor of the late Co-founder, Mr Frans Blondé,
you are cordially invited to a lecture of Prof. Dr. Vande Walle giving insights into
150 years Belgium-Japan relations while presenting his newest publication.
This session offers business and community leaders expert
insight knowledge that will inspire and challenge them.

Registrations to this event are now closed


Guest of Honor: His Excellency Japanese Ambassador Masafumi Ishii


  • 10:30    Welcome coffee
  • 11:00    Greetings by Mr Thomas Leysen, Chairman of the Marilo Fund
  • 11:05    Memories of the Marilo Fund by Mrs. Ann Blondé,
                 Director Marilo Fund and daughter of the late Co-founder, Mr Frans Blondé
  • 11:20    Belgium-Japan relations: a history of 150 years
                 New book publication by Prof. Dr. Willy Vande Walle,
                 Japanese Studies at KULeuven  
                 Followed by Q & A
  • 12:20    Closing Remarks on applying for the Marilo Fund by Mrs. Vera Billen, Secretariat Marilo Fund
  • 12:30    Walking Networking Lunch
  • 13:45    Event adjourns


24 November 2016, Thursday 10:30
KBC Private Banking
Grand Place 17
1000 Brussels
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