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Voices of Support for Japan

Exclusive Visit to AGC Technovation Center
31 May 2018, Thursday

EXCLUSIVE VISIT TO AGC TECHNOVATION CENTRE
AGC テクノベーション・センター特別訪問

Thursday 31 May 2018
2018年5月31日(木)

This Event is on Personal Invitation Only



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BJA Exclusive Business Luncheon
The EU-Japan EPA - a Belgian perspective
A conversation with Secretary of State Pieter De Crem

7 June 2018, Thursday

BJA Exclusive Business Luncheon
BJA 特別昼食会

The EU-Japan EPA: a Belgian perspective
A Conversation with Secretary of State
Pieter De Crem

ベルギーの立場から見た日EU経済連携協定(EPA)について
Pieter De Crem貿易担当閣外大臣に聞く



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Pictures of the Security Seminar

The Pictures of the Security Seminar are online. You can see them by clicking on "more".

04月20日に開催されました、第6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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Job offers at BJA members
人材募集

Please have a look at the latest job offers from Yamabiko, Daikin Europe, the EU-Japan Center, MUFG Bank, Yamagata Europe, the Lincoln Group, Bureau van Dijk, Toyota Boshoku Europe,...Interested? Click on more.

只今,Yamabiko, Daikin Europe, EU-Japan Center, MUFG Bank, Yamagata Europe, Lincoln Group, 日本人会, Bureau van Dijk, Ansell, Iseki Europe, Yamashin Europe Brussels, Toyota Boshoku Europe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 Annual General Assembly Meeting

The Pictures of the BJA Annual General Assembly Meeting are online. You can see them by clicking on "more".

3月27日に開催されました、BJA定例総会の写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Pictures of the 2018 Cross Chamber Young Professionals Networking Night

The Pictures of the 2018 Cross Chamber Young Professionals Networking Night are online. You can see them by clicking on "more".

02月28日に開催されました、2018 Cross Chamber Young Professionals Networking Night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 McKinsey & Company, the EU-Japan Center, Hapbit
For more information and contact details, please click on more.

この度、McKinsey & Company, 日欧産業協力センター並びに Hapbit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 Lunch with HE Ambassador Kodama

The Pictures of the BJA Exclusive Luncheon: The EU on the move: a Japanese view. A Conversation with H.E. Ambassador Kazuo Kodama are online. You can see them by clicking on "more".

02月06日に開催されました、BJA Exclusive Luncheon:日本の立場から見たEUの将来について兒玉和夫大使に聞くの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Marilo Fund News - Japan in the press
Filip Huysegems, Marilo Fund scholarship winner 2017, informs that his contribution will appear in De Standaard on February 10. The same day he will be talking about his experience on Radio 1 VRT, programme Interne Keuken (11 to 13h).

The Marilo Fund is a unique non-profit organisation 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.



Pictures of the BJA New Year Cocktail Reception

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

01月29日に開催されました、New Year Cocktail Receptionの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Finalisation of the negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and Japan.


Building on the political agreement in principle reached during the EU-Japan Summit on 6 July 2017, negotiators from both sides have been tying up the last details in order to finish the legal text. This process is now finalised.

You can read the official Statement here

You can read the official Press Release here here



Pictures of the Business Seminar: Belgium-Japan Cross Cultural Business Communication

The Pictures of the BJA Business Seminar: Belgium-Japan Cross Cultural Business Communication are online. You can see them by clicking on "more".

12月05日に開催されました、BJA ビジネスセミナー:日本・ベルギー: 異文化ビジネス・コミュニケーションの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Pictures of the BJA Event: Premium Japanese Sake Tasting at Brewery Het Anker

The Pictures of the BJA Event: Premium Japanese Sake Tasting at Brewery Het Anker are online. You can see them by clicking on "more".

11月17日に開催されました、Het Anker酒造にて高級日本酒のテイスティングの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Pictures of the BJA Exclusive Luncheon with Count Herman Van Rompuy

The Pictures of the BJA Exclusive Luncheon: "The future of Europe. A conversation with Count Herman Van Rompuy" are online. You can see them by clicking on "more"

11月13日に開催されました、BJA 特別昼食会"EUの将来についてヘルマン・ヴァンロンプイ元欧州理事会議長に聞く"の写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Government of Japan - 2017 Autumn Conferment of Decorations on Foreign Nationals
Dear Members and Friends,

We would like to share with you the wonderful news of the honor bestowed upon our BJA Vice-President, Mr Tanguy Van Overstraeten.

The Japanese Embassy informed that on November 3, 2017, the Government of Japan decided to confer decorations on 149 foreign nationals for the Autumn 2017. From Belgium, Mr. Tanguy Van Overstraeten, Vice-President and Director of the Belgium-Japan Association and Chamber of Commerce (BJA) received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contribution to strengthening economic relations between Japan and Belgium.

You can find the original news on the website of the Japanese Embassy: http://www.be.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/news_171103.html http://www.be.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/news_171103.html

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BJA 2017-2018 Directory
The fourteenth edition of the BJA directory will be available as of September 2017. You can order it online now by clicking on 'more'

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EU-Japan trade agreement: texts of the agreement in principle

The European Commission published today texts of the EU-Japan agreement.

You can read a 15 pages summary of the agreement by clicking here.

To access the dedicated website from the European Commission on the agreement, click on 'more'.

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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

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Government of Japan - 2016 Autumn Conferment of Decorations on Foreign Nationals
Dear Members and Friends,

We would like to share with you the wonderful news of the honor bestowed upon our President, Prof. Gilbert Declerck.

We were informed by the Japanese Embassy to Belgium that on November 3rd, 2016, the Government of Japan announced the 2016 Autumn Conferment of Decorations on Foreign Nationals that included one Belgian citizen among the 96 recipients. Prof. Gilbert Declerck, President of the Belgium-Japan Association and Chamber of Commerce and former President and CEO of the IMEC, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for his outstanding contribution to the enhancement of economic relations between Japan and Belgium.

You can also find this message on the Japanese Embassy’s website: http://www.be.emb-japan.go.jp/english/archives/news_161103.html and http://www.be.emb-japan.go.jp/japanese/archives_j/news_161103.html

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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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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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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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