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Voices of Support for Japan

BJA New Year Cocktail Reception
29 January 2018, Monday

  



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End Year Holidays - BJA Office
The Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce would like to extend the warmest wishes to you and your family for 2018!

We thank you sincerely for your continuous support and for your active participation in our events.
We will continue doing our utmost to further enhance business and cultural relations between Belgium and Japan.

We look forward to cooperating with you again in 2018!

The BJA Office will be closed between 22 December and 2 January. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your kind understanding.



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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Job offers at BJA members
人材募集

Please have a look at the latest job offers from Nihonjinkai, Bureau van Dijk, Toyota Boshoku Europe,...Interested? Click on more.

只今, 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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YES Applications welcomed
Young Executive Stay, Export program to Japan 7-14 October 2018

For twenty-two years, the YES program has been offering a unique opportunity for young executives from Belgium to gain an in-depth understanding of doing business in Japan, providing hands-on support for meeting real business prospects in the country.
The YES program, under the auspices of His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium, is co-organized by the BLCCJ in Japan and the Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce (BJA) in Belgium and comprises briefing sessions in Belgium and a one-week practical training program in Japan 7-14 October 2018 at a moderate cost.

Are you interested in doing business in Japan, then apply for the YES Program. For more details, kindly find the information attached or kindly visit: www.bja.be/services_yes.php .

Wishing you good luck!

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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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YES, Young Executive Stay, Export program to Japan 7-14 October 2018

In 2018 the Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce will co-organise the 11th edition of the YES program.

YES, Young Executive Stay, is an export program organised every two years together with the Belgium-Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BLCCJ).
The YES program aims to send out 10 young Executives from small and medium sized Belgian companies, wanting to export to Japan.
Apply for YES XI! The number of places is limited to 10.

For more information, please consult 'more'.

Candidates interested to apply for the program should send the necessary files to the Belgium Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce on-line by 30 March 2018.

Criteria to apply:

-Being a Young executive
-Working in a SME
-Have a nice, attractive product, with a distinguishable USP
-Have the motivation to start up business with Japan and be prepared to do efforts to make your product sell.
-Have the motivation to work on a long term based business relationship
- etc.

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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 Hapbit, Pissoet Ingrid
For more information and contact details, please click on more.

この度、Hapbit並びに Pissoet Ingrid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 Japanese desserts Workshop & Matcha à la Carte Tasting Event

The Pictures of the Japanese desserts Workshop & Matcha à la Carte Tasting are online. You can see them by clicking on "more"

10月19日に開催されました、"和菓子&クッキー作り”ワークショップと 抹茶スウィーツ&日本茶“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 Seminar: The GDPR for Japanese businesses: what do you need to know and how can you prepare?

The Pictures of the BJA Seminar: The GDPR for Japanese businesses: what do you need to know and how can you prepare are online. You can see them by clicking on "more"

10月17日に開催されました、EU一般データ保護規則(GDPR)が日本のビジネスに与える影響:施行にどう備えるかの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Pictures of the BJA 2017 Golf Competition & Initiation
The Pictures of the BJA 2017 Golf Competition & Initiation are online. You can see them by clicking on "more" 09月16日に開催されました、BJA 2017 Golf Competition & Initiationの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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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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Japan and EU reach a broad agreement on EPA

Japan and the European Union have reached a deal on a broad economic partnership agreement, which will cover roughly 30 percent of the world's gross domestic product.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström in Brussels on Wednesday July 5.

The outline plan was signed in Brussels on Thursday 6 July after a meeting between the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, and the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, ahead of a meeting of the G20 group of leading economies in Hamburg. The content of the deal will be announced after.

For more information, click on 'more'.

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Pictures of the BJA Visit to Daikin Europe

The Pictures of the BJA Visit to Daikin Europe are online. You can see them by clicking on "more"

06月22日に開催されました、BJAダイキンヨーロッパ社特別訪問の写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Pictures of the seminar: Japan and Belgium : Well-being at work from a cross-cultural perspective

The Pictures of the Seminar Well-being at work from a cross-cultural perspective are online. You can see them by clicking on "more"

06月13日に開催されました、Well-being at work from a cross-cultural perspectiveの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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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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Pictures of the BJA Seminar on Innovation with World-Class Research Institutions

The Pictures of the BJA Seminar on Innovation with World-Class Research Institutions are online. You can see them by clicking on "more"

06月07日に開催されました、BJA イノベーション・セミナーのご案内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 visit of the Port of Zeebrugge

The Pictures of the BJA exclusive visit of the Port of Zeebrugge are online. You can see them by clicking on "more"

05月11日に開催されました、ゼーブルージュ港特別訪問の写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Government of Japan - Spring 2017 Conferment of Decorations on Foreign Nationals

On April 29, 2017, the Government of Japan has decided to confer Mr. Jacques Paul Beherman, Managing Director of Park Ragheno and former Director of the Belgium-Japan Association and Chamber of Commerce (BJA) the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contribution to the strengthening of economic relations between Japan and Belgium.

The Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Mr Beherman for this prestigious Decoration.

You can also find this message on the Japanese Embassy’s website:
http://www.be.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/news_170429.html


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Pictures of the 2017 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5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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Pictures of the BJA 2017 Annual General Assembly Meeting

The Pictures of the BJA 2017 Annual General Assembly Meeting are online.
You can see them by clicking on "more"

03月20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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Welcome to our new Sponsor Member

The Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome its new Sponsor Member:

TOSHIBA TEC EUROPE RETAIL INFORMATION & SYSTEM



Pictures of the BJA Tokyo2020 Event

The Pictures of the BJA Event "Tokyo2020 Olympics: meet team Belgium" are online.
You can see them by clicking on "more"

02月23日に開催されました、BJA TOKYO 2020オリンピックに向けて: "チーム・ベルギー"*の講演とベルギーオリンピック選手との交流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 Cocktails Reception
The Pictures of the BJA New Year Cocktails Receptionare online. You can see them by clicking on "more" 01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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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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BJA vision on Belgian corporate tax reform - Position Paper

On the occasion of the 2016 budget control, the Belgian federal government agreed on 9 April 2016 on the principle of a corporate income tax (“CIT”) reform. According to the budget control notifications, the Finance Minister is requested to propose, by 30 September 2016, alternatives to reform the CIT regime, allowing to address the challenges facing the country’s competitive position.

Via the link below you can find our position paper reflecting the concerns and views of Japanese companies doing business in Belgium. This position paper outlines how the BJA Legal & Tax Committee believes – following a consultation with its members, i.e. Japanese MNEs investing in Belgium – the Belgian CIT regime should ideally evolve in order to deal with these challenges and in order to remain competitive for retaining and attracting regional headquarters of (Japanese) MNEs in Belgium.

In order to strengthen the competitiveness of Belgium for retaining and attracting foreign direct investment, the BJA Legal & Tax Committee believes that the strategic focus of the CIT reform should be on realising a significant tax rate reduction in combination with (continued) support of innovation, investment & employment and with a simplification of the CIT regime.

Read all in the document following the link.


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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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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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