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Voices of Support for Japan

The New Belgian Companies and Associations Code: practical consequences for Japanese businesses
27 September 2018, Thursday

BJA SEMINAR

The New Belgian Companies and Associations Code: practical consequences for Japanese businesses
New Belgian Companies and Associations Code:日本企業への影響

Thursday 27 September 2018 - Linklaters LLP, Brussels
2018年9月27日(木)- Linklaters LLP, Brussels

 



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EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement Seminar
3 October 2018, Wednesday

The BJA is inviting you to an in-depth seminar on the EU-Japan EPA and its consequences for Belgian companies, organized by AWEX, BI&E and FIT.

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Friendship Committee Event - Official Opening of the Chrysanthemum Festival in the Japanese Garden of Hasselt
12 October 2018, Friday

The BJA Friendship Committee is happy to invite you to the official opening of the Chrysanthemum Festival 'Sensei Senses' in the Japanese Garden of Hasselt, in presence of the Mayor of Hasselt Nadja Vananroye and the Alderman for Culture and Tourism Karolien Mondelaers. Floral artist Tom De Houwer will provide the City of Hasselt with beautiful chrysanthemum designs, spread across the Japanese Garden. The same night the ikebana exhibition by Ikenobo Holland Chapter will be opened in the glass pavilion of the garden.

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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 Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Brussels branch EU-Japan Consulting Services
For more information and contact details, please click on more.

この度、Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Brussels branchびにEU-Japan Consulting Service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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The Pictures of the YES XI Second Briefing Session

The Pictures of the YES XI Second Briefing Session are online. You can see them by clicking on "more".

09月04日に開催されました、YES XI Second Briefing Sessionの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Join the BJA now and get 4 months extra for free!

If you decide to join the BJA for the year 2019 today, your membership will also include the rest of 2018, so 4 months for free!

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Job offers at BJA members
人材募集

Please have a look at the latest job offers from Nippon Express, Toyota Boshoku Europe, Yamabiko, MUFG Bank,...Interested? Click on more.

只今Nippon Express, Toyota Boshoku Europe, Yamabiko, MUFG Bank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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17 July 2018 - EU-Japan EPA signed in Tokyo

The EU and Japan have signed an unprecedented free trade agreement which will create one of the world's largest trading blocs.
Japan's Prime Minister Abe met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk in Tokyo on Tuesday 17 July 2018 to sign the EPA at the 25th EU-Japan Summit.
The result of four years of negotiation, the EPA was finalized in late 2017 and is expected to come into force by the end of the current mandate of the European Commission in autumn 2019. The EU has called the agreement "highly ambitious and comprehensive." The total trade volume of goods and services between the EU and Japan is €86 billion.



The Pictures of the YES XI First Briefing Session

The Pictures of the YES XI First Briefing Session are online. You can see them by clicking on "more".

06月26日に開催されました、YES XI First Briefing Session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 Tasting Of ANA Catering & Visit Of The ANA B787 Dreamliner

The Pictures of the BJA Exclusive Tasting Of ANA Catering & Visit Of The ANA B787 Dreamliner are online. You can see them by clicking on "more".

06月21日に開催されました、BJA ANA B787ドリームライナー機内見学及びビジネスクラス機内食試食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 Business Luncheon with Secretary of State Pieter De Crem

The Pictures of the BJA Exclusive Business Luncheon The EU-Japan EPA - a Belgian perspective. A conversation with Secretary of State Pieter De Crem are online. You can see them by clicking on "more".

06月07日に開催されました、BJA 特別昼食会 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 to AGC Technovation Center

The Pictures of the BJA Exclusive Visit to AGC Technovation Center are online. You can see them by clicking on "more".

05月31日に開催されました、AGC テクノベーション・センター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 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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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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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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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



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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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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