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Voices of Support for Japan

BJA New Year Celebration Party
27 January 2020, Monday

BJA New Year Celebration Party
BJA新年会


Monday 27 January 2020
Toyota Motor Europe – Brussels

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トヨタ・モーター・ヨーロッパ



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Pictures of the Bonenkai at the MAS - Exclusive Visit of the "Cool Japan" Exhibition

The Pictures of the Bonenkai at the MAS - Exclusive Visit of the "Cool Japan" Exhibition are online. You can see the pictures by clicking on "more".

11月28日に開催されました、“クールジャパン” 展示会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 BJA vip Luncheon: The Belgium National Hockey Team on its Way to Tokyo 2020

The Pictures of the BJA vip Luncheon: The Belgium National Hockey Team on its Way to Tokyo 2020 are online. You can see the pictures by clicking on "more".

11月21日に開催されました、VIP特別昼食会The Belgium National Hockey Team on its Way to Tokyo 2020の写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Pictures of the Vip Visit to the Future

The Pictures of the Vip Visit to the Future are online. You can see the pictures by clicking on "more".

10月29日に開催されました、Vip Visit to the Futureの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Pictures of the 6th Young Professionals Cross-Chamber Networking Night

The Pictures of the 6th Young Professionals Cross-Chamber Networking Night are online. You can see the pictures by clicking on "more".

10月17日に開催されました、6th Young Professionals Cross-Chamber 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 2019 BJA Golf Cup & Golf Initiation

The Pictures of the 2019 BJA Golf Cup & Golf Initiation are online. You can see the pictures by clicking on "more".

09月14日に開催されました、2019 BJA Golf Cup & Golf Initiation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 Epiq, Nippon Gases, KU Leuven, CNR Music, NEC Europe ltd, Eventeam, Falken Typre Europe.
For more information and contact details, please click on more.

この度、Epiq, Nippon Gases, KU Leuven, CNR Music, NEC Europe ltd, Eventeam並びにFalken Typre Europeが新たに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 BJA Welcomes a new Sponsor Member

We would like to welcome NIPPON GASES BELGIUM NV as new Sponsor Member of the Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce.

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Job offers
人材募集

Please have a look at the latest job offers from Daikin Europe, BE Welcome,...Interested? Click on more.



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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games ticket sales

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (July 24th until August 9th 2020) are fast approaching, performance, innovation, emotion and the discovery of a unique culture will be at the heart of the greatest sporting event in the world.

As the official and exclusive agency of the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee, EVENTEAM is your only official access to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for Belgium.

EVENTEAM is a member of the BJA since 2019 and official agency for major events such as Roland Garros, F1, the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, which will be a first expertise in the Nippon country.

EVENTEAM allows you to live this experience thanks to a 100% customizable offer available. The ticket sales started Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 10 am on www.eventeam.be/tokyo2020.

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Pictures of the Kaiseki Workshop

The pictures of the Kaiseki Workshop are online. You can see the pictures by clicking on "more".

05月19日に開催されました、「会席・懐石 料理」ワークショップの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Pictures of the Exclusive Visit to Kaneka Belgium

The pictures of the Exclusive Visit to Kaneka Belgium are online. You can see the pictures by clicking on "more".

05月9日に開催されました、カネカベルギ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 2019 Security Seminar are online. You can see the pictures by clicking on "more".

04月19日に開催されました、第7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 #Yes2Belgium Election Debate

The Pictures of the #Yes2Belgium Election Debate are online. You can see the pictures by clicking on "more".

04月03日に開催されました、#Yes2Belgium Election Debate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

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

03月19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 BJA Seminar: Brexit – Are We Ready?

The Pictures of the BJA Seminar: Brexit – Are We Ready? are online. You can see the pictures by clicking on "more".

03月12日に開催されました、BJA セミナーBrexit – Are We Ready?の写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Pictures of the EU-Japan Trade Agreement Seminar

The Pictures of the EU-Japan Trade Agreement Seminar are online. You can see the pictures by clicking on "more".

02月28日に開催されました、EU-Japan Trade Agreement Seminar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

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

01月21日に開催されました、BJA New Year Cocktailの写真はこちらのリンクからどうぞ。

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Entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement


On the First of February the long awaited EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force.

The Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce is convinced this new agreement will further strengthen the economic relations and friendship between Belgium and Japan.

For more information, click on more.

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European Commission adopts adequacy decision on Japan, creating the world's largest area of safe data flows

The European Commission has adopted on the 23rd of January its adequacy decision on Japan, allowing personal data to flow freely between the two economies on the basis of strong protection guarantees.

For more information, click here

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The BJA Welcomes a new Sponsor Member

We would like to welcome TOKAI OPTECS NV as new Sponsor Member of the Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce.

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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.



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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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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ベルギー進出日系企業の状況 -20社の事例- 2006年版
ベルギー進出日系企業の状況 -20社の事例- 2006年版が出版されました。ご興味の方はオンラインでオーダーできます。詳しくはこちらの'more...'をクリックしてください。

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