Would you like to experience the Netherlands and Belgium in Tokyo? Then join the cycle event: Tour de Holland to Flanders, Belgium! This event will take you on a 10 km route, starting from the Dutch embassy and ending at the Belgium embassy, passing by some major sightseeing spots. Participants who finish the course will also have a chance to win the grand prize of KLM airplane tickets to Amsterdam for two. The 5th annual cycling event will be held on Sunday 9 April 2017.
The Dutch agri & food sector has further strengthened its leading position in the world market. In 2016, Agri & Food exports totalled almost 94 billion euros, compared to 90 billion in 2015. Agricultural products accounted for 85 billion euros and agricultural materials, knowledge and technology accounted for 9 billion: a new record. This means the agri & food sector now comprises 22% of total exports. This is shown by provisional figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and Wageningen Economic Research. Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam announced these figures during the opening of International Green Week in Berlin, the largest international agricultural trade exhibition in the world.
The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan (NCCJ) and Holland Alumni Network Japan cordially invite you and your guests to the annual Shinnenkai to be held on Tuesday 24 January. Join them in toasting to a successful 2017 in Japan!
The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam focuses on developing talent in the fine arts. The Rijksakademie selects and facilitates top talent and offer selected artists a platform for further development of their work. Presentation of the work and connections to an international network form a part of the two-year residency program. For many alumni the residency has led to their international breakthrough.
Mid-December during the visit of Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Maarten Camps to Japan the Deshima Business Awards 2016 were held. The award ceremony takes place every other year in Japan and the Netherlands to compliment a respectively Dutch or Japanese company for their efforts.
In recent years the worldwide maritime shipbuilding and offshore structure sector find themselves in dire straits. Orders for new ships have collapsed, the oil price has drastically decreased and ocean freight rates are at a historic low. Despite all this, Japan is looking hard at ways to escape these negative trends. The Netherlands mission in Japan has therefore published a sector report on the shipbuilding and offshore structure building industry in Japan to take a closer look at these efforts.
This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.
We invite you to celebrate the 2 year anniversary of the Holland Alumni Network in Japan on Thursday 15 September 2016. The event features a presentation by Mr. Byron Kidd, cycling expert and founder of TokyoByBike.com, followed by an outdoor reception (if weather permits). We welcome new members who have studied or worked in the Netherlands. Registration will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Please click here for more information.
Agricultural export from the Netherlands topped EUR 81.3bn last year, an all-time record, according to the national statistics office Statistics Netherlands (https://www.cbs.nl/en-gb). In terms of agricultural exports, the Netherlands is second only to the US. Germany ranked third, followed by Brazil and France. With agricultural machinery, fertilizer and other essentials, the total export value attained nearly 90 billion EUR. The agriculture sector accounts for 21% of the entire Dutch commodity exports.
This year the annual agriculture tradeshow Agro-Innovation will take place from Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 December in Tokyo Big Sight. As in recent years the Embassy of the Netherlands will organize a Holland Pavilion for companies interested in exhibiting at this exhibition. Agro-Innovation is a tradeshow for professionals and focusses on the production, processing, logistics and retail of agricultural produce and services.