At the invitation of the Japanese government, a group of 14 Dutchmen and -women, who experienced the Japanese occupation of the former Dutch East-Indies, visited Japan in the framework of the Peace Exchange Programme. On November 18 a reception for this group was held at the Netherlands Residence in Tokyo.
On 26 November 2013 the Embassy organised a seminar at Hosei University in Tokyo about MPS together with MPS Japan. MPS is the international organisation for implementing sustainability in the floriculture business.
3 President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, gave this year's Europe House Lecture in the Hague
In his speech President and Minister of Finance, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, described the Eurozone as a community with solidarity among its members and an understanding of each other’s responsibilities. The euro crisis has put this community to the test. Doubts were raised about member states’ commitment to the rights and obligations within a monetary union. But the Eurozone took its responsibility - it showed significant efforts to help weak members and strengthened fiscal policy legislations at the same time. The work on the future design of the system is ongoing.
Dutch writer Joris Luyendijk visited Japan recently and spoke at Shibaura House with radio presenter Peter Barakan about journalism. Luyendijk gained fame as a critical analyst of his own work as a correspondent in the Middle East (Het zijn net mensen, People Like Us, こうして世界は誤解する) and spent the last two years in London where he documented his “learning curve” of how the financial services industry works in a blog for The Guardian newspaper.
On 8 November the announcement ceremony for the Kamaishi Smart Miffy Café Project took place at the Ambassador’s Residence. The café’s theme will be Miffy, designed by the Dutch artist Dick Bruna. The café is going to be housed inside the Kamaishi City Cultural Exchange Center complex, and is planned to open in the spring of 2015.
Twelve Dutch horticultural companies visited Japan from 20 to 25 October 2013. The trade mission was organized by the Dutch embassy in cooperation with the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion. The delegation was led by Sjaak van der Tak, mayor of Westland municipality, which is famous for having the largest contiguous area of glass greenhouses in the world.
The Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty which regulates the use and emissions of mercury, was signed and adopted in Minamata on Oct. 10 last.
The Embassy organized a “Healthy Ageing Seminar” on Tuesday, 8 October, 2013 at the Embassy and the ANA Intercontinental Hotel. The seminar consisted of a morning and afternoon session, focused on aging from the perspective of life science, medical service and business sector. It aimed to share with the audience innovative and inspiring practices on “Healthy Ageing” as well as to identify possible opportunities for future cooperation between the Netherlands and Japan. More than 100 people from research institutes, academia, government, organizations, care providing operators, NGOs and private companies attended the seminar.
The cooperation between Amsterdam Smart City and Aizu-Wakamatsu was announced on 24 September 2013 and has attracted the attention of the Japanese press. The collaboration which will be further developed in the coming months will include at least an exchange program.
EU Gateway Healthcare and Medical Technologies Exhibition was held in Hilton Tokyo for two days on 1 and 2 October, 2013. Three Dutch medical device manufacturing companies present their products and technologies and had business talks with potential partners.