The Netherlands is not only known for its flowers and flower bulbs, but also for its flower design. Dutch floral design is held in high regard throughout the world, but definitely also in Japan.
The Embassy of the Netherlands and the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion (NCH) are organising a horticulture trade mission to Japan from 20 to October 25, 2013. The mission is intended for the Dutch horticultural industry in the broadest sense of the word.
On July 16, Netherlands Ambassador Mr. Radinck van Vollenhoven and his wife, Beatrice van Vollenhoven, paid a visit to the Onagawa Elementary School in the Miyagi prefecture to attend the "Atatakai Kokoro Project" organized by Dutch Floral Design Academy "Dorien Flower School".
One of the major structural problems in Dutch agriculture after the Second World War was the fragmentation of land holdings. Land consolidation was an important instrument to tackle this problem. Land consolidation was carried out throughout the 20th century. However, only after World War II, substantial land consolidation really started in the framework of integrated land development projects.
On July 10, 25 students from Waseda University and Tokyo University were invited to the Netherlands Residence in Tokyo for the award ceremony of the Netherlands Embassy Human Rights Essay Contest. The theme of this year’s competition was the death penalty in Japan.
The “Johannis de Rijke Symposium” was held by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 5 July 2013 to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of his death. De Rijke worked in Japan for 30 years to improve Japanese water management, rivers, dams and ports.
On 2 July 2013 the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union to Japan organized a seminar regarding the approval procedures for food and feed additives and food enzymes in Japan and the European Union.
On 26 June 2013 the European Union has reached an agreement on a far-reaching reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Because EU policies on agriculture and rural development are leading at national level, this reform is of great importance to the Dutch agriculture.