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.
This year on May 8th 2016 the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will be represented again at the annual Tokyo Rainbow Pride to support the rights of the: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community. We will represent the Netherlands on May 8th 2016 in Yoyogi Park with a booth together with Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the EU. We will take this opportunity to spark up more awareness for the rights of the LGBT community in Japan and share information about our own policy. Besides from the information that will be available at our booth, there will also be a DJ and a Twitter contest that you can enter in order to win unique prizes!
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan and RANGEMU, a foundation that aims to improve the connection between the Dutch and Japanese videogame industries, are calling for innovative, growing Dutch game companies, knowledge institutes and governmental organizations that are interested in exploring business opportunities in Japan. They are invited to join a program that includes participation in the Holland Pavilion at the Tokyo Game Show 2016 (TGS2016), the largest game show in Asia, business matchmaking sessions and several other side events.
The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan (NCCJ) recently announced the launch of the 2016 Deshima Business Awards. Established in 2000, the 2016 Deshima Business Awards will be granted by the NCCJ, with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in recognition of Dutch companies demonstrating impressive achievements in successful business development in the Japanese market.
Japanese Startups and Venture Capital companies are invited to join Startup Fest Europe! Startup Fest Europe is a weeklong festival of events throughout the Netherlands, which will bring together international founders, renowned investors, business leaders and developers around specific themes such as Water, Energy, High Tech, Food and Agriculture, and Health. Startup Fest Europe will be a unifier and connector for startups and a great way to show the world that Europe is a thriving continent of startups and innovation.