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.
On March 31 Prof. Klaas Knot, president of De Nederlandsche Bank, the central bank of the Netherlands gave a lecture in Tokyo on the economic outlook for the Euro zone area. The event, organized by the Netherlands Embassy in cooperation with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan, was a great success with some 80 participants from financial, economic and academic fields.
The European Union Delegation to Japan issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission: On 25 March, two executions were carried out in Japan, adding to the twenty one other persons that have been executed since March 2012. The European Union (EU) and its Member States have consistently and repeatedly called on the Japanese authorities to adopt a moratorium on executions, recalling the period of 20 months before March 2012 when no executions in the country took place.
The Ocean Cleanup, which was established by Boyan Slat in 2013 whose mission is to clean the marine plastic litter in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, dispatched a fact finding mission to Indonesia and Japan to study the situations of riverine litter and the measures to prevent plastic litter to reach the oceans. When plastic litter floats out to the Ocean, it is broken into pieces and becomes so called ‘microplastics’ which are toxic to marine organism.
On 31 March The Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo, in cooperation with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan, organizes a lecture by Prof. Klaas Knot, president of De Nederlandse Bank, the central bank of the Netherlands. Prof. Knot will elaborate on the economic outlook of the Eurozone area. The lecture will be introduced by Prof. Sahoko Kaji from Keio University. She will also moderate the Q&A session.
From Thursday 2 to Friday 3 June 2016 the tradeshow Kyushu Agro-Innovation will be held for the second time in the Marine Messe convention hall in Fukuoka, Japan. Unlike its annual counterpart in Tokyo this tradeshow will have a specific focus on the southern Island of Kyushu and the agricultural sector in this region. The Embassy of the Netherlands organizes a Holland pavilion for Dutch agribusiness companies that wish to participate in Kyushu Agro-Innovation.
On 22 February the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Netherlands Consulate-General in Osaka/Kobe, in its capacity as chairman for the EU in the first half of 2016, organized a seminar about the state of play of the FTA negotiations between the EU and Japan. The event was also supported by the Kobe Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as by the French Chamber of Commerce in Japan. The high number of attendees, about 60, both from the local business community, as well as from EU companies based in the Kansai, shows the interest in this very current topic.