Three Dutch companies will visit Japan to participate in the EU Gateway Programme and present themselves at the two-day Exhibition from 5 to 6 February 2013 in Hilton Shinjuku.
Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem, 46, has been appointed president of the Eurogroup, the informal administrative body of the states of the Eurozone. ‘It’s a great honour for me to be given this job, particularly in these difficult economic times for the eurozone.’
“The Dutch Integrated Approach in Kamaishi Smart Work Week” will take place in Kamaishi City on 25th, 26th and in Tokyo on 29th January next. Kamaishi City and its surroundings were seriously damaged by the triple disaster that hit Japan on 11 March 2011. A reconstruction plan has been drafted by the municipality of Kamaishi City. The possible realization of the plan is currently being discussed with local residents and local experts.
‘For the Netherlands, Worldwide’ is the title of the annual conference which brings together Dutch ambassadors and consuls general in The Hague for a programme addressing current international themes and policy questions. There are many challenges, so an ambitious approach is called for. ‘The Netherlands must provide excellent service, both when it comes to promoting trade and performing consular tasks,’ said foreign minister Frans Timmermans.
The residence of the ambassador has been used as the location for a mystery program to be broadcast on the Japanese public television channel, NHK, on Thursday 17 January 20:00hr. The title of the program is 'Mystery House - who is the best detective?' and features the residence as a manor in which all kinds of mysteries are presented to the guests, four famous Japanese actors and comedians, who go around the location solving these mysteries.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is inviting companies specialised in operating as External Service Providers to register their interest in a contract to assist Dutch foreign missions with the handling of visa applications and other consular services. This includes the recording of biometric data, data entry and scanning of supplementary documentation relating to applications.
On 21 December Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States released a joint statement calling on all involved to refrain from lethal activities during the whaling season in accordance with international rules. The countries also declare that they remain resolutely opposed to commercial whaling, including so-called scientific whaling. The countries will continue to strive for the conservation of whales worldwide and support the International Whaling Commission’s moratorium on commercial whaling.
Today, on 10 December, we celebrate Human Rights Day. Standing up for Human Rights, democracy and the rule of law is the silver thread that runs through EU external relations.
With Dutch funds and Japanese expertise works to preserve the tombstones of the old Dutch East-India Company cemetery in Nagasaki have recently started. Many stones are significantly affected by the ravages of time and some of them were in danger of becoming completely unreadable.
On Nov 28th, a so-called Cleveringa Lecture was held in Osaka on “Chemistry for Sustainable Energy”. Two professors, one from the Netherlands and one from Japan, gave lectures on the role chemistry can play for sustainable energy. The seminar was organized by Leiden University and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Osaka.