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Word of the Chairman

Japan and the Netherlands share a history of an exceptional friendly relationship for more than 400 years. In the recent decades the Netherlands have actively appealed to their attractive business environment and successfully attracted over 400 Japanese companies and 9,000 Japanese people to establish their bases and homes on Dutch soil.

The Japan Festival, which aims to further strengthen the ties between Japan and the Netherlands, has undergone a complete renewal in 2016. This autumn on Sunday, November 8, on the grand square of the Amstelveen Shopping Centre, Japan Festival 2020 invites you to come and experience the entertaining programs designed by the locals for the local families and friends, young and old, of all nationalities, introducing Japanese food and culture, several workshops and stage performances.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the municipalities of Amsterdam and Amstelveen, Amsterdam Inbusiness, the Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands and many Dutch and Japanese companies for supporting the objectives of Japan Festival 2018 and continually extending their generous cooperation.

Let’s make this year’s Japan Festival a success again to keep this a yearly event!

Hiroyuki Muromachi
Chairman of the Japan Festival Foundation