JAPAN-NETHERLANDS SOCIETY OF THE KANSAI
JAPAN-NETHERLANDS SOCIETY OF THE KANSAI

Activity Report

Activity Report

The 2018 Annual General Meeting, Lecture & Buffet Party

Date : Monday, 14 May 2018 17:00 - 19:40
Venue : 5th Floor, Chuo Denki Club
Lecturer : Mr. Gerard Theo Michels, Consul-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Osaka
Theme : "Europe and Brexit: a personal view"

At the general meeting, proposals for FY2017 business and financial reports, FY2018 business plans, budget, officer appointments were approved. At the lecture, Consul-General Michels delivered a lecture. The party began with a toast from Consul-General Michels. Participants enjoyed buffet time and excited by the customary lottery.

The 234th Regular Meeting

Date: Wednesday, 11 April, 2018, 18:00 - 20:00
Venue: 38th Floor, Panasonic Tower, Osaka Business Park
Lecturer: Mrs. Kris Schiermeier, Director of the Japan Museum SieboldHuis and Chairman of the Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation
Theme: Japan Museum SieboldHuis past, present and future activities

SieboldHuis in Leiden, the Netherlands not only exhibits the collection brought back by Siebold, but also strives to spread contemporary Japanese art, culture and life to the Netherlands through close collaboration with other museums, cultural instituteons and universities in the Netherlands and Japan, and annual events such as 'Japan Market'. We got a good understanding that SieboldHuis plays a major role in Japanese-Dutch exchange.

The 233rd Regular Meeting

Date: Saturday, 16 September, 2017, 17:00 -
Venue: National Museum of Art, Osaka
Lecturer: Mr. Masahiro Yasugi, the head researcher of the National Museum of Art, Osaka
Theme: Interpretation and Viewing of Bruegel's "The Tower of Babel"

The 233rd Regular Meeting was a great success, with Mr. Gerard Theo Michels, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and his wife; Mr. Yoichi Suzuki, Ambassador in charge of Kansai and his wife; and Dutch members of the Netherlands Society in West Japan in attendance. Mr. Masahiro Yasugi, curator, provided the explanations of "The Tower of Babel," which enabled meeting us to appreciate the masterpiece with a more in-depth understanding of its must-see points. We also fully enjoyed marvelous pieces of art, including Pieter Bruegel I's masterpiece "The Tower of Babel," Jheronimus Bosch's precious oil paintings, and other 16th century Dutch artworks.

The 232nd Regular Meeting

Date: Monday, 26 June, 2017, 18:00 - 20:00
Venue: 38th Floor, Panasonic Tower, Osaka Business Park
Lecturer: Ms. Jeanette A. Taudin Chabot, Interpreter, Coordinator and Writer
Theme: Euthanasia in the Netherlands as Palliative Care

"Euthanasia is not choosing a way to die, but a choice made by people who want to live." Her first words symbolize the status of euthanasia in the Netherlands, meaning that euthanasia fosters a willingness to live a better life. Ms. Jeanette A. Taudin Chabot talked about the features of euthanasia in an easy-to-understand manner: euthanasia is far from a lonely death since patients can engage in deeper dialog with their family and be surrounded by people who understand and feel empathy for them. Following her lecture, the party began with a toast speech by Mr. Gijs van Schayk, Vice Consul, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. As always, members of the Japan-the Netherlands Student Conference joined the event.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting, Lecture & Buffet Party

Date : Wednesday, 10 May, 2017, 17:00 - 20:00
Venue : 5th Floor, Chuo Denki Club
Lecturer : Mr. Koji Takada, Script writer
Theme : My thoughts on the novel "Hydrangea otaksa"

At the general meeting, proposals for FY2016 business and financial reports, FY2017 business plans, budget, officer appointments were approved. At the lecture, Mr. Koji Takada, script writer delivered a lecture. The party began with a toast from Consul General Wols. His wife, Ms. Nene attended JNSK event for the first time. And then the customary lottery was very excited.

The 231st Regular Meeting

Date: Tuesday, 14 February, 2017, 15:00 - 17:15
Venue: Kitahama FORUM <Lecture> / Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Osaka/Kobe <Gathering / buffet>
Lecturer: Mr. Jun Kawakami, Managing Director, OGATA KOUAN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
Theme: Ogata Kouan, Dutch Medicine and the Fight Against Smallpox - Activity of the Small Pox Vaccination House -

We received a lecture on Ogata Kouan and Dutch medicine in the fight against smallpox using smallpox vaccination in Japan in the closing days of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The gathering was held at the new consulate in Kitahama that was moved to last year. Consul General Roderick Wols gave a speech and introduced the members of the consulate, and the representative of the Japanese government, Yoichi Suzuki, ambassador for the Kansai Region, led the toast. The event was attended by seven university students and was a harmonious meeting.

The 230th Regular Meeting

Date: Monday, 17 October, 2016, 18:00 - 20:00
Venue: 38th Floor, Panasonic Tower, Osaka Business Park
Lecturer: Mr. Yoshihiro Sameshima, Visiting Professor, Kagoshima University and Senior Advisor, Satsuma Shuzo Company limited
Theme: Japanese distilled spirit and the Netherlands

"Japanese distilled spirits and the Netherlands"- They don't give you an impression that they have something in common. However, it was interesting to know through the lecture that Satsuma Shochu is actually associated with the Netherland, where gin was originated, and Europe in various ways. Thanks to the generosity of Satsuma Shuzo, we sampled Kannoko Black, a premium shochu that is not available in the market, in the recommended way to enjoy the distilled spirit. The meeting was a good fun with a lot of things going on, and we even had a souvenir to take home.

The 2016 Annual General Meeting, Lecture & Buffet Party

Date : Wednesday, 15 June, 2016, 17:00 - 20:00
Venue : 5th Floor, Chuo Denki Club
Lecturer : H.E. Mr. Aart Jacobi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Japan
Theme : "The EU and its challenge"

At the general meeting, proposals for FY2015 business and financial reports, FY2016 business plans, budget, officer appointments and the setting up a website were approved. At the lecture, Ambassador Aart Jacobi delivered a lecture. The party began with a toast from Consul General Wols. After Mr. Hans Kuijpers, NFIA Executive Director gave an address, and then the customary lottery was very excited.

The 229th Regular Meeting

Date : Tuesday. 7 June, 2016, 18:00 - 20:00
Venue : Hall on the 5th Floor, Chuo Denki Club
Lecturer : Mathilde E. Boon, MD, PhD, FIAC
Theme : Von Siebold and the Art of Microscopy

As 2016 is the 220th year since Von Siebold's birth, we invited Dr. Mathilde E. Boon from Leiden, the Netherlands, a well-known researcher of Von Siebold, as the lecturer.
The meeting is co-hosted by the Japanese Society of Clinical Cytology Osaka Branch, we had good opportunity to promote exchanges among the doctor and the medical personnel.

The 228th Regular Meeting

Date : Monday, 7 March, 2016, 18:00 - 20:00
Venue : Hall on the 5th Floor, Chuo Denki Club
Lecturer : Mr. Gijs van Schayk, Vice Consul, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Theme : Dutch Videogame Industry

In the Netherlands, video games are not just a form of entertainment, but are used to improve physical and mental health, for medical treatment or to improve the skills of physicians. This lecture, which incorporated images, introduced us to the status of the Dutch video game industry.

The 227th Regular Meeting

Date : Tuesday, 17 November, 2015, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue : 3rd/38th Floor, Panasonic Tower, Osaka Business Park
Lecturer : Mr. Katsuhiko Matsumoto, Sales Director, Heineken Kirin K.K.
Theme : Global No.1 premium beer Heineken's attractiveness

Following President Martijn's address, the Society learned about the history of Heineken, which originated in Amsterdam, and, together with some commercials of the company, heard about the beer's attractiveness plus policies for the quality and marketing of Heineken, which is loved in 192 countries worldwide. It was a great day for enjoying Heineken to the full, including a social gathering while drinking Heineken and souvenirs as well.

The 226th Regular Meeting

Date : Thursday, 20 August, 2015, 14:00 - 16:15
Venue : 24th Floor, South Tower Grand Front Osaka
Lecturer : Ms. Kinuko Nagae, Representative, Kinuko Hindeloopen Studio
Theme : "Workshop" Experience in painting on pen tray using the technique of Hindeloopen from the Netherlands traditional culture

Under Ms. Nagae's instruction, both adults and children become fully entranced in Hindeloopen, losing all track of time. They took home the pen trays which they had worked hard on, plus Dutch waffles as souvenirs of the day. After the workshop they visited the Panasonic Center Osaka, and enjoyed a memorable summer's day.

The 2015 Annual General Meeting, Lecture & Buffet Party

Date: Monday, 25 May, 2015, 17:00 - 20:30
Venue : 5th Floor, Chuo Denki Club
Lecturer : Mr. Sadao Honma, Nagasaki Studies Advisor for the Nagasaki Prefectural Government
Theme : "Japan-Netherlands Exchange at the Dejima Dutch Trading Post -Edo Period Dutch interpreters, students studying in Nagasaki and Maruyama, courtesans"

The general meeting had a business report for fiscal 2014, an accounting report, fiscal 2015 business plans and draft budget, plus the proposal and acceptance of officer appointments. Mr. Honma gave a lecture, after which Kansai Ambassador Miwa gave an address, and then the party began with a toast from Consul General Wols. The customary lottery was much enjoyed.