Successful visit of Minister Verhagen to Japan
From February 21 till February 23 2012, the Dutch Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economy, Agriculture and Innovation, visited Japan. During his stay, Minister Verhagen met with his counterparts as well as Dutch and Japanese companies.
Directly after his arrival, Minister Verhagen had a meeting with representatives of Dutch companies in Japan. During the lunch, the Dutch business representatives briefed Minister Verhagen on the Japanese business environment and other current issues. Later that day Minister Verhagen had a meeting with Minister Edano (Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry) and Minister Kano (Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries). During both meetings Minister Verhagen and his counterparts discussed strengthening of the bilateral relationship between the Netherlands and Japan.
During the second day of his visit, Minister Verhagen gave a key note speech at the Life Sciences Seminar. The main theme of his opening address was the new Dutch Top Sector Policy; Healthcare and Life Sciences is one of the nine priority sectors in the Netherlands.
Over lunch, Minister Verhagen met with energy experts and discussed the challenges Japan faces with regards to the energy mix and energy security. Japan is one of the largest investors in the Netherlands and in the afternoon Minister Verhagen met with CEOs of Japanese companies that have investments in the Netherlands. In the evening Minister Verhagen attended a buffet dinner with representatives of Japanese and Dutch companies and academia from the nine top sectors (more information, in Dutch, on the Top Sector Policy can be found here).
More information on the visit of Minister Verhagen is available (in Dutch) on the website of the Dutch Government: