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IJA Annual Dinner 2019 brings together IJA members, friends and supporters

Each year, IJA Annual Dinner brings together our members, friends, and supporters to celebrate and enjoy one of the biggest and most enjoyable events of the year.

The evening began with a reception at The Westbury Hotel, Dublin, followed by speeches by Ms Darina Slattery, IJA Chairperson, H.E. Mrs Mari Miyoshi, Ambassador of Japan in Ireland, Mr Mark Egan, Head of Competitions and Performance, and Ms Catherine Grennell-Whyte, Finnair.

The guests enjoyed a delicious 3-course dinner in the beautiful Grafton Suite which was followed by Prize Giving sponsored by IJA Corporate members – AIB, A&L Goodbody, ANA, Bank of Ireland, Dillon Eustace, KWE Ireland, PM Group, SuMi TRUST, Unique Japan Tours and Yamamori. The Grand Prize this year was 2 return flights to Japan sponsored by Finnair, IJA 2019 Travel Partner.

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We would like to thank everyone who attended the Annual Dinner, our Corporate members for supporting this event and sponsoring amazing prizes. Big thanks to our Patron member – AIB – for continuous support and our Travel Partner – Finnair – for sponsoring the Grand Prize.

Our thanks go to the Dublin School for Japanese Children who made all the beautiful origami decorations for the dinner tables and to Mrs Tomoko Ozaki who created wonderful Ikebana flower arrangements for the event. We are thanking the Embassy of Japan who provided Japanese sake for the event reception, and The Westbury Hotel for hosting our event and providing excellent service before and during the event.

We would like to thank Mr Raymond Hegarty who agreed to undertake MC duties at the event, and our event team – Ms Paula Kelly, Mr Hiro Ino, Mr Donagh Morris and Mr Karl O’Reilly who helped before and after the event, and made sure that everybody can enjoy a wonderful relaxing evening.

Photos: Donagh Morris

 

First Names Group joins IJA as a Corporate member

Ireland Japan Association (IJA) is delighted to welcome professional services provider First Names Group on board IJA as a Corporate member and is looking forward to a long lasting and successful cooperation.

First Names Group is a leading independent provider of corporate, trust, fund and real estate administration services with a network of strategically located offices across the globe, including Dublin and Shannon, Co. Clare.

In Ireland, company focuses on providing corporate services for international clients restructuring their business/organisation or expanding into the Irish and European markets across a range of industry sectors – ICT, pharma, biomedical, manufacturing, aircraft leasing, food and beverage and financial services, among others.

We recognise that one size does not fit all and take the time to understand our clients’ individual needs.

‘We provide a full suite of corporate services to meet those needs, including but not limited to company formation, company secretarial, domiciliation, financial administration and accounting, and HR administration and payroll services. We are director-led, with a clear focus on professional qualifications among employees, with many accountants, lawyers and chartered secretaries providing the necessary experience.’

Above all we are a people business.

If you wish to learn more about First Names Group and services they provide, please visit their website: http://www.firstnames.com/ireland

EU-Japan News – December 2018 Issue Available Now

EU-Japan NEWS is the quarterly newsletter of the EU-Japan Centre launched in 2003 and containing EU-Japan-related news and features on topics of interest to EU and Japan businesses and public bodies.

The newest issue of the December 2018 Newsletter is available now with the EU and Japan related news, partnering opportunities, Enterprise Europe network news and lots of other useful information and links.

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is a unique venture between the European Commission and the Japanese government. It is a non-profit organisation established as an affiliate of the Institute of International Studies and Training (IIST).

It aims at promoting all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Japan and at improving EU and Japanese companies’ competitiveness and cooperation by facilitating exchanges of experience and know-how between EU and Japanese businesses.

You can read full December 2018 Newsletter here!

Grant Thornton joins IJA as a Corporate member

Ireland Japan Association (IJA) is delighted to welcome professional services firm Grant Thornton on board IJA as a Corporate member and is looking forward to a long lasting and successful cooperation.

Grant Thornton Ireland is the fast-growing professional services firm and the Japan Desk has been established in Dublin to deliver services to Japanese companies. Grant Thornton provide assurance, tax, advisory, and especially is focused on BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) services by collaborating across global member firms.

Please follow the link to see Japan Desk brochure here!

Please follow the link to see FAAS brochure here!

If you wish to learn more about Grant Thornton and services they provide, please visit their website: www.grantthornton.ie

Bank of Ireland team wins IJA Golf Outing Cup 2018

Annual IJA Golf Outing took place on 11th October at the stunning Hermitage Golf Course on the banks of the river Liffey.

We would like to thank all the teams who participated in the tournament and send special congratulations to the winners – Bank of Ireland Team!

The list of winners:

1st place & winners of the IJA Golf Cup 2018 – Bank of Ireland Team

  • Dan O’Donnell
  • Liam Marnane
  • Gavin Rylands
  • Ciaran Cash

2nd place – Allied Irish Banks Team

  • Niall Moriarty
  • Aidan Byrne
  • Robert Cooke
  • Kean Gilbert

3rd place – SuMi Trust Team

  • Colm Geary
  • Peter Callaghan
  • Karl McEneff
  • David Carroll

Congratulations also to Uniqe Japan Tours team and Dillon Eustace team for participating in the tournament.

Many thanks to everybody who helped to organize this event, our hosts at the Hermitage golf club and all the participants. Many thanks to KWE Ireland, ANA, Dillon Eustace and BOI for prize sponsorship.

We are looking forward to our Golf Outing 2019 next year!

Reading of Noh drama ‘Between The Stones’ | Dublin

On Sunday, 23rd September, we were delighted to welcome Jannete Cheong, London based poet, writer, designer and curator, and the first British person to write an English-language Noh, to Dublin for an afternoon of reading of new Noh drama ‘Between The Stones’.

Event took place and was hosted by Royal Hibernian Academy, and was attended by IJA members, representatives of Embassy of Japan in Ireland and general public.

It was a great opportunity to everyone interested in Japanese culture and arts to learn about Noh and its development from ‘page to stage’. Event also helped to build new relationships and share ideas and learning through cultural and educational engagement both inside and outside the world of Noh.

Noh is classical Japanese theatre which combines elements of dance, drama, music and poetic text into a highly aesthetic for or art and uses elaborate costumes and exquisitely carved wooden masks.

Review about Dublin event can be found here!

Screenshot: www.betweenstestones.com

IJA would like to thank Jannette Cheong and everyone at the ‘Between The Stones’ project, RHA for hosting this event and everyone who attended. Thank you!

More information about the project: www.betweenthestones.com 

EU-Japan News – October 2018 Issue Available Now

EU-Japan NEWS is the quarterly newsletter of the EU-Japan Centre launched in 2003 and containing EU-Japan-related news and features on topics of interest to EU and Japan businesses and public bodies.

The newest issue of the October 2018 Newsletter is available now with the EU and Japan related news, partnering opportunities, Enterprise Europe network news and lots of other useful information and links.

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is a unique venture between the European Commission and the Japanese government. It is a non-profit organisation established as an affiliate of the Institute of International Studies and Training (IIST).

It aims at promoting all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Japan and at improving EU and Japanese companies’ competitiveness and cooperation by facilitating exchanges of experience and know-how between EU and Japanese businesses.

You can read full October 2018 Newsletter here!

Day trip to Lafcadio Hearn Japanese gardens in Tramore

On 9th September 2018, Ireland Japan Association organised a day trip for its members and friends to Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore, Co. Waterford.

We were happy to see so many IJA members, families and friends joining us and it definitely was a wonderful day spent together outdoors learning about the history of the gardens and exploring its beauty.

The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens are set in the beautiful seaside town of Tramore and reflect the life of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo), who grew up in Ireland, and whose life journey embraced several parts of the world.

Japanese gardens feature many Japanese plants and Japanese architectural features and are a haven of beauty and tranquility for all who visit. You will also find a beautiful traditional Japanese Tea Garden, a Stream Garden, ponds, a waterfall and an extensive woodland area. Children are introduced to these magical gardens through a special children’s discovery trail, secret pathways, woodlands and Lafcadio Hearn’s fairytales and folklore.

After the walk through the gardens, we were treated to a delicious Japanese lunch provided by Yamamori restaurants.

IJA would like to thank everyone who joined us for this amazing trip, everyone at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens for hosting and guiding us through the gardens, and Yamamori Restaurants for providing us with delicious Japanese Bento lunchboxes.

*Information about the gardens from: Lafcadiohearngardens.com

EU-Japan News – June 2018 Issue Available Now

EU-Japan NEWS is the quarterly newsletter of the EU-Japan Centre launched in 2003 and containing EU-Japan-related news and features on topics of interest to EU and Japan businesses and public bodies.

The newest issue of the June 2018 Newsletter is available now with the EU and Japan related news, partnering opportunities, Enterprise Europe network news and lots of other useful information and links.

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is a unique venture between the European Commission and the Japanese government. It is a non-profit organisation established as an affiliate of the Institute of International Studies and Training (IIST).

It aims at promoting all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Japan and at improving EU and Japanese companies’ competitiveness and cooperation by facilitating exchanges of experience and know-how between EU and Japanese businesses.

You can read full Newsletter here!

IJA supports Pieta House and its work

Ireland Japan Association is delighted to announce that this year, after a very successful Annual Dinner event, the IJA Council made a decision to donate all the surplus money – 2,000 euros – that were made from the event tickets, to a selected charity – Pieta House.

Marie Peelo, Pieta House Deputy Director of Fundraising and Advocacy, expressed her gratitude to the IJA for the generous donation: ‘Many thanks for your very generous donation to Pieta House.  We are very grateful for this donation which will save lives.’

Pieta House is a non-profit organisation providing a specialised treatment programme for people who are in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. In 2006, Pieta House opened its doors in Lucan, County Dublin and has grown to almost 270 therapists and administration staff with almost 6,000 people availing of organization’s services on 2016. Pieta House also operates the Suicide Bereavement Counselling centres providing free counselling, therapy and support to individuals, couples, families and children who have been bereaved by suicide. Pieta House also offers a Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service and the Freecall 24/7 suicide helpline.

IJA Annual Dinner 2018 took place on Friday, 16th February at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin and was attended by more than 110 guests – IJA Corporate and Individual members, honorary guests and friends.

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