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EU-Japan News | June 2019 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 2019 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 June 2019 Newsletter here!

Fexco joins IJA as a Corporate member

Ireland Japan Association (IJA) is delighted to welcome  financial and business solutions provider Fexco on board IJA as a Corporate member and is looking forward to a long lasting and successful cooperation.

Fexco is Ireland’s most successful multinational financial and business solutions provider, with operations in 29 countries worldwide.

Founded and headquartered in Ireland in 1981, Fexco employs more than 2,300 people across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America, Latin America and Australasia.

For thirty six years, Fexco has been driven by an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit. This ethos has brought the company to new regions and industries of growth, connecting customers with exciting new opportunities. Through its strategic commitment to innovation, project delivery and customer service, Fexco has built a global network of partners and customers and is an internationally admired and respected organisation.

Fexco enables customers, companies and economies to unlock their potential in financial transaction services and business solutions and is pursuing an ambitious domestic and international growth strategy.

Fexco serves some of the world’s biggest brands across multiple industries through a wide range of innovative products and services, including Dynamic Currency Conversion, Bank to Bank Transfers, Retail FX, Managed Business Solutions and Tax Free Retail Services.

If you wish to learn more about Fexco and services they provide, please visit their website: https://fexco.com

Business and Economic Briefing | 29 May 2019

Hosted by SMBC Bank EU AG at their Dublin office, and in partnership with  JETRO London and Ireland Japan Association, the Business and Economic Briefing took place on Wednesday, 29th May 2019.

The briefing was designed to provide attendees with latest insights into Japan-EU relationship, current economic situation and business opportunities.

Presentation ‘Japan-EU Relationship, Economic Outlook & Business Opportunities’  was given by Takumi Fujino, Director General, JETRO London. In his presentation he reviewed Japan-EU EPA and its advantages, improvements to the market between EU and Japan as well as investment and development opportunities.

With a better environment for investment in EU as a result of the Japan-EU EPA, more and more Japanese companies are planning to expand business cooperation in the EU.

Satoshi Okagawa, SMBC Senior Global Markets Analyst, and Sujin Lim, Vice President, SMBC Bank EU AG, Treasury Department introduced attendees to presentation ‘European Crisis Again?’ providing great insight into current situation of the global economy, financial market trends and development.

Briefing was followed by informal networking and refreshments.

We would like to thank all guest speakers, attendees of the briefing and SMBC Bank EU AG for their support and hosting this event in Dublin.

Photos: SMBC Bank EU AG

The Killester Travel group joins IJA as a Corporate member

Ireland Japan Association (IJA) is delighted to welcome The Killester Travel group on board IJA as a Corporate member and is looking forward to a long lasting and successful cooperation.

The Killester Travel group have been at the forefront of Business, Sport and Leisure Travel for more than three decades. Since it was established in 1977 the company has grown to become one of Ireland’s leading Travel and Sports event companies.

The Killester Travel group consists of Theflyinggolfer.com , Munster Sports Travel, Leinster Sports Travel, Ulster Sports Travel, Kerry Sports Travel.

As official carrier to both the Ulster and Munster rugby teams we are in a position to provide a full range of supporter and corporate rugby packages to all Heineken Cup and Rabo Direct league games.

We also have an official allocation of tickets for Croke Park, Thomond Park, RDS and the new Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road and offer a range of quality corporate hospitality and supporter packages for both home and away games in the 6 Nations Championship, Autumn Internationals and World cup tournaments.

Theflyinggolfer.com golfing holidays section boasts a thirty-five year track record for quality driven corporate and leisure golf tours and travel on every continent and continue to search out and develop new destinations and innovative golf tours.

The Killester Travel also have a full selection of Sun, Ski and Cruise holidays for individuals, groups and families.

If you wish to learn more about The Killester Travel group and services they provide, please visit their website: https://www.killestertravel.com

Read the Tokyo Journal for FREE | Exclusive to the IJA Members only

We are delighted to let you know that we have secured an exclusive opportunity for the IJA members to have full access to the digital version of the Tokyo Journal, one of the oldest English magazines from Japan sold across bookstores in Japan and internationally.

If you are a Corporate or Individual member of the IJA and would like to get free access to the quarterly issue of the Tokyo Journal, please contact us by email: info@ija.ie and we will send you log-in details to access the newest issue online.

The magazine was established in 1981 and since the early ’80s, it has been distributed in major bookstores throughout Japan as well as internationally. For over three decades, the Tokyo Journal has provided a glimpse into Japanese culture, all sectors of life and styles, entertainment, and events, often through the eyes of those who have travelled and lived there.

In 2017, Tokyo Journal received the Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Travel and Tourism’s Japan Travel Agency Commissioner’s Award.

 

 

IJA Annual General Meeting 2019 | Review

The 29th Annual General Meeting for the Ireland Japan Association took place on Wednesday, 20th March 2019 the AIB Bankcentre, Dublin.

During her speech, Darina Slattery, IJA Chairperson, thanked the outgoing Council members for their work, participation and team effort throughout the past year, Embassy of Japan for continuous support to the IJA, and everyone who attended the AGM.

Darina Slattery noted that 2018 was a very busy year for the IJA – 20 business and culture events were organized throughout the past year (16 events in 2018 and 4 events in 2019), including Origami and Ikebana workshops, four Japanese language courses, Mrs. Ushioda’s book launch celebration, Social night and Student membership launch, Business briefings in cooperation with the IJA Corporate members, trips to Japanese gardens in Tramore and Christmas experience in Causey farm, IJA Annual Dinner, Annual Golf Outing, Bilingual language seminar, Japanese Noh ‘Between the Stones’ workshops and Bounenkai celebration at the end of the year.

IJA also supported five organizations with donations in 2018: Dublin School for Japanese Children (DSJC), Experience Japan festival in Dublin, Japanese Film Festival, 16th Japanese Speech Contest and Pieta House.

Darina Slattery informed that IJA member’s network has 35 corporate members and 44 individual members. Two new corporate members have recently joined the IJA – Grant Thornton Ireland and First Names Group. Darina Slattery thanked AIB for continuous support and decision to remain as a Patron member for 2019.

Summary of IJA Financial Statements for 2018 was given to the AGM attendees, membership subscription fees were approved for 2019/2020 and the new IJA Council members were announced.

Darina Slattery thanked Karl O’Reilly (KWE Ireland) and Brian Marconi (JTI Ireland) for their work at the IJA Council in the past years. Both have stepped down at the AGM after three years of service at the IJA Council. Darina Slattery welcomed two new Council members – Verity Swan who will represent IJA Individual members and Tsugumi Yamamoto (Grant Thornton Ireland) who will represent Corporate members at the IJA Council in 2019.

The newly elected IJA Council for 2019:

  1. Darina Slattery, Unique Japan Tours (Chairperson)
  2. Yasuyuki Ozeki, JETRO (Vice-Chairperson)
  3. Donagh Morris, Individual Member
  4. Hiro Ino, Individual Member
  5. Paula Kelly, Individual Member
  6. Raymond Hegarty, Individual Member
  7. Verity Swan, Individual Member
  8. Eoghan Howe, BOI Corporate Banking
  9. Graham Ryan, Yamamori
  10. Neil Maher, Mitsubishi Electric
  11. Niall Moriarty, AIB Corporate Banking
  12. Shane Geraghty, Dillon Eustace
  13. Tsugumi Yamamoto, Grant Thornton Ireland

 

EU-Japan News – March 2019 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 March 2019 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 March 2019 Newsletter here!

Welcome to the 17th Japanese Speech Contest in Ireland

In order to encourage and promote Japanese language education in Ireland, JLTI and the Embassy of Japan in Ireland jointly host an annual Japanese speech contest.

This year the 17th Japanese Speech Contest will be held on Saturday, 9th March at the UCD, Dublin.

Date: Saturday, 9th March 2019
Time: 1 p.m.
Venue: William Fry Theatre, Sutherland School of Law, UCD, Dublin 4

Please see the invitation to IJA members here!

Everybody is welcome and if you are interested to attend, please see event timetable and map here!

The event is supported by The Japan Foundation, The Japan Business Society in Ireland, Department of Education and Science, Unique Japan Tours and IJA.

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!

Events

Survival Japanese Language Course – August/September 2019

**ONLY A FEW PLACES REMAINING**

Are you planning a trip to Japan? Would you like to improve your Japanese language skills? Then why not sign up for our Survival Japanese Language Course which will provide you with essential language knowledge and useful tips that will allow you to enjoy your visit to Japan even more!

Date: starting on Thursday, 15th August 2019
* 1st class – 15th August
* 2nd class – 22nd August
* 3rd class – 29th August
* 4th class – 5th September
Time: 6.30 – 8 p.m (1.5h)
Venue: Dillon Eustace, 33 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2

Cost:
* €80 (IJA members)
* €120 (non-members)

Spaces are limited and early booking is advised.

The Survival Japanese Course will focus on practical conversations and will cover these situations:
* How to introduce yourself to a Japanese person
* How to order at a restaurant and at a bar
* How to ask for directions
* How to express your interests, preferences, gratitude, etc.

Participants with very little or no previous knowledge of Japanese are welcome.
All materials and handouts will be provided and are included in the price. Class size is kept relatively small and participants will have the opportunity to interact a lot with the teacher and fellow students.

To book your place, please RSVP by Friday, 8th August 2019 by email: info@ija.ie, or call: 01-6787008.
Please note that cancellations should be made at least 48 hours in advance.

 

 

 

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IJA Annual Golf Outing 2019

 

Ireland Japan Association would like to invite you to our Annual Golf Outing that will be held on Thursday, 27th June at the beautiful Castle Golf Club in Rathfarnham, Dublin.

Get your teams ready and clean your clubs for an amazing day of golf, networking, and great food & atmosphere at the stunning Castle Golf Course, Dublin.

Date: Thursday, 27th June 2019
Time: 2 p.m.
Venue: Castle Golf Club, Woodside Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14

Tickets:
* Price per team of 4 (including dinner): €500 members | €560 non-members
* Individual price (including dinner): €130 members | €150 non-members
* Dinner only: €50

Plan of the day:
* Arrival from 1.30 p.m.
* First tee time at 2 p.m. (slots after that will be allocated on first come basis).
* Dinner & Prize Giving from 7.30 p.m.

To book tickets, please RSVP by Monday, 17th June by email: info@ija.ie or call 01-6787008.

Event is organized by:

 

RWC Travel and Culture Day

We are excited to have teamed up with Killester Travel and Unique Japan Tours, and would like to invite you to Rugby World Cup Travel and Culture Day on Saturday, 22nd June at the beautiful Irish National Stud & Gardens, Co. Kildare.

If you are planning to travel to Japan for the Rugby World Cup this September and want to be ready to enjoy the tournament, and at the same time experience the best of the vibrant and rich Japanese culture, you should join our one-stop-shop event to find out all the necessary information about Japan. You will have a unique opportunity to meet a team of Japan experts for your upcoming Rugby World Cup trip.

Date: Saturday, 22 June 2019
Time: 11 a.m.
Venue: The Irish National Stud & Gardens, Co. Kildare
Tickets: €15

Event includes:
11:00 – 12:00 Rugby World Cup Travel Update followed by Q&A
12:00 – 12:30 Japanese Etiquette, Language & Culture Talk
12:30 – 13:15 Sushi Making Demonstration
13:15 – 14:00 Japanese Box Lunch (Bento)
14:15 – 15:15 Tour of Japanese Gardens

Tickets are on sale now and can be booked here: https://www.rugbytravel.ie/listings/japan-event-day/
*Places are limited so please book your ticket as soon as possible!

Event is organized by Killester Travel and Unique Japan Tours.
Event is supported by Ireland Japan Association, JNTO, Yamamori, Finnair and Cathay Pacific.