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Interview with Raymond Hegarty, IJA Chairperson | 2022 Ireland Report for The Japan Times

We are delighted and very proud that the 2022 Ireland Report for The Japan Times features an interview with Raymond Hegarty, IJA Chairperson. You can read the full interview with Raymond Hegarty here: https://sms-bridges.com/encouraging-connections/
Founded in 1897, The Japan Times is Japan’s largest and oldest English-language daily newspaper with headquarters in Tokyo.

This interview was prepared in cooperation with media specialists SMS Bridges. Bridges is a digital business and lifestyle magazine for high-level Japanese executives, global business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs.


IJA Bounenkai End of Year Party 2021 | Photo Gallery

On 2nd December the IJA members, friends, and supporters came together to celebrate and enjoy one of the most exciting cultural events and celebrations of the year – IJA Bounenkai End of Year Party with Sake reception and delicious Japanese dinner taking place at Yamamori Sushi, Dublin.

Eddie Hughes, IJA Council, welcomed everyone to the event and shared a message from Raymond Hegarty, IJA Chairperson:

Bounenkai – the Japanese traditional year end party is a way to close off the year with friends and colleagues and get ready to welcome a new year. The word Bounenkai literally means ‘a gathering to forget the year’ – to put the troubles of the year behind you and face the future.

This echoes traditional celebrations dating back to 16th century Japan, when the Samurai lords would gather in late December for a day of cultural activities such as writing and reciting poetry. In the evening they would celebrate with a large banquet.

We do not expect much poetry to be written tonight, but we do hope that you enjoy each other’s company at the sake reception and during the meal.

Thank you for supporting the IJA this year. I wish you all the best for this evening and for the end of the year. I look forward to seeing you all again in 2022. – Raymond Hegarty, IJA Chairperson

Colly Murray, RetroVino

Event guests had a wonderful opportunity to taste traditional Japanese Sake drinks, including premium Junmai Sake, accompanied by a short presentation on Sake history and culture by Colly Murray, RetroVino followed by a delicious dinner at Yamamori Sushi restaurant.
We would like to thank everyone  – our individual and corporate members as well as friends and supporters who attended this event. We appreciate your continued support to the IJA throughout this year.
A very big thanks goes to Colly Murray, RetroVino, for sharing his passion and knowledge about Japanese Sake, to Graham Ryan and his team, Yamamori Restaurants, for hosting our event and making sure everyone had the best time, and last but not least – to Eddie Hughes, IJA Council, for his time, support and help to make this event such a great success.

Note: Please note that during this event the IJA followed and complied with the health and safety recommendations and restaurant policy.

Photos: Eddie Hughes

Tokyo Olympics: The Countdown | Online Talk

Join us to celebrate #TeamIreland, our amazing athletes and this year’s Olympic Games in Japan at the pre-departure online talk ‘Tokyo Olympics: The Countdown’ on 30th June at 11 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, 30th June 2021
Time: 11 a.m.
Online Talk: Event will take place on Zoom
Registration: Please RSVP by email: info@ija.ie by Monday, 28th June. Login details will be sent to all registered participants via email.

Special Guests:

Moderator: Raymond Hegarty, IJA Chairperson

The Tokyo Olympic Games will take place from 23rd July to 8th August 2021. Team Ireland secured 52 athlete spots at the Tokyo Olympics to date, with one official athlete selection made. 205 nations and approx. 10k athletes will participate in Olympic Games this year. In total, the Tokyo Games will feature 339 events across 33 sports.

This event is organised in association with Bridgestone, Worldwide Olympic Partner.

New business opportunities with Japan and Ireland | Online Business Briefing

We are excited to have teamed up with JETRO and Bank of Ireland, and would like to invite you to an online business briefing New business opportunities with Japan and Ireland’ which will take place on Wednesday, 18th November at 11 a.m.

Join our panel of experts as they discuss the current situation of economy and business environment, political agenda, and the business opportunities between Ireland and Japan.

Date: Wednesday, 18th November 2020
Time: 11 AM
Registration: This webinar is free of charge and open to the IJA members and non members. Prior registration is required by Monday, 16th November via email: info@ija.ie. Login details will be sent to all registered participants before the event.


  • Loretta O’Sullivan, Group Chief Economist, Bank of Ireland

‘Update on the Irish economy’ – Dr O’Sullivan will discuss recent economic developments in Ireland and share some insights from the Bank of Ireland sentiment tracker on the business environment.

  • Naritaka Nakaishi, Director General, JETRO London

‘The current situation and political agenda of Japanese economy’ –  Mr. Nakaishi will give the updates on current situation of Japanese economy and political agenda, improvements of business environment, business opportunities with Japan, and JETRO support for Irish companies.


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