Ambassador Lunch with the Japanese Ambassador to Belgium, H.E. Mr Hajime Hayashi

The Japanese economy – the third largest economy in the world – grew at a quicker rate in the first quarter of 2017 than in the preceding ten years. This should come as no surprise as consumer confidence has slowly returned and higher government spending and private sector investment have incited further growth.

A stronger than expected economic expansion, a return of consumer confidence and a historically low interest rate are the ingredients for continuing economic growth and trust in the future. And they also provide for new opportunities in the land of the rising sun, across a range of sectors: biotech and pharma, food, nanotechnology, ICT and automotive engineering.

In order to find out what’s possible, and where the best opportunities lie, the Brussels Diplomatic Academy of the VUB, Voka Metropolitan and Voka Vlaams-Brabant are organising an Ambassador Lunch.

The Japanese Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Hajime Hayashi, will tell you everything you need to know about the Japanese market and the commercial and investment opportunities it offers your company.



  • 11.30 Arrival and welcome drink
  • 11.45 Introduction by Hans Maertens, CEO Voka vzw
  • 11.50 Starter
  • 12.15 Presentation by Ambassador H.E. Mr. Hajime Hayashi
  • 12.45 Main course
  • 13.15 Q&A
  • 13.30 ‘Networking’ Dessert


Target Audience:

This lunch is an absolute must for any entrepreneur wanting to know more about this third largest economy in the world (after the US and China), whether they are already doing business there and wishing to discuss this with fellow entrepreneurs, or looking for multiple business opportunities and wanting to hear about them first hand from the ambassador.


Practical information:

110€ excl. VAT for Voka and BDA members
165€ excl. VAT for non-members

VOKA Metropolitan
Koningsstraat 154-158
1000 Brussel

Wednesday the 22nd of November 2017

11.30 to 14.00

Parking facilities:
Besix-parking Royal. (De Lignestraat 27)


Registration is possible via the online inschrijvingsformulier or via


Further information:
Jan Van Doren – Voka Metropolitan Tel: 02 229 81 29 or via