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Visit by the Flemish Minister for Economic Affairs, Jaak Gabriëls, to Tokyo

From 2-5 June 2002 an official Belgian delegation, consisting of the Crown Prince Filip, Princess Matilda and 5 ministers, visited Japan. Their aim was not only to support the national football team during its first match in the 2002 World Cup against host country Japan on 4 June, but also to promote Belgium as a country, in all its many aspects.

As part of the promotion of Flanders, FFIO Japan organized a press meeting on Monday 3 June 2002 in Hotel New Otani in Tokyo. With Jaak Gabriëls (Flemish Minister for Economy, Foreign Trade and Housing) in attendance, the press meeting was opened with a presentation of Flanders and its economic landscape. This was followed by a speech from Minister Gabriëls, in which he outlined the most recent trends in the economic thinking of the regional government in Flanders. The highlight of the meeting was undoubtedly the signing of an agreement between the Flemish research centre IMEC and the Japanese consortium of semiconductor manufacturers STARC. The object of the agreement is the joint development of new “systems-on-chip” design methods.

32 Japanese and 5 Belgian journalists attended the press meeting and the business reception which followed it. Within two days at least 15 articles on the meeting and its ramifications had already appeared in the Belgian and Japanese press.

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13 June 2002

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