Japanese companies in Amsterdam

Japan and the Netherlands share 400 years of history of friendship. Over the past few decades, the Netherlands has actively appealed to Japan's attractive business ecosystem, successfully attracting more than 350 Japanese companies and 7,500 Japanese people to establish their bases and homes on Dutch soil.

Home to Japanese companies such as HitachiYakult, Canon, Yamaha and Mitsubishi, and with the Japanese expat community one of the biggest in the Amsterdam Area, you can always rely on dedicated Japanese-speaking service providers to help your business, such as tax advisers, estate agents and employment lawyers. The fact that the Japanese community in Amsterdam is so large also means that there are many services and locations tailored to Japanese expats, such as dedicated medical care, Japanese schools and even the renowned Okura Hotel.

Health services

  • Japan desk at Amstelland Hospital: the Japan desk was established March 2010 in cooperation with JCC, City of Amstelveen (amsterdam inbusiness), Amstelland Hospital and AON/VPZ Insurance Company. It offers help to Japanese people who wish to use the medical services at Amstelland Hospital in Japanese.

  • Medical check-ups for the Japanese who are residing in the NetherlandsYuri Okabe, M.D. and René du Cloo, M.D., a married couple running a practice together in Tokyo, organise a health check-up three times a year in collaboration with Ziekenhuis Amstelland. The health checks are held in January, May and September, for a period of five days each time. These checks  are intended for Japanese residents in the Netherlands and adjacent countries, and it is possible to apply individually and as a company. The two doctors, who both have Dutch and Japanese medical licences, remain in the Netherlands during these periods to give consultations and medical advice.

  • Japanese dentists: dentists have no geographical restriction with regard to providing a service. Dental clinic Van Mill was founded in 1982 in Amstelveen, and since 1998 the clinic has employed Japanese staff. At present, there are two Japanese dentists and three assistants.

  • Japan Expat Clinic: this service provides periodic medical check-ups and follow-up consultations by a Japanese doctor who is registered in Japan and in the Netherlands. The follow-up consultations are done in collaboration with the international GPs (huisartsen) from the Expat Medical Center. The clinic is located in Medisch Centrum Amstelveen.

Education

  • The International school of Amsterdam (ISA): established in Amstelveen, the ISA is a school where international education is provided. It was founded in 1964 to cater for the educational needs of the children in Amstelveen’s international community. The ISA is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit day school for students up to Grade 13 (aged 3 to 18). The academic programme is based on the International Baccalaureate Programme and has been specifically created for students who will be studying for several years in the Netherlands or who will complete their education in one or more international schools. The language of instruction is English. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the European Council of International Schools (ECIS).

  • Amsterdam International Community School (AICS): AICS is a community-based international school for students aged 4-19. The language of instruction is English. AICS is subsidised by the Dutch Government, which enables the school to offer a low-cost alternative while maintaining a high quality of the education. AICS offers the International Primary Curriculum, the IB Middle Years Programme and the International Baccalaureate Programme.  AICS and their satellite school are located in two quiet residential areas, just a short walk from all major transport facilities. Students receive Dutch language and culture lessons, and non-native speakers receive extra English lessons. For more information, please contact the school on 020 577 12 40 or visit www.aics.eu.

  • The British School of Amsterdam: founded in 1978, the British School of Amsterdam is an independent, co-educational day school offering education in English to children of all nationalities between the ages of 2 and 14. They provide a traditional curriculum based on the British National Curriculum. For further information please visit at the school’s website or contact the Principal on 020 679 78 40.

  • Tulip Gakuen in Amstelveen: Tulip Gakuen is a Japanese kindergarten school. They offer education five days a week in the Japanese language for children between three and five. The children can also learn about the many Japanese ceremonies and customs. For further information, please visit www.tulipgakuen.nl or contact the Principal on 020 661 51 82.

  • Japanese school of Amsterdam:  the Japanese school of Amsterdam, founded in 1980, is an independent day school offering education in Japanese to children between the ages of 6 and 15. The Japanese School of Amsterdam provide a curriculum based on the Japanese education system. For further information please visit their website or contact the Principal on 020 611 81 36.

Japanese Chamber of Commerce

The purpose of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce is the promotion of economic relations and friendly ties between Japan and the Netherlands. In order to achieve these objectives, the Chamber is active on several non-profit subjects such as: trade and investments, culture and public relations, education and life, and welfare. 

According to Akira Sakuma, Chairman of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, “the people of Amsterdam understand our culture and the way we do business in Japan.”

Amsterdam's access to new markets

Europe’s best-rated airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, is close to Amsterdam's city centre and hosts direct flights to three Japanese cities (Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka). At the same time, almost all important European destinations are a mere two hours away by plane, car or train.

Events, shopping and services

Amsterdam boasts an array of Japan-related events, including the Cherry Blossom Festival, Camera Japan, the Japan Festival, the J-Dream Cup football tournament and many specialised events organised by the Japan Woman's Club.

The Amsterdam Metropolitan area also provides an array of shops and services for Japanese residents, including specialised hairdressers (Fujihair and Globe Hair), specialised dry-cleaning services and a variety of Japanese food stores and restaurants.

Expatcenter Amsterdam

The Expatcenter is a good point of contact for both expats and companies wanting to hire employees from abroad. It provides a one-stop-shop service for international talent: highly skilled migrant employees, scientific researchers, entrepreneurs and international graduates. The Expatcenter helps with residence and work permits, registration with the municipality, the 30% tax ruling and many other official matters.