Canon, operating from Amstelveen and Venlo, won in the category ‘well established’. Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe, operating from Almere, won in the category ‘new investment’.

The importance of Japanese investments in the Netherlands

The Deshima Netherlands Awards were introduced in 2007 by the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) and the Dutch & Japanese Trade Federation (DUJAT) and are now awarded every two years to underline the importance of Japanese investments in the Netherlands. This year’s edition was presented during the DUJAT December Dinner by the mayor of Almere and the alderperson for Economic Affairs from Amstelveen.

Sustainability and social engagement

In a statement published by DUJAT, both companies were praised for their efforts with regard to sustainability and social engagement, as well as their interaction with the surrounding Dutch business community. The close interaction between Canon and Kobelco with local businesses reflects the strong ties that the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area traditionally has with the Japanese business community.

Japanese firms keen on investing in the Amsterdam Area

After the United States, Japan is the biggest foreign investor in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Today, the Japanese business community in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is comprised of around 350 companies. No wonder the Amsterdam Area is home to more than 4,000 Japanese internationals, making it one of the largest Japanese communities in Europe. The City of Amstelveen is home to a large portion of the Japanese community and this municipality also hosts a great deal of dedicated information and Japanese service providers.