The Netherlands and Japan have maintained a strong relationship since the 17th century, when the Dutch obtained the exclusive right to trade with Japan. Today, the bond is closer than ever with many Japanese companies doing business and settling in the Amsterdam Area.
With about 350 Japanese companies including Hitachi, Yakult, Yamaha and Mitsubishi, it's no surprise that the Japanese expat community is and one of the largest in the Amsterdam Area. You can rely on dedicated Japanese-speaking service providers such as tax advisers, real estate agents and employment lawyers to help you with all your needs. The growing Japanese community here means that there are many services and locations tailored to Japanese expats, such as specialised medical care, Japanese schools and the renowned Okura hotel.
In addition, the Amsterdam Area offers a variety of Japanese cultural events like the Cherry Blossom Festival, the J-Dream Cup football tournament, and the Japan Festival.
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Access to new markets, yet never far away from home
One of Europe's most well connected airports, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, is just around the corner with direct flights to three Japanese cities (Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka). At the same time, almost all important European destinations are a mere 2 hours away by plane, car or train.