The objectives of the Japan-Netherlands Society (JNS) shall be to contribute toward the promotion of the mutual introduction and understanding of subjects related to, and the culture of, the Netherlands and Japan, and the promotion of amity and friendly relations between the people of both nations.
The JNS was founded in 1912 with Earl Shigenobu Okuma serving as the society’s first President. After the adjournment of the society during World War II, the JNS was reestablished in 1954 and has striven to achieve its objectives to the present day.
|1912||Foundation of the JNS. Earl Shigenobu Okuma appointed as President.
- JNS adjourned during World War II -
|1954||Reestablishment of the JNS
H.I.H. Prince Mikasa becomes Honorary Patron of the JNS.
Nobufumi Ito (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) appointed as President.
|1957||Suemasa Okamoto (Former Ambassador) appointed as President.|
|1968||Akira Miyazaki (Former Ambassador) appointed as President.|
|1969||Yoshiya Ariyoshi (Chairman, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha) appointed as President.|
|1984||Yoshiaki Irobe (Chairman, Kyowa Bank Ltd.) appointed as President.|
|1988||Yutaka Kume (President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.) appointed as President.|
|1998||Minoru Ohnishi (Chairman, Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.) appointed as President.
Establishment of De Liefde Club as a division of the JNS
|2000||H.I.H. Prince Akishino becomes Honorary Patron of the JNS.
Establishment of the JNS Operation Committee
|2004||JNS 50th Anniversary|
|2005||Shigetaka Komori (President, Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.) appointed as President.|
|2008||De Liefde Club 10th Anniversary|
|2014||JNS 60th Anniversary|
In carrying out its activities, the JNS owes much to the generous support provided by His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino and successive Ambassadors of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Japan. The JNS conducts various activities to promote Dutch-Japanese cultural exchanges as well as the interaction between its members. In collaboration with other Netherlands-related organizations, the JNS is committed to further promoting and developing the excellent relationship between the Netherlands and Japan.
Events: General Meeting, Lecture, Day trip, New Year’s Party, Christmas Party etc.
Number of Members
Corporate Memberships 43
Individual ⁄ Family Memberships 241 (As of April, 2021)
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