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Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits NYK

April 12, 2010


Fourth from left: NYK former chairman Takao Kusakari
Sixth from left: Steven Vanackere,
Belgium's deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs
Seventh from left: NYK chairman Koji Miyahara
Ninth from left: NYK president Yasumi Kudo

On April 8, Steven Vanackere, Belgium’s deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, visited NYK (head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan) and met with NYK chairman Koji Miyahara, president Yasumi Kudo, and former chairman Takao Kusakari.

 During the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Vanackere thanked NYK for its stable long-term ocean transportation service since the start of NYK’s first European liner service more than 110 years ago, in addition to the NYK Group’s active business deployment in Belgium. He then expressed his hope for a further business promotion.
 
NYK expressed its deep gratitude for conferment of the Commander of the Order of the Crown (Commandeur de l’Ordre de la Couronne) to Mr. Miyahara and Mr. Kusakari, and then introduced NYK Group companies in Belgium—International Car Operators (Benelux) N.V. (RORO terminal operation), NYK Logistics (Belgium) N.V. (logistics business), and NYK Bulkship Atlantic N.V. (non-liner business).
 
Mr. Miyahara stressed Belgium’s importance to NYK as a gateway to Europe and emphasized NYK’s desire to contribute more to the development of Belgium. Moreover, Mr. Kusakari, who currently serves as the president of the Japan-Belgium Society, expressed his determination to encourage greater friendship between those in Japan and Belgium.
 
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Kudo presented a reproduction of a Yoshimatsu Goseida’s (1855-1915) oil painting of Tosa Maru, the first NYK vessel assigned to a European liner service,and expressed his gratitude for further reinforcement of the lengthy and close relationship between Belgium and NYK.
 
NYK continues to strive to provide services that satisfy our customer needs, as a bridge not only between Belgium and Japan but also the remainder of Europe and the world.
 
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