Radboud Molijn has been presented with the honour of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese Government
The order is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements in the following fields: international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment. Radboud Molijn, Managing Partner of financial advisory firm Global Bridges BV, Managing Director of DUJAT (Dutch & Japanese Trade Federation) and Vice-Chairman of Netherlands Helps Japan (an NGO established immediately after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011), has been bestowed the honour of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by the Japanese Government for his exceptional contribution to developing the economic ties between the two countries. The announcement has been made on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan on April 29, 2016.
“I have been living in Japan from February 1978 – July 1980 and I have been visiting the country at least 3 times every year since 1980”, Radboud states. “Since I started living in Japan in 1978, I had the chance to experience many aspects of Japan. In 1991, I established a company that informed Dutch companies about opportunities in Japan and we have helped numerous Dutch companies in their advancement into Japan. From 2000 we started to work for Japanese companies looking to acquire Dutch / European companies. It is a great honour to be recognized with such high distinction by the Government of Japan – a place I consider my second home. This distinction is not for me, but for all of my partners, friends and business relations in both Japan and the Netherlands, who deserve the recognition for the roles they played and continue to play to strengthen the ties between our two countries. I am committed to support this important relationship that already exists for over 400 years.” As Managing Partner of Global Bridges BV and Managing Director of DUJAT / Dutch & Japanese Trade Federation, Radboud Molijn and his team provide strategic counsel to major clients in various sectors. He is frequently commenting on the radio and in newspapers on ‘Things Japanese’ and has written columns for Het Financieele Dagblad, the main Dutch financial daily for 8 years. Radboud is the author of four books with columns about Japan. Since 2012 he is a non-executive director at Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift Europe BV. In 2007 Radboud became the Chair for the Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation, an organization that supports Japanese pianist and performer Mukaiyama in Europe, Japan and other countries.
Announcement by Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands: http://www.nl.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/20160429_molijn.html