January/February 2018

New Publications:

The Japanese literary magazine Atlas in its January 2018 issue No. 37 published Hiromi Mizoguchi's translation of Hans Brinckmann's essay about his meeting in Washington D.C. in 1985 with Republican Senator Jake Garn, who had just returned from space as the first U.S. member of Congress to fly on a Space Shuttle. This is the 9th time in a row that Atlas has published Brinckmann's writings.

Also in January, No. 1 Shimbun, the monthly magazine of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo, published Hans Brinckmann's essay entitled "His Hidden Acting Talent: A Memorable Evening with Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of Panasonic, in 1967"

Interested readers can access the essay by clicking on this link:

Hiromi Mizoguchi's translation of this essay appeared earlier in Atlas No. 31 in January 2015.

Upcoming Event:

On February 28, from 18:30, Hans Brinckmann will be giving a presentation at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo entitled "The Challenges of Dutch Life and Work in Post-War Japan."

Illustrated with Power Point, he will talk about his many unforgettable experiences as a Dutch national living in Japan from the 1950's to the early 70's and the role his bank played in Japan's post-war recovery.

The event is free and open to the public, but prior registration is required by February 23. See below for details and how to apply.

The Challenges of Dutch Life and Work in Post-War Japan - Presentation by Hans Brinckmann

Date: Wednesday 28 February 2018
Time: 18:15 - 20:30
18:15 : Doors open
18:30-18:35 : Introduction
18:35-19:30 : Presentation by Hans Brinckmann with Power Point + Q&A
19:30-20:30 : Networking drinks and buffet
20:30 : Closing

Address: Residence of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Japan 3-6-3 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan (MAP☆)

Language: English (without interpretation)

Entrance fee: Free

Hans Brinckmann, Dutch national and long-time resident of Japan, will talk about his experiences living in Japan from 1950-1974, illustrated with his photographs from that period.

Hans Brinckmann came to Japan as a junior staff employee of the Nationale Handelsbank (NHB) in 1950, two years before full diplomatic relations between Japan and the Netherlands resumed after the war. Over the next 24 years, he worked in the NHB branches in Kobe, Osaka and Tokyo. After Japan, he worked in several other countries, ending with an 8-year stay in New York, where in 1986 Queen Beatrix made him an Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. He quit banking in 1988, to turn to writing. Since then, he published six books, two of which were also published in Japanese, in Hiromi Mizoguchi's translation. Three of his books received literary prizes. In 2003 he returned to live in Tokyo again, and in 2013 he moved to Fukuoka.
In today's presentation, he will talk about his many unforgettable experiences as a Dutch national living in Japan from the 1950's to the early 70's and the role his bank played in Japan's postwar recovery.
For more information on Hans Brinckmann, please visit his websites.
English/Japanese website:
English website:
Amazon page:

Registration: LINK (google docs) (Click the link to register)
Registration deadline: Friday 23 February 2018. Due to limited seating, it is possible that the registration will be closed before the deadline. Thank you for your understanding.

Queries: Embassy of the Netherlands - Department for Public Diplomacy, Politics and Culture

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