The Deshima Netherlands Awards were established in 2007 by the Dutch-Japanese Trade Federation DUJAT and the NFIA as a token of appreciation to the Japanese business community in the Netherlands. The biennial awards are given to two Japanese companies in the Netherlands that make a positive contribution to the economy, society and Japan-Netherlands relations. One award is presented to a well-established Japanese company, and the other to a Japanese company that has recently located in the Netherlands.
The Deshima Awards reflect the long history of trade relations between Japan and the Netherlands. They are named after the Japanese island of Deshima which was a Dutch trading post from 1641 to 1854.
The awards are based on nominations by the regional partners of the Invest in Holland network. For the 2021 awards, the jury consisted of Ms Hilde van der Meer, Commissioner NFIA and chair of the Invest in Holland collective; Mr Hideaki Takase, previous Chairman of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Mr Luc Houben, Dujat Chairman.
Previous winners of the Well-Established Awards: