Last year, Annabel Melhuish won the 1st place at the NL Japan Relations Essay Contest 2022 organized with VU University. Her prize was a trip to Japan together with the Dujat delegation this year. In this article she writes how she experienced this trip.
I had the privilege of joining the DUJAT delegation on their 2023 trip to Japan. We visited businesses in Osaka, Nara and Tokyo across diverse industries from earthquake resilient housing to materials innovation. I also had the unique opportunity to attend seminars on the tax regulatory landscape and agricultural developments between the two trade partners. As a student completing my Masters of Environment and Resource Management at the VU University, I was particularly interested in how companies are pivoting towards a low-carbon economy. For example, our visit to the Yokogawa Innovation Center demonstrated that investments in emerging technologies can tackle sustainability issues whilst fostering business opportunities across the value chain. I would like to extend my gratitude to all the businesses and representatives that so warmly welcomed our delegation in Japan, your generosity and enthusiasm made it a very memorable trip.
ー Annabel Melhuish, Masters of Environment and Resource Management – Sustainable Energy at VU University