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Ad Blankestijn
Consultant - Kobe, Japan

Ad Blankestijn was born in the Netherlands and received his education in Chinese and Japanese languages and cultures at Leiden University. During his studies, he spent one year at Nanjing University in China and after completing his studies he spent two years on a Mombusho Scholarship in Japan, mainly at Kyoto University.

After teaching a few years in the Sinological Institute of Leiden University, Ad joined the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands. In May 1987, he was posted to the Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo to become part of a team of Japanese and Dutch assigned with attracting Japanese companies to the Netherlands. In total, Ad has worked for twenty years in various positions in the NFIA, mostly in Tokyo. His assignment in Japan was concluded by working for six years, from 1998 to 2004, as head of the Japan Office (Tokyo and Osaka) and Embassy Counselor. At that time, Ad was also responsible for activities in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and while working for the head office of the NFIA in The Hague in 1997 and 2005-2006, besides Japanese, he was involved with projects with Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean businesspeople as well. While working for the NFIA, Ad was involved as adviser in many major investments by well-known Japanese companies in the Netherlands.

In late 2006 Ad returned to Japan, and in addition to his work for Japan Intercultural Consulting he is a Special Advisor to the NFIA Japan Office.

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