Canon Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Fujio Mitarai received the royal Dutch decoration of the Commandership in the Order of Orange-Nassau. On behalf of Queen Beatrix, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Japan, Philip de Heer, presented the royal decoration to Mr Mitarai at the Dutch embassy in Tokyo.
The honour was bestowed upon Mr Mitarai for exceptional service rendered to The Netherlands and for Canon’s significant investment in the country since 1968. Canon established its European headquarters, Canon Europa N.V., in the Amsterdam suburb of Amstelveen in 1982, which remains the company’s operational headquarters for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. In 2010 Canon acquired Venlo-based Océ N.V. and Veenendaal-based Delft DI in 2012.
Canon has also worked to strengthen the ties between Japan and The Netherlands over the years. Canon supports the Japan Festival Association which aims to further promote ties between the two countries and has sponsored World Press Photo, another Netherlands based organisation, over the last two decades.