Presenting “A Short History of the Netherlands”


Japanese (interpretation into English may also be available)

23 Fri (National holiday) 12:00 - 13:00
EU Delegation to Japan Coudenhove-Kalergi Room

*Unfortunately, Peter J.A.N. Rietbergen has had to cancel his trip to Japan due to health concerns. We apologise for the disappointment.

To celebrate the publication in Japanese of A Short History of the Netherlands by Peter J.A.N. Rietbergen, the translator Takashi Koezuka will present and discuss the work with Takashi Matsumoto who served as advisor for the publication.





Born in Japan in 1949. Graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo in 1972

Entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1972

Entered the Ph. D. course, Department of Government, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University in 1973

Passed the General Examination in 1975

Served i.a. as Private Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Director of Multilateral Cooperation Division, Director of South Asia Division, Consul General of Japan in Toronto, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Honduras, Deputy Grand Master of the Ceremonies in the Imperial Household, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, before retiring from the Japanese foreign service in 2012.

Served as Director General of the State Guest House from 2013-2015.

Translated and published ‘A Short History of the Netherlands’ in 2018


Lecturer at TUFS Open Academy, former diplomat.  Former chariman of Japan-Netherlands Institute.

Member of Japan Netherlands Society.

After studying at Leiden University as a diplomat trainee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan, he lived in the Netherlands for 10 years.

Author of  a book on Dutch language for daily use published by Kadokawa.

EU Delegation to Japan

Europa House, 4-6-28 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047, Japan
10 min walk from Hiroo station (Exit 1, Hibiya line)