Dutch Ambassador’s Lecture

Why the Dutch are the way they are ~何が「オランダ流」なのか~



Dr. Philip De Heer, the Dutch Ambassador to Japan gave our 17th Ambassador’s Lecture at the Japan National Press Center, describing how the necessity to maintain the dikes against the sea had led to rule by committee and tolerance in many areas of Dutch life and how literacy had lead to individualism. He concluded by describing many wonderful places to visit in his country, several of which are not far from the capital city Amsterdam. After the talk, several of us went for a beer and yakitori in a lower ground floor restaurant.


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