On October 2, Ambassador Hayashi attended the completion ceremony of Nippon Shokubai Europe’s new production facilities (the total scale of new investment amounts to about 350 million Euro) held in Zwijndrecht in the suburbs of the City of Antwerp. Mr. De Crem, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Mr. Van Peel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Port of Antwerp, representatives from a Belgian chemical sector federation, as well as those from related companies both Belgian and Japanese attended the ceremony. In his remarks, Ambassador Hayashi pointed out that, instead of pursuing short-term profits, Japanese companies establish and maintain long-term trustful relations with its local community of investment destination. He paid tribute to the important role that Nippon Shokubai Europe played for consolidating bilateral relations between Belgium and Japan, which are close in various areas including economic and business relations. Established in 1999 in Zwijndrecht, Nippon Shokubai Europe has been producing superabsorbent polymers here, a key material for paper diapers, since 2001.