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Newsletter 22 February 2024

Newsletter 22 February 2024

We hope you are keeping well in this rather warm winter season.



Meet the new BLCCJ Members: Wednesday 28 February, 18:30-19:30 @ Zoom
Presenting Azelis Japan (Hirotaka Kawano), Scania Japan (Alain Soudan) and Supa Ninki LLC. (Daniel Kwintner)

March beer gathering: Monday 18 March, from 19:00 @ BBC Antwerp Port (tbc)

Webinar on Generative AI: Monday 25 March, 17:00-18:00 @ Zoom

BeLux Business Talk with the European Business Council (EBC): Wednesday 10 April, 12:00-14:00 @ Le Rire, Sendagaya

Belgian shop @ Belgian Beer Weekend Yokohama: 16-19 May @ Yamashita park
You can find the Belgian Beer Weekend 2024 calendar HERE.

Golf Tournament with French and Swiss Chambers: Tuesday 28 May @ Tako CC – announcement will go out very soon

Furthermore we are working on the launch of our Nippon Export Award 2024-2025 and the 20th edition of our Delighting Customers in Japan seminar. Stay tuned!


BLCCJ is also an official supporter of the:


OTHER EVENTS open to BLCCJ members:

1st Online Tour in Osaka, organized by O-BIC, highlighting Osaka’s cutting-edge technology, latest business environment, city attractiveness and Expo Osaka 2025: Monday 26 February, 15:00-16:00 @ Zoom – you can register for free HERE.

EBC White Paper Launching Event: Thursday 29 February, 16:00-17:30 @ EU Delegation in Tokyo
To register, please send an email to

Meet the BLCCA in South-Africa: Tuesday 5 March, 23:30-00:45 JST (15:30-16:45 CET) @ Teams – you can register for free HERE.

Foodex 2024: 5-8 March @ Tokyo Big Sight
The Belgian booth is co-organized by FIT and AWEX

SusHi Tech Tokyo 2024 – Global Startup Program, hosted by Tokyo Metropolitan Government: 15-16 May @ Tokyo Big Sight


MEMBER and other NEWS:

-We welcome new Starter member Berend Buyle, student at KU Leuven.

-If you are looking for White Day gift ideas, consider the White Day collections of our members Godiva JapanWittamer (Edelweiss) and Grand Place Corporation
Or some champagne from Vranken Pommery?

Japan and Luxembourg have agreed on a working holiday visa system, which will be implemented from 3 June this year.


Some NEWS HEADLINES of the past days:

-Nikkei stock index hits all-time high on growth hopes (Kyodo News, Feb. 22)

-Japan trade deficit halves to 1.76 tril. yen on record Jan. exports (Kyodo News, Feb. 21)

-Japan cuts economic view in Feb. on weaker consumption, production (Mainichi Japan, Feb. 21)

-Japan eclipsed by Germany as No. 3 economy in 2023, enters recession (Kyodo News, Feb. 15)

-Foreign visitors to Japan in Jan. returns to pre-pandemic level (Kyodo News, Feb. 21)

-Japan eyes revoking status of permanent residents who don’t pay tax, break law (NHK World – Japan, Feb. 20)

-University of Tokyo to launch new 5-year program with 50% foreign students (Kyodo News, Feb. 19)

-Completion of 2025 Expo’s self-built pavilions pushed back to October (Mainichi Japan, Feb 16)

-Cherry blossoms expected to bloom early in 2024 amid warm winter, starting from Tokyo (Mainichi Japan, Feb. 20)


We look forward to seeing you soon.
Take good care during the Japanese hay fever season!