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Newsletter 23 April 2024

Newsletter 23 April 2024
Belgian Embassy Offshore Wind seminar

Before going into Golden Week holiday mode, let us share the latest BLCCJ-related news with you.



-We have launched the Nippon Export Award 2024-2025.
Try your chance and apply before 30 August 2024.

“CLIC” networking event with a presentation by the CEO of Tetrapak Japan: tomorrow 24 April, 19:00-21:00 @ Steelcase, Hiro-o

Belgian shop @ Belgian Beer Weekend Yokohama: 16-19 May @ Yamashita Park

-Save-the-date! Talk with political journalist Ivan De Vadder on the upcoming elections, in the framework of the Asian BeLux Chambers network: Monday 20 May, 18:00-19:00 @ Zoom
Please note that because of this webinar we are canceling the beer gathering on 20 May.

BLCCJ-CCIFJ-SCCIJ Golf Tournament 2024: Tuesday 28 May @ Taco CC
We are still looking for golf prizes!

BLCCJ Starters event “Meet the Boss”: Wednesday 29 May, 18:30-20:30 @ HSBC office
This time they will meet with BLCCJ member Karine Colyn, COO, HSBC Japan

-Save-the-date! Webinar “A.I., a threat or asset for cyber security”, in the framework of the Asian BeLux Chambers network: Thursday 30 May, 18:00-19:30 @ Zoom

Delighting Customers in Japan XX: Monday 3 June, 18:30-21:00 @ CCIFJ event space (Nihonbashi)
We will have BLCCJ member Nathalie Oosterlinck, JERA, and Martin Steenks, CEO of Domino’s Pizza Japan, as speakers.
Details will go out soon.

Belgian Beer and Food Academy in Osaka: Thursday 27 June, 18:30-21:30 @ Hilton Osaka, Windows 35F

-Furthermore we look forward to welcoming a trade mission from Luxembourg to Japan 10-14 June.


OTHER EVENTS open to BLCCJ members:

“Kansai Chambers Apero – One Year to EXPO 2025!”: Wednesday 8 May, 18:30-20:30 @ Consulate of Switzerland in Osaka
Please mention that you are a BLCCJ member in the registration form.

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

“Offshore Wind, from Belgium to Japan”: Monday 27 May, starting at 17:00 @ Belgian Embassy
More details in the attachments.
You can sign up via this registration form until 24 May.

MIPRO Startup Seminar “Essential Insights for Opening and Running a Successful Bar/Restaurant or Coffee Shop in Japan”: 29 May, 14:00-15:30 @ Zoom



-We are happy to welcome 2 new members to the BLCCJ community!

  • Individual member Alexis Marivoet
  • Starter member Raphael Empain

BLCCJ member Vincent Brasseur (FLEX) will sell Belgian beers (incl. AB InBev’s Hoegaarden) @ Niku Fes 2024, 26 April – 6 May, daily from 10:00 (or 11:00) till 21:00, in Odaiba

BBC Barrel in Osaka has reopened its doors.
To celebrate this, BLCCJ members and friends can enjoy 1 draft beer free-of-charge (limited to max. 8 persons per table, offer valid till end of May 2024)



The Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office Tokyo is looking for a bilingual temporary staff (Oct 2024 – end 2025) to assist with Expo 2025 Osaka-related activities.
If interested, please send your motivation letter and CV in both Japanese and in English to by July 12, 2024.

JETRO is calling for applications from a wide range of companies for the “Subsidy for projects to stimulate direct investment in Japan”.
The application deadline is 9 May 2024.

-The Cabinet Secretariat has asked to inform our member companies of the “Requests regarding employment/recruitment activities for those scheduled to graduate/complete in 2025 (Reiwa 7)”
(Information in Japanese only.)


Finally, here are a few NEWS HEADLINES of the past days:

-Japan mulling all options, to take appropriate steps as yen falls (Kyodo News, 23 April)

-Rate of small firms in Japan hiking wages rises to 63% in FY 2024 (Mainichi Japan, 22 April)

-IMF ups 2024 global growth forecast to 3.2% on receding inflation (Kyodo News, 16 April)

-Japan to create a 1-trillion-yen fund to bolster space business (The Asahi Shimbun, 21 April)

-Japan eyes launch of new dialogue framework on int’l AI regulations (Kyodo News, 20 April)

-Osaka Expo’s self-built pavilions to drop to 40 from initial 60 (Kyodo News, 16 April)

-Foreign visitors to Japan top 3 mil. in March, single-month record (Kyodo News, 17 April)

-Spring holiday domestic flight bookings at 2023 level (NHK World – Japan, 19 April)


Enjoy the Golden Week!
Our BLCCJ office will be closed on the public holidays only, we remain open on 30 April, 1 and 2 May.