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Newsletter 23 May 2024

Newsletter 23 May 2024
Belgian Embassy Offshore Wind seminar

It is a very busy period for the BLCCJ!
After closing up shop at Belgian Beer Weekend Yokohama (thank you to everyone who passed by) we are now preparing our annual golf tournament, flagship seminar Delighting Customers and our Belgian food pairing event in Osaka.

On top of that the BLCCJ office is looking for a temporary full-time Executive Assistant to start mid-July.
If you are interested or know of someone who might be, we accept applications until 7 June.
More details on the website.



BLCCJ-CCIFJ-SCCIJ Golf Tournament 2024: Tuesday 28 May @ Taco CC
With a big thank you to our many sponsors (incl. BLCCJ members Godiva JapanHilton Fukuoka Sea HawkShonan TradingTrinity and Brussels-Nagoya-Languages)

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

Webinar “A.I., a threat or asset for cybersecurity”, 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)
20th anniversary, with speakers Nathalie Oosterlinck, JERA; Martin Steenks, Domino’s Pizza Japan; and Philipp von Witzendorff, Porsche Japan
Seats are selling fast, so sign up soon!

-From 10 till 14 June we will welcome a trade mission from Luxembourg to Japan headed by H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Luxembourg.

June beer gathering: Monday 17 June, from 19:00 @ BBC Antwerp Port

-Save-the-date! Online networking event in the framework of the Asian BeLux Chambers network: Wednesday 19 June, 18:00-19:30 @ Zoom

Belgian Beer and Food Academy in Osaka: Thursday 27 June, 18:30-21:30 @ Hilton Osaka, Windows 35F
10th anniversary, in presence of the Belgian Ambassador and the BelExpo team

Nippon Export Award 2024-2025: try your chance and apply before 30 August 2024

-Save-the-date! Joint Chamber Summer Cocktail 2024: Thursday 11 July, 19:00-21:00 @ Hilton Tokyo
Details will go out soon


OTHER EVENTS open to BLCCJ members:

“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



-This weekend you can enjoy Belgian beers at Belgian Beer Weekend Osaka.
The BLCCJ Starters are organizing a gathering there on Friday 24 May from 17:00 till 22:00.

-If you want even more Belgian beers in Osaka, 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 European and Belgian federal and regional elections will take place on 9 June 2024.
Those who registered to vote in person at the Belgian Embassy, will need to go there on Wednesday 5 June between 13:00 and 19:00.

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 12 July 2024.


Finally, a few NEWS HEADLINES of the past days:

-Japan’s real wages down for 2nd straight year in FY 2023 (Mainichi Japan, 23 May)

-5.58% wage hikes logged in spring ‘shunto,’ highest level in 33 years (The Asahi Shimbun, 20 May)

-BOJ survey: Easing policy brought benefits, drawbacks to businesses (NHK World – Japan, 21 May)

-Japan logs 462.5 billion yen trade deficit in April on weak yen, oil (Kyodo News, 22 May)

-Foreigners object to move to revoke permanent resident status (The Asahi Shimbun, 22 May)

-Japan lower house OKs bill to secure foreign trainees as society ages (Kyodo News, 21 May)

-Japan ranks 3rd among top world travel destinations: report (Kyodo News, 21 May)

-Foreign visitors to Japan top 3 mil. for 2nd month (NHK World – Japan, 15 May)

-Record 19.1 million international passengers used Haneda airport in FY 2023 (Kyodo News, 22 May)

-Hotter-than-usual summer forecast across Japan (NHK World – Japan, 21 May)


We look forward to seeing you soon at our events!