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Newsletter April 20

Newsletter April 20

We hope you could enjoy some sakura and Easter vibes, and the warmer weather that comes with it.
For us it is the occasion to plan live events again!



ONLINE talk with CEO Pfizer Belgium-Luxembourg Karl Van De Sompel: Wednesday 27 April, 16:00-18:00 @ Zoom


LIVE Early Summer Party: Tuesday 10 May, 18:30-22:00 @ Le Petit Tonneau


-LIVE Belgian shop @ Belgian Beer Weekend Yokohama: Thursday 19 May until Sunday 22 May @ Yamashita Park (see further)


LIVE Golf tournament with the French and Swiss Chambers: Friday 27 May @ Tomisato GC
We are looking for prize sponsors – please contact our office for more details.


LIVE Belgian Beer and Food Academy in Tokyo: Thursday 9 June, 18:30-21:30 @ Hilton Tokyo


-We have launched the Nippon Export Award 2022-2023!
Send us your application by 31 August 2022 and have a chance at becoming our next NEA winner!



Belgian Beer Weekend (BBW) 2022 is taking its start in Nagoya during Golden Week (April 28-May 8). Afterwards the festival will make stops in Osaka (May 12-15), Yokohama (May 19-22), Hibiya (July 29-August 7), Toyosu (Sep. 16-25) and Shinjuku (Dec. 7-11).


BLCCJ will be part of BBW Yokohama (May 19-22) with a Belgian shop.
Office staff Sophie and Madoka will be there selling products of the following (member) companies:
Americo (Jules Destrooper cookies)
C’ Select (Dandoy cookies)
Forma International (gobelin goods)
Godiva Japan (chocolate cookies)
Konishi Brewing (beer-related goods)
L&S Corporation (Kipling goods)
Moulinsart Japan (Tintin goods)
Nichifutsu Boeki (Materne compotes)
Rosen (Manneken waffles)
Shonan Boeki (Belgian non-alcohol wine)
Tomoe (Trefin candy)



-BLCCJ members are kindly invited to join the BJA event “Collaborative Innovation for the Future of Health” with imec and former YES company ImmunXperts.
Tuesday 26 April, 17:00-19:00 JST
If you are interested, please sign up ASAP.


-The EBC is inviting the BLCCJ members to its briefing “Tax Transparency in the Digital Economy” on Wednesday 27 April, 14:00-15:30
To sign up, please send an email to:


-The 7th edition of the ICT Spring International Business Meetings will be organised in person in Luxembourg on June 30 & July 1, 2022.
For more information, please contact the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce.



For those who would be traveling during Golden Week to Belgium or Luxembourg, please check the Embassy websites first for the latest updates:

Travel to Belgium

Travel to Luxembourg

Travel to Japan


Some NEWS HEADLINES of the past days:

-Yen slips to new 20-year low in 129 level vs. U.S. dollar (Kyodo News, April 20)


-Japan logs 412.4 bil. yen goods trade deficit in March (Kyodo News, April 20)


-IMF slashes 2022 global growth outlook to 3.6% on Russia’s war (Kyodo News, April 19)


-China’s economy grows 4.8% in 1st quarter amid “zero COVID” policy (Kyodo News, April 18)


-Major Japan firms shifting toward more recruitment, post-COVID growth (Kyodo News, April 17)


-Average condo price in Tokyo area sets new high in fiscal 2021 (Kyodo News, April 18)


-Japan’s wholesale prices surge 7.3% in FY 2021, fastest pace on record (Kyodo News, April 12)


-Japan’s FY 2020 greenhouse gas emissions hit fresh record low (Kyodo News, April 15)


-Japan’s population falls by record 644,000 to 125.5 mil. in 2021 (Kyodo News, April 15)


-Japan reports 9-fold monthly increase in new foreign arrivals for March (NHK World – Japan, April 15)


-PM Kishida denies Japan will soon resume tourist entry amid pandemic (Kyodo News, April 8)


Finally, the BLCCJ office will be closed for the Golden Week holiday from Friday 29 April until Thursday 5 May. We will be back in the office on Friday 6 May.


We wish you a relaxing holiday time ahead, and hope to see you in person again at our activities in May!