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Newsletter April 28

Newsletter April 28

Before Japan  goes into a holiday mode, let us remind you that we have 2 webinars coming up right after Golden Week:

-“Luxembourg and ASEAN: Partners in a digital changing world” – a talk with Luxembourg Minister of the Economy Franz Fayot: Friday 7 May, 18:00-19:00 JST @ Zoom

-“Digitalis – How to Reinvent the World” – a talk with Google BeLux Country Director Thierry Geerts: Monday 17 May, 16:00-17:00 JST @ Zoom

If you are interested in either or both, just send us an email.


For June we have webinars planned with Belgian Minister of Finance Vincent Van Peteghem and Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmes, as well as a webinar on gender equality with Ambassador de Bilderling and UCB Japan CEO Kanako Kikuchi – more details will be shared soon!


In the hope that the Tokyo 2020 Games will take place this summer, our office has been contacted by a journalist from the RTBF (Belgian Radio-Television of the French Community).
He is looking for:
1) A French-speaking family in Tokyo who will be attending one of the Games
2) A Belgian working for a company in Japan that will be involved in the Games

If you fit one of the descriptions and are interested to help out this journalist, please contact our office.


A few news headlines of the past days:

-Developing Asia growth to rebound to 7.3% in 2021 amid pandemic: ADB (Kyodo News, April 28)


-Toyota’s March global auto sales hit record on U.S., China recovery (Kyodo News, April 28)


-Japan, Australia, India launch network to strengthen supply chains (Kyodo News, April 28)


-BOJ chief likely to miss 2% inflation target during his term to 2023 (Kyodo News, April 27)


-Tokyo stocks open mixed on weaker yen, COVID-19 variants concerns (Mainichi Japan, April 28)


-Japan bullet train operator sees $2bn loss and higher maglev costs (Nikkei Asia, April 28)


-Japan’s COVID-19 death toll tops 10,000 amid 3rd virus emergency (Kyodo News, April 26)


-Trains still full in Tokyo, Osaka, despite 3rd state of emergency (The Asahi Shimbun, April 26)


-Japan’s telework rate still far from 70% target during state of emergency (Mainichi Japan, April 26)


-Population influx into Tokyo slows sharply in 2020 amid pandemic (Kyodo News, April 27)


-Defense ministry to open mass vaccination center in Tokyo (The Asahi Shimbun, April 27)


-OLYMPICS: Japan to waive self-quarantine rule for athletes, but increase tests (The Asahi Shimbun, April 27)


-Olympic host towns pull out over pandemic (Japan Today, April 28)


-Japan health ministry panel to make decision on Moderna vaccine on May 20 (Kyodo News, April 27)


-Tokyo gov’t hotline on COVID open during Golden Week to offer consultation in 5 languages (Japan Today, April 27)


Our office is taking a Golden Week break. We will be closed from tomorrow 29 April till 5 May – back at your service on Thursday 6 May.


Enjoy the holiday, even at home!


The BLCCJ office