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Newsletter August 19

Newsletter August 19

With the obon holiday behind us, we are now working on the after-summer activity calendar.


Already 3 webinars have been scheduled:

1) Webinar “Tokyo 2020 Paralympics 1 Year to Go! A discussion with the International Paralympic Committee” on August 24, 20:00-21:00

2) Webinar “Luxembourg, the wine country. Join us for a taste!” on August 27, 17:30-18:30 – in cooperation with the Luxembourg Chamber and LTIO Tokyo

3) Webinar “The organic market in Japan. The new JAS logo regulations.” On September 2, 17:00-18:00 – in cooperation with FIT

Also don’t forget our golf tournament on October 28, and our gala ball on November 27!


The European Business Council in Japan (EBC) has, together with the America, Australia-New Zealand and British Chambers, issued a statement on the travel restrictions imposed to foreign residents who are currently unable to come back or leave and re-enter Japan.


The Federation of Belgian and Luxembourg Chambers of Commerce Abroad has shared the results of its survey on the impact of coronavirus on Belgian / Luxembourg companies abroad.


MIPRO is organizing the startup seminar “Financial Support for Business Owners in Japan” on September 17, 14:00-15:30.
You can sign up through their website.


As for BLCCJ member news, professional member Ever Brew has opened a new Belgian beer cafe in Tokyo: Little Delirium Café in Hareza Ikebukuro.
They also renewed the Belg’Aube café in LaLaport Toyosu, running it jointly with restaurant Butcher Republic.


For more Belgian beer inspiration, also check out the Belgian Beer Weekend Home website!


Finally, some news headlines of the past days:

-Groups from U.S., Europe, U.K., Australia and New Zealand protest Japan’s travel ban (The Japan Times, August 18)


-Japan economy shrinks at record 27.8% in April-June amid pandemic (Kyodo News, August 17)


-Japanese manufacturers’ gloom eases slightly but pandemic woes remain (The Japan Times, August 18)


-Paperwork for virus subsidy shifted to new firm after flap (The Asahi Shimbun, August 18)


-Air traffic will not return to pre-COVID-19 levels until 2024: IATA (Kyodo News, August 16)


-Travelers using major facilities in Japan during Obon holiday plummet: data (The Mainichi, August 18)


-Japan reports highest daily virus deaths since state of emergency (The Mainichi, August 18)


-People in 20s-40s driving coronavirus spread in Asia: WHO (Kyodo News, August 18)


-Schools restart after short summer vacation amid pandemic (Kyodo News, August 17)


-Japan to pitch Osaka, Fukuoka as int’l financial hubs after pandemic (The Mainichi, August 19)


-Deal set for Harry Potter theme park to open in Tokyo in 2023 (The Mainichi, August 19)


Take good care of yourselves!


The BLCCJ office