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Newsletter August 25

Newsletter August 25

We hope that you could enjoy some refreshing summer holidays.


The BLCCJ is now in full preparation for a busy fall schedule.
Here are our upcoming webinars:

Inter-Asian webinar with the Mayor of Antwerp Bart De Wever: Monday 30 August, 16:00-17:00 @ Zoom


“An Approach to Transfer Pricing: Arising Concerns and the Impact of COVID-19” with KPMG: Monday 6 September, 17:00-17:45 @ Zoom


-Inter-Asian webinar with Solvay CEO Ilham Kadri: Thursday 9 September, 16:00-17:00 @ Zoom


“Leveraging Green Towards a Profitable and Sustainable Business” with FinCity.Tokyo Chairman Hiroshi Nakaso and LuxFLAG Chairwoman Denise Voss: Thursday 7 October, 16:00-17:00 @ Zoom


Furthermore we want to remind you of the 31 August deadline of our Nippon Export Award.


And very soon we will launch our Gala 2021 “Ready To Take Off Again”, scheduled for Friday 5 November @ Conrad.


More events are in the making and will be communicated as soon as possible.


Some internal news:
Due to her new position as Technology Attaché at Flanders Investment & Trade from 1 September onwards, Els Verhulst has decided to step down as BLCCJ Director. She will remain close to the BLCCJ community as a member and through her new function.
We hereby want to thank her profoundly for her many contributions to the BLCCJ Board of Directors, and wish her all the best in the new position!


Flagship member Godiva Japan is rapidly expanding its cafe business.
After a first Godiva cafe opened last year in Tokyo station, 3 more cafes have recently opened in Iidabashi, Ginza and Minatomirai.


Is your company in need of a Business Plan? Or do you want to Upgrade your Business Skills?
Then the 28th JMEC program – supported by BLCCJ – might be for you.
Check out the detailed information, upcoming information sessions and signup deadlines on the JMEC and BLCCJ website or contact JMEC Program Director Trond Varlid directly.


Some news headlines of the past days:

-Japan to expand COVID-19 state of emergency to 8 more prefectures (Kyodo News, August 25)


-Tokyo Paralympics open with safety concerns amid COVID surge (Kyodo News, August 24)


-Tokyo stocks rise on vaccine approval, fresh COVID measure (Mainichi Japan, August 24)


-Sales of online shopping in Japan top 10 tril. yen (NHK World – Japan, August 25)


-Rakuten to launch online supermarket platform (Japan Today, August 24)


-Seven-Eleven to expand home delivery to 20,000 stores by FY 2025 (Kyodo News, August 24)


-No. of private lodgings in Japan falls with demand lost due to virus (Mainichi Japan, August 22)


-Chip shortage hits fight against coronavirus (NHK World – Japan, August 23)


-Tokyo opens oxygen station; asks all hospitals to accept more COVID patients (Japan Today, August 24)


-Over 40% of Japan’s population to get 2nd jab soon (NHK World – Japan, August 23)


-Osaka starts administering AstraZeneca vaccine (Japan Today, August 24)


-Japanese firms at crucial stage of clinical trials for domestic COVID vaccines (Mainichi Japan, August 21)


Finally, join us in cheering for the Belgian and Luxembourg athletes at the Paralympics!

If you want to support the Paralympic Team Belgium even more, please consider purchasing a set of brooches created by BLCCJ member company Grunberger Diamonds:


Take good care in these days of continued restrictions and scorching heat!


The BLCCJ office