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Newsletter December 16

Newsletter December 16

This is already our last newsletter for 2021!



Thank you to everyone who joined or supported our Belgian Beer and Food Academy in Osaka (Dec 2), our Belgian shop and beer gathering @ Belgian Beer Weekend Christmas (Dec 8 till 12), and our Annual General Meeting (Dec 15).


We are happy to announce that at the AGM yesterday a new Board of Directors 2022-2023 has been elected. The 11 current Directors have been re-elected, and will be joined by Samuel Blondel (IKEA Japan) and Kazuma Kato (Keiwa Sogo Law Offices), resulting in a Board of 13 Directors for 2022-2023. Congratulations to all of them!
They will amongst themselves appoint a President, one or two Vice Presidents, a Treasurer and a Secretary General by the end of the year. We will inform you of the result in due time.


In the meantime we have already 3 events lined up for 2022:

-Wednesday 26 January, 18:00-19:00: webinar with flagship member Puratos on “Sustainability and Fairness in the chocolate world”

-Thursday 3 February, 18:30-22:00: New Year party @ Le Petit Tonneau Toranomon

-Weekend of 12/13 February: Inter-Chamber Ski and Snowboard Networking Retreat @ Lotte Arai Resort in Niigata (the Austrian Chamber is taking the lead, BLCCJ is supporting the event)


More details of these events will go out soon, but already reserve the dates!



-In November we welcomed new professional member Factorize (startup founded by Belgian Julien Hora).
And just yesterday we welcomed new individual members Pierre Masai (Toyota Systems Corporation) and Adrien Caron (RealCRO).
We hope to introduce you all to these 3 gentlemen soon!


-The Ecoloupe Cafe (initiative of Simon Grunberger, corporate member Grunberger Diamonds Japan) welcomes private parties for people and companies (incl. bonenkai and shinnenkai). Feel free to reach out to Simon or the Cafe if you are interested.


-We gathered several promotions from and for BLCCJ members in our annual Christmas Basket mailing, don’t forget to check it out!



The Belgian Embassy is looking for a new Administrative Assistant. If interested, you can apply until 2 January 2022.


-The Belgian Fair @ Imperial Hotel is still going on until 25 December.


-And if you are traveling abroad during the holidays, make sure to check out the latest COVID-19 related rules on the websites of the Belgian and Luxembourg Embassies and MOFA.


Here are some NEWS HEADLINES of the past days:

-New app allows travelers paperless entry into Japan (Mainichi Japan, Dec. 15)


-Japan further tightens Omicron quarantine rules for passengers (The Asahi Shimbun, Dec. 15)


-Destination is Japan, but not sure which is final airport (The Asahi Shimbun, Dec. 15)


-Japan to simplify entry process for wealthy travelers (Kyodo News, Dec. 13)


-Japan big non-manufacturers’ sentiment recovers to pre-pandemic levels (Kyodo News, Dec. 13)


-Japan machinery orders see first rise in 3 months (NHK World – Japan, Dec. 13)


-Japan’s economic shrinkage in July-Sept. amid pandemic downgraded to 3.6% (Kyodo News, Dec. 8)


-Entertainment industries shrink by around 10% during pandemic (The Asahi Shimbun, Dec. 6)


-Year-end Japan train bookings up 81% as COVID concern eases (Kyodo News, Dec. 14)


-Japan OKs Moderna’s COVID-19 booster shots 6 months after 2nd dose (Kyodo News, Dec. 15)


-Japan accepting workplace booster applications (NHK World – Japan, Dec 13)


Our office will be closed for the holidays from Friday 24 December till Monday 3 January 2022. We will be back at your service on Tuesday 4 January!