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Newsletter December 18

Newsletter December 18
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This is already our last newsletter for 2023!



Thank you to everyone who joined our Annual General Meeting on 14 December at the BNP Paribas office.

We are happy to announce that at the AGM a new Board of Directors has been elected for 2024-2025. 
10 current Directors have been re-elected, and will be joined by Maxim Luxen (Port Cities Japan), Sandrine Monette (freelance) and Laurent Swinnen (IPPO), for a total of 13 people.
Their term of office is from 1 January 2024 until 31 December 2025.
Congratulations to all of them!

At the same time we say goodbye and above all a big THANK YOU to Directors Jan De Bock and Laurent Depus for all their work on the Board. They both decided to step down as they took on other professional challenges. But they remain members, so we look forward to seeing them again at our events.


This is the Board of Directors 2024-2025 (in alphabetical order of family name):

  1. Jo Anseeuw, Materialise Japan
  2. Jean-Pierre Bernardino, Puratos Japan
  3. Samuel Blondel, Tiffany & Co. Japan
  4. Jerome Chouchan, Orchid Inc. (Godiva Japan Inc.)
  5. Kevin Dethoor, Platinum Games
  6. Kazumasa Imoto, Solvay
  7. Hironori Kato, Barco Co., Ltd.
  8. Kazuma Kato, Kamiyacho International Law Office
  9. Frederic Lucron, Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk
  10. Maxim Luxen, Port Cities Japan
  11. Sandrine Monette, freelance
  12. Laurent Swinnen, IPPO
  13. Fabrice Tilot, Triple-A Management

Amongst themselves they will 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.



We already have several events lined up for 2024:

Shinnenkai beer gathering: Monday 15 January, from 19:00 @ BBC Antwerp Port

Luncheon with the BelExpo team: Friday 19 January, 12:00-14:00 @ Le Rire

New Year party 2024: Tuesday 6 February, 18:30-22:00 @ Le Petit Tonneau Toranomon

8th Inter-Chamber Winter Networking: weekend of 17 February @ Okushiga Kogen, Nagano (the Austrian Chamber is taking the lead, BLCCJ is supporting the event)

-BLCCJ is a supporter of the Smart Manufacturing Summit 2024: 13-15 March @ Aichi Sky Expo



The following event is open to all members of the BLCCA Chambers, incl. BLCCJ members:
Meet the BLCCA in Kazakhstan: Thursday 18 January, 19:00-20:15 JST @ Teams – you can sign up here.



-At the beginning of 2024 we will welcome new Platinum Flagship member Nippon Solvay (represented by Mr. Masayuki Honda) to our BLCCJ network.

We also welcome as new individual members Kazumasa Imoto (Solvay), Daniel Kwinter (Supa Ninki) and Greg Van Passel (L’abreuvoir).

We look forward to introducing them to you soon!

-BLCCJ corporate member Aqua Plannet, the company behind the Belgian Brasserie Court cafes, is looking for staff for their beer cafes.
More information in the attachment.

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


Here are some NEWS HEADLINES of the past days:

-BOJ set to retain monetary easing with focus on end to negative rates (Kyodo News, Dec. 18)

-Japan agrees on tax cuts to support households, defeat deflation (The Asahi Shimbun, Dec. 14)

-Kanji for “tax” picked to sum up 2023 amid Japan inflation woes (Kyodo News, Dec. 12)

-Japan’s GDP revised down to 2.9% fall in July-Sept., inflation bites (Kyodo News, Dec. 8)

-44% in Japan want to keep working after retirement age: survey (Mainichi Japan, Dec. 18)


On a final note:
Our office will be closed for the holidays from Monday 25 December 2023 until Monday 8 January 2024. We will be back at your service on Tuesday 9 January.


Season’s greetings!