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Newsletter February 9

Newsletter February 9


We were happy to welcome so many of you at the latest “Meet the BLCCJ Members” online event on Monday!
A next edition is in the making and will be announced in due time.


If you enjoy online networking, we recommend that you sign up for the first Asian BeLux Chambers networking event on Thursday 24 February, 18:00-19:15 JST @ Zoom. Divided over breakout rooms according to your industry/sector of interest, you will be able to network with businesspeople from all over Asia.


For those who prefer the outdoors, this is the last call for the joint chambers ski and snowboard event, happening this weekend @ Lotte Arai, Niigata!



It is the time of the year for (Belgian) chocolate lovers: all over Japan department stores are organizing Valentine fairs.
Our office made a small tour around Shinjuku and was especially impressed by the large Belgian selection at Odakyu department store!
Of course member companies GodivaWittamer and Grand Place are present with their Valentine selection too.



-On 3 February, the European Business Council in Japan (EBC), the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and the International Bankers Association of Japan (IBA Japan) issued a joint statement on entry restrictions in Japan.


-In parallel to the statement, the EBC would like your cooperation filling out this survey focusing on the impact caused by the entry ban.
The survey will be online until 11 February.


-MIPRO Startup Seminar “Basics of Contracts and Experience sharing”, Tuesday 15 February, 14:00-16:00 JST @ Zoom
To sign up, please go to their website.


-Webinar organized by Nikkei and the Government of Japan: “Kishida’s New Form of Capitalism: How can Japan’s PM meet the economic challenges home and abroad?”, Wednesday 16 February, 22:00-23:15 JST
To sign up, please go to the website.



-Calls grow for Japan to ease border restrictions (Yomiuri Shimbun, Feb. 8)


-Tokyo, others ask to extend COVID quasi-emergency as Omicron rages (Kyodo News, Feb. 8)


-US advises against travel to Japan amid COVID resurgence (NHK World – Japan, Feb. 8)


-Japan economy watcher sentiment posts steepest fall in over decade (Mainichi Japan, Feb. 8)


-Japan’s 2021 average monthly household spending rises 0.7% (Mainichi Japan, Feb. 8)


-Japan telework rate lowest since start of pandemic (NHK World – Japan, Feb. 7)


-Japan 2021 farm exports hit record high for 9th year amid pandemic (Kyodo News, Feb. 4)


-Hotel guests in Japan hit record low for 2nd year in 2021 amid pandemic (Kyodo News, Feb. 5)


-Japan looks to boost daily booster shots to 1 mil. doses within Feb. (Kyodo News, Feb. 7)


-Tokyo to provide residents with free COVID test kits (NHK World – Japan, Feb. 8)


Have a lovely long weekend and Valentine ahead, and take good care!


The BLCCJ office