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Newsletter January 22

Newsletter January 22

While we are in preparation of our first webinars of 2021, let us inform you of a few webinars of related organizations:


-The Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office Tokyo is organizing 2 webinars next week:
1)“Space business environment and opportunities in Luxembourg”: January 26, 17:00-18:00 Japan time @ Zoom. For more details and to register, click here.

2)“Go International – Japan”: January 28, 17:00-18:00 Japan time @ Zoom. For more details and to register, click here.


-The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency together with the 3 regions is organizing the webinar “How Belgian exporters (can) gain a competitive advantage thanks to FTAs”: Thursday 4 February, 18:00-19:00 Japan time @ Zoom. For more information and to register, click hereDutch/French.


MIPRO is organizing the webinar “MIPRO online Startup Seminar: Experience-based Advice”, on 17 February, 14:00-15:30 @ Zoom. For more information and to register, please click here.


Travel restrictions, sanitary measures, quarantine enforcement, state of emergency: for updated information, please regularly check the following websites:
-Tokyo Metropolitan Government:
-Belgian Embassy:


We also recommend you to check the other links on our website from time-to-time to stay well informed of the COVID-19 situation.


And you can reach out directly to the BLCCJ network through our LinkedIn group.


As usual we gathered a few news headlines of the past days:

-Japan denies 2020 Games to be canceled, postponed to 2032 (Kyodo News, Jan. 22)


-IOC’s Bach says Tokyo Olympics will be held, “no plan B” (Kyodo News, Jan. 22)


-Tokyo’s tally of new coronavirus cases for January tops 30,000 (Kyodo News, Jan. 21)


-Okinawa declares state of emergency over coronavirus (The Mainichi, Jan. 20)


-Shizuoka Pref. issues emergency alert over new coronavirus variant (Kyodo News, Jan. 19)


-Virus resurgence leads BOJ to expect deeper slowdown in Japan’s economy (Kyodo News, Jan. 21)


-Japan’s consumer prices fall at decade-fast pace, adding to deflation fears (Japan Today, Jan. 22)


-Japan’s exports fell 11% in 2020, taking biggest hit in 11 years amid pandemic (The Japan Times, Jan. 21)


-China likely becomes only major economy to achieve growth in 2020 (Kyodo News, Jan. 18)


-Japan sees 18,635 workers offered early retirement in 2020 (The Japan Times, Jan. 21)


-Japan supermarket sales get COVID bump in 2020 (NHK World – Japan, Jan. 21)


-Foreign visitors to Japan in 2020 plunge 87.1%, biggest drop on record (Kyodo News, Jan. 20)


-Pandemic reveals hidden poverty in wealthy Japan (Japan Today, Jan. 20)


-Clinical study begins in Japan for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine (Kyodo News, Jan. 21)


-Japan secures extra Pfizer vaccine doses as Feb. 15 approval expected (Kyodo News, Jan. 21)


Finally, perhaps a tasty idea for the weekend:
Mr Donut is collaborating with Belgian pastry chef Pierre Marcolini (BLCCJ member) – collection available at participating shops till mid-March


Enjoy your weekend, stay safe.


The BLCCJ office