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Newsletter July 14

Newsletter July 14


The BLCCJ is deeply saddened by the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 8th, and wishes to convey its sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues, and to the people of Japan.



At the BLCCJ office we have started working on a new website and remodeling our work space. But we stay at your service, and have several events lined up for the summer.


Webinar “Power Harassment in Japan – what is it and how to avoid it”: Friday 22 July, 16:00-17:00 @ Zoom


Summer beer gathering @ Belgian Beer Weekend Hibiya: Thursday 4 August, from 18:00


Meet the BLCCJ Members: Tuesday 9 August, 18:30-19:30 @ Zoom


Asian BeLux Chambers Strategic Networking: Tuesday 30 August, 15:30-19:00 @ Conversation Starter platform
More details will go out soon.


Nippon Export Award 2022-2023: the deadline of 31 August is coming closer, so apply in time!


BLCCJ Gala “100”: Friday 11 November, 18:30-23:00 @ Conrad Tokyo

Early Bird campaign – a JPY 2,000/person discount only available until 30 September. So take advantage and book early!

Early Bird fee (until 30 September 2022):
Members and Guests: JPY 25,000 / Non-Members: JPY 30,000
From 1 October until 1 November 2022 :
Members and Guests: JPY 27,000 / Non-members: JPY 32,000

If you want to sponsor a raffle prize, please contact the BLCCJ office.
Sponsor deadline is 28 October.



-On 11 July the EBC published a statement on the passing of former PM Shinzo Abe.


-On 22 June the EBC organised a conference on the Economic Security Promotion Act. You can find a report of the conference here.


-The BLCCJ would like to congratulate the EBC on its 50th anniversary (1972-2022)!
EuroBiz magazine has dedicated its latest edition to this milestone.


-For many years our corporate and professional members could receive the EuroBiz magazine, which was a voice for the EBC.
Our corporate members also received the Acumen magazine which was a voice for the British Chamber of Commerce.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 crisis and other difficulties that printed press is facing, both magazines will no longer be published.
We want to thank the BLCCJ members for reading the magazines, and for assisting with interviews and advertisement over the years.



Tokyo Employment Consultation Center (TECC) is organizing the webinar “Two important things foreigners don’t know about the process of starting a business and hiring in Japan ~ Resident Visa and Payroll”: Monday 25 July, 15:00-16:30
For more information and to register, please go to the dedicated website.


-For those who travel to Belgium or Luxembourg during the summer, please check the Embassy websites first for the latest updates:


-BLCCJ member restaurant Champ de Soleil is celebrating its 28th anniversary with a special menu. The celebratory summer menu will run from July 1st till August 31st; afterwards there will be a fall menu.


-For those who are looking for summer gift ideas, make sure to check out the websites of BLCCJ members GodivaMannekenWittamer and Grand Place.



To conclude our newsletter, here are some news headlines of the past days:

-Japan’s new COVID-19 cases top 90,000, 1st time in 5 months (Kyodo News, July 13)


-Japan ruling party wins big in upper house election after ex-PM Abe’s death (Kyodo News, July 11)


-Record 35 women elected to Japan upper house (Kyodo News, July 11)


-Japan ranks 116th in 2022 gender gap report, worst among G-7 (Kyodo News, July 13)


-Japan’s June wholesale inflation at 9.2% as import prices see record surge (Kyodo News, July 12)


-Japan’s current account surplus down 93% in May (Kyodo News, July 8)


-Japan’s FY 2021 tax revenue hits record 67.04 trillion yen (Kyodo News, July 5)


-World population to reach 8 billion in November: UN (Mainichi Japan, July 12)


Take good care of yourselves in the summer heat, and we look forward to meeting again soon!