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Newsletter July 21

Newsletter July 21

We wish you a nice Belgian National Day!
This year our thoughts are with all those who suffered loss during the recent floods in the south of Belgium, Luxembourg and elsewhere in Europe.


Regarding the activities of the BLCCJ, please don’t forget to sign up for our “Meet the BLCCJ members” online meet-and-greet with 4 of our members: Thursday 29 July, 18:30-19:30 @ Zoom

If you are interested to present yourself to the BLCCJ members, just send us an email and we can set up a next edition.


Don’t forget the 31 August deadline for our Nippon Export Award!


And 2 events to put in your fall agenda (if the corona situation allows):
-Friday 5 November: the BLCCJ annual gala ball @ Conrad
-Thursday 2 December: Belgian Beer and Food Academy @ Hilton Osaka


As we informed you last week, our office is currently looking for a new Assistant.
Applications are welcome until 20 August.


The EBC has published the results of the flash survey on the impact of the entry ban on European and American companies and their Japanese partners.
-68% of the surveyed foreign companies say that the impact of the entry restrictions on their Japanese customers or partners is significant.
-The financial impact could be over ¥500 million as estimated by 12% of respondents, and between ¥10 million and ¥50 million as estimated by 18% of respondents.
-71% of respondents say their business plans involve the use of overseas specialists, most of whom have been unable to enter Japan.


The Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and its Enterprise Europe Network will organise the 6th edition of the International Matchmaking Event by b2fair @ ICT Spring Europe which will take place phygitally on 14th & 15th September 2021. More information on the ICT Spring website.


Some news headlines of the past days:

-PM Suga stresses significance of Tokyo Games (NHK World – Japan, July 20)


-Around 15 world leaders to attend Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony (Kyodo News, July 21)


-More Japanese biz leaders shun Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony (Kyodo News, July 20)


-Olympic sponsor Toyota pulls Games-related TV ads in Japan (Mainichi Japan, July 19)


-Restrictions on traffic for Games go into effect in greater Tokyo (The Asahi Shimbun, July 19)


-Tokyo launches info hub on culture, tourism ahead of games (Mainichi Japan, July 19)


-Hokkaido to request focused anti-virus measures (NHK World – Japan, July 20)


-Japan starts checking COVID vaccination status of overseas arrivals (Kyodo News, July 20)


-Narita, Haneda airports start full-scale use of facial recognition system (Japan Today, July 20)


-Travel agencies eye discounts for those vaccinated for COVID-19 (The Asahi Shimbun, July 20)


-Most major cities in Japan revise vaccine plans amid supply crunch (Kyodo News, July 17)


-Japan health ministry panel approves Moderna COVID vaccine for ages 12-17 (Kyodo News, July 19)


Tomorrow 22 July and Friday 23 July are public holidays in Japan, so our office will be closed. We will be back to work on Monday 26 July.

Furthermore our office will be closed for the Japanese obon holiday from Friday 6 August till Monday 16 August. We will be back at your service from Tuesday 17 August.


Take good care with the heat!
And from the safety of our homes let’s cheer for the Japanese, Belgian and Luxembourg athletes at the upcoming Olympics!!


The BLCCJ office