Happy spring to you all! May it be the beginning of better times to come.
At the BLCCJ we would like to celebrate this by organizing our first live event of the year: a spring party on Wednesday 14 April @ Le Petit Tonneau Toranomon.
We will gather at 18:30 for a drink on the terrace, and then enjoy a Belgian-style dinner in the restaurant with the great company of fellow BLCCJ members and friends. Seats will be limited to 50, so sign up soon!
We also want to remind you of our online meet-and-greet with 4 of the BLCCJ members on Tuesday 30 March, 18:30-19:30 @ Zoom. You can sign up till 30 March noon.
Other events coming up:
-Online CLIC event with the CEO of Chopard Japan: Thursday 22 April, 18:00-20:00 @ Remo.co – detailed information will go out soon
-Belgian Beer and Food Academy in Tokyo: Tuesday 1 June @ Hilton Tokyo – we are currently looking for product sponsors. If you’re interested, please contact our office.
Furthermore a few inter-Asian Chamber webinars with BeLux Ministers and other high-level speakers are in the making for May and June, so keep an eye on our mailings, website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.
Regarding the COVID-19 crisis, please check the list of useful links on our website from time-to-time for the most updated information:
-For those traveling to Belgium, make sure to check the travel information on the Belgian Embassy’s website first.
Some member news from Luxembourg:
-Agreement between Paul Wurth and University of Luxembourg: Public-private university chair to study energy process engineering:
–Rotarex invests in Luxembourg production capacity and R&D:
Finally, here are some news headlines of the past days:
-Japan to use $20 bil. from reserve funds for virus-hit sectors (Mainichi Japan, March 23)
-LDP panel urges govt. support for tourism industry (NHK World – Japan, March 24)
-Japan’s cherry blossom economic boost to take 70%-plus hit due to pandemic: estimate (Mainichi Japan, March 22)
-Pandemic leads to Japan land prices falling for 1st time in 6 yrs (Kyodo News, March 23)
-Japan’s low-cost carriers make forays into cargo amid pandemic-led passenger drop (Mainichi Japan, March 21)
-Visitors to Japan drop 99.3% in Feb. due to virus travel restrictions (Kyodo News, March 17)
-Japan spends billions on technology for absent Olympic fans (Mainichi Japan, March 23)
-Japan to tighten border controls on travelers from 7 more states incl. Luxembourg (Kyodo News, March 17)
-Japan mulls coronavirus variant test for all inbound travelers (Kyodo News, March 21)
-New virus cases rising around Japan; Tohoku areas hit hard (The Asahi Shimbun, March 23)
-Tokyo-area train commuter figures dropped only slightly under 2nd virus state of emergency (Mainichi Japan, March 22)
-Tokyo may ask for shorter business hours in April (NHK World – Japan, March 23)
-Restaurant chain sues Tokyo gov’t over COVID opening hour restrictions (Kyodo News, March 22)
-Big beer brewers expect home-use gadgets to increase business (The Asahi Shimbun, March 24)
-Japan receives 6th batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (from Belgium) (Kyodo News, March 22)
-Small municipalities may begin vaccinating general public in late April, Japan minister says (The Japan News, March 23)
With the lifting of the state-of-emergency in Tokyo our office is now open daily again. However, our staff is coming in on different days, and hours in the office are reduced. So if you cannot reach us by phone, just send an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
The BLCCJ office