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Newsletter March 3

Newsletter March 3

We are happy to announce that our EPA seminar on March 10 is practically full. We only have 2 seats left, so if you still want to join, please sign up ASAP.
(Please note that we might have to go online if the state of emergency is not lifted by then.)


We have launched our next webinar “Sustainability: doughnuts and water bottles” with Prof. Dr. Tom Kuppens from Belgium explaining about the doughnut economy, and entrepreneur Robin Lewis discussing the plastic waste situation in Japan. Thursday 18 March, 18:00-19:00 Japan time @ Zoom. Sign up now!


Another “Meet the BLCCJ Members” online event is in the making, so keep an eye on our mailings, website, Facebook and LinkedIn pages!

If you are interested to give a presentation about your company to the other BLCCJ members, just contact our office.


We also want to inform you that last week the BLCCJ was the initiative-taker of an online exchange between Board members of our growing Asian BeLux Chamber network – currently counting 12 Chambers. In total 40 people joined, incl. 8 BLCCJ Board members, to share best practices and ideas on Chamber-specific topics: Events, Memberships, Services, Marketing/Social Media, and the future of our Asian Collaboration. We look forward to a next joint webinar with our Asian counterparts!


Furthermore the following webinars by related organizations might be of interest to you:

-EBC: Briefing on COVID-19 detection and vaccination: 9 March, 16:00-17:30 Japan time @ Webex – to sign up please email to:

-EU-Japan Centre of Industrial Cooperation:
Webinar on Sustainable Finance “Financing for 2050 carbon neutral”: 9 March, 17:00-18:30 Japan time @ Zoom

EU Industry Days “The EU and Japan: a new way forward. Industrial transition towards green and digital”: 18 March, 17:00-19:30 @ Zoom

“2021 RIKEN-Luxembourg Digital Scientific Conference”: 16 March, 16:30-19:30 Japan time. The talks will focus on AI for Improved Healthcare and Common Mechanisms in Neuro-Inflammation. Free-of-charge, but prior registration is required (you can sign up till 11 March).


Next week, March 9-12, Foodex Japan 2021 will take place @ Makuhari Messe.
There will be a Belgian booth, jointly run by FIT and AWEX. Member company Lutosa will be present.

And member company Tokusen KK will have a booth with its Belgian Buss No. 509 gins and shack rums, from March 17 till 23, at the liquor corner and bar counter on B1 floor of Isetan Shinjuku.


As usual, here are some news headlines of the past days:

-Tokyo-area governors eye extension of COVID-19 emergency by 2 weeks (Kyodo News, March 3)


-PM Suga to wait for ‘last minute’ to decide on state of emergency (The Asahi Shimbun, March 2)


-Japan adds 13 nations – incl. Belgium – for extra quarantine steps over COVID variants (Kyodo News, March 2)


-Japan receives 3rd batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine – coming from Belgium (Kyodo News, March 1)


-Japan job availability up, unemployment down in Jan. despite emergency (Kyodo News, March 2)


-Japan’s coronavirus-linked bankruptcies hit monthly record in Feb. (Kyodo News, Feb 26)


-Japanese companies go high-tech in battle against food waste (Japan Today, March 3)


-Yahoo Japan operator, Line merge to take on foreign tech giants (Kyodo News, March 1)


-SoftBank’s internet business to invest ¥500 bil to resist overseas tech giants (Japan Today, March 2)


-NTT Docomo lowers 20-gigabyte monthly mobile plan to 2,700 yen (Kyodo News, March 1)


-Bandai Namco to withdraw from arcade game business in North America (Kyodo News, March 1)


-Japan travel campaign to remain suspended even after emergency lifted (Kyodo News, Feb 28)


-Japan to hold scaled-back ceremony on 10th anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster (Kyodo News, March 2)


-Japan imperial spring garden party canceled again over coronavirus concern (Kyodo News, March 1)


We hope to meet again soon, live or online!


The BLCCJ office