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Newsletter March 8

Newsletter March 8

The past weeks have been intense with the escalation of the Ukraine-Russia situation, and in Japan with the continued quasi-state-of-emergency in several parts of the country due to high corona figures. We can only hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy!


If there is anything the BLCCJ office can assist you with, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Someone is in the office every day between 10:00 and 17:00, so feel free to call: 03-6457-8662
If we cannot take your call, you can easily reach us by email:


We hereby want to remind you that if you have any news to share with the members or if you do a special promotion towards the BLCCJ members, let us know for upcoming newsletters or social media posts.

We are also looking for presenters for a next “Meet the BLCCJ Members” online event.



The BLCCJ office is in full preparation of several webinars:

-Friday 11 March, 17:00-18:00: webinar with the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries – BIO Invest (hosted by BeLuxCham Vietnam)
To sign up, please send a message to


-Wednesday 23 March (time tbc): talk with Expo 2020 Dubai Belgian Pavilion Director Myriam Cops


-Monday 28 March, 17:00-17:45: live tour of the Expo 2020 Dubai Luxembourg Pavilion by Pavilion Director Daniel Sahr


-Wednesday 13 April, 17:30-18:30: our first webinar in Japanese on trade between Belgium-Luxembourg-Japan (with a focus on the EPA)


-Wednesday 27 April (time tbc): webinar with Pfizer CEO BeLux Karel Van De Sompel (hosted by BeLuxCham Malaysia)


More details will go out soon!



-Last week the European Business Council (EBC) shared detailed information on the amendments to the entry restrictions and quarantine (as of Feb 25)


-The Belgian Embassy updated the corona measures for travelers to Belgium on their website


-For information regarding travel to Luxembourg, please check this website


-Several Chambers of Commerce in Japan have opened up their March booster programs to BLCCJ members as well.
For detailed information, please reach out to the organizing Chambers directly.



On the 3rd anniversary of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the EU Delegation to Japan is asking your support to complete a short 10-minute business survey relating to the further improving business opportunities under the EPA. Deadline is April 29, 2022.


Some COVID-19 NEWS HEADLINES of the past days:

-Japan to relax COVID border controls, give priority entry to students (Kyodo News, March 3)


-Quasi-emergency measures partly lifted (NHK World – Japan, March 7)


-Record portion of Japan firms planning to hire more (NHK World – Japan, March 7)


-COVID worsens Japan’s persistent gender gap in child care (Nikkei Asia, March 5)


-Support group received record 49,514 inquiries about moving out of greater Tokyo in 2021 (Mainichi Japan, March 6)


-Japan reaches target of 1 mil. COVID booster shots per day (Kyodo News, March 4)


On a final note, Happy International Women’s Day from the 2 BLCCJ office ladies!


Take good care,


The BLCCJ office