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Newsletter May 12

Newsletter May 12

We hope you enjoyed a relaxing Golden Week, and are re-energized for a busy spring/summer season.


This year we are relaunching the Nippon Export Award (NEA)!
Has your SME or large company made significant achievements in exporting to Japan, importing into Japan, or distributing within Japan, Belgian-Luxembourg products or services? Then send us your completed application form by 31 August 2022, and perhaps you will become the 11th NEA winner!
More information on the NEA website.


Other upcoming BLCCJ EVENTS:

Belgian shop @ Belgian Beer Weekend Yokohama: Thursday 19 May until Sunday 22 May @ Yamashita Park – come visit us!


Golf tournament with the French and Swiss Chambers: Friday 27 May @ Tomisato GC
The event is sold out, but we are still welcoming prize sponsors – please contact our office for more details


Belgian Beer and Food Academy in Tokyo: Thursday 9 June, 18:30-21:30 @ Hilton Tokyo – sign up now!


We are working on a few webinars, a next “Meet the BLCCJ Members” and another inter-Asian Chambers online networking event for summer – more details will go out in due time!



-We are happy to welcome new corporate member Shonan Boeki to the BLCCJ network!
Shonan Boeki has been importing non-alcohol wines from Belgium, and recently started the import of Belgian beer Biere des Amis and Biere des Amis 0.0%. You will be able to taste those at our upcoming food pairing event.


-A special thank you to the (member) companies supporting our Belgian shop @ BBW Yokohama:


-Also a special thank you to the (member) companies sponsoring the golf tournament:



-The Belgian Embassy in cooperation with the regional trade offices is organizing a Hydrogen Seminar: Thursday 2 June, 17:00-18:30 JST
This is a hybrid event – you can attend at the Belgian Embassy or online (Zoom)
For more details and to sign up, please go to the dedicated website.


-The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation shared its report “Trade of Goods and Services Between the EU Member States and Japan 2021”, providing an outlook on the current state of trade between the EU and Japan


-The Centre is also organizing a webinar on “promoting research and innovation in hydrogen: opportunities for cooperation between the EU and Japan”: Wednesday 25 May, 16:00-18:15 @ Zoom


MIPRO is organizing its next Startup Seminar: “Why Startups Are Failing to Penetrate the Japanese Market and What They Can Do Differently”: Tuesday 24 May, 14:00-16:00 @ Zoom


Finally, here are a few NEWS HEADLINES of the past days:

-Japan planning to allow 20,000 daily international arrivals in June (Kyodo News, May 11)


-Japan looks to waive airport COVID tests for vaccinated travelers (Nikkei Asia, May 12)


-Japan gov’t says masks not needed outdoors if distancing maintained (Mainichi Japan, May 11)


-Japan’s debt hits record high (NHK World – Japan, May 10)


-Annual household spending sees first rise in 4 years (NHK World – Japan, May 10)


-Japan household spending in March down 2.3% on year (Mainichi Japan, May 10)


-Japan’s child population falls for 41st year, record low amid pandemic (Kyodo News, May 4)


We hope to meet again soon!