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Newsletter May 12

Newsletter May 12

At the end of May we plan to go ahead with our first live event of the year – our annual golf tournament with the French Chamber (Friday 28 May @ Tomisato GC).
So far 60 people signed up – you still have time to sign up as a player or as a sponsor until 18 May.
We hereby want to thank BLCCJ members GodivaPuratosAB InBev and Brussels-Nagoya-Languages for sponsoring prizes for the event!


Unfortunately Belgian Beer Weekend Yokohama cannot happen on May 20-23 due to the extension of the State of Emergency. So no Belgian shop run by BLCCJ in May.
But you can support the BBW organizers and our member beer importers by buying products through the Belgian Beer Weekend Home website.


Also our next Belgian Beer and Food Academy planned for June 1 had to be postponed, most likely to Tuesday 30 November @ Hilton Osaka.
We will keep you informed.


We have several webinars lined up in the coming weeks:

-Asian inter-Chamber webinar “Digitalis – how to reinvent the world”: Monday 17 May, 16:00-17:00 JST @ Zoom

-Asian inter-Chamber webinar with Belgian Minister of Finance Vincent Van Peteghem: Tuesday 8 June, 19:00-20:15 JST @ Zoom

-Webinar “The Journey to Gender Equality in Belgium and Japan”: Thursday 10 June, 17:00-18:15 JST @ Zoom

-Asian inter-Chamber webinar with Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmes: Monday 28 June, 19:00-20:00 @ Zoom

-Furthermore we are planning a webinar on air cargo between Belgium and Japan with FIT Tokyo, BruCargo and ANA Cargo in the first week of June (tbc)

More details will be shared soon.


We also want to remind you that if you are interested in giving a presentation about yourself and your company to other BLCCJ members, we will gladly organize a next “Meet the BLCCJ Members” online event. Just contact our office.


Some news headlines of the past days:

-Officials to call on those who fail to abide by Japan’s virus entry rules (The Asahi Shimbun, May 11)


-Japan gov’t debt rises by record ¥101 tril in FY2020 (Japan Today, May 11)


-Japan’s FY 2020 household spending falls 4.9%, 2nd largest drop on record (Mainichi Japan, May 11)


-Japan’s extended virus emergency to lead to 1 tril. yen economic loss (Kyodo News, May 8)


-Panasonic eyes profit growth in FY 2021 buoyed by supplies to Tesla (Kyodo News, May 10)


-Japan airlines eye low-cost services to drive post-pandemic growth (Kyodo News, May 9)


-Job offers for 2022 univ. graduates improve as COVID-19 fears subside (Kyodo News, May 8)


-Japan’s 2020 internet traffic sees 78-fold jump from 2004 level (Kyodo News, May 10)


-Takeda says it may double imports of Moderna shots to help accelerate Japan vaccination (Japan Today, May 12)


-Shionogi says looking to provide COVID-19 vaccine this year (Nikkei Asia, May 10)


-Japan pharma industry opposes U.S. backing for vaccine patent waiver (Kyodo News, May 8)


Hope to see you soon – live or online!


The BLCCJ office