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Newsletter November 10

Newsletter November 10

On November 1st, the BLCCJ has welcomed a new assistant: Madoka Shibata. Right away she was thrown into the gala preparations and pulled off a great job. We look forward to introducing her to all of you at our upcoming events.


This means that after nearly 10 years we are saying goodbye to Hitomi Strobbe. Because of her hard work and devotion to the Chamber and its members, she has been a driving force in making the BLCCJ the vibrant community that it is today.
Hitomi will stay on as BLCCJ assistant till November 30th; from December 1st she will work part-time for the Belgo-Luxembourg Market Council. Since she will be based in the same BLCCJ office, it is not really a farewell but foremost a thank you for 10 years at BLCCJ!



We also want to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who joined our gala last Friday. We believe it was a successful event and above all, a wonderful occasion to finally meet up face-to-face again.
A special thanks must go out to our many sponsors for the raffle, the food and drinks, the omiyage and technical setup.
We will soon share pictures on our Facebook page.


Don’t forget that tomorrow we will have our first beer gathering of the year.
We are gathering at Belgian Beer Weekend Toyosu from 18:00 onwards (till 21:00 closing time).
You can find the BLCCJ group in the covered area in the back.
Come join us for some Belgian beers, food and great bayside atmosphere!


And if you want to enjoy and learn more about Belgian beers and its pairing with Belgian foods, we will organize a next Belgian Beer and Food Academy in Osaka on Thursday 2 December @ Hilton Osaka. Sign up now!



-BLCCJ artist member Patrick Gerola has a new website:


-With support of the Belgian Embassy, a Belgian Fair is being held at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo until December 25th – with a Belgian Christmas market-themed afternoon tea and Belgian dishes and beers at different locations in the hotel.


The Swiss Chamber of Commerce is welcoming BLCCJ members to its November luncheon on mental health.
If interested please sign up asap by sending an email to: and mention that you’re a BLCCJ member.


Finally, here are some NEWS HEADLINES of the past days:

-Japan begins accepting new entry applications amid COVID decline (Kyodo News, Nov. 8)

-Japan reopens borders but hefty paperwork impedes entry (Nikkei Asia, Nov. 10)

-Japan economy watchers sentiment jumps to nearly 8-yr high as curbs lifted (Kyodo News, Nov. 9)

-Japan gov’t panel proposes more support for firms hiking wages (Mainichi Japan, Nov. 9)

-Japan ruling bloc agrees on income cap for 100,000 yen handouts (Kyodo News, Nov. 10)

-Japan’s izakaya pub numbers decrease by 20% in FY2020 (The Japan News, Nov. 8)

-COVID booster shots to be administered to 18+ (NHK World – Japan, Nov. 10)

-JAL adopts app for passengers to verify COVID-19 inoculation (The Asahi Shimbun, Nov. 9)

-Free PCR testing in cards for those without symptoms (The Asahi Shimbun, Nov. 9)


If you plan to travel to Belgium or Luxembourg in the near future, make sure to check the Embassies’ websites for the most recent COVID-19 related travel information:


Take good care, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!


The BLCCJ office