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Newsletter November 17

Newsletter November 17
Delvaux press release (Jap.)


Once again we would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to AppTweak on winning the Nippon Export Award 2022-2023!
We will host an award ceremony for them on 13 December at the Belgian Embassy.


But before that we have a few other events in the pipeline:

Online meet-and-greet: “Meet the New BLCCJ Members”: Tuesday 22 November, 18:30-19:30 @ Zoom


-Webinar with the German Chamber: “The EU Digital Services Package: An interdisciplinary Workshop”: Wednesday 7 December, 16:00-17:30 @ Zoom


Bonenkai beer gathering: Thursday 8 December from 19:00 @ BBW Shinjuku


-Save-the-date! BLCCJ AGM: Wednesday 14 December, 18:30-19:30 @ Belgian Embassy, followed by dinner at Aux Bacchanales Kioicho


Inter-Chamber Ski-Snowboard-Onsen Networking Retreat: weekend of 18 February 2023 @ Lotte Arai, Niigata



-We are excited to welcome 4 new members to our BLCCJ network!

  1. New corporate member Japan Card Products (JCP), represented by CEO Hiroyuki Sato
    JCP is a 50/50 joint venture between the Cartamundi Group from Turnhout (BE) and a large Japanese Industrial Group, since 2013.
  2. New professional member, AGC Industrial Solutions, represented by Ms. Elza Torchet
    Belgian company AGC specializes in contract manufacturing of metal, plastic and electric/electronic technical components, and is looking to expand business into Japan.
  3. New individual member Hiroyuki Tanaka, an administrative scrivener, who can assist foreigners with visa, immigration, business and subsidy matters
  4. New Starters member Quentin Lange, business developer at EATON Japan

We hope to present them to you soon!


-Corporate member Delvaux will open a new boutique in Omotesando Hills on Saturday 3 December.
More details in the attached press release.


-We are currently looking for seasonal promotions from our members to the members to include in our annual Christmas basket mailing. Please contact our office with the details by 30 November.



Luxembourg Trade & Investment Office Tokyo has published their October Crossroads newsletter


-The European Business Council is investigating to better understand the difficulties encountered by European companies and investors to do business in Japan. For this purpose they launched a survey – open till November 21st (very simple, max. 7 minutes of your time).


-The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is recruiting a Coordinator for Business and Partnering Support in Tokyo – you can apply until tomorrow 18 November


-BLCCJ is again supporting the Expat Expo Tokyo, this year on November 25 and 26 @ Hamamatsucho-kan


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

-Japan logs 2.16 tril. yen trade deficit in October (Kyodo News, Nov. 17)


-Japan’s economy unexpectedly shrinks 1.2% in July-Sept. amid inflation (Kyodo News, Nov. 15)


-Bank of Japan to maintain easing, watch impact of global tightening: chief (Kyodo News, Nov. 14)


-Tokyo taxi fares rise for 1st time in 15 years with base fare up almost 20% (Mainichi Japan, Nov. 15)


-Japan has entered 8th wave of COVID-19 pandemic, medical body says (Kyodo News, Nov. 16)


-Japan foreign arrivals in Oct. up 22.5-fold from 2021 (Mainichi Japan, Nov. 16)


-Foreign visitors to Japan double over one month (NHK World – Japan, Nov. 16)


-Japan projected to have fewer than 800,000 births this year (NHK World – Japan, Nov. 10)


Take good care!