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Newsletter October 19

Newsletter October 19

We hope you are keeping well in these busy and challenging times.



-Next week the BLCCJ office will welcome Akiko Itoh as BLCCJ Executive Assistant. She will be replacing Madoka Shibata during her maternity leave starting from November 1. We hereby extend a warm welcome to Akiko, and wish Madoka all the best with her new step in life.


-After months of preparations, the BLCCJ office renovation has now been completed! If you are in the neighborhood, feel free to drop us a visit.


-We are also working on a new BLCCJ website. Currently in the testing phase, we hope to reveal it to you soon!



October beer gathering: Monday 24 October, from 19:00 @ BBC Antwerp Port


-Last week the 3 finalist companies were invited to our Nippon Export Award 2022-2023 jury session.
Are you curious who won this year? Then join our Gala on 11 November where the winner will be revealed!


BLCCJ Gala “100”: Friday 11 November, 18:30-23:00 @ Conrad Tokyo – currently 216 guests have been confirmed, registration is open till 1 November


Gala raffle:

  • 1 ticket costs JPY 1,000, but for JPY 10,000 you can get 12 tickets!
  • If you want to purchase raffle tickets in advance, please contact our office.On the day itself we can give a receipt for raffle purchases upon request.
  • We are still looking for students who want to help out with the raffle ticket sales and raffle prize distribution! Anyone interested should contact our office by the end of October.
  • Raffle prizes are still welcome till 28 October!


-Next “Meet the BLCCJ Members” presenting our new corporate members: Tuesday 22 November, 18:30-19:30 @ Zoom


-Save-the-date: BLCCJ Annual General Meeting: Wednesday 14 December, 18:30-19:30 @ Belgian Embassy. This will be followed by a dinner.



From October 20 till 23, Boutique “Artistic & Co” in The New Otani Tokyo (part of BLCCJ professional member Trinity Co., Ltd.) is organizing the pop-up event “Quelle chance” with jewelry of Japanese designer 山吹祥子  (Shoko Yamabuki).
Part of the sales will be donated to the Egao Plannet Association. More details here and in the attachment – don’t miss it!



-The Belgian Embassy in Tokyo is looking for a new administrative assistant – applications have to be received by 11 November



  • Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Finance Minister Yuriko Backes are currently visiting Japan. Yesterday they had a meeting with Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (more information on the MOFA website).
  • Luxembourg Trade & Investment Office Tokyo has published its September Crossroads newsletter.
  • On 3 October, national innovation agency Luxinnovation has signed a memorandum of cooperation with JETRO, the Japan External Trade Organisation, in order to support innovative Japanese companies looking to open offices in Luxembourg.


JMEC 29 is now open for applications from prospective project clients and participants


Hyogo prefecture is organizing a hybrid seminar in Tokyo on the prefecture’s strong points: Tuesday 11 November, 14:00-16:30 @ Conrad Tokyo – free of charge, but prior registration is needed (in Japanese only)


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


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

-Rapid, one-sided yen fall negative for Japan economy: BOJ chief (Kyodo News, Oct 19)


-Yen falls to fresh 32-year low in lower 149 zone vs. dollar in London (Kyodo News, Oct 18)


-Booze price hikes add woes as bars adapt to reopening Japan (Mainichi Japan, Oct. 19)


-No. of bankruptcies in Japan up in April-Sept. for 1st rise in 3 yrs (Kyodo News, Oct. 16)


-Japan set to be short of 1 million medical, welfare workers in 2040 (The Asahi Shimbun, Oct. 19)


-Large hydrogen station to be set up at former Olympic Village (The Asahi Shimbun, Oct 17)


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