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Newsletter October 24

Newsletter October 24
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How time flies, it is almost our Gala 2023!

Thanks to your great support we are happy to announce that our gala is sold out, with more than 250 guests in attendance!!

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.
  • Raffle prizes are still welcome until 26 October!



Joint Chamber Young Professionals Speed Networking: Wednesday 25 October, 18:30-20:30 @ CCIFJ Espace

Meet and greet cyclists of “Le Tour de France Critérium Saitama”: Wednesday 1 November, 19:00-21:00 @ CCIFJ event space

Speaker event with CEO of Melexis in the framework of the Asian BeLux Chambers network: Monday 20 November, 18:00-19:00 JST @ Zoom

November beer gathering: Tuesday 21 November, from 19:00 (location TBC)

Belgian shop @ Belgian Beer Weekend Shinjuku: from Wednesday 6 till Sunday 10 December @ Shinjuku Sumitomo Building Sankaku Hiroba

->We will do our bonenkai beer gathering at BBW Shinjuku on Thursday 7 December

BLCCJ Annual General Meeting 2023: Thursday 14 December, 18:30-20:00 @ BNP Paribas seminar room – followed by dinner
More details in the coming weeks

-Save-the-date! BLCCJ will join the 8th Inter-Chamber Ski-Snowboard-Onsen Networking Retreat: weekend of 17 February 2024 @ Okushiga Kogen ski resort, Nagano – registration is open



-The BLCCJ Starters and the Belgian Embassy are organizing a “Belgian Student Welcome Event in Japan”, aimed at newly arrived Belgian students in Japan
A first edition is scheduled for Monday 30 October, 18:00-20:00 @ Belgian Embassy
For more information, please contact

-Flanders Investment & Trade is organizing the webinar “Digital transition in Flanders: meet 8 exciting start-ups and discover upcoming trends and technologies from our region”: Wednesday 8 November, 16:00-17:30 JST @ Zoom
Please refer to the attachment for more details (in Japanese only).
The webinar will be done with simultaneous interpretation.

-BDO Tax Co./Business Engineering Co.,Ltd. are organizing the webinar “What you need to know to comply with the legal and tax requirements/obligations in Japan”: Thursday 9 November, 15:00-15:30 JST @ Zoom
For more details and to register, please click here (deadline is 8 Nov 12:00 JST)

-BLCCJ is again supporting the Expat Expo Tokyo, this year on 24 and 25 November @ Hamamatsucho-kan



We are excited to welcome a new corporate member to the BLCCJ network:
Scania Japan, represented by Mr. Alain Soudan 
Scania is a world leading provider of transport solutions with nearly 57,000 employees in more than 100 countries.
We hope to introduce you to Mr. Soudan soon!



-Luxembourg Trade & Investment Office Tokyo has published its September Crossroads newsletter

-EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation has published its October newsletter

-JETRO is requesting your cooperation with their survey on business operations of foreign-affiliated companies in Japan


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

-IMF projects Japan’s GDP to fall to world’s 4th in 2023 after Germany (Kyodo News, Oct. 24)

-Japan PM sets 3-yr goal to revive inflation-hit economy as wages lag (Kyodo News, Oct. 23)

-Japan’s consumer inflation slows in September (NHK World – Japan, Oct 20)

-BOJ upgrades economic view of 6 regions of Japan (NHK World – Japan, Oct. 20)

-Osaka Expo construction costs expected to rise to over $1.5 billion (NHK World –
, Oct. 20)

-Godiva Japan’s parent aims to build a global luxury food group (Nikkei Asia, Oct. 22)

-Over 40% of workers in Japan sleep less than 6 hrs per night: survey (Mainichi Japan, Oct. 22)


We look forward to welcoming many of you at our Gala and other events!