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Newsletter October 8

Newsletter October 8

Great news! The Belgian Beer Weekend (BBW) will still take place in 2020!!
10.16 (Fri.) – 10.18 (Sun.)
10.23 (Fri.) – 10.25 (Sun.)
Fri. 16:00 – 22:00 / Sat. Sun. 10:00 – 21:00

The BLCCJ will hold its next beer gathering there, on Friday 16 October, from 18:00. Let us know if you plan to join!
You will need to buy your ticket in advance:
BLCCJ members will get 2 tokens for free! (ask Sophie or Hitomi at the venue)


Other BLCCJ events on the programme:
-October 21: European Joint Chamber Cocktail @ Park Hyatt Tokyo 39F
-October 28: Joint Golf Tournament @ Tomisato GC.
-November 27: BLCCJ Gala Ball “Back together” @ Conrad Tokyo
-December 10: General Assembly with dinner
-January 30/31: Inter-Chamber Ski and Snowboard Networking Retreat

We will also publish a BLCCJ advertisement again in the Japan News at the occasion of Belgian King’s Day on 15 November. If you are interested to join this advertisement, please reach out to our office by Friday 16 October.


The EBC shared the following information on the new procedures for residents and non-residents to come (back) to Japan:

METI and MOFA have published new information on how to apply for visas (both long-term and short-term) since 1 October 2020.

The Immigration Services Agency (ISA) has also published a FAQ for non-Japanese residents. Please note that it only covers what the ISA is in charge of, i.e. not the COVID-19 testing.


Ernst & Young published a new Immigration Alert – please refer to the attachment.
BLCCJ is planning to do a webinar with EY soon – stay tuned!


And Japan and Korea have reached an agreement to start the Business Track from today October 8, to resume cross-border travel between the two countries.
Also non-Japanese holding a valid resident permit in Japan are eligible to this Business Track – ie any Belgian or Luxembourg resident in Japan who needs to travel to Korea for business purpose could apply to the Business Track and being enabled to some relaxed quarantine restrictions.


Finally, here are some news headlines of the past days:

-Japan to exempt business travelers, returnees from 14-day quarantine (Kyodo News, Oct. 8)


-Prepare to get rid of “hanko,” Japan PM Suga tells government (Kyodo News, Oct. 8)


-Japan’s FY 2021 budget requests total record 105.41 tril. Yen (The Mainichi, Oct. 7)


-Japan upgrades economic assessment for August to ‘bottoming out’ (The Japan Times, Oct. 7)


-Coronavirus-linked business failures reach 600 in Japan (The Japan Times, Oct. 7)


-Low-cost carrier AirAsia to pull out of Japan as virus hits demand (Kyodo News, Oct. 5)


-Pandemic deals 4 trillion yen blow to domestic tourism market (The Asahi Shimbun, Oct. 4)


-Olympic organizers estimate cuts will save 30 bil. Yen (Kyodo News, Oct.8)


-Tokyo Marathon to be postponed to fall 2021 over coronavirus (Kyodo News, Oct. 7)


-More tourists seen after Tokyo added to travel subsidy program (Kyodo News, Oct. 3)


-Japan already planning approval of antiviral drug Avigan in Nov. (Kyodo News, Oct. 4)


We look forward to seeing you soon again.
In the meantime please take good care of yourself.