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Newsletter September 22

Newsletter September 22

Happy fall!
We hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather during this Silver Week.


At the BLCCJ we are in full preparation of several events to come.
We start with 2 online events:

– “Meet the BLCCJ Members” with Mr. Johannes Münzer of Paul Wurth IHI, Wim Eynatten and Francois Copus of Deloitte, and newest member Nobuaki Yoshimura, former JAL Belgium: Monday 27 September, 18:30-19:30 JST @ Zoom

“Leveraging Green Towards a Profitable and Sustainable Business” with FinCity.Tokyo Chairman Hiroshi Nakaso and LuxFLAG Chairwoman Denise Voss: Thursday 7 October, 16:00-17:00 @ Zoom

You can sign up for both webinars for free simply by sending an email.


Then if the COVID-19 restrictions allow it, we have 3 live events lined up:

European Joint Chamber Cocktail 2021: Thursday 14 October, 19:00-21:00 @ Shangri-La Tokyo
BLCCJ seats are limited, so sign up quickly!

Gala 2021 “Ready To Take Off Again”: Friday 5 November, from 18:30 @ Conrad Tokyo
Already half the seats have been reserved, so don’t wait too long!
We are also welcoming raffle prizes – see attachment.

-Belgian Beer and Food Academy in Osaka: Thursday 2 December @ Hilton Osaka
More details will go out soon.

The necessary safety measures will be taken.
If restrictions force us to cancel the events, we will inform you asap.


Also this year The Japan News (by the Yomiuri Shimbun) will publish a special supplement on Belgium on the occasion of the Belgian King’s Day on Tuesday 16 November 2021 (there is no newspaper on Monday 15th).
The BLCCJ gives its members the opportunity to share an advertisement with other BLCCJ members.
If you are interested, please contact the BLCCJ office before Friday 15 October.


A few weeks ago the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency organized the webinar “Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on foreign trade: long-lasting or everlasting?” The presentations of the speakers (in English) and the replay are available here.
To go deeper into the subject, you can download the entire study “Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Belgian Foreign Trade Part 2 – 2020” in Dutch or in French.


And some good news for travel between Japan and Belgium: ANA has announced that from October 31st there will be two round trips a week between Tokyo and Brussels – on Saturday and Wednesday.


Here are some news headlines of the past days:

-Gov’t leans toward lifting state of emergency at end of month (Japan Today, September 22)

-Experts wary of possible COVID rebound in Japan after lifting of state of emergency (Mainichi Japan, September 21)

-BOJ keeps monetary policy steady amid COVID-19, supply concerns (Kyodo News, September 22)

-Land prices continue to fall in Japan amid pandemic (Kyodo News, September 21)

-OECD says global GDP “surpassed pre-pandemic level” but gaps remain (Kyodo News, September 21)

-ADB trims developing Asia’s growth outlook to 7.1% amid COVID-19 (Kyodo News, September 22)

-U.S. to shift in Nov. from travel bans to vaccine proof for visitors (Kyodo News, September 21)

-Japan visitors down 99% in Aug. from 2019 as border controls kept (Kyodo News, September 15)

-October’s Tokyo Marathon postponed due to COVID state of emergency (Kyodo News, September 17)

-Tokyo hospital list for suspected COVID patients (NHK World – Japan, September 21)

-Japan’s elderly to get COVID-19 booster shots in early 2022 (Kyodo News, September 21)

-Seniors account for record 29.1% of Japan’s population (Kyodo News, September 19)


We are hopeful to meet face to face again soon!


The BLCCJ office