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Newsletter September 24

Newsletter September 24

Even though there is a sudden change in temperatures, at the BLCCJ we are eager to start the fall event season!
This is what we have on the program so far:

-October 1: “A new start: challenges and business opportunities in the new normal”panel discussion and dinner hosted by H.E. Belgian Ambassador Roxane de Bilderling at the Belgian Embassy. Free of charge for BLCCJ members. We still have a few seats left, signup deadline is tomorrow, first come first served.


– October 8: “Venture Capital in Japan – new opportunities for foreign startups”, our next webinar with FITAnnouncement will go out very soon, stay tuned.


-October 21: European Joint Chamber Cocktail @ Park Hyatt Tokyo 39F. We still have seats left, so sign up soon.


-October 28: Joint Golf Tournament @ Tomisato GC. You can sign up till 16 October (but please note that the bus is full).
You can also sponsor the event with a raffle prize.


-November 27: BLCCJ Gala Ball “Back together” @ Conrad Tokyo
Announcement will go out very soon, stay tuned!
You can also sponsor the event with a raffle prize.


-December 10: our annual General Assembly – please already note it in your agenda


The EBC has been actively advocating with the Japanese authorities for more flexibility in opening their borders to foreigners who have just been appointed to Japan. The EBC’s recommendation for companies regarding the facilitation of the entry of new expatriates is as follows:
-Please use the template letter to METI (quantifying the project and the number of jobs that depend on the new expat(s), showing that the Japanese partner(s) cannot move forward without the presence of the new expat(s)) with the EBC in cc  (see template 1)
-Ask the EBC (if the case is well-reasoned) to send on their behalf a letter to MoJ through METI, explaining the situation and asking for an exemption for the attached list of expatriates (see template 2).

A positive result is not guaranteed, but this is the most effective process according to the understanding of the EBC.


The Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce has renewed its website, including a page on the BLCCJ.


We also like to remind you that the BLCCJ members can enjoy a discount at the Armani ristorante. They have just hired a new Italian Chef, Mr. Carmine Amarante. You can find a press release and the autumn menus in attachment.


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

-Japan to reopen borders for all countries in Oct., but not tourists (Kyodo News, Sept. 23)


-Kuroda says BOJ may extend aid for pandemic-hit firms beyond March (Kyodo News, Sept. 23)


-Japan’s convenience store sales fall 5.5% in Aug. amid pandemic (The Mainichi, Sept. 23)


-Over 500 businesses in Japan go bankrupt amid pandemic, including many eateries (The Mainichi, Sept. 22)


-Japan eases virus rule to allow more people at sports, movie venues (Kyodo News, Sept. 19)


-Suga and Koike agree to move forward with holding Tokyo Games (The Japan Times, Sept. 23)


-Tokyo Game Show kicks off entirely online amid epidemic (Kyodo News, Sept. 23)


-Bookings start for trips to and from Tokyo under subsidy program (Kyodo News, Sept. 18)


-Japanese firm launches world’s first UV lamp that safely kills coronavirus (The Japan Times, Sept. 22)


-Fujifilm to seek approval for COVID-19 drug Avigan possibly in Oct. (The Mainichi, Sept. 23)


Take good care with the changing of the seasons on top of everything else!


The BLCCJ office