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Newsletter September 28

Newsletter September 28

The fall season is finally bringing cooler temperatures to Japan, perfect to enjoy some great events!


Only a few days left to register for our Gala 2023 at the early bird rate!
From 1 October onwards you will pay JPY 2,000 pp more, so sign up now!!
We are also welcoming raffle prizes!

At this year’s Gala we will highlight the World Heritage sites in Belgium and Luxembourg – on Friday 10 November, from 18:30 @ Conrad Tokyo


Webinar “Green Logistics: difficulties and opportunities in Asia”: Tuesday 10 October, 19:00-20:00 JST @ Zoom


European Joint Chamber Cocktail 2023: Thursday 12 October, 19:00-21:00 @ L’institut francais
BLCCJ still has a few seats left, so sign up soon!


Exclusive visit to the ispace HAKUTO-R Mission Control Center: Thursday 19 October, 17:00-18:00


-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 – more details in the coming weeks



-With Japan’s new invoice system starting 1 October 2023, we want to inform you that the BLCCJ did not apply for a QI number. As a non-profit organization we are not obliged to do so. We would appreciate it if you can make sure that your accounting division is aware of this. Chamber membership fees will not be affected under the new system.


-We would like to remind you that BLCCJ has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with 14 other Be(Ne)Lux & EuroCham Chambers in Asia.
You are invited to review the event calendars of the different Chambers and when interested, participate on the same conditions as members from the organizing Chamber. This applies to webinars but also to in-person events, which is especially attractive now that business travel has resumed. You can find the overview of all participating Chamber logos with link to the respective websites here (under Related organizations).


-Also this year BLCCJ offers its members the opportunity to join a King’s Day advertisement in The Japan News. Deadline to sign up is 20 October. For more information, please click here.


-Don’t forget that BLCCJ members can enjoy a discount at Armani Ristorante!
For details and to make a reservation, please click here.


-Member restaurant Champ de Soleil is celebrating its 29th anniversary with a special fall menu, available until 31 October


-REQUEST: in view of an upcoming event of the BLCCJ Starters (our young professionals group) and newly arriving students from Belgium, we would like to ask if your company is willing to accommodate Belgian interns.
We would appreciate it if you can contact our office if you do, so we can keep you informed of the above-mentioned event.



-You can still register for the 19th North America – Europe Golf Challenge in Japan 2023, Friday 6 October @ Atsugi Kokusai Country Club
For more information, please click here.


The Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) program – entering its 30th edition – is now open for applications from prospective Project Clients who are seeking a customized business plan, and prospective Participants who want to enhance their business skills. As a corporate you may even want to send employees to the JMEC program. For more information, please reach out to our office or to the JMEC organizers directly.


Osaka Prefectural Government is providing a subsidy program for foreign financial companies that covers up to 1.1 million yen to establish a new business location in Osaka City. For more information, please click here.


BeLuxCham Vietnam ESG conference on 30 November & 1 December @ Pullman Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Minh
BLCCJ members are welcome to join at the reduced co-host fee (20% discount on the normal fee). For more information, please contact BeLuxCham Vietnam.


Here are few NEWS HEADLINES of the past days:

-Japan plans company tax breaks to achieve economic security, wage growth (Mainichi Japan, Sep 27)

-Japan may slip from IMF’s No. 2 shareholder status (Kyodo News, Sep 26)

-Osaka World Expo organizer to raise construction cost estimate again (Japan Today, Sep 26)

-August foreign entries to Japan at 2.2 million, 85% of pre-pandemic level (Kyodo News, Sep 20)


On a final note, after many months the construction in front of our office has come to an end!


Take good care, and we hope to see you soon again at our events.