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Newsletter September 3

Newsletter September 3

From September 1st, all foreign nationals with residence status in Japan are allowed to re-enter the country. However, the conditions to be fulfilled remain complicated and sometimes extremely difficultEBC Chief Policy Director Bjorn Kongstad compiled several official documents to write a summary of the various procedures needed by foreign residents to re-enter Japan.

This article lists several questions and answers regarding the new coronavirus-related travel regulations (Kyodo News, Sept. 1), while this article underlines the serious concerns about them (The Japan Times, August 31).

The EBC supported by the BLCCJ will continue its lobbying efforts for the simplification of the (re-)entry procedures.


On a different note, we’d like to remind you of the vacancy at the BLCCJ Board of Directors. If you are interested in taking on an active role within the Chamber, please send your resume and motivation by TOMORROW 4 September 17:00 to


We have also scheduled the next webinar: “A Prime Minister and his Legacy” where Tobias Harris, author of “The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan”, will speak about PM Abe’s legacy and the possible impact on business caused by his leave. Tuesday 8 September, 12:00-13:00 @ Zoom.
If you are interested, please send an email to by Monday evening. Note that the British Chamber is taking the lead on this webinar.

Furthermore we are preparing a webinar on Venture Capital, and there are the annual EU Chamber Cocktail (Oct 21 @ Park Hyatt Tokyo) and golf tournament (Oct 28 @ Tomisato GC) to look forward to as well – so stay tuned!


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

-Japan PM Abe resigns due to illness with many issues unresolved (Kyodo News, August 28)


-PM Abe’s departure after mixed economic results to test market confidence (The Japan Times, Sept. 1)


-Over 50,000 workers in Japan dismissed due to pandemic (The Japan Times, Sept. 2)


-Japan’s jobless rate rises to 2.9% in July (Japan Today, Sept. 1)


-Japan April-June capital spending marks largest fall in decade (Kyodo News, Sept. 1)


-FOCUS: Crowdfunding proves popular as way to help businesses hit by virus (Kyodo News, Sept. 1)


-FOCUS: Firms downsizing offices amid coronavirus upheaval (Kyodo News, Sept. 1)


-Australia in recession for 1st time in 29 years (NHK World – Japan, Sept. 2)


-Business travel from Taiwan, 4 SE Asian nations to restart Sept. 8 (The Asahi Shimbun, Sept. 2)


-Japan mulls offering COVID-19 vaccines for free to all residents (Kyodo News, Sept. 2)


-Tokyo partners with Line for new COVID-19 checkup system (The Asahi Shimbun, August 31)


Continue to take good care, stay healthy and positive!


The BLCCJ office