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Newsletter September 8

Newsletter September 8
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After careful consideration, the Board of Directors has decided to launch the BLCCJ Gala Ball 2021 “Ready To Take Off Again”. The event is scheduled to take place on Friday 5 November, from 18:30, at the Conrad Tokyo hotel.
We are very hopeful that we can go ahead with this flagship networking event of the year, but please understand that we might have to cancel or reschedule based on the COVID-19 situation.


You can find more details attached.
We are currently taking registrations and looking for raffle prizes!


We regret to announce that one of our flagship business events, the Nippon Export Award, cannot happen this year due to a low number of applications received by the deadline.
Therefore we have decided to postpone the award to 2022, giving companies 1 extra year to prepare!



Furthermore we have 2 online events coming up:

-A next “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



News from related organizations:


-MIPRO is organizing the online Startup Seminar: “Basic Knowledge of Tax and Company Set-up”: Thursday 30 September, 14:00-16:00 @ Zoom


-The Swiss Chamber of Commerce is opening up their luncheon for BLCCJ members:

“Unlocking Brand IKIGAI for Longevity and Strength” – speaker will be Ms. Vanessa Oshima, Head of Marketing at Starbucks Coffee Japan

Thursday 16 September, 12:00-14:00 @ Grand Hyatt Tokyo

To sign up, please contact and mention that you are a BLCCJ member so you can enjoy member rate (JPY 6,500).


-For those who could not yet get vaccinated, the German Chamber of Commerce has launched its own vaccination campaign in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW).

The first round of vaccinations has started today and will run till 12 September.

They charge JPY 4,000 pp

If you are interested, please quickly send the following contact information directly to the German Chamber:

  •   Name of the person in charge for vaccination at your company
    •    Position / department
    •    Email address
    •    Tel nr.

You can also use the following form:
The German Chamber will inform you if any slots are left and will follow up.


-The European Business Council (EBC) is supportive of the recent statement by the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) that vaccinated people should be exempted from quarantine.

You can read the EBC statement here (as of September 7).


-For those planning to travel to Belgium in the near future, be aware that Japan has been designated a red zone again.

For the most updated information, please consult the Belgian Embassy’s website as well as


Finally, here are a few news headlines of the past days:


-Japan considering vaccine passports for commercial activities (Japan Today, September 8)


-Japan set to issue ‘vaccine passports’ online by the year-end (Asahi Shimbun, September 7)


-Japan business lobby seeks to end quarantine for vaccinated arrivals (Kyodo News, September 6)


-Japan mulling state of emergency extension (NHK World – Japan, September 7)


-Japan gov’t plans lifting alcohol ban even under COVID emergency (Kyodo News, September 3)


-Japan gov’t FY 2022 budget requests total record 111.66 tril. yen (Mainichi Japan, September 7)


-Japan’s Nikkei index touches 30,000 on post-Suga hopes (Nikkei Asia, September 7)


-Tokyo’s Topix stock index ends at 31-year high on fresh stimulus hopes (Kyodo News, September 6)


-Japan July household spending rises but capped by virus resurgence (Mainichi Japan, September 7)


-60% in Japan get at least one vaccine dose (NHK World – Japan, September 8)


-Vaccine chief Kono popular favorite to become Japan’s leader (Asahi Shimbun, September 7)


-Tokyo Games draw final curtain after COVID-19 adversity (Kyodo News, September 5)



Enjoy the late summer weather, and let’s be hopeful to be able to meet again soon!


The BLCCJ office