Newsletter February 4

Don’t forget to sign up for our Meet the New BLCCJ Members online meet-and-greet with presentations by AB InbevSafran Helicopter Engines and Tokusen. Feb. 9, 18:30-19:30 @ Zoom. Already 25 people are joining, so a perfect occasion to (re)connect with some BLCCJ members!

 

We also have nice news from 2 other member companies:
Shimizu Seizaburo Shoten Ltd. was ranked 3rd and Konishi Brewing Co., Ltd. 5th in the World Sakagura Ranking 2020 for sake breweries. Congratulations!

 

Unfortunately we have to announce that due to the extension of the state-of-emergency till March 7, the Inter-Chamber Ski and Snowboard Networking Retreat, which had been rescheduled for 6/7 March at Lotte Arai Resort, has now been CANCELLED. We hope to organize it again next year.

 

Luxembourg Trade & Invest (LTIO) has launched its first all-in-one digital marketing guide to help Luxembourg businesses go international.
They also published a factsheet about the bilateral relations between Luxembourg and Japan.

 

Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) has published a job offer for a Technology Attache in Tokyo. The job offer is open to Belgian citizens only, and it is the Flemish Government in charge of the selection, not FIT Tokyo. You can find all details here.

 

The Tokyo Employment Consultation Center (TECC) is organizing the webinar “Growing Your Business in Japan” on Monday 8 February, 18:00-20:00 @ Zoom. Free-of-charge, in English. For more details and to register, please click here.

 

The same day, the Belgian regions and embassy will have a joint virtual exhibition room for the second edition of the Tokyo Tech International Open Innovation Symposium.
Participants will be able to visit the room and get to know more about science and innovation in Belgium.

 

We also want to remind you that MIPRO is organizing an online startup seminar “Experience-based Advice” on 17 February, 14:00-15:30. Free-of-charge, in English. More details here.

 

Some news headlines of the past days:

-Tokyo Olympic Games offers Playbook to assure athletes; includes rules for fans (Japan Today, Feb. 4)

 

-EU reinstates travel ban from Japan amid surge of COVID-19 cases (Kyodo News, Jan. 29)

 

-Japan enacts laws setting fines for antivirus measure noncompliance (Kyodo News, Feb. 3)

 

-1-month virus emergency extension may cut Japan’s consumption by 3.6 tril. yen (Kyodo News, Feb. 2)

 

-Japan’s foreign workers hit hard by pandemic despite record number (The Mainichi, Feb. 4)

 

-Japan’s 2020 job availability logs sharpest drop in 45 yrs amid pandemic (Kyodo News, Jan. 29)

 

-1,000 companies go bankrupt as virus continues to rage in Japan (The Asahi Shimbun, Feb. 3)

 

-Population influx into Tokyo area decelerates in pandemic-hit 2020 (Kyodo News, Jan. 29)

 

-Toyota eyes record 9.2 million unit global output in 2021 (Kyodo News, Feb. 3)

 

-Sony forecasts record profit after PlayStation 5 launch (Japan Today, Feb. 4)

 

-Pandemic lifestyle delivers earnings boon for Amazon, Google (Japan Today, Feb. 4)

 

-Shiseido to sell off popular brands for $1.5 bil. (NHK World-Japan, Feb. 3)

 

-Imperial Hotel Tokyo launches high-end apartment service (The Mainichi, Feb. 3)

 

-Coronavirus death toll tops 6,000 in Japan (Kyodo News, Feb. 3)

 

-Japan aims to start COVID-19 vaccinations mid-February: Suga (Kyodo News, Feb. 2)

 

-Minister suggests EU export rules may delay vaccinations in Japan (Kyodo News, Feb. 2)

 

-Crime in Japan drops to lowest postwar level in 2020 amid pandemic (Kyodo News, Feb. 4)

 

For a small energy boost, don’t forget to check out the many (Belgian) chocolate brands at the different Valentine fairs currently going on at Japanese department stores!

 

Take good care.

 

The BLCCJ office