Newsletter July 22

We hope you are doing well despite the crisis and the long rainy season.


In this newsletter we’d like to inform you that the EU-Japan Center for Industrial Cooperation is holding the webinar “European economy and corporate movements around COVID-19”, where a speaker from JETRO Tokyo will provide explanations on the Japanese perspective, while a speaker from SMEunited in Brussels will give insights on the European perspective.
July 31, 16:30-18:00 JPT – you can register here.


The European Business Council (EBC) shared the results of its survey on “The impact of the (re-)entry ban to Japan on European companies”.
The key findings show that:

  • The (re-)entry ban to Japan impacts 85% of European companies;
  • 44% of European companies expect a loss of revenue solely due to the (re-)entry ban;
  • Among all activities, project development, governance and Human Resources are mostly affected;
  • 23% of the companies expect appropriate actions from the Government of Japan, such as compensation and tax relief


And new dates for Belgian Beer Weekend 2020 have been announced!

  • Nagoya: August 13-18
  • Osaka: August 26-30
  • Hibiya: September 3-6

More info on the Belgian Beer Weekend website.


Finally, some news headlines of the past days:

-Japan raises travel advisory for 16 countries, region (Kyodo News, July 21)


-To fight pandemic, Japan keeps fiscal tap wide open on budget spending requests (The Japan Times, July 21)


-Japan 2020 1st-half exports log sharpest drop in decade due to virus (Kyodo News, July 20)


-Japan gov’t eyes amendment of special law against coronavirus (Kyodo News, July 19)


-Gov’t to pay for Tokyo travel promotion cancellation in about-face (Kyodo News, July 21)


-Japan cautiously weighs easing capacity limits (NHK World – Japan, July 22)


-Tokyo reports 237 more coronavirus cases, total nearing 10,000 (Kyodo News, July 21)


-Costs for delayed Tokyo Games hit sponsors already facing virus woes (Kyodo News, July 21)


-Only 23.9% in Japan look forward to Tokyo Olympics next summer: poll (Kyodo News, July 19)


-Japan OKs dexamethasone as second drug for coronavirus treatment (Kyodo News, July 21)


Please note that July 23 and 24 are national holidays in Japan; we will be back at your service on Monday July 27.


Take good care!


The BLCCJ office