Newsletter June 9

Our golf event last week was a wonderful reunion with friends and colleagues on the sunny greens. One of the BLCCJ players eventually won first place, although as a team the French Chamber was stronger. We’ll take revenge next year! Thank you again to those who joined us and the sponsors of the award ceremony.

 

Until we can organize our next live event, we actively continue with webinars:

“The Journey to Gender Equality in Belgium and Japan” – with presentations by the Belgian Ambassador, UCB Japan President and AB InBev Japan GM: Thursday 10 June, 17:00-18:15 @ Zoom – sign up now!

“Road to Carbon Neutrality: Renewable Energies and Energy Storage” – with presentations by TotalEnergies, Umicore and Solvay: Tuesday 13 July, 17:00-18:00 @ Zoom

-A next “Meet the BLCCJ Members”: Thursday 29 July, 18:30-19:30 @ Zoom

More information will go out soon.

 

If you are interested to give a webinar presentation yourself, or if you know of good speakers or topics, feel free to share with our office at any time.

Also, if you have any special sales or services you want to promote towards the BLCCJ members, please contact our office.

 

News from related organizations:

-On Thursday 24 June 17:00-19:00 JST, the Belgian Embassy – in collaboration with FIT, AWEX and MAFF – is organizing an “Agritech Seminar” hybrid event.
You can find the detailed program and signup information on the event website and in the attachment.

-JBS has renewed its website, including an English page.

-On 28 May the EBC has issued a joint statement on the entry restrictions in Japan.

 

A few news headlines of the past days:

-Luxembourg confirmed participation in Expo2025 Osaka/Kansai (Chronicle.lu, May 26)

 

-World Bank sees 5.6% global growth in 2021, best since 1973 (Japan Today, June 9)

 

-Japan’s 1st qtr GDP fall upgraded to 3.9% on more public demand (Mainichi Japan, June 8)

 

-One-third of listed Japan companies to hike fiscal 2022 dividends (Nikkei Asia, June 7)

 

-Japan consumers get mixed bag of slow wage growth, forced savings (Kyodo News, June 5)

 

-EU eases restrictions on nonessential travelers from Japan (Kyodo News, June 4)

Kindly note that Japan remains a red zone for Belgium for the moment. You can access the latest information on the Belgian Embassy’s website.

For Luxembourg, please keep an eye on this website.

 

-U.S. CDC eases travel recommendations on some 110 countries, including Japan (The Asahi Shimbun, June 9)

 

-No. of Japan visas issued in 2020 drops record 87% due to pandemic (Kyodo News, May 31)

 

-Purpose of Tokyo Games changes over time from disaster recovery to COVID triumph to peace (Mainichi Japan, June 8)

 

-Major companies, universities apply for on-site vaccinations (Japan Today, June 9)

 

-21% of Japan’s elderly have had at least 1 shot (NHK World – Japan, June 7)

 

-COVID-19 lockdowns cause increase in alcohol intake: OECD (Kyodo News, June 6)

 

-Over 70% of those polled in Japan feel tired due to coronavirus pandemic (Mainichi Japan, June 5)

 

Warm sunny weather is upon on, and hopefully vaccinations will follow soon.
So keep up your spirits, and take good care!

 

The BLCCJ office