Newsletter October 2

Good news: 16 months after the election, Belgium has a new government.

 

And more good news: as of 25 September, the restriction on essential travel no longer applies to residents of Japan when wanting to travel to Belgium. Anyone residing in Japan can now enter Belgium as long as they meet immigration and visa requirements.
A Passenger Locator Form is mandatory, but a PCR test and quarantine are not.

 

You can find all updated travel information regarding Belgium on the website of the Belgian Embassy in Tokyo.
For Luxembourg, please refer to the website of the Luxembourg Embassy in Tokyo.

 

At Brussels Airport you can now take a PCR test. The COVID-19 Test Centre is located just outside the airport terminal (on the Departure level).

 

The EBC calls on the European and Japanese authorities to start negotiations on a business and residence track, and has released the following statement on September 30.

 

Regarding the BLCCJ, from yesterday we have 2 new Directors on our Board: Laurent Depus (Natixis Japan Securities) and Kazumasa Imoto (Solvay Japan) . We look forward to working with them the coming years!

 

We also welcomed 2 new members:
Professional: Tokusen KK (Mr. Shintaro Ishida)
Individual: Mr. Maarten Adriaens (Levarht Japan)

 

On the event front we are now working towards more live events, but we will continue to organize webinars from time to time. This is the current lineup of events:

–October 8: “Venture Capital in Japan – new opportunities for foreign startups”, our next webinar with FIT.

 

-October 21: European Joint Chamber Cocktail @ Park Hyatt Tokyo 39F (we still have some seats left)

 

-October 28: Joint Golf Tournament @ Tomisato GC. You can sign up till 16 October (but please note that the bus is full).
You can also sponsor the event with a raffle prize.

 

-November 27: BLCCJ Gala Ball “Back together” @ Conrad Tokyo
You can also sponsor the event with a raffle prize.

 

-December 10: our annual General Assembly followed by dinner

 

We will also publish a BLCCJ advertisement again in the Japan News at the occasion of Belgian King’s Day on 15 November. If you are interested to join this advertisement, please reach out to our office by Friday 16 October.

 

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

-Japan to start easing travel advisory in stages from October (Kyodo News, Sept. 29)

 

-Japan to make COVID-19 travel questionnaire available online (Kyodo News, Sept. 26)

 

-Japan’s Aug. jobless rate rises to 3%, highest in 3 yrs due to virus (Kyodo News, Oct. 2)

 

-Japan corporate mood improves in Sept., but pandemic gloom persists (Kyodo News, Oct. 1)

 

-Most prefectural governments treat teleworking as ‘business trips’ (The Asahi Shimbun, Sept. 29)

 

-Tokyo virus cases slowing from Aug. peak (Kyodo News, Sept. 30)

 

-Tokyo added to travel subsidy program as discount raised to 50% (Kyodo News, Oct. 1)

 

-Japan to offer free coronavirus vaccinations to all citizens (The Japan Times, Oct. 1)

 

-Japanese bio-venture starts development of COVID-19 peptide vaccine (Kyodo News, Oct. 1)

 

We wish you a safe and enjoyable weekend!