Newsletter September 10

With the start of a new school year, it also feels time for us to go back to business.
In this regard H.E. Belgian Ambassador Roxane de Bilderling is inviting the BLCCJ members to the seated event: “A new start: challenges and business opportunities in the new normal”. Presentations by field experts from EBC, IKEA and OECD will be followed by a seated dinner.
October 1st, from 18:00 @ Belgian Embassy hall.
Seats are limited, but we can still welcome many members. So sign up now!

 

BLCCJ will also be part of the European Joint Chamber Cocktail, on October 21st, 19:00-21:00 @ Park Hyatt Tokyo 39F.
And don’t forget to sign up for our joint golf tournament with the French and Swiss Chambers on October 28 @ Tomisato GC.

 

The European Business Council (EBC) has released a statement on the recent changes to the (re-)entry ban to Japan, pointing out 3 issues: the required testing before returning to Japan for non-Japanese nationals, the entry of new expats who do not yet have a visa, and the entry of short-term business people. You can read the full statement here.

 

Unfortunately we cannot set up our Belgian shop at Belgian Beer Weekend this year. But that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy some Belgian beers and food and atmosphere!

The Belgian Brasserie Court cafes (BBC) will happily welcome you at their different locations:
BBC Antwerp Central
BBC Antwerp Port
BBC Gent
BBC Leuven
BBC Barrel (Osaka)

And you can order Belgian beers, the original BBW glass and look for inspiration for Belgian recipes and music on the Belgian Beer Weekend Home website.

 

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

-Nearly 80% of LDP lawmakers back Suga in post-Abe leadership race (Japan Today, Sept. 10)

 

-Coronavirus bankruptcies in Japan hit 500 (NHK World – Japan, Sept. 9)

 

-Tokyo governor says postponed Olympics should be held “by all means” (Kyodo News, Sept. 9)

 

-Japan to weigh allowing up to 20,000 spectators at events amid virus (Kyodo News, Sept. 9)

 

-Tokyo to end shorter hours for bars Tues., virus alert to be lowered (Kyodo News, Sept. 10)

 

-Tokyo in July sees more people moving out than in due to virus (The Asahi Shimbun, Sept. 9)

 

-Japan’s domestic travel subsidy program to cover half of costs from Oct. (Kyodo News, Sept. 8)

 

-JR East to move up last train departure times in Tokyo from spring (Kyodo News, Sept. 4)

 

-AstraZeneca halts global COVID-19 vaccine trials due to illness (Kyodo News, Sept. 9)

 

We hope to meet again soon in person!
Until then take good care.

 

The BLCCJ office