How can the BLCCJ help Belgian companies in Japan, which services do you offer?
Our strongest point is the network we offer our members. Through our many events we create opportunities to not only get more insights on different topics, but also to network with other members, often from other Chambers of Commerce as well. Since the corona crisis we have created a strong network of 12 BeLux Chambers in Asia that regularly organizes webinars with high-level speakers such as Ministers and CEOs. We are also sending out regular newsletters, in which we not only provide useful information on the Chamber and the corona situation in Japan, but where we give members the opportunity to promote themselves towards the other members as well. Moreover, we have very strong relations with the BeLux embassies, regional trade offices, the European Business Council etc. So lots of networks, knowledge and experience to tap into!
Helping Belgian companies to get established in Japan is mainly covered by the trade offices here, but through our bi-annual YES program the BLCCJ does support up to 10 BeLux SMEs to explore the market in Japan. And the year we do not have YES, we give away the Nippon Export Award to a BeLux company that stood out in Japan.
Furthermore, despite our small office size, we can help with logistic support such as interpretation, translation, creation of name cards, introduction to business programs, introduction to office space etc. And even if we ourselves cannot, we surely can introduce someone in our network who does!