Welcome in the New Year with Foreign Chambers of Commerce Events

By Jake Benjamin Roiter

In the wake of the new year, a feeling of camaraderie lingers around Japan, characterized by the spirit of shinnenkai. Unlike bonenkai, which take place during the last few weeks of December to forget the year that is about to pass, shinnenkai intends to welcome a new one. January is thus the perfect month to get into the spirit of celebration. As such, foreign chambers of commerce across Japan are welcoming another year of prosperity in business with special events on the social calendar. 

British Chamber of Commerce in Japan 

BCCJ Shinnenkai (New Year Party) 2024

Set amidst the enchanting atmosphere of light-adorned tree branches in the Palazzo Ducale Azabu in Roppongi, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan hopes to lead Tokyo’s business community into the Year of the Dragon, a year embodying power, fortune, and prosperity. Attendees can expect a winter warmer buffet, a selection of drinks, and raffle prizes. 

Date & Time: Thursday, January 25, 6:30–8:30pm 
Venue: Palazzo Ducale Azabu, Minato-ku
Website: https://bccjapan.com/events/bccj-shinnenkai-new-year-party-2024/ 
Price: Members ¥7,500, Non-Members ¥9,000

American Chamber of Commerce in Japan

2024 Kansai Shinnenkai 

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Kansai, in collaboration with the Chambre de Commerce & d’Industrie Française, is starting the new year with an evening of connection, celebration, and color. The event will be held in the vibrantly colored Great Room in the W Osaka, and attendees are recommended to dress in vivid colors in celebration of previous successes in business, and to augur future prosperity during 2024. 

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 24, 6:30–8:30pm 
Venue: W Osaka (Great Room), Chuo-ku, Osaka 
Website: https://www.accj.or.jp/accj-events#calendar-a10ac2da-bd5d-423c-a663-43997860b546-event-lpkk8lbx 
Price: Members ¥13,500

2024 ACCJ Shinnenkai

For an evening centered on networking, the ACCJ will be holding a shinnenkai event at the Imperial Hotel. The opulent Hikari Room where it will be held is known for its golden overhead lighting, which symbolizes the bright future of business within the ACCJ. The event is ideal for those looking to connect with business executives and Japanese government officials. 

Date & Time: Friday, January 26, 6–8pm 
Venue: The Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Main Building, Mezzanine, Hikari Room, Chiyoda-ku
Website: https://www.accj.or.jp/accj-events#calendar-a10ac2da-bd5d-423c-a663-43997860b546-event-lqfz33je 
Price: Members ¥14,000, Non-Members ¥16,000

Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan

January Luncheon: “The Paths Back to Equilibrium in 2024” 

The Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan invites you to a luncheon featuring a three-course meal at the coveted Residence Basil room at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Attendees can expect a business formal afternoon culminating in a presentation delivered by Steve Donzé, deputy head of investment and products at Pictet Asset Management Japan. 

Date & Time: Thursday, January 25, 12–2pm 
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Residence Basil room, Minato-ku
Website: https://www.sccij.jp/events/january-luncheon-2024/ 
Price: Members ¥6,500, Non-Members ¥8,000

Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan 

ANZCCJ x JABCC x JNZBC Shinnenkai 

With a delicious buffet-style meal and a series of fine Australian wines as the event’s centerpiece, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s shinnenkai dinner is an event not to miss! Raise a glass and toast to another fruitful year in business with special attendees—the Australian Ambassador to Japan, Justin Hayhurst; the New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, Hamish Cooper; Chairman of the Japan-Australia Business Co-operation Committee, Michiaki Hirose; and Chairman of the Japan New Zealand Business Council, Akira Ichikawa.

Date & Time: Thursday, January 25, 6:30–9pm 
Venue: The Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Sakura Room, Chiyoda-ku
Website: https://anzccj.glueup.com/event/anzccj-x-jabcc-x-jnzbc-2024-shinnenkai-95567/?pk_campaign=widget-event-list 
Price: Members ¥15,000, Non-Members ¥18,000

Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan

Expo 2025 Osaka 

At the Expo 2025 Osaka, Belgium and Luxembourg will have their own pavilion. To put a spotlight on the concept behind the pavilion, the BLCCJ is sharing presentations made by Commissioner General Pieter De Crem and Senior Program Lead Mr Aldwin Dekkers. There will also be a delicious lunch to accompany a Q&A session.  

Date & Time: Friday, January 19, 12–2pm 
Venue: Le Rire, Sendagaya
Website: https://blccj.or.jp/events/expo-2025-osaka-info-session-with-the-belexpo-team/ 
Price: ¥2,500

French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan

French Business Awards 2024 Ceremony and Shinnenkai 

The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan invites you to a spectacular activity-packed evening, including the annual French Business Awards and the consequent new year’s networking party. This event is perfect for businesses looking to reach out and expand their visibility, with the opportunity to submit your company’s logos for display. 

Date & Time: Thursday, January 25, 6:30–9pm 
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Minato-ku
Website: https://www.ccifj.or.jp/en/events/upcoming-events/event-details/event/french-business-awards-2024-ceremony-and-shinnenkai.html 
Price: Members ¥13,000, Non-Members ¥18,000

New Year in Nagoya

Start the new year with an evening of culture and panache! In Nagoya, the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan hosts a shinnenkai event at the Musée des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, a museum which aims to celebrate French craftsmanship and heritage. Attendees can expect a buffet-style dinner with award-winning galette des rois as its crown jewel. 

Date & Time: Sunday, January 21, 6–8pm 
Venue: Musée des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya 
Website: https://www.ccifj.or.jp/en/events/upcoming-events/event-details/event/new-year-in-nagoya-2024.html 
Price: Members ¥2,000, Non-Members ¥3,000

Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan

Tapas Night Shinnenkai

Fusing Spanish and Japanese cultures, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce is hosting a tapas shinnenkai event! Attendees can expect a night of exchanging good wishes and lively discussion, culminating with tapas provided by La Dehesa paired nicely with a wide selection of Spanish wines. 

Date & Time: Thursday, January 25, 6:30–9pm 
Venue: Cosentino City Tokyo, Minato-ku
Website: https://spanishchamber.or.jp/event/tapas-night-shinnenkai-ver-cosentino-edition/ 
Price: Members ¥5,500, Non-Members: ¥6,500


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Jake Benjamin Roiter

Jake Benjamin Roiter

Jake Roiter is a writer and journalist currently working at GoConnect and freelancing for *fishsauce, a zine concentrating on multiculturalism and the South-East Asian diaspora. An ardent traveller, he previously worked in Oxford and Paris, consulting with and shadowing writers and academics. He has a strong proclivity toward Japanese literature and history which can often be seen in his writing.

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