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 UPCOMING EVENTS
Saturday, 8 June FCCJ Fishing Tour III
Time: 08.00-15:00
Port: Kurihama, Kanagawa Pref.
Fee: Members 8,000 yen, others 12,000 yen
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 LATEST NEWS
NEW FCCJ CONTACT INFORMATION FROM 1 APRIL 2019

Executive Director: Antti Kunnas
Address: 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, TOKYO 106-8561
(inside the Embassy of Finland)
Email: office@fcc.or.jp
Mobile: 080-7650-3225    Fax: 03-5447-6041

Wednesday, 17 April - Joint Chamber Event
7th CLIC Networking Event
At the 7th CLIC Event held at the Embassy of Belgium, Mr. Ken Moroi, CEO of Vranken Pommery Japan Co., Ltd., revealed the secrets behind their success in Japan and shared his views on the future of the wine market.

We had a record breaking audience of 130 participants, more than ever before for a CLIC event. With Mr. Moroi's presentation accompanied with some quality tasting of the Vranken Pommery wines, the lively evening ended to a buffet of food and drinks. As the audience was as big as this, it was no surprise that quite a deal of networking also took place while enjoying the quality drinks of Vranken Pommery.

CLIC is a loose organization of 11 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan for the purpose of organizing innovative networking events to enable trading of ideas between members of the CLIC chambers. CLIC consists of the Austrian Business Council, Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

For a full report from the event, click here

Wednesday, 10 April - Joint Nordic Event
Breakfast Meeting with Topi Manner, CEO of Finnair
On Wednesday, 10 April the FCCJ organized in cooperation with Finnair a Joint Nordic Breakfast Meeting with one of the most prominent Finnish business leaders, Mr. Topi Manner, the new President & CEO of Finnair as our speaker.

In his presentation Mr. Manner pointed out that Finnair is one of the oldest airlines in the world, with 13,3 million passengers in 2018 and currently 82 aircrafts and almost 7,000 employees. Finnair flies to 19 destinations in Asia, 8 in the Americas and over 100 destinations in Europe.

Mr. Manner emphasized that Japan is a very important market for Finnair, the largest after Finland. Finnair is the largest European airline to Japan measured by number of flights, from 5 destinations (when Sapporo is added in December) in Japan.

The event, ending in a very lively Q&A session, was attended by 31 members from FCCJ and the Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic Chambers.

For Mr. Manner's full presentation, click here!

For a full report from the event, click here

 Tuesday, 2 April
Report from the FCCJ Annual General Assembly
The 20th FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Tuesday, 2 April 2019 at the Embassy of Finland attended by 46 chamber members.

The Assembly handled matters according to Article 10 in the Articles of Association, approving the activity and fiscal reports for the fiscal year 2018 ending 31 March 2019 and approved activity plans and budget and membership fees for the fiscal year that started 1 April (see last page). Membership fees remain unchanged, 150,000 yen for corporate, 75,000 for associate corporate and 20.000 yen for individual.

Two new Board members were elected, Yoshihiko Onishi, Wärtsilä Japan Co., Ltd. and Yuko Ota, MOS Tax Corporation. The auditors for fiscal year 2019 are Kazuhiro Yanai (Outokumpu K.K.) and Timo Varhama (Vision Hunters, Ltd.). The Board re-elected Masaoki Fujita (Coil Center Fujita Co., Ltd.) as President and the three Vice Presidents, Tuomo Kuuppo (Stora Enso Japan K.K.), Hiroaki Nagahara (Finnair) and Veli Solehmainen (Vaisala K.K.).

After the assembly Minister-Counsellor Juha Niemi presented the the Insignia of the Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland to the outgoing Executive Director Clas Bystedt, after which the members enjoyed a buffet dinner hosted by Juha Niemi, when a lot of active discussions took place between the members.

For a full report from the general assembly, click here

 Friday, 15 March - SCCJ-FCCJ Golf Challenge
FCCJ retains the Stora Enso Cup!
The 34th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 15 March at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka Prefecture. The event was played in beautiful and rather warm spring weather with Mt. Fuji visible on many holes during the day.

38 players participated in the competition (17 from FCCJ, 21 from SCCJ), including three guests. Notable was that 28 of the players were Japanese, 70% which is the highest ever!

The Finnish Chamber won now for the fifth time in a row, beating the SCCJ by a fairly large margin, 81.1 versus 83.7 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ has ten more wins than the SCCJ, 22 against 12.

Individual winner was Hiroaki Sugawara (FCCJ) with a net 65 and he also took the FCCJ Golf Cup. Best SCCJ golfer, and winner of the SCCJ Spring Cup was Nobuhiko Miyaji with a net 73.

For a full report with a lot of pictures, click here


Thursday, 7 March 2019 - Joint Nordic Event
Pre-Opening Tour to Moomin Valley Park
FCCJ organized on Thursday, 7 March 2019, in cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers, a Pre-Opening Tour to Moomin Valley Park in Hanno, Saitama prefecture. Moomin Valley Park, to be opened on Saturday, 16 March, is the second phase of the Metsä Project. The first phase, Metsä Village opened on 10 November 2018.

Most of the 30 participants met up at Hanno station and moved to the park at Lake Miyazawa by taxis. Robert Hirst, Chairman of the park operator, Moomin Monogatari, Ltd., wished welcome and made a brief introduction and guided us on the tour around the facilities, during which we could also enjoy a presentation of four Moomins.

The event ended with a dinner at the main restaurant "Lagom" during which we had active networking between the participants.

For a report from the event, click here

New FCCJ Executive Director and Office

The Board of Directors of FCCJ has appointed Mr. Antti Kunnas (33) new Executive Director of FCCJ. He will succeed Mr. Clas Bystedt who is retiring on 31 March after serving the Chamber for 20 years.

Antti, who has lived in Japan for 8 years and is fluent in Japanese, will start at FCCJ on 1 March and work one month in parallel with Clas to ensure a smooth transition. Antti will take responsibility for the operations after the Annual General Assembly on 2 April 2019.

With the new Executive Director, FCCJ will have its office within the Finnish Institute at the Embassy. This will ensure an even closer cooperation with our Team Finland partners, the Embassy, Business Finland and the Institute.


Tuesday, 19 February
FCCJ members meet Minister Mika Lintilä
Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä lead a Team Finland visit to Japan on 17-20 February to promote exports and internationalization. He was accompanied by a business delegation consisting of 19 representatives. Minister Lintila has a very tight schedule with high level ministerial and company meetings, two business seminars, visit to Metsä Village in Hanno and attending the press event announcing the Finland Pavilion at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Before the press meeting the minister and his official delegation also had a meeting with FCCJ Finnish member companies. The delegation included Petri Peltonen, Under-Secretary of State, Ville Skinnari, Member of Parliament and chair of the parliamentary friendship group for Japan and Mari Lankinen, Counsellor for Japan at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The FCCJ company representatives introduced themselves and explained their business in Japan after which there was a very active discussion which had to be ended when the Minister had to go for an interview with Nikkei.

The participants from FCCJ at the meeting were Vice Presidents Tuomo Kuuppo (Stora Enso Japan K.K.) and Hiroaki Nagahara (Finnair), board members Pekka Laitinen (Business Finland), Aki Saarinen (Day One Tech K.K.) and Anna-Maria Wiljanen (Finnish Institute in Japan) and members Timo Varhama (Vision Hunters Ltd.) and Takayuki Omino (Nokia).

 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 - FCCJ Club Evening
Shinnenkai Party at the FCCJ Office
On Wednesday, 30 January we had our first event in 2019, the traditional Shinnenkai (New Year) Party at the FCCJ Office in Shimomeguro, which is also the home office of the Executive Director Clas Bystedt who is retiring at the end of the current fiscal year on 31 March 2019, when the FCCJ Office will move to the Embassy of Finland.

The 28 participants enjoyed this "house cooling party" and could find out how the FCCJ has operated for 20 years, with food and a plenty of drinks and a lot of networking.

For more about the event, click here

Friday, 14 December 2018 - FCCJ Christmas Luncheon
Getting into Festive Season Mood at the Embassy
After a 5 year break, the traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon came back and was held on Friday, 14 December at the Embassy of Finland, where we could enjoy a delicious Finnish style Christmas buffet prepared by the Embassy's chef.

H.E. Ambassador Pekka Orpana gave us his impressions of the first 100 days in office and update on the 100th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan in 2019, including events in the planning.

In addition, First Secretary Ari Honkanen explained about the Finnish Pavilion planned for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will be built on the Embassy compound. Architect Totti Helin gave us a first glimpse of what the Pavilion would look like.

For a report from the event, attended by 41 members and guest, click here

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC
Lindt – Chocolate in Japan is not just Valentine's Day
CLIC is an organization of 9 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan for the purpose of organizing innovative networking events to enable trading of ideas between the members of the participating chambers.

CLIC consists of the Austrian Business Council, Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

At the 6th CLIC Event on Wednesday, 28 November, Mr. Andre Zimmermann, Representative Director, Lindt & Sprungli Japan Co., Ltd., revealed the secrets behind their success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the chocolate market.

After the presentations and a lively Q&A session the 75 participants from the CLIC chambers could enjoy drinks and food and a lot of networking.

For a report from the event, click here

 Thursday, 22 November 2018 - SCCJ-FCCJ Golf Challenge
FCCJ retains the Stora Enso Cup!


Stora Enso Japan's Atsushi Yamazaki (right) and SCCJ's George Fujii presents the trophy to FCCJ President Masaoki Fujita (individual winner), Nobuyuki Henmi (2nd best net) and Hiroshi Ozeki (3rd best net).

The 33rd Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Thursday, 22 November at Golf Club Narita Hightree in Chiba Prefecture. On a cloudy day with some light drizzle, the players could enjoy a beautiful and very colorful course.

26 players participated in the competition (16 from FCCJ, 10 from SCCJ). Notable was that 18 of the players were Japanese.

The FCCJ, which won the three previous events, retained the cup, beating the SCCJ by a fairly clear margin, 83.9 versus 85.2 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ has nine more wins than the SCCJ, 21 against 12.

Individual winner was Masaoki Fujita (FCCJ) with a net 72 (gross 94). Best SCCJ golfer was Nobuhiko Miyaji with a net 83.

For a full report from the event, click here


Wednesday, 21 November 2018 - Joint Nordic Chamber Event
Spotify and Bang & Olufsen; The Future of Music Consumption
The Nordic Chambers organized on Wednesday, 21 November an event with Spotify and Bang & Olufsen titled: "The Future of Music Consumption".

Henrik Johansson, Director, Spotify Japan and Shin Iwanaga, President and Representative Director, Bang & Olufsen Japan presented their companies and how they see the future of distributing and consuming music.

After the presentations and a Q&A session the 55 participants from the five chambers could enjoy drinks and food and a lot of networking.

For a report from the event, click here

Monday, 5 November 2018 - FCCJ Special Event
Pre-Opening Tour to Metsä Village
FCCJ organized on Monday, 5 November, in cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers, a Pre-Opening Tour to Metsä Village in Hanno, Saitama prefecture. Metsä Village, officially open on 9 November, is the first phase of the Moomin Theme Park, the second phase, Moomin Valley Park, will open on 16 March 2019.

The 34 participants met up at Hanno station and moved to the Metsä Village at Lake Miyazawa by chartered bus. Robert Hirst, Representative Director of the park operator, Moomin Monogatari, Ltd., wished welcome and made a brief introduction and guided us on the tour around the facilities.

The event ended with a delicious dinner at the main restaurant after which the participants were taken by bus back to Hanno station.

For a report from the event, click here

Thursday, 1 November 2018 - FCCJ Business Luncheon
Kjell Forsén, President and CEO, Vaisala Oyj
FCCJ organized a Business Luncheon on Tuesday, 1 November with a prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Kjell Forsén, President and CEO of Vaisala Oyj. The theme of his presentation was "Vaisala and its contribution to combat effects of climate change and extreme weather".

Mr. Forsen was accompanied by his wife, Ms. Päivi Leiwo, the Chairperson of Oilon Oy, who presented their business. She was in Japan for the first time, but travels frequently to China where they have substantial businees and a factory since 16 years back.

The event, attended by 24 members and guest and held at Hotel Okura Tokyo, ended with a lively Q&A session.

For a report from the event, including Mr. Forsén's full presentation, click here



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