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Monday, 3 April FCCJ Annual General Assembly
Time: 17.00-20:00
Venue: The Tokyo Club, 1-9-14, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost: free - Members Only
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Friday, 21 April The 30th Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge in Japan
Venue: Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, Shizuoka pref. [MAP]
Fee: 18,040 yen (incl. lunch & party)
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 Thursday, 16 March - Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening organized by the SCCJ
Designing a Sucessful Interview Process

The second joint Knowledge Evening was held on Thursday, 16 March at the Swedish Embassy.

Alex Bruehlman, Leadership & Talent Manager at IKEA Japan, was the Keynote Speaker, together with the panel of experienced recruiters, i.e. Oscar Lundin from EnWorld, Karim Hakam from Morgan McKinley, and Johan Larsson from Robert Walters, shared their recruiting and hiring experiences, this time on the very difficult subject: "How to structure and organise the candidate interview process to make sure you get not just A Person for the job but the Right Person for the job?"

After the presentations there was plenty of time for questions and discussions, mingle and networking with drinks and some food. The event was attended by 31 members from the Nordic Chambers, 8 from FCCJ.

For full report with more pictures click here

Tuesday, 28 February - Joint Nordic Team Building Event
Bowling Competition
Members of the Swedish and Finnish Chambers held a joint teambuilding event in the form of a Bowling competition on Tuesday, 28 February at Tokyo Port Bowl. The event was organized by the Swedish Chamber ((SCCJ) which has organized similar events for many years. This was the fourth time the FCCJ took part.

The 76 participants (19 teams) enjoyed two round of play and a networking party with food and drinks afterwards. The FCCJ had 4 participants.

For more photos from the event, click here!

 Tuesday, 21 February - Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening organized by the SCCJ
Cyber Security and the Double-Edged Sword of Social Media

Did you know that just a simple thing like connecting your smartphone to an open and free WiFi point to check in at your Facebook account could be the opportunity for an attacker to get in and start messing around with your corporate computer system!

There are a number of simple things to watch out for that can be a major threat to your private and corporate cybersecurity if not properly handled. Kieron Cashell from SCCJ corporate member GPlus Media, and Keith Martin and Antti Tuomi from FCCJ corporate member F-Secure shared their experiences and expertise to identify possible dangers and discuss what companies, and individuals, can and should do to protect themselves - both preemptively and in a damage control scenario.

There was plenty of time for questions and discussions, mingle and networking with drinks and some food.

The event was attended by 30 members from four Nordic Chambers, 7 from FCCJ.

For full report with more pictures click here

 Wednesday, 25 January - FCCJ Club Evening
Shinnenkai Party at the Scandinavian Center
On Wednesday, 25 January we had our first event in 2017, a Club Evening & Shinnenkai (New Year) Party at the Scandinavian Center / Moomin Kindergarten in Akasaka.

FCCJ President Pekka Laitinen wished Happy New Year and gave some welcome remarks after which Masahiro Kimura explained about the Finnish beer and other drinks that Finpro donated to the party.

H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari gave us his impressions of his first 5 months in Japan and what activities are planned for Finland's 100 Anniversary in 2017. We also heard from Teppo Turkki, Councellor for Science, Technology and Innovation and representing Tekes and Sitra in Japan on his activities.

The 34 participants enjoyed delicious food, plenty of drinks and a lot of networking.

For more about the event, click here

 Wednesday, 7 December - Joint Nordic Chamber Event
A Successful 24th Scandinavian Christmas Ball!
The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Joint Christmas Ball was held on Wednesday, 7 December 2016 at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel in Ebisu, where the party has been held also in 2005-2009 and 2011-2015. The party was attended by 277 members and guests from the five Nordic Chambers of Commerce in Japan. By chambers the SCCJ had 146 participants, DCCJ 31, FCCJ 50, ISCCJ 28 and NCCJ 22.

The ball started with greetings from the organizing committee, followed by a Lucia procession and a much appreciated gospel performance by the Tokyo Baptist Church Choir. Santa paid a visit to the Ball, assisting in the many lotteries and doing a "photo session" with a large number of participants.

The evening was ended off with a lot of dancing until midnight, first by "Abban", a ABBA tribute band in Tokyo and then to the tunes of Brad and the Hitmen, our favorite band for more than 10 years (since 2003).

For more about the Ball, and a lot of images, go to the Ball web site

 Thursday 24 November - FCCJ Supported Event
Waste Management Day in Miyoshi, Saitama Pref.

On Thursday, 24 November FCCJ members were invited to a Waste Management Day in Miyoshi, Saitama Pref. organized by Ishizaka Construction Waste Recycling Plant in cooperation with a visiting delegation from the Lahti Business Region.

The program started with a tour of the Ishizuka state-of-the-art building waste recycling plant followed by a lunch at the Kunugi no mori Plaza. The afternoon seminar was opened by Ms. Noriko Ishizuka, President of Ishizuka Sangyo Co., Ltd. followed by a greeting and recap of the Finnish waste management policy by H.E. Mr. Jukka Siukosaari, Ambassador of Finland to Japan.

In the presentation of the Lahti Municipal Waste Management System, Mr. Jari Parkkonen, Regional Mayor spoke about the origins of success for the "Cleantech City", Mr. Isto Vanhatalo, Business Development Manager, LADEC, about "Everything To Be Reused", daily operations in the Lahti Cluster and Ms. Heidi Freundlich of Lahti University of Applied Sciences about Cleantech and Learning. FCCJ President Pekka Laitinen concluded the seminar with a pitch for the Cleantech Venture Day in Lahti.

For full report from the event, attended by more than 40 persons, click here

 Friday, 11 November - SCCJ-FCCJ Golf Challenge
FCCJ takes back the Stora Enso Cup!

Stora Enso Japan's Atsushi Yamazaki (right) presents the trophy to FCCJ Vice President Masaoki Fujita, Sakari Romu (2nd best net) and Joni Santala.

The 29th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 11 November at Golf Club Narita Hightree in Chiba Prefecture. After a rainy first 5 holes the weather improved and the players could enjoy a beautiful and very colorful course.

31 players participated in the competition (19 from FCCJ, 12 from SCCJ). Notable was that 21 of the players were Japanese.

After the Swedish Chamber had won the previous event in April, the Finnish Chamber got now revenge, beating the SCCJ by a fairly clear margin, 2.7 strokes, 91.42 versus 94.16 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ has seven more wins than the SCCJ, 18 against 11.

For a full report from the event, click here

Tuesday, 1 November - Joint Nordic Business Luncheon
Karl-Henrik Sundström, Chief Executive Officer, Stora Enso Oyj
FCCJ organized in cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers a Business Luncheon on Tuesday, 1 November with one of the most prominent Nordic business leaders, Mr. Karl-Henrik Sundström, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stora Enso Oyj.

The theme of Mr. Sundström's was: "Stora Enso's transformation into a renewable materials company".

In his presentaion, Mr. Sundström first gave a background to Stora Enso which was created in 1998 through a merger between Stora Koppaberg AB of Sweden and Enso Oy of Finland. Then he explained about the wide range of products the company produces and its transformation to a renewable materials company and finally about Stora Enso's business in Japan, which started already 40 years ago and today amounts to about 300 mill. euro.

The event, attended by 46 members from three Nordic chambers, ended with a lively Q&A session and a video of Stora Enso's transformation.

For a full report from the event, click here

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