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Friday, 31 August The 9th FCCJ Yakatabune Cruise
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise
Fee: Members & their guests: 9,000 yen (subsidized by sponsors), others: 12,000 yen
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Friday, 5 October The 16th Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup
Venue: Atsugi Kokusai C.C., Kanagawa Pref.
Fee: 24,700 yen (incl. play fee, lunch and party after play)
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 Tuesday, 31 July - Joint Chamber Event
Young Professionals Networking Party
The French Chamber's Young Professionals Committee organized a Young Professionals Networking Party on Tuesday, 31 July with the collaboration of twelve foreign Chambers of Commerce.

The luxurious V1LLA TOKYO in Roppongi was the venue for an evening of networking in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with free-flow drinks and a buffet in this beautiful international club equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system. the event attracted 190 participants from the 13 chambers, including 9 from FCCJ.

For a report from the event, click here

 Saturday, 23 June - Special Event
FCCJ 2nd Fishing Tour - A Well Spent Saturday!
On Saturday, 3 June FCCJ organized its second fishing tour, starting from Kurihama port, ca 20 km south of Yokohama. The fishing grounds where 15-30 min. from the port and the tour lasted for 6 hours.

The 8 participants could exiting fishing, catching close to 200 fish, mainly gajih (horse mackerel), but also a few gsabah (mackerel) and some unidentified species. The weather was good for fishing with very low winds and overcast. Some light drizzle in the afternoon did not spoil the event.

Sponsoring by MOS Tax Corporation made the trip affordable and Yoshinori Sano was instrumental in organizing the tour and his fishing experience was very valuable as most of the participants had little experience of deep sea fishing.

For a report from the event, click here

Thursday, 7 June - Networking Event organized by CCCJ
Joint Chamber Summer Cocktail
On Thursday, 7 June one of the most popular joint chamber functions of the year, the Joint Chamber Summer Cocktail attracted a crowd of about 380 business people from 15 chambers, for an evening of great food, drink, fun and networking.

This event was organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan in cooperation with the following Chambers: American, Austrian, Australian and New Zealand, British, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Netherlands, Spanish, South African, Swiss as well as the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

For more pictures from the event held at Roppongi Hills Club, click here

 Thursday, 24 May - Open Position
EBC Executive Director Position
After 20 years of service to the EBC, the EBC Executive Director will retire at the end of June. The position is now open for applications. You can find the job description in attachment. Any interested parties should contact the EBC via postal mail to the address below with a written CV and outline regarding interest in the position.

The envelope should be marked "To the Attention of Mr. Danny Risberg, EBC Chairman". Applications are to be addressed as follows:
Attention: Mr. Danny Risberg, EBC Chairman
European Business Council in Japan
Sanbancho POULA Bldg. 2F
6-7 Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075

Job Description for the EBC Executive Director position

 Wednesday, 16 May - Joint Nordic Chamber Breakfast Meeting
SAS strategy and longterm plans globally and in Japan
Members of the Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Icelandic Chambers of Commerce were invited for a special breakfast seminar with Scandianvian Airlines Executive Vice President and member of top management in SAS, Ms. Annelie Nässén who will gave an update on the future of SAS.

The participants got first-hand information from the top management and learned about SAS further expansion plans in Japan.

The event, organized by the Swedish chamber and attended by 40 members from the five chambers, ended with a lively Q&A session. Many of the questions were related to the possibility of direct flights also to Stockholm.

For a report from the event, click here

  Tuesday, 8 May - Team Finland Seminar
EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement Seminar
The presenters pose for a photo after the seminar.
On Tuesday, 8 May, the Team Finland organized a seminar on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) at the Embassy of Finland.

The seminar was opened by Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari and then we had two experts on the agreement from the Trade and Economic Section of the EU Delegation to Japan, Marjut Hannonen, Minister-Counsellor, Head of Trade and Economic Section and Mervi Kahlos, Counsellor.

Ari Honkanen of the Embassy explained about the Team Finland services, Clas Bystedt of FCCJ presented the results of the recent Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey and Pekka Laitinen of Business Finland moderated an active Q&A session.

The event, attended by 46 members and invitees, ended with a networking cocktail.

For a report from the event, including the presentations, click here

 Monday, 7 May - The 33rd Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey
'Businesses Thrive in an Improving Environment'
The FCIJ conducted the first Business Confidence survey in April 2002, based on a format developed by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ). This survey, conducted twice a year, is rapidly becoming a barometer of foreign business in Japan. This, the 33rd, survey was conducted between April 18 and 27, 2018, and received 172 valid responses from members of 17 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan.

The healthy growth forecasted for the Japanese economy that started in the Fall 2016 survey, continued in this survey albeit at a slightly lower level than in the previous survey conducted in October 2017. But the respondents remain positive about the Japanese economy, for the next 6 months the index, on a scale from +2 (strong improvement) to -2 (strong decline) - was now +0.61, compared to +0.67 in October. Looking 12 months ahead, the respondents see a further improvement in the economy but slightly than forecasted in the previous survey. The index was now +0.63, compared to +0.73 in the previous survey.

The positive views on the economy was also reflected in the performance of the companies. The index for reported sales performance in the past six months was now +0.86, the highest reported since Spring 2006, compared to +0.77 the previous survey. Also the profitability growth increased slightly, now +0.65 now compared to +0.61 in October.

The optimism reflected in the company performance data also clearly show that the strategies of the foreign-affiliated companies in Japan continue to be bullish. 77% are looking for further growth and 22 % are expecting to sustain their current level. Only one of the respondents is planning to downsize and also only one respondent is considering withdrawing from Japan.

The survey, which is run by FCCJ on behalf of the foreign chambers in Japan.

For the full report, click here

 Friday, 13 April - SCCJ-FCCJ Golf Challenge
FCCJ retains the Stora Enso Cup!
Stora Enso Japan's Tuomo Kuuppo (left) presents the throphy to Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari, FCCJ Vice President Veli Solehmanen, best gross Joni Santala, best net Yutaka Chiba and FCCJ President Masaoki Fujita.

The 32nd Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 13 April at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka Prefecture. The event was played in mostly sunny and rather warm spring weather with Mt. Fuji visible on most holes in the morning.

37 players participated in the competition (20 from FCCJ, 17 from SCCJ), including one guests. Notable was that 26 of the players were Japanese, 70% which is the highest ever!

The Finnish Chamber won now for the third time in a row, beating the SCCJ by a fairly large margin, 79.5 versus 83.4 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ has eight more wins than the SCCJ, 20 against 12.

Individual winner was Yutaka Chiba (FCCJ) with a net 69 and he also took the FCCJ Golf Cup. Best SCCJ golfer, and winner of the SCCJ Spring Cup was Tatsuya Tsuruhisa with a net 74.

For full report with a lot of pictures click here

 Monday, 9 April 2018 - FCCJ Special Event
Breakfast with Jari Gustafsson, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
A FCCJ Special Event was held on Monday. 9 April, 9:00-10:00 at the Embassy of Finland with Mr. Jari Gustafsson, Permanent Secretary (most senior civil servant) at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. He is a good friend of ours as he served as Ambassador of Finland to Japan 2009-2013.

Mr. Gustafsson briefed us on current affairs in the Finnish economy, business and trade and then the FCCJ members gave their views on the Japanese economy and business climate in Japan.

The event, hosted by Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari, was attended by 13 FCCJ members of which 9 from the Board of Directors.

For a report from the event, click here

 Tuesday, 3 April
FCCJ Annual General Assembly
The 19th FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Tuesday, 3 April 2018 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 2017 ending 31 March 2018 and approved activity plans and budget and membership fees for the fiscal year that started 1 April. Two new Board members were elected, Dr. Anna-Maria Wiljanen, Finnish Institute in Japan and Junji Ohta, Wärtsilä Japan Co., Ltd.

The Board of Directors re-elected the President Masaoki Fujita and the three Vice Presidents, Tuomo Kuuppo, Hiroaki Nagahara and Veli Solehmainen.

After the assembly the members enjoyed a buffet dinner when a lot of active discussions took place between the members.

For a full report from the general assembly, click here

Thursday, 15 March - Joint Nordic Breakfast Meeting
Pekka Vauramo, CEO, Finnair
On Thursday, 15 March the FCCJ organized in cooperation with Finnair a Joint Nordic Breakfast Meeting with one of the most prominent Finnish business leaders, Mr. Pekka Vauramo, the President & CEO of Finnair as our speaker.

In his presentation Mr. Vauramo pointed out that 2017 was very successful for Finnair representing the fastest growth in their history with revenue up 11% and operating result three times that of the previous year. They carried about 12 million passengers with a load factor of 83.3.

Japan is a very important market for Finnair, the largest after Finland. This summer they will have 31 weekly flights to Japan, 38 by adding the daily code share flight with Japan Airlines. Finnair is the largest European airline to Japan measured by number of flights and Helsinki is the second biggest gateway from Japan in Europe, right after Paris.

The event, ending in a very lively Q&A session, was attended by 36 members from FCCJ and the Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic Chambers.

For a full report from the event, click here

 Monday, 26 February - Team Building Event
Bowling Competition with the Swedish Chamber
Members of the Swedish and Finnish Chambers held a joint teambuilding event in the form of a Bowling competition on Tuesday, 26 February at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center. The event was organized by the Swedish Chamber (SCCJ) which has organized similar events for many years. This was the fifth time the FCCJ took part.

The 92 participants (23 teams) enjoyed two round of play and a networking party with food and drinks afterwards. The FCCJ had 8 participants, one team from the Embassy and one from Vaisala.

For more about the event, click here

 Wednesday, 31 January - FCCJ Club Evening
Shinnenkai Party at the Scandinavian Center
On Wednesday, 31 January we had our first event in 2018, a Club Evening & Shinnenkai (New Year) Party at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka.

FCCJ Vice President Veli Solehmainen wished Happy New Year and gave some welcome remarks after which H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari briefed us on the Embassy's activities in 2018, and further ahead, and made the "kampai".

Jaani Heinonen, Vice President, Head of Region East Asia informed us of the newly established Business Finland which was created on 1 January through the merger of Finpro and Tekes.

The 47 participants, a record for a Shinnenkai party, enjoyed delicious food, plenty of drinks and a lot of networking.

For more about the event, click here

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