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Tuesday, 3 April FCCJ Annual General Assembly
Time: 17:00 - 20:00
Venue: Embassy of Finland
Cost: Free - Members Only
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Friday, 13 April Stora Enso Cup - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Time: All day
Venue: Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West
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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

 Thursday, 7 December - Joint Nordic Chamber Event
A Successful 25th Scandinavian Christmas Ball!
The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Joint Christmas Ball was held on Thursday, 7 December 2017 at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel in Ebisu, where the party has been held also in 2005-2009 and 2011-2016.

The party was attended by 255 members and guests from the five Nordic Chambers of Commerce in Japan. By chambers the SCCJ had 150 participants, FCCJ 38, DCCJ 27, ISCCJ 25 and NCCJ 15.

The ball started with a Lucia procession and greetings from the organizing committee. During the five course dinner, accompanied by fine wines and other drinks chased down with Scandinavian drink songs, the participants could enjoy an exciting Awaodori show and get thrilled in lotteries for 12 valuable prizes.

Santa paid a visit to the Ball, arriving on a Volvo bicycle, assisting in the many lotteries.

The evening was ended off with a lot of dancing until midnight to the tunes of Brad and the Hitmen, our favorite band for 15 years (since 2003).

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

  Wed. 22 November 2017 - EU Chambers Event organized by the French Chamber
Luncheon with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike
The French Chamber organized in cooperation with 13 other European Chambers a luncheon Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Wednesday, 22 November.

In her presentation, Governor Koike shared with us her plans for the capital ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and her visions on making the city a global hub post-2020 under the theme gA Sustainable Tokyo for 2020 and Beyondh.

She concluded her presentation with the slogan gLetfs Make Tokyo Great Againh. The event, attended by 300 members from the 14 chambers, ended with a lively Q&A session where Governor Koike gave extensive responses to questions regarding passive smoking, gender equality and access support for foreign SME companies.

For more images from the event, click here

 Friday, 17 November - SCCJ-FCCJ Golf Challenge
FCCJ retains the Stora Enso Cup!

Stora Enso Japan's Tuomo Kuuppo (right) presents the trophy to FCCJ President Masaoki Fujita, Vice President Veli Solehmainen (individual winner) Atsushi Yamazaki (2nd best net) and Naota Kusumi(3rd best net).

The 31st Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 17 November at Golf Club Narita Hightree in Chiba Prefecture. On a sunny and quite warm day, the players could enjoy a beautiful and very colorful course.

25 players participated in the competition (17 from FCCJ, 8 from SCCJ). Notable was that 14 of the players were Japanese.

The FCCJ, which won the previous event in April, retained the cup, beating the SCCJ by a fairly clear margin, 89.6 versus 92.1 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ has seven more wins than the SCCJ, 19 against 12.

Individual winner was Veli Solehmainen (FCCJ) with a net 74 (gross 94). Best SCCJ golfer was Keizo Mori with a net 85.

For a full report from the event, click here

Wednesday, 1 November - FCCJ Special Event
Finland 100 Anniversary Business Reception
Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari and FCCJ President Masaoki Fujita make a toast.
On Wednesday, 1 November, we organized in cooperation with the Embassy the second part of Finland's 100 Anniversary celebrations a Business Reception at the Embassy.

The reception was hosted by Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari and focused on business and trade relations between Finland and Japan. At the reception, the participants could enjoy in a relaxed atmosphere entertainment from Finland, the "We Love Finland" DJ show guiding us through a prime selection of the first 100 years of Finnish music with visuals on a large screen, as well as Finnish drinks and Finnish style food.

The event was attended by 170 members and their guests and Embassy invitees and supported by 10 FCCJ members, Finnair, Finn Corporation, F-Secure, Grand Hyatt Tokyo, MOS Tax Corporation, Nokia, Reaktor, Stora Enso, Vaisala and Wärtsilä.

For a full report from the event, click here

 Tuesday, 31 October - The 32nd Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey
'Healthy Growth both for the Economy and Businesses'
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 32nd, survey was conducted between October 18 and 27, 2017, and received 243 valid responses from members of 17 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan.

The healthy growth that started in the Fall 2016 survey continued in this survey and shows further improved sentiments compared to the previous survey conducted in April 2017. The respondents remain positive about the Japanese economy, for the next 6 months it is expected to continue to grow - the index, on a scale from +2 (strong improvement) to -2 (strong decline) - was now +0.67, compared to +0.40 in April. Looking 12 months ahead, the respondents see an even increased improvement in the economy than forecasted in the previous survey. The index was now +0.73, compared to +0.55 in the previous survey.

The stronger growth in the economy was also reflected in the performance of the companies. The index for reported sales performance in the past six months was now +0.77 compared to +0.70 the previous survey, although the profitability growth decreased slightly, now +0.61 now compared to +0.66 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. 81% (77% in the April survey) are looking for further growth and 16% are expecting to sustain their current level. Only 2% is planning to downsize and only one of the respondents are 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

Thursday, 26 October - Joint Chambers Event organized by the French Chamber
The 7th European Joint Networking Party
About 220 members and guest from 14 European Chambers and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a delightful evening on Thursday, 26 October at the MIXX Bar & Lounge, offering a dynamic setting for networking with a stunning view of Tokyo's skyscrapers from the 36th floor of the ANA Intercontinental Hotel.

The event gave the participants an opportunity to meet new contacts, develop business leads and catch up with friends and business partners. The evening featured drinks, a delicious buffet and networking.

The event was organized by the CCIFJ (French) and co-organized by European Chambers in Japan: Belgian-Luxembourg, British, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Irish, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and Swiss Chambers as well as the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce. 8 members from the FCCJ participated.

For more images from the event, click here

 Thursday, 19 October - Joint Networking Event by CLIC
"Nespresso – Conquering Japan with the Ultimate Coffee Experience"
CLIC (Creative Linking of International Chambers) is a loose organization of 9 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan created 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, the Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

The fifth event held at the Swedish Embassy where Mr. Alexander Schoenegger, President & Representative Director, Nestle Nespresso Japan KK, revealed the secrets behind Nespresso's success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the coffee market.

At the event, attended by 110 members and guest from 9 chambers, participants could enjoyed in addition to an engaging presentation also authentic Swiss food and a lot of networking.

For a report from the event, click here

Friday, 7 October - North America- Europe Golf Challenge
The European Team retains the 15th Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup!
The European team made it two wins in a row at the 15th Cup played on Friday, 6 October at Atsugi Kokusai C.C. in Kanagawa Prefecture. The Europeans, led by team captain Carl-Gustav Eklund, scored 76.7 versus North Americanfs 77.5, counted on the average of the 80% best net. The North American team still hold the edge in the history of the competition with nine wins to Europefs six.

Played in fairly good autumn weather with only a little rain at the end, the event attracted a record 157 players, 76 for the Europeans, 81 for the North-Americans, which meant we had to use four extra groups from the planned two groups per hole in the shotgun start, which presented a logistical challenge, but the pace of play was generally smooth and the game finished on schedule.

FCCJfs contribution to the event was quite significant, not only having a big role in organizing it but also because we had 22 players (out of 157), by far the largest chamber on the European side. And it was not only quantity but also quality, we had four players among the best 20 gross scores!

For more about the event, click here

Friday, 25 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise
The Chamber started off the autumn season in style and with some great fun with the 8th Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 25 August.

Also this year the Yakatabune boat departed from Asakusabashi touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise we enjoyed a great Japanese sashimi-tempura dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style. The boat made stops at Odaiba and close to the Tokyo Skytree. Before returning to Asakusabashi we had lotteries for prizes from the sponsors.

The event, held in nice and very warm summer weather, attracted 50 participants and made affordable by the support of our sponsors, Finnair and Finn Tour.

For a report from the event with a lot of pictures, click here

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