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Tuesday, 1 November Nordic Business Luncheon organized by FCCJ
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Speaker: Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO, Stora Enso Oyj
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Friday, 11 November Stora Enso Cup
The Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge
Course: G.C. Narita Hightree, Chiba Pref.
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Tuesday, 11 October - Joint Chambers Event organized by the French Chamber
The 6th European Joint Networking Party
About 250 members and guest from 13 European Chambers and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a delightful evening at the ANA InterContinental Hotel on Tuesday, 11 October.

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: Austrian, Belgian-Luxembourg, British, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Irish, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers as well as the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce. 6 members from the FCCJ participated.

For more images from the event, click here

Friday, 7 October - North America- Europe Golf Challenge
The European Team takes the 14th Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup!
After a defeat to the North American Team last year, the European Team managed to take back the trophy at the 14th Cup played on Friday, 7 October at Atsugi Kokusai C.C. in Kanagawa Prefecture. The Europeans scored 75.90 versus North Americans' 76.98, 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 Europe's five.

Played in beautiful, sunny autumn weather, the event attracted a record 151 players, 75 for the Europeans (incl. 23 from FCCJ), 76 for the North-Americans, which meant we had to use three 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.

Dean Rogers (NA) was the best golfer, winning both the best gross 72 and best net, 69.6). The best female golfer was Yumiko Akasaka (NA) with a net 73.5.

For more about the event, click here

 Wednesday, 28 September - FCCJ Club Evening
"Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes"

Our Club Evening on Wednesday, 28 September at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, was a networking party with a theme, "Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes".

We had three presenters from Finns involved in the Japanese retail business, Arto Lindblom, Professor, Marketing, Aalto University, Teemu Eskelinen and Laura Kopilow, Rakuten, who will give their views on retailing in Japan and perhaps what makes it different from what it is in Finland.

Arto Lindblom has studied in depth the strategies, processes and management systems in retailing also in Japan in his research project "Global marketplaces and ecosystems in retailing" funded by Tekes.

The presentations were very well received and attracted a lot of questions and discussions. After the presentations the 26 participants enjoyed free flowing drinks and a buffet, as well as good company and a lot of networking.

For full report with more pictures click here

 Tuesday, 13 September - FCCJ Special Event
FCCJ Hanno Tour - visiting the site of the Moomin Theme Park

On Tuesday, 13 September we had a unique opportunity to find out more about the "METSÄ"-project and the Moomin Theme Park plans. The construction work at Lake Miyazawa in Hanno city, Saitama prefecture, is expected to start soon.

The Tour began at City Office of Hanno where we were briefed by Hanno City Mayor Masaru Okubo after which Robert Hirst, Chairman of Fintech Global Inc., FCCJ member and the major investor behind the project, explained about plans for the theme park. After that we visited the site at Lake Miyazawa for a guided tour to see how the Moomin Theme Park would look like. Because of the rainy weather, the BBQ Dinner at "River Ranta" was moved to a "regular dinner" at Hotel Heritage.

14 FCCJ members participated, most notably the new Ambassador (Designate) Jukka Siukosaari who took up his position 1 September. In addition, 6 persons from Fintech Global/Moomin Monogatari and 14 representatives from Hanno City participated.

For full report with a lot of pictures click here

Friday, 26 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 7th Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 26 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 gall-you-can-eat & drinkh style. The boat made stops at Odaiba and close to the Tokyo Sky Tree. Before the return to Asakusabashi we had lotteries for prizes from the sponsors.

The event, held in nice and very summer weather, attracted 54 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

Thursday, 23 June - Networking Event organized by CCCJ
Joint Chamber Summer Reception
On Thursday, 23 June one of the most popular joint chamber functions of the year, the Joint Chamber Summer Reception attracted a crowd of about 260 business people from 12 chambers, for an evening of great food, drink, fun and networking.

This event was organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan with support and participants from: Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan, British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce, Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan and Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

For more pcitures from the event, click here

 Friday, 10 - Saturday 11 June - FCCJ Special Event
A Successful FCCJ Karuizawa Tour

On Friday, 10 - Saturday 11 June 28 FCCJ members, some with families enjoyed two educating and relaxing days in Karuizawa in Nagano prefecture.

The program started with a luncheon with Karuizawa Mayor Susumu Fujimaki at Honka Karuizawa's restaurant Verso, followed by visits to several Finnish log house projects in the area and the Guest House (selling Rantasalmi brand log in Japan). The day ended at our member Kitamoc's facilities in Kita-Karuizawa with a visit to their Adventure Park Luomu-no-Mori (pictured right) and a BBQ dinner at Sweet Grass where the group also stayed overnight in cottages and tents.

On Saturday 8 of the participants played golf while the others enjoyed sightseeing in the area and shopping at the Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza.

For full report with a lot of pictures click here

 Tuesday, 7 June - Evening Event in Cooperation with F-Secure
Buffet Dinner with Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of Nokia and F-Secure
In close cooperation with F-Secure, FCCJ organized a buffet reception on Tuesday, 7 June with one of the most prominent business leaders in Finland, Mr. Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of Nokia Corporation and Founder & Chairman of F-Secure Corporation.

The event, held at The Tokyo Club, started with a presentation by Mr. Siilasmaa on the current state and outlook for the Finnish ICT sector in general and the companies he is involved in, and about entrepreneurship. Keith Martin, Country Manager in Japan of F-Secure spoke about their business in Japan and introduced the new CEO (from 1 August) of F-Secure Corporation, Samu Konttinen.

After the presentation the participants enjoyed a buffet dinner during with ample opportunities to talk with Mr. Siilasmaa and representatives from many prominent Japanese companies invited by F-Secure.

For more images from the event, attended by 129 persons, click here

 Thursday, 19 May - FCCJ Special Event
Dinner with Minister Rehn, Business Delegation and Keizai Doyukai
On the occasion of the visit to Japan by Dr. Olli Rehn, Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland, FCCJ organized, in cooperation with Finpro and the Embassy of Finland, a dinner on Thursday, 19 May. Minister Rehn was accompanied by a large Business Delegation which also participates in the dinner. The Embassy and Finpro had also invited representatives from Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives).

Before the start of the dinner three FCCJ members, Jan Grönblad/Vaisala, Aki Saarinen/Reaktor and Masao Ohata/Enevo gave their views on operating in Japan. During the dinner, Minister Rehn and Keyzai Doyukai Vice Chair Izumi Kobayashi and Committee Chair Yukio Tada gave short presentations on the cooperation between Japan and Finland. The event ended with a Q&A session, free networking and closing remarks by Ambassador Manu Virtamo.

The dinner was attended by 20 FCCJ members, 12 from the Minister's Delegation, 24 from the Business Delegation and 8 from Keizai Doyukai.

For a report from the event, click here

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