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Tuesday, 8 May EU-Japan EPA Seminar organized by Team Finland
Time: 16:00-18:30
Venue: Embassy of Finland
Cost: Free - Members Only
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Thursday, 7 June Joint Chamber Summer Cocktails organized by CCCJ
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Venue: Roppongi Hills Club
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 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

 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

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