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Latest: 20 November 2017

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 UPCOMING EVENTS
Wednesday, 22 November European Chambers Luncheon with Tokyo Governor of Yuriko Koike
Venue: The New Otani Hotel, Tsuru Room 5F
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Thursday, 7 December The 25th Scandinavian Christmas Ball
Venue: Westin Hotel Tokyo
Fee: 21,000 yen
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 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 American’s 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 Europe’s 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.

FCCJ’s 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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