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Friday, 25 August The 8th FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise
Embarkation: Funayado Miuraya, 1-1-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku [MAP]
Fee: Members 9,000 yen, others 12,000 yen
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Friday, 6 October The 15th Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup
The North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Venue: Atsugi Kokusai C.C. Kanagawa Prefecture
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 Tuesday, 1 August - Joint Nordic Chamber Event
1st Joint Nordic Beer Garden Evening
Traditionally the Nordic Chambers have given their members the summer period off but we are always trying to renew ourselves and decided to break this tradition by organizing the first Joint Nordic Beer Garden Evening on Tuesday, 1 August.

The event was held Forest Beer Garden in Meiji Jingu Gaien as a two hour all you can eat BBQ and drink party.

Despite a rainy day we had over 70 participants, including 20 from FCCJ, who could enjoy in addition to plenty of food and drinks also a lot of networking between the members of the five chambers.

For more about the event, click here

 Thursday, 29 June - FCCJ Club Evening
How to Tackle Legal Issues Foreign Companies Face in Japan
Our Club Evening, held on Thursday, 29 June at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, had the theme, "How to Tackle Legal Issues Foreign Companies Face in Japan".

Ulrich Kirchhoff and Tobias Schiebe, Foreign Attorneys-at-Law/Legal, at one of our newest member company, ARQIS Foreign Law Office, and their Japanese colleague Takashi Yoneyama from TMI Associates gave us in insights in how to solve legal issues that foreign companies operating in Japan might face, focusing on labor laws and recent changes in data protection.

They also explained their "Members-for-members" free first consultation service for FCCJ members!

The 21 participants engaged very actively in the event and we spent more than one hour on the presentations, questions and discussion.

For more about the event, including the full presentation, click here

 Saturday, 3 June - Special Event
FCCJ Fishing Tour - A Well Spent Saturday!
On Saturday, 3 June FCCJ organized its first "pure" fishing tour, starting from Kurihama port, ca 20 km south of Yokohama. The fishi grounds where 15-30 min. from the port and the tour lasted for 7 hours.

The 12 participants could enjoy excellent weather with very mild winds, catching close to 200 fishes, mainly "aji" (horse mackerel), but also a few "saba" (mackerel), some "matouidai" (John Dory or St. Peter's fish) and one "fugu" (blowfish).

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 of no experience of deep sea fishing.

For a report from the event, click here

 Friday, 19 May - Finland 100th Anniversary Event
Tampere Philharmonic Concert and Reception at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
As part of the Centenary of Finland's Independence celebrations in Japan, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, tour Japan in May. The concert program includes representative works by the national composer Jean Sibelius.

The Embassy of Finland and FCCJ jointly organized a reception hosted by H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari after the first concert on Friday, 19 May at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno.

The reception was attended by 140 persons, including 105 FCCJ members and their guests. The conductor of the orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali (pictured above with Ambassador Siukosaari), also attended the reception and made a very nice speech.

For a report from the event, click here

 Thursday, 11 May - Joint Networking Event by CLIC
Takayuki Kimura: "Establishing a Swedish Premium Brand in Japan "
CLIC (Creative Linking of International Chambers) is a loose organization of 8 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, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

The fourth event was a joint Chambers' Networking evening where we had Mr. Takayuki Kimura, President and CEO of Volvo Car Japan, as our guest speaker. The theme of his presentation was "Establishing a Swedish Premium Brand in Japan". Mr. Kimura revealed the secrets behind VOLVO's success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the automotive industry. His presentation ended with a very active Q&A session.

For a report from the event, with over 100 participants from 7 chambers, click here

 Tuesday, 25 April - The 31st Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey
'Pretty Smooth Sailing – with some Challenges in the Environment'
The Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) has been conducting Business Confidence surveys online twice a year since 2002 among foreign-affiliated companies in Japan. This, the 31st, survey was conducted between April 12 and 21, 2017, and received 296 valid responses from members of 19 (record number) foreign chambers of commerce and business organizations.

Across the board, this survey shows further improved sentiments compared to the previous survey conducted in October 2016. The respondents remain more 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 +0.40, compared to +0.10 in October. Looking 12 months ahead, the respondents see a further growth, and on a higher lower level forecasted in the previous survey. The index was now +0.55, compared to +0.27 in the previous survey.

The reported performance of the companies continued to improve and on a clearly higher level than in the October survey. The index for reported sales performance in the past six months was now +0.70 compared to +0.34 the previous survey. Also the profitability growth increased, now +0.66 now compared to +0.38 in October.

In the sales forecast for the coming six months the respondents were also more optimistic than in October, the index was now +0.87 (previous survey +0.63). The forecast for profitability also grew slightly stronger than in the October survey, from +0.54 to +0.75.

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% (72% in the October survey) are looking for further growth and 19% are expecting to sustain their current level. Only 2% is planning to downsize and 1% of the respondents are considering withdrawing from Japan.

The survey, which is run by FCCJ on behalf of the foreign chambers in Japan, had this time two alternating questions, one regarding hiring policies, the other about Brexit and the failed TPP.

For the full report, click here

 Friday, 21 April - SCCJ-FCCJ Golf Challenge
FCCJ wins back the Stora Enso Cup!

The 30th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 21 April at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka Prefecture. The event was played in nice and rather warm spring weather although clouds covered Mt. Fuji most of the day.

32 players participated in the competition (21 from FCCJ, 11 from SCCJ), including two guests. Notable was that 18 of the players were Japanese.

After the Swedish Chamber had won the two previous events, the Finnish Chamber got now a sweet revenge, beating the SCCJ by the closest margin possible, 82.1 versus 82.2 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ has six more wins than the SCCJ, 18 against 12.

Individual winner was Johan Westblad (SCCJ) with a net 72. Best FCCJ golfer, taking the FCCJ Golf Cup, was Joni Santala with a net 74.

For full report with a lot of pictures click here

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