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  ISSUE 20/2015 1 September 2015  
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We started our autumn season with our traditional Yakatabune Cruise last Thursday. The 52 participants thoroughly enjoyed the event with plenty of good food, free-flowing drinks some interactive program and nice views of Tokyo at night. Read more below!

The following event is the luncheon meeting with Amer Sports Japan President Hiroshi Kishino on Tuesday, 15 September, read more below.

Although it is still a pretty long time to Christmas, please mark in your calendar Wednesday, 16 December when the Scandinavian Christmas Ball is held. We will start taking registrations on 14 September. But if you want to know already now what it is all about, read more below!

The Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup on Friday, 9 October is almost fully booked. So if you plan to play and have not yet signed-up, do so soonest. You find the details HERE.

In this bulletin we also have a new edition in the Aoyama View column, this time titled: "Looking at Neighbors, Japan Seems Stable and Safe ".

Click banner at right for timely updates, mainly on China but also other subjects!

 
Report from the Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Cruise

The Chamber started off the autumn season in style and with some great fun with the 6th Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Thursday 27 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 Sky Tree. Before the return to Asakusabashi we had some lotteries and karaoke performances.

The event, held in nice but not too hot summer weather, attracted 52 participants and made affordable by the support of our sponsors, Finnair and Honka Japan.

For a lot of pictures from the event, click links at right!

Tuesday, 15 September
FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

Our next luncheon meeting will held on Tuesday, 15 September when we have Mr. Hiroshi Kishino, President of Amer Sports Japan, Inc. as our speaker.

Details
 
Date & Time:Tuesday, 15 September , 12.00-14:00
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Drawing Room, 2F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 10 September

About Hiroshi Kishino
  Hiroshi Kishino (55) graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University in 1982 and joined Salomon Sports Sales Co., Ltd. the same year. In 2000 he became Sales Department Deputy Director and in 2002 Sales General Manager at the company.

Mr. Kishino joined Amer Sports in 2003 where he has held several positions in the Atomic and Salomon Divisions. He was appointed President of Amer Sports Japan, Inc. from 1 January 2014.
About Amer Sports
  Amer Sports, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, is a sporting goods company with internationally recognized brands including Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc'teryx, Mavic, Suunto and Precor.

Amer Sports sells its products to trade customers (including sporting goods chains, specialty retailers, mass merchants, fitness clubs and distributors) and directly to consumers through brand stores, factory outlets, and e-commerce. In December 2014 the Amer Sports sales network covered 34 countries.

In 2014, Amer Sports net sales totaled EUR 2,228.7 million. At the end of the year, the company's market capitalization was EUR 1,880.7 million and the Group employed 7,630 people. Amer Sports shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Friday, 11 September and "no-shows".
To register, click link at right.




FCCJ will organize a special tour Friday, 6 to Saturday, 7 November to Onomochi city in Hiroshima prefecture.

For Japanese, Onomichi is perhaps best known for a famous 1950's movie - Tokyo Story. But it has also much else, i.e. a mega solar farm (which is the main reason for the tour) run by one of our member companies, many shipyards, etc.

Departure from Tokyo by Shinkansen will be in the morning of Friday, 6 November. The program on Friday will include visits to the Solar Farm, a Fish farm and dockyard, and also a lunch with Onomichi Mayor Hiratani and a networking reception with Onomichi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

On Saturday we provide two options - either a full day fishing tour or a sight-seeing tour in and around Onomichi.

For more information and to sign up, please click link at right. Note that the tour is limited to 12 participants, so register early if you would like to join!



Wednesday, 16 December

The social highlight of the year of the five Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Ball, will be held on Wednesday, 16 December at the Westin Tokyo Hotel in Ebisu. This veune is now used for the 10th time.

The Christmas Ball Committee is working hard to once more create an enjoyable and unforgettable evening which provides the best value for money in town!

Registration

Registration for the party will strat on Monday, 14 September. Check back then to secure your seats!

Sponsoring and Promotion Opportunities

Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable and affordable as it has been throughout the years.

The sponsors get prominent visibility on the dedicated web site, in all printed material and at the ball itself. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor and promote your company at this year's event, click link at right !
News from Finland

Unemployment benefits may see more cuts than expected

If the trend of continually-rising unemployment numbers does not stop or go down, experts say it could lead to further cuts in unemployment benefits than previously anticipated.

Unemployment is growing at such a pace that workers’ earnings-related unemployment benefits may have to be cut more deeply than expected, the Unemployment Insurance Fund's Deputy Managing Director Tapio Oksanen says.

The unemployment benefit money paid is cyclical. Because of the increasing number of people claiming every year, the funds that supposed to be replenished during more productive years are beginning to dry up, Oksanen explains.

This kind of unemployment insurance deficit was last seen in the early 1990s, he says.

This year the unemployment fund budget is working on an assumption of a 9.5 percent average of people out of work. In 2016 the fund will work on the presumption of 10.1 percent unemployed.

Operating costs are also rising for the fund itself, with expenditures rising by some 10 percent next year.


Grin of the Week

Aiming right?

Bob stood over his tee short on the 18th hole for what seemed like forever. He'd waggle, look down, look up, but never start his backswing. Finally David, his playing partner, asked, "Why on Earth are you taking so long to make this shot?"

"My wife is up there watching me from the clubhouse, and I want to make this shot a good one," said Bob.

"Good Lord," said David, "you haven't got a chance of hitting her from here."
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 650 recipients among its members and related organizations.

FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchange between Japan and Finland and has today 64 corporate members, 12 individual and one special member.