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  ISSUE 3/2017 2 February 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We had a good start to 2017 with the traditional "Shinnenkai" (New Year) Club Evening at the Scandinavian Center on Wednesday, 25 January, Scroll down for a report.

Our Next event is a Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening organized by the Swedish Chamber on Tuesday, 21 February. The theme is Cybersecurity - The Two-Edged Sword of Social Media . More information below!

The following event is another Joint Nordic Event, Team Building in the form of a Bowling Competition on Tuesday, 28 February. More about that too below!

On Thursday, 16 March we have the second Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening organized by the Swedish Chamber, this time the theme is Designing a Successful Interview Process. Also in March we are planning to have the first event for Young Professionals (defined as those 35 or younger...). This will be a joint, and big, networking event with most of the foreign chambers. Tentatively the date is Thursday, 30 March.

In April we have two events confirmed so far. One important to all our members, the Annual General Assembly on Monday, 3 April, and another for all of those interested in golf; the 30th Stora Enso Cup on Friday, 21 April.

Our columnist in "Aoyama View" has made his second contribution in the new year, titled "Warm Feelings in Japan, Wild Winds from USA ".

Needless to say, the column focuses on the "Great (dis)United States of Trump"... Click banner at right for opinionated views on the first 13 days!

Report from the FCCJ New Year Party on Wednesday, 25 January
On Wednesday, 25 January we had our first event in 2017, a Club Evening & Shinnenkai (New Year) Party at the Scandinavian Center / Moomin Kindergarten in Akasaka.

FCCJ President Pekka Laitinen wished Happy New Year and gave some welcome remarks after which Masahiro Kimura explained about the Finnish beer and other drinks that Finpro donated to the party.

H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari gave us his impressions of his first 5 months in Japan and what activities are planned for Finland's 100 Anniversary in 2017. We also heard from Teppo Turkki, Councellor for Science, Technology and Innovation and representing Tekes and Sitra in Japan on his activities.

The 34 participants enjoyed delicious food, plenty of drinks and a lot of networking.

For more about the event, click link at right!
Tuesday, 21 February - Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening organized by the SCCJ
Did you know that just a simple thing like connecting your smartphone to an open and free WiFi point to check in at your Facebook account could be the opportunity for an attacker to get in and start messing around with your corporate computer system!

There are a number of simple things to watch out for that can be a major threat to your private and corporate cybersecurity if not properly handled. Mr. Keiron Cashell from SCCJ corporate member GplusMedia, and Keith Martin and Antti Tuomi from FCCJ corporate member F-Secure will be sharing their experiences and expertise to identify possible dangers and discuss what companies, and individuals, can and should do to protect themselves - both preemptively and in a damage control scenario.

And there will be plenty of time for questions and discussions, mingle and networking with drinks and some food before we start, all of which is at the core of a Knowledge Evening.

Details:
 
Date & Time:Tuesday, 21 February, 18.30-20:30
Place: Embassy of Sweden
1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members 3,000 yen, others 4,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 18 February

To register, please click link at right. We collect the fee at the venue. Note that we have to invoice the fee for cancellations after 18 February and "no-shows".
Tuesday, 28 February - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition

Here is the sports event you all have been waiting for! What better way to bonding with your colleagues and friends?!

Professional bowlers, beginners are equally most welcome! It is a team competition, each team consists of four player and each player play two games. Make your own team with your colleagues and business partners, spouses are very welcome! Individual members are of course also welcome and will play in teams set up by FCCJ.

Details:
 
Date & Time:Tuesday, 28 February, 19.00-22:00
Place: Tokyo Port Bowl in Shibaura
1-13-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku (near JR Tamachi Station) [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen/person (incl. 2 games play fee, party fee afterwards)
Registration:by Thursday, 16 February

If you cannot make your own team you could also register individually and we will make a team for you.

Note: For award ceremony, your prize contribution will be much appreciated! (4 prizes a team)



This year Slush is coming back to Tokyo on March 29 - 30, 2017, welcoming you all startups, investors, media, attendees and students. We are expecting to have 5,000 attendees including 500 startups, 200 investors from across the globe. Make sure to check Early Bird campaign for Slush Tokyo 2017 which ends in less than one week, until Thursday Feb 9, midnight (JST). Register now and get access to all stage program, official parties, Startup Demo Area.

This year, Slush Tokyo is inviting top-tier speakers including Steve Jang, Angel Investor and advisor of Uber, Dave McClure, Founding Partner at 500 Startups and Paul Müller, Co-founder of adjust. More will be announced later.

What's more, up to 200 investors are expected to join Slush Tokyo this year - these include venture capitalists, angel investors, and corporate venture funds covering diverse industries, and covering Asia, Europe and North America. Investors from last year who registered include from Accel Partners, 500 startups, Founders Fund to name a few.

To find out more and to register, click links at right!
News from Finland

Trump and Finland

Donald Trump's activities dominate the headlines, worldwide this week, whether his administration is banning immigrants, stoking trade disputes or appointing a new judge to the US Supreme Court. Ilta-Sanomat takes a different tack on Wednesday, however, asking how Finland might benefit from the new president's reign.

The main answer from the experts asked by IS seems to be infrastructure spending. If Trump makes good on his promises to invest to stimulate the economy, there will be a big injection of cash into vital infrastructure, and Finnish firms might well get a slice of the pie. You might wonder how sending that cash overseas squares with Trump's nativist trade rhetoric, and even the American Chamber of Commerce acknowledges the juxtaposition.

"Although it is 'America first', in Finland there could be competitive knowhow that makes it into these projects," said AmCham CEO Kristiina Helenius.

Helenius also presents the somewhat forlorn hope that Trump's pro-Russian stances and ambiguous attitude towards the Baltic states might help prod EU states towards closer co-operation, rather than weakening the block.

The article makes no mention of Finland's large Somali community, members of which could fall foul of Trump's travel ban.

On the opposite page IS carries an assessment of Trump from noted psychiatrist Claes Andersson: he's a narcissist.

"Yes, I'm of the opinion that Donald Trump behaves narcissistically and he doesn't care about the consequences of his actions," Andersson told the paper.

The paper contacted the psychiatrist's society's chair to ask his opinion, and reports that while offering a diagnosis for public figures is inappropriate, he also understands Andersson's move given the global situation.
Grin of the Week

The importance of money...

Donald and Melania were having an argument about what to see and do when they were at their Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida on their honeymoon. Trying to assert himself, Donald exploded, "If it weren't for my money, we wouldn't be here at all!"

Melania replied, "My dear, if it weren't for your money, not only would we not be in Florida, we wouldn't be on a honeymoon, nor would there be any "we" in the first place."

Have a nice weekend &
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 700 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.