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  ISSUE 23/2018 2 October 2018 
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We will play the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup on Friday, hopefully in fine wheather. Fortunately, at least the next typhoon seems to be too far away to bother us...

The traditional European Joint Chamber Networking Party, with about 200 participants expected from more than 10 chambers, is held on Tuesday, 23 October. Event details below.

Then in November we have three events confirmed, first, on Thursday, 1 November a luncheon with with a prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Kjell Forsén, President and CEO of Vaisala Oyj. See details below.

This is followed on Monday, 5 November by a Pre-Opening Tour to Metsä Village in Hanno, Saitama pref. Metsä Village, officially open 9 November, is the first phase of the Moomin Theme Park, the second, Moomin Valley Park, will open on 16 March 2019. For details, click here!

On Thursday, 22 November we play the 33rd Stora Enso Cup, a team competition between the Finnish and the Swedish Chambers. Note that because Friday 23rd is a public holiday, we play on a Thursday this time. If you want to know more and sign-up already now, click here, click here!

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has made a new and interesting contribution, this time titled "Abe's "third reich": challenges abound".

Click banner at right for a great update for the latest in politics and economy, plus some sports.

Tuesday, 23 October - European Chamber Event organized by the French Chamber

The French Chamber of Commerce is glad to announce the next edition of the traditional European Joint Chamber Networking Party, held this year on Tuesday, October 23 at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Come and join more than 200 guests at the must-attend event of the year for networking with business people from over 10 European Chambers of commerce. An evening of networking with fine food and free-flow wine awaits you. A free raffle will be organized and you just may be the winner of one of the beautiful prizes offered by the chambers member companies.

 
Date & Time:Tuesday, 23 October, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, "Ballroom" [MAP]
Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 15 October
(Cancellation after this date or no show will be fully charged)

Note that we collect the fee at the venue and provide you with a receipt. Cancellation after registration dead-line or no-shows will be fully charged.

To register, please click link at right!
Thursday, 1 November - FCCJ Business Luncheon
FCCJ will organize a Business Luncheon on Tuesday, 1 November with a prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Kjell Forsén, President and CEO of Vaisala Oyj.

The theme of Mr. Forsén's presentation is:
"Vaisala and its contribution to combat effects of climate change and extreme weather".

Details:
 
Date & Time: Thursday, 1 November, 12:00-14.00
Venue: Hotel Okura Tokyo, Kensington Terrace, South Wing 12F [MAP]
Cost:Members 7,000 yen, Guests 9,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 26 October

About Kjell Forsén
President & CEO, Vaisala Group 2006-

Born 1958, Finnish citizen, Lic.Sc. (Technology)
  • Chairman of Vaisala Management Group 2006-

  • Employment History
  • Ericsson, several managerial positions within the company, both in Finland and abroad 1986-2006
  • President of Ericsson Finland 2003-2006

  • Positions of Trust
  • JMC Council Center, Member of the Council
  • Valamo Foundation, Member of the Council

  • About Vaisala Oyj
    We have two global business areas that develop, manufacture and market innovative products and services for environmental and industrial measurement.

    Innovation and technology are cornerstones for Vaisala's success and we keep advancing the art of environmental observations. Technological innovation is in our DNA, and want and need to be at the cutting edge of development, to find new solutions to customer needs in demanding applications.

    We invest 11.9% of our net sales in R&D and our pride is our state of the art in-house cleanroom, sensor production, manufacturing and science-based technology leadership.

    We are headquartered in Finland and employ approximately 1,600 professionals worldwide and are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

    Please click link at right to register. Please note that we will collect the fee at the venue and provide you with a receipt. Cancellations after registration dead-line and no-shows will be invoiced.
    Wednesday, 17 October - Fukuoka International Business Association Event
    Regional Business Conference (RBC) in Fukuoka

    The Fukuoka International Business Association organizes supported by Fukuoka Prefectural Government, METI, JETRO and Invest Fukuoka a conference at the Hyatt Regency in Fukuoka on Wednesday, 17 October, a business networking with 8 Northern European companies (6 from Finland, 2 from Sweden) which have cutting-edge IoT technologies.

    Fukuoka is important to Finland, not only because of Finnair's direct flights but also of its very active start-up climate with an incubation center for 200 companies and support foreign new extablishemnts financially. Last year 30 persons from Fukuoka participates in SLUSH. So inevitably, the Fukuoka area also wants to connect to Finnish companies in Japan.

    For full details of the seminar and registration form, click link at right!
    Service provided by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation


    In view of the forthcoming entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation has launched an EPA Helpdesk to raise awareness of the opportunities this agreement offers, to help EU SMEs take advantage of them, and guide them in their search for relevant information.

    The "EPA Helpdesk" will provide up-to-date information and recommendations on the potential benefits the EU-Japan EPA will offer EU SMEs. Every month the EU-Japan Centre will organise a webinar and publish an information pack composed of a Factsheet and Guidelines covering a specific topic or sector.

    For more, click link at right!
    Sat. 19, Sun. 20 October - Special offer price for FCCJ
    New Japan Philharmonic Subscription Concert gTOPAZh


    New Japan Philharmonic was founded in 1972, under the leadership of the Japanese great conductor, Seiji Ozawa, and is regarded as one of the top class orchestras in Japan/Asia. This time they perform Finnish music by Sibelius and Magnus Lindberg with the famous Finnish conductor, Hannu Lintu.

    Magnus Lindberg's new orchestral work, TEMPUS FUGIT, was commissioned to celebrate the centenary of Finnish independence on 6 December,2017. Mr. Lintu played this works with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as world premiere.

    New Japan Philharmonic offers special rates for FCCJ members, S-seats at 5,600 yen (normal rate 7,000), A-seats at 4,800 yen (normal rate 6,000) and A-seats at 4,000 yen (normal rate 65,000).

    For more information, click link at right!
    News from Finland

    Number of Chinese tourists in Lapland rise as Japanese visits decline

    The number of Japanese tourists choosing Finnish Lapland as a holiday destination has been in decline since last December.

    Overnight stays by Japanese tourists in Lapland have declined every month since the end of last year, according to Statistics Finland figures.

    However, at the same time - and for the past decade - the number of Chinese tourists visiting Finland's Arctic region has been steadily increasing. Apart from Lapland, Chinese tourists have also begun to discover other parts of Finland, as well.

    Managing director of the tourism firm Visit Rovaniemi, Sanna Kärkkäinen said the decline in tourists from Japan was attributable to fierce competition in the Arctic tourism sector.

    She said other destinations above the Arctic Circle, like Iceland, Canada and Norway, have helped to turn Japanese tourists to places other than Lapland.

    The head of eTourism research at the University of Eastern Finland's Centre for Tourism Studies, Juho Pesonen said Japanese tourists may be more price-conscious when making holiday plans than their Chinese counterparts.
    Grin of the Week

    Who is the more reliable?

    A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a town he planned to visit on his vacation.

    He wrote, "I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?"

    An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, "I've been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I've never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I've never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. and I've never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you're welcome to stay here, too."
    Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt
    If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
    send it to: fccj@gol.com

    ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
    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 62 corporate members, 19 individual and two special members.