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  ISSUE 26/2016 2 November 2016 

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We had an interesting and educating, as well as enjoyable, joint Nordic Business Luncheon yesterday with Karl-Henrik Sundström, the CEO of Stora Enso Oy. Read more about the well attended event below.

This is the final reminder for the golf match against the Swedish chamber, the 29th Stora Enso Cup. held on Friday, 11 November. We have already 35 participants, but still rom for some more so if you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, do so latest on Friday! More information below.

And, the Nordic cooperation continues in December when the social highlight of the year for the chambers, the Scandinavian Christmas Ball is held on Wednesday 7th!
Time to start signing up for the event! Click banner above for more.

The report from the 30th edition of the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence survey is now available. The results show a cautious optimism bot in the state of the Japanese economy and the performance of the businesses. Read. More below!

Our columnist has also this week made a new contribution in "Aoyama View", titled "Showdown in U.S., Japan battles on ".

Click banner at right for a great analysis of global, Japanese and Finnish events!

Report from the Nordic Business Luncheon on 1 November

FCCJ organized in cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers a Business Luncheon on Tuesday, 1 November with one of the most prominent Nordic business leaders, Mr. Karl-Henrik Sundström, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stora Enso Oyj.

The theme of Mr. Sundström's was: "Stora Enso's transformation into a renewable materials company".

In his presentaion, Mr. Sundström first gave a background to Stora Enso which was created in 1998 through a merger between Stora Koppaberg AB of Sweden and Enso Oy of Finland. Then he explained about the wide range of products the company produces and its transformation to a renewable materials company and finally about Stora Enso's business in Japan, which started already 40 years ago and today amounts to about 300 mill. euro.

The event, attended by 46 members from three Nordic chambers, ended with a lively Q&A session and a video of Stora Enso's transformation.

Please click link at right for a report from the event.

Friday, 11 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2016

The 29th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - is played on Friday, 11 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.. At the same time SCCJ members also play for the SCCJ Autumn Golf Cup.

The venue this time is Golf Club Narita Hightree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 8:40 and the cost is 17,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

Please click link at right for more information and to sign up. On the page you also see who has already signed up.

Monday, 31 October - The 30th Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey
'Looking for directions – but some growth both in economy and business'

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 30th, survey was conducted between October 18 and 28, 2016, and received 288 valid responses from members of 13 foreign chambers of commerce and business organizations

The views on the Japanese economy have slightly improved and the expected growth is higher, but only marginally, than in the previous survey in April 2016. The reported and expected sales and profitability estimates remain positive but on lower levels to those reported in the April survey.

e company performance data reflected a slightly decreased growth, it is still obvious that the strategies of the foreign-affiliated companies in Japan continue to be bullish. 72% (78% in the April survey) are looking for further growth and 26% (19% in April) are expecting to sustain their current level. Only 1% is planning to downsize and only one of the 288 respondents are considering withdrawing from Japan.

For a full report of the survey, which is run by FCCJ on behalf of the foreign chambers in Japan. click here
Thursday, 24 November
Waste Management Day in Miyoshi, Saitama Pref.

NOTE: Members Only!

FCCJ members are invited to a Waste Management Day on Thursday, 24 November in Miyoshi, Saitama Pref. organized by Ishizuka Construction Waste Recycling Plant in cooperation with a visiting delegation from the Lahti Business Region.

Tentative program

11:00 - 12:30 Ishizaka Construction Waste Recycling Plant tour, Miyoshi City, Saitama Pref
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch at the Welcome Plaza
14:00 - 16:00 Presentation of the Lahti Municipal Waste Management System
1. Opening Speech by H.E. Mr. Jukka Siukosaari, Ambassador of Finland to Japan
2. Origins of Success for the "Cleantech City", ;Mr Jari Parkkonen, Regional Mayor
3. "Everything To Be Reused", daily operations in the Lahti Cluster,
    Mr Isto Vanhatalo, Business Development Manager, LADEC
4. Cleantech and Learning, Project Coordinator, Ms Heidi Freundlich, Lahti University
     of Applied Sciences
5. Cleantech Venture Day: Mr. Pekka Laitinen, FCCJ President

For the full program, click here!

For more about the Ishizaka Recycling Plant, click here.

The event is free for FCCJ members but you need to cover transportation to and from Miyoshi. We will provide more details later to participants.
To register, click link at right.
Open Position: Senior Advisor / Commercial Counsellor

Finpro's Global Network is looking for a Senior Advisor / Commercial Counsellor for the Tokyo office in Japan. We are offering an opportunity to work in a growing market and business environment. Your main responsibility is enabling Finnish companies to succeed in their internationalization efforts as well as to identify local business opportunities and Japanese investors interested in Finland.

Your main tasks are:
  • promoting Finnish exports, foreign direct investments to Finland and Visit Finland activities
  • actively identifying and developing local networks for relevant industry sectors
  • advising and guiding Finnish industry clusters and SMEs with various service providers in the network
  • identifying business opportunities and sales leads for Finnish companies
  • leading and supporting the Finpro team as part of Team Finland Japan operations

  • In order to succeed in your job we expect you to have the following competencies and experience:
  • strong experience preferably in Bioeconomy or ICT industries
  • living and working experience in the area with networks and grasp of the business life and local culture
  • building and managing partner networks
  • strong business management skills including team leadership and project management
  • SME experience (business development/sales / P&L)
  • strong social media skills and presence

  • This will be a fixed term contract for 2 years with a possibility for an extension. We would like you to start preferably in early 2017. The position is based in Tokyo and a certain amount of traveling is required. You will be reporting to Finpro's Vice President, Head of Region East Asia based in Shanghai.

    If you match the characteristics described above and have proven track record you might be the person we are looking for. Please send your CV and application in English by 18 November 2016.

    For more information and to submit your application, click link at rught.
    Finland FIlm Festival in Japan - 4-8 November

    During the Film Festival, five current films from documentary to thriller are screened.

    1. Tale of a Lake/ Järven tarina (Documentary),
       Directors: Marko Röhr, Kim Saarniluoto
    2. Bodom (Thriller)) Director: Taneli Mustonen
    3. The Girl King (Historical Drama), Director: Mika Kaurismäki
    4. 2 Nigihts till Morning/ 2 yötä aamuun (Romance), Director: Mikko Kuparinen
    5. The Mine/ Jättiläinen (Social Drama), Director: Aleksi Salmenperä

    Place: TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills, Tokyo

    More information: Finland Film Festival 2016 in Japan (in Japanese)

    Business News

    Hakuhodo partners with Reaktor Japan to offer comprehensive support for enterprise customers in digitalization of business

    Hakuhodo Inc., Japanfs second largest advertising company, is pleased to announce announces its business partnership with Reaktor Japan. Hakuhodo and Reaktor offer Innovation Generator for Enterprise, a comprehensive digital technology support service. The service helps companies develop new businesses and digitalize their existing businesses.

    Having a long track record of developing outstanding digital products for numerous companies around the globe, Reaktor (headquartered in Helsinki, Finland) possesses various advanced digital expertise ranging from developing IoT services to robot and satellite development.

    Developed together with Reaktor Japan, Innovation Generator for Enterprise offers a one-stop, comprehensive and integrated support service by organizing new business ideation workshops, prototype development, post-launch growth planning, business restructuring through digitalization, etc.

    Read the full press release in English here.
    (in Japanese)
    Grin of the Week

    Old Fred

    Old Fred's hospital bed is surrounded by well-wishers, but it doesn't look good. Suddenly, he motions frantically to the pastor for something to write on. The pastor lovingly hands him a pen and a piece of paper, and Fred uses his last bit of energy to scribble a note, then dies. The pastor thinks it best not to look at the note right away, so he places it in his jacket pocket.

    At Fred's funeral, as the pastor is finishing his eulogy, he realizes he's wearing the jacket he was wearing when Fred died. "Fred handed me a note just before he died," he says. "I haven't looked at it, but knowing Fred, I'm sure there's a word of inspiration in it for us all." Opening the note, he reads aloud, "Help! You're standing on my oxygen tube!"

    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.