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  ISSUE 7/2017 3 March 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Time flies... Feels like we just celebrated the new year and now we are already into March. I guess there is some busy months ahead for all of you and also we have a busy spring schedule with at least 8 events before the summer break.

There will be two events in March, the second Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening on Thursday, 16th and then an event for our younger (under 35...) members, a Young Professionals Networking Party on Thursday the 30th, organized by the British chamber in cooperation with 14 other foreign chambers in Japan, incl. FCCJ. Note that this event is almost sold out so sign up soon if you want to participate. Read more about these below!

In April we have also two events, the Annual General Assembly on Monday, 3 April and the Stora-Enso Cup of Friday, 21 April. More about these events in the next bulletin.

Not a week without a new contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View"! This week's titled "Book Readers, Police Jokes, Nerdy Napoleon and Poison Scare ".
It focuses on business happenings, cultural changes and political challenges, and some references to Trump. Click banner at right for more!

Report from the Joint Nordic Team Building Event on Tue. 28 February

Members of the Swedish and Finnish Chambers held a joint teambuilding event in the form of a Bowling competition on Tuesday, 28 February at Tokyo Port Bowl. The event was organized by the Swedish Chamber ((SCCJ) which has organized similar events for many years. This was the fourth time the FCCJ took part.

The 76 participants (19 teams) enjoyed two round of play and a networking party with food and drinks afterwards. The FCCJ had 4 participants.

For more about the event, click link at right!
Thursday, 16 March - Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening organized by the SCCJ
The second Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening has this time the theme "Designing a Sucessful Interview Process".

A panel of experienced recruiters, i.e. Oscar Lundin from EnWorld, Karim Hakam from Morgan McKinley, and Johan Larsson from Robert Walters, will again be sharing their recruiting and hiring experiences, this time on the very difficult subject: "How to structure and organise the candidate interview process to make sure you get not just A Person for the job but the Right Person for the job?"

We are also inviting an experienced HR Director from a SCCJ corporate member company (name to be announced soon) who will start up the Knowledge Evening by sharing findings and things to consider based on own experiences.

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

Date & Time:Thursday, 16 March, 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 by Tuesday, 14 March

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 14 March and "no-shows".
Thursday, 30 March - Joint Chamber Event organized by the BCCJ
Join us for the first Joint Young Professionals Networking Event hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ), in association with fourteen other Chambers of Commerce in Japan.

Enjoy sweeping city views from the 36th floor of the ANA InterContinental as we take exclusive use of MIXX Bar for an informal networking evening with Tokyo's brightest and best young professionals.

Make friends, make valuable new connections and enjoy an evening of friendly exchange over free-flow drinks and food, and gain insights and advice from other chamber members on how to navigate the diverse opportunities and transitions you currently face in your career. Bring plenty of business cards and be prepared to expand your network. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please note this event is for FCCJ members and their guests 35 years old or younger. Places are very limited to please book early.

Date & Time:Thursday, 30 March, 19.00-21:00
Place: ANA InterContinental Tokyo, MIXX Bar, 36F [MAP]
Cost:Members 5,000 yen, others 7,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 6 March

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 13 March and "no-shows".
Friday, 19 May - Concert and Reception at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

As part of the Centenary of Finlandfs Independence celebrations in Japan, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, will tour Japan in May. The concert program includes representative works by the national composer Jean Sibelius. Also a collection of Moomin artworks by Tove Jansson from the Tampere Moomin Museum will be displayed in the concert venues.

The Embassy of Finland and FCCJ will jointly organize a reception hosted by H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari after the first concert on Friday, 19 May at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno. The concert starts at 19:00 and the reception will follow immediately after, at around 21:00 in the foyer of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

Thanks to the bulk discount on tickets we have got from the organizers and support from the Embassy for the reception, we are able to offer you a reasonable package price for the Concert (SS seats, the most premium) and Reception; 13,500 yen per person (regular price for SS seat is 12,000 yen).

We hope you would take this unique opportunity to invite guest (clients, partners, etc.) and staff to this event. Note that due to space restrictions at the reception, we limit the number of persons to 100, on first come - first served basis. So please make your reservation early! Note that you can make a tentatve reservation now to secure your seats and confirm the number later.

For more about the concert and to reseve tickets already now, please click links below!
Twitter-character Fintan's animes promote Finland's centenary in Japan

Fintan, the popular twitter character of the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo, gets a new life as an anime hero in a novel promotion of the centennial of the Finnish indedpendence in Japan. Short anime clips to be shared through social media and the web aim to increase the interest of the Japanese audience towards Finland and its centennial through lighthearted stories and humour. The topics of the three 2-minute anime clips have been chosen among the story ideas submitted in an open idea competition organized by the Embassy of Finland through its digital channels. In the first episode Fintan tries out some of the Finland-originated unusual world championships that are famous in Japan, namely air guitar playing among others.

"Our aim through these short animes is to increase the interest of the Japanese public towards Finland, and convey the message that Finns are innovative but also easy-going and easy-to-approach people, who don't take themselves too seriously", says Markus Kokko, Counsellor, Press & Culture of the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo. "Finland's centennial this year together with the centennial of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland in 2019 gave us the impetus to do something special in the field of public diplomacy. Anime was chosen as the platform as it is something very Japanese but universal at the same time, and interesting also to the Finnish audience."

The first short anime was published on 27 February. The three language versions of the anime can be watched here.

The second episode of the anime series will be published in April, and the third one later this year. The animations have been produced by animator Kenji Itoso together with his production group in cooperation with the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo. The voice of Fintan is performed by Saori Hayami, one of the most popular voice actors in Japan.

The project is part of the official program of the the centenary of Finlandfs independence.

News from Finland

Nordics' biggest lithium ion battery helping hydropower in Jarvenpaa

Lithium ion battery technology is making headlines in Finland again, this time due to energy company Fortum's rollout of the Nordic's largest lithium ion battery. The company says the 'Batman' battery station - which went online this week at the firm's power plant in Jarvenpaa - can deliver an even flow of electricity to customers during peak usage levels, helping to prevent power outages.

The battery array - called the 'Batcave' and housed in a shipping container - is the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries.

The battery supply enables power levels to remain steady during peak electricity consumption spikes and - compared to older methods - reduces the risk of power outages.

The two-megawatt (2MW/1MWh) Batcave's primary role, she says, is to providerapid adjustment. When the battery's output capacity is reached, hydropower is then switched on. The Batcave's capacity is roughly equal to that of 100,000 cellphone batteries.
Grin of the Week

Seeking advice from an expert...

A man went to the police station wishing to speak with the burglar who had broken into his house the night before.

"You'll get your chance in court," said the desk sergeant.

"No, no, no!" said the man. "I want to know how he got into the house without waking my wife. I've been trying to do that for years!"

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.