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  ISSUE 13/2014 3 June 2014  
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Our next event will be a luncheon meeting were we have Ad Bertens, Vice President, Wartsila Japan Services as our speaker. Wartsila has a long and successful history in Japan but we have not had them speaking to FCCJ before, so high-time. Read more below!

The luncheon will be our last event before the summer break. We will start the Autumn season in style, as in years before, with our Yakatabune Cruise, on Friday, 29 August. Mark this in your calendar already now!

We have also a new column in "Aoyama View" from our productive columnist Timo Varhama. This time the title says it all: Nationalism - Good for Economy, Soccer - Dangerous in Foreign Politics.

Click banner at right to learn all you need to know about these issues!

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - Joint Nordic Business Luncheon
Report from Luncheon with Masaaki Kanno,
Managing Director and Chief Economist, JPMorgan Securities Japan

On Thursday, 29 May FCCJ organized a Joint Nordic Chambers' Business Luncheon with Mr. Masaaki Kanno, Managing Director and Chief Economist, JPMorgan Securities Japan. The theme of Mr. Kanno's presentation was: "How Abenomics has changed Japan's economy - What is needed from now on."

Mr. Kanno gave a good insight in where the Japanese economy stands now, and his views on scenarios going forward. He was basically optimistic about the future of the Japanese economy. The presentation ended with a very lively Q&A session until we run out of time.

The luncheon was attended by 42 members of the Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Icelandic Chambers.

For more about the event, click links at right!

Thursday, 19 June - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Mr. Ad Bertens, Wartsila Japan:
"LNG - A Game Changer for Japan and the World".

Our next luncheon meeting will held on Thursday, 19 June when we have Mr. Ad Bertens, Director, Services Unit East Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan) and Vice President, Services of Wartsila Japan Ltd. as our speaker.
The theme of Mr. bertens presentation is: "LNG - A Game Changer for Japan and the World".

  Date & Time:Thursday, 19 June, 12.00-14:00
 Venue: Hotel Okura, Oak Room, Main Bldg. 2F [MAP]
  Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
  Registration:by Tuesday, 17 June

About Ad Bertens
  Ad Bertens was born in 1968 in the Netherlands and joined Wartsila in 2002. After holding different positions at Wartsila in the Netherlands and Middle East he moved to Japan in January 2012 and is currently Vice President, Services of Wartsila Japan Ltd. and also Director, Services Unit East Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan).

Mr. Bertens resides in Kobe.

About Wartsila
  Wartsila, headquartered in Finland, is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets with over 18,000 employees at 170 locations in 70 countries. Wartsila Japan Ltd. is operated as a part of the Wartsila group and employs about 200 people in Tokyo, Kobe and Toyama. Wartsila in Japan has a delivery centre for seals and bearings for marine applications in Toyama as well as sales organizations for marine, power plant, after sales services and licensing in Tokyo and Kobe.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Tuesday, 17 June and "no-shows".

To register, click link at right.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014: BLCCJ Seminar
Delighting Customers in Japan XIII

Japan is known as one of the most challenging markets in the world. Whether your business is a start-up, long-established, or somewhere in between, you are probably confronted daily with the issue "how to delight customers?" Because there is not a single answer to this very fascinating question, the Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BLCCJ) launched in 2001 "Delighting Customers in Japan", an annual seminar where a number of top executives share their ideas and experiences about the challenges of succeeding in this perplexing market.

Following the great success of the event formula, the BLCCJ is very pleased to organize the 13th edition in 2014, where we will welcome again 4 distinguished speakers who will share with us their strategies, experiences and insights regarding their businesses in Japan: Mr. Philippe AUVARO, Corporate Officer, Head of Business Innovation Group, GLAXOSMITHKLINE K.K.; Mr. Jonathan HEWITT, Founder and former VP & COO, ADIDAS JAPAN; Mr. Ken MOROI, Chief Executive Officer, VRANKEN POMMERY JAPAN CO., LTD.; and Mr. Craig SMITH, General Manager, BURTON JAPAN.

  Date & Time:Tuesday, 24 June, 18.30-20:30
 Venue: Roppongi Academyhills 49, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49fl [MAP]
  Cost:Members 5,800 yen, Guests 6,800 yen
  Registration:by Thursday, 19 June

The seminar will be followed by an open panel discussion with Q&A, and by a networking cocktail from 20:30 onwards. We hope you can join us.
For more information and registration, click link at right!

Moomin Official Website Renewal Open
All Things MOOMIN

All Things Commerce Tokyo, Ltd. opened on Monday "All Things Moomin" (, the official Moomin website in Japan.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, the official website has been renewed and relaunched. As its name implies, "All Things Moomin" the site unveils all things about Moomin.The site will provide you with exciting experiences, as if you were taking a walk around Moominvalley, and exhaustively communicate the Moomin world.

  • More than 1,500 Official Moomin Goods Available:

  • "All Things Moomin" is the official website in Japan authorized to carry Moomin goods including Moomin goods from the online store in Finland. There are also Japan-designed goods exclusive on the site.

  • Deliver current news about Moomin:

  • "All Things Moomin" is the official site providing "all information about Moomin," including the "characters" and "history" of the Moomins and "places where you can meet Moomin." We will also provide information about special events to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Tove Jansson, including "Moomin Day" on August 9.

  • "Global Moomin Fan Club" ( ):

  • To celebrate the opening of the renovated official site, we will launch the "Global Moomin Fan Club." Once you join the club you will be able to enjoy many benefits offered to fan club members; you can purchase goods at discounted prices and you will also receive newsletters on Moomin delivered exclusively to fan club members.

    All Things Commerce Tokyo, Ltd., a subsidiary of Helsinki based All Things Commerce Helsinki Oy (ATC). is part of the global official website, which is operated from Helsinki by the ATC team. ATC operates e-commerce operations on behalf of brands, Moomin is the first brand in the portfolio. For more information contact Jens Krogell at

    News from Finland

    Union: Itella in mail delivery crunch; recalling fired workers

    The state postal services company Itella has had to recall laid off workers in the Uusimaa region in southern Finland to meet the demand for mail delivery services. According to the Postal and Logistics Union PAU, mail has been failing to reach its destination daily as a result of a workforce shortage. Earlier this year Itella sent home nearly 500 postal delivery workers, citing a decline in paper mail.

    Piia Willberg, a shop steward with the Postal and Logistics Union PAU said that Itella's decision to cut its delivery force by 500 has led to a situation where the company has too few hands on deck to expedite mail delivery services. She noted that this was in spite of the company's claims that it was reducing its workforce as a result of declining paper mail.

    "For example in western Uusimaa, there's a major distribution problem. There's mail undelivered every day. The reason is because the routes are now too long and some staff have been fired. Before we got the mail out but nowadays we just canft do it. This is rather unusual," Willberg explained.

    The shop steward said that work had become burdensome for many workers.

    Grin of the Week

    Domestic Breathalyzer...

    "Shhaaayyy, buddy, what's a 'Breathalyzer'?" asked one drunk to his friend at the next barstool.

    "Well, I'd have to say it's a bag that tells you when you've drunk way too much," answered the equally wasted gent.

    "Ah hell, whaddya know? I've been married to one of those for years and years now!"
    Have a great week &
    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 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.