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  ISSUE 26/2015 4 November 2015  
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Coming Friday 12 brave FCCJ members will embark on our Onomichi Tour (Hiroshima prefecture). This is just the second time we organize an excursion outside the Kanto area, the first one was a visit to the Aichi World Expo in 2005. Friday will be all business but on Saturday we hope to enjoy a nice day of fishing! I will have a report in the next bulletin.

The next event is the Stora Enso Cup - the 27th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members. We have already 20 FCCJ players signed up, but still space for a few more, read more below.

It is time to start seriously considering your participation in the Scandinavian Christmas Ball, held on Wednesday, 16 December at Westin Tokyo Hotel, click banner below to find out more!

This week we have a new edition of Aoyama View, this time titled: "Japan, USA, UK or Germany - China Impacts Us All Today".

Click banner at right for an overview of global affairs, both in business, economy and politics.

Tuesday, 3 November - The 28th Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey
'Green Ahead for Businesses - Some Orange for the Economy'

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 28th, survey was conducted between October 20 and 30, 2015, and received 240 valid responses from members of 13 foreign chambers of commerce and business organizations.

Although this survey shows that the sentiments regarding the Japanese economy are less positive than in the Spring 2015 survey, both the reported and forecasted performance figures for the companies were more positive than in the previous survey.

The optimism reflected in the company performance data also clearly show that the strategies of the foreign-affiliated companies in Japan continue to be bullish. 75% (78% in the April survey) are looking for further growth and 21% (18% in April) are expecting to sustain their current level. Only 3% is planning to downsize and only one of the respondents are considering withdrawing from Japan.

The survey, which is run by FCCJ on behalf of the foreign chambers in Japan, had this time two alternating questions, one regarding Abenomics, the other about the Free Trade Agreements. For the full report, click link at right!

Friday, 13 November - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Autumn 2015

The 27th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 13 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..

The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture, which has been the venue for the event five times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:24 and the cost is 18,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Thursday, 26 November, 2015 - European Joint Chamber Event
European Joint Networking Party

Mark your calendars! We are very pleased to announce that this year again, we are hosting the annual European Joint Chamber Party.

Mix and mingle with fellow Europeans in the lavish interior of the Galaxy Room of the ANA InterContinental ! Attracting a crowd of more than 200 guests every year, it is the must-attend event for networking with business people from all over Europe while celebrating the end of 2015. The Austrian, Belgian-Luxembourg, British, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Irish, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers as well as the Tokyo Chamber will be represented, and more are to be announced!

Organized by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan

Come prepared with your business cards: meet new contacts, develop business leads and catch up with friends and business partners! A delightful and festive evening featuring fine food and wine awaits you.

Date & Time:Thursday, 26 November , 19.30-21:30 (registration from 19:00)
Venue: ANA InterContinental , Galaxy Room B1F [MAP]
Cost:8,000 yen for FCCJ members, non-members 9,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 20 November
(Cancellation after this date or no show will be fully charged)

Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt.
To register, click link at right!
News from Finland

Tax data: Average Finn earned around 3,000 euros a month in 2014

The average wage-earner in Finland made around 3,000 euros a month and paid about 30 percent in taxes and tax-like payments, according to data released by the tax administration on Monday.

Middle-income employees had an income hovering around the 3,000 euro mark in 2014. The top ten percent of income earners made more than 4,900 euros a month, while the lowest-earning decile brought home less than 2,100 euros.

That's according to data from the tax administration that was published on Monday. The mean salary, according to the Taxpayers' association, was around 3,300 euros. That equates to an annual salary of around 41,200 euros, once holiday bonuses are included in the calculations.

The tax rate on that salary, including municipal and income taxes and health and pension insurance payments, would be around 30 percent. Middle income earners back in the 1990s would have paid around 37.5 percent of their income in tax.

That rate dropped until 2009, when it stood at around 29.3 percent. The median salary, meanwhile, as calculated by Statistics Finland, was 2,946 euros in 2014.

Grin of the Week

It's good to be a man, because:
  1. If someone forgets to invite you to something, he or she can still be a friend.
  2. Your underwear is $4.95 for a three-pack.
  3. If you are 34 and single, nobody notices.
  4. Everything on your face stays its original color.
  5. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
  6. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut or a bolt.
  7. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
  8. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
  9. One wallet and one pair of shoes, one color, all seasons.
  10. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives, on December 24, in 45 minutes.
Thanks to IS for this contribution! This was the second part.
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.