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  ISSUE 3/2018 5 February 2018 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Our traditional "Shinnenkai" (New Year) Club Evening at the Scandinavian Center last Wednesday was very well attended and seemingly enjoyed by the participants. Part of the reason for the large attendance was that right before the party the Team Finland Soft-Landing Center was opened at the same venue. Read the report below.

Next up is the Team Building event in the form of a Bowling Competition on Monday, 26 February. It is the fifth year FCCJ participates in this event organized by the Swedish Chamber. More about the event below!

We are still working on our events in March but two events have been confirmed for April. First the Annual General Assembly held on Tuesday, 3 April and then the 32nd Stora Enso Cup (Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge) on Friday, 13 April. More about these in coming bulletins.

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has provided new contribution, this time titled "It's "smile time" in politics, Olympics, economics and business".

Many smiling faces but also handles some concerning issues.
Click banner at right to find out more!

Report from the FCCJ Shinnenkai Party on Wedensday, 31 January

On Wednesday, 31 January we had our first event in 2018, a Club Evening & Shinnenkai (New Year) Party at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka.

FCCJ Vice President Veli Solehmainen wished Happy New Year and gave some welcome remarks after which H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari briefed us on the Embassy's activities in 2018, and further ahead, and made the "kampai".

Jaani Heinonen, Vice President, Head of Region East Asia informed us of the newly established Business Finland which was created on 1 January through the merger of Finpro and Tekes.

The 47 participants, a record for a Shinnenkai party, enjoyed delicious food, plenty of drinks and a lot of networking.

For more about the event, click links at right!
Tuesday, 28 February - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition
Team up for Bowling!

It's time to bond up with your colleagues and friends for fun!

Professional bowlers, beginners are equally most welcome! It is a team competition, each team consists of four player and each player play two games. Make your own team with your colleagues and business partners, spouses are very welcome!
Individual members are of course also welcome and will play in teams set up by FCCJ.

Date & Time:Monday, 26 February, 19:30 - 22:30
Venue: Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center (Annex Tower)
4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato-ku Tel: 03-5421-7875 [MAP]
Closest station: JR Shinagawa Station (6 min)
Cost:7,500 yen/person (incl. 2 games play fee, party fee afterwards)
Registration:by Friday, 16 February

If you cannot make your own team you could also register individually and we will make a team for you. Bowling balls are provided and you can rent bowling shoes (300 yen) so no special equipment needed!

Note: For the awards ceremony, your prize contribution will be much appreciated! (4 prizes / team). It could be your company's novelties or anything. Just something simple.
Monday, 19 February - JMECAA WIRED #13
Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain Overview
The JMEC Alumni Association is pleased to invite you to our next monthly social event in the WIRED series, "WIRED #13 - Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain Overview" by Roy Naquin.

There's lots of buzz surrounding crypto-currency and blockchain development. Mr. Naquin provide a high-level overview of crypto-currencies, blockchain, and potential use cases. This discussion will focus on cryptocurrency as a viable means of payment for goods and services along with the challenges and risks involved with corporate adoption.

     Date & Time: Mondday, 19 February, 19:00 - 20:00

     Venue: NinetyTwo 13 (

     Admission: 1,000 yen
at the door with light snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Click link at right for more information and registration.
Friday, 9 March - FJCC Event in Helsinki
Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Event

If you happen to be in Helsinki 9 March...

The Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce has the pleasure of inviting you to a breakfast event

Date & Time:   Friday, 9 March, 08:15~10:00
Venue:             WTC Helsinki, Marski Hall, Aleksanterinkatu 17, HELSINKI


8:15-8:30    Registration and breakfast

8:30-8:35    Welcome:  Juha Pitkänen, Chairman, Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce

8:35-9:15    Business Finland activities in Japan and Team Finland Japan Plan 2018
                   Pekka Laitinen, Head of Trade Section, Embassy of Finland Tokyo


Registrations by 28 February: or by phone: 09-4242 6228.


News from Finland

Finland's presidential couple welcomes baby boy

It's been quite a week for Finland's President, Sauli Niinistö. Shortly before 8 pm on Friday evening, his wife Jenni Haukio gave birth to a son. A statement from his office says Niinistö, who was present at the birth, says that both the mother and child are doing well.

"We are now the parents of a little boy," the President wrote.

Just the day before, Niinistö was sworn in for his second six-year term as president of Finland, after winning over 62 percent of the vote in a landslide election on January 28.

Thousands of congratulation messages rained down for the couple on Facebook and other social media channels once the news of the family addition broke. The official website of the Finnish President crashed momentarily under the deluge of viewers.

The statement said that the couple's son was born shortly before 8 pm at the Naistenklinikka hospital in Helsinki. Several comments on Twitter pointed out that this is the same facility that serves all women in the capital city area: proof of Finland's highly egalitarian society.
Grin of the Week

The need to learn languages...

A German, looking for directions in Paris, pulls up to a bus stop where two Americans are waiting.

"Entschuldigung, sprechen Sie Deutsch?" he asks. The two Americans just stare at him.

"Parlez-vous français?" he says.

The two continue to stare, so the German tries again "Parlate italiano?"

No response. "Hablan ustedes español?" Still nothing. Frustrated, the German guy drives off.

The first American says, "You know, we should learn a foreign language."

"Why?" asks the other. "He knew four languages, and it didn't do him any good."
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.