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  ISSUE 6/2018 5 March 2018 
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Our next event is the Breakfast Meeting with Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo on Thursday, 15 March. Finnair is already the biggest (by number of flights) European airline flying to Japan but come and hear how they plan to further develop their services to make your travel to Finland and Europe even more convenient and comfortable. Read more about the event below and sign-up soon!

We have two events confirmed for April, the Annual General Assembly held on Tuesday, 3 April at the Embassy and the Stora Enso Cup - the Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge on Friday, 13 April at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka pref. Read more about these below!

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has provided another contribution about the Olympics, this time titled "While We Were Watching Olympics...".

Click banner at right to find out what you might have missed if you followed the Olympics too intensively...

Thursday, 15 March - Joint Nordic Event organized by FCCJ

On Thursday, 15 March the FCCJ will organize in cooperation with Finnair a Joint Nordic Breakfast Meeting with one of the most prominent Finnish business leaders, Mr. Pekka Vauramo, the President & CEO of Finnair as our speaker.

Mr. Vauramo will talk about Finnair's Asia strategy: future steps.

Date & Time:Thursday, 15 March, 09.00-10:30
Venue: Imperial Hotel, Mai Room, Main Building 3F [MAP]
Cost:Members 5,000 yen, Guests 7,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 12 March

About Pekka Vauramo
  Mr. Vauramo, born in 1957, took up the position as CEO of Finnair Plc. on 1 June 2013.
Before joining Finnair he was based in Hong Kong since 2010 working as COO of the MacGregor Business Area of Cargotec, a Finnish cargo and load handling company. Since 2007 he has served in various positions at Cargotec, such as head of Cargotec's MacGregor Business, deputy CEO of Cargotec as well as head of the Kalmar Business Unit. Mr. Vauramo started his managerial career at Sandvik, a Swedish mining and construction company, where he worked from 1985 to 2007. Vauramo holds a M.Sc. (mining) degree from Helsinki University of Technology.

About Finnair
  Finnair is one of the most innovative, safest and longest-operating airlines in the world. The airline specialises in flights between Asia and Europe, and its vision is to be the number one airline in the Nordic countries and the most desired option in Asian traffic. Finnair also strives to be among the three largest operators in transit traffic between Asia and Europe involving transfers during the trip. The growing Asian markets, fast flight connections and competitiveness form the foundation of Finnair's growth strategy.

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

To register, click links at right!
Report from the Joint Nordic Team Building Event on Mon. 26 February
Members of the Swedish and Finnish Chambers held a joint teambuilding event in the form of a Bowling competition on Tuesday, 26 February at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center. The event was organized by the Swedish Chamber (SCCJ) which has organized similar events for many years. This was the fifth time the FCCJ took part.

The 92 participants (23 teams) enjoyed two round of play and a networking party with food and drinks afterwards. The FCCJ had 8 participants, one team from the Embassy and one from Vaisala.

For more about the event, click link at right!
Tuesday, 3 April
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 19th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held

on Tuesday, 3 April, 2017 at 17.00
at the Embassy of Finland,, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]

The General Assembly will handle matters according to Article 10 in the Articles of Association.

After the Assembly (at 18:00) we will have a dinner hosted by Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member. If space available, additional representatives from member companies can be accepted, but will charged 7,000 yen per person. To register, please click link at right, no later than Tuesday, 27 March.
Friday, 13 April - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Spring 2018

The 30th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 13 April 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 seven times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:32 and the cost is 18,040 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

Please click link at right for more information.
Aalto University study on humor and expatriates

Have you ever described your sense of humor to someone else? Or have you wondered what role humor plays in a workplace? We are focusing on Nordic expatriates who have been living and working in Japan for no more than ten years, and we are collecting data through interviews. The interview lasts approximately for one hour, and it's completely anonymized (e.g. respondent A from organization Y).

We, Miikka J. Lehtonen and Alexei Koveshnikov, are two researchers from Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland) and currently we are conducting a research project on the role and functions of humor amongst expatriates in Tokyo, and we will be in Tokyo collecting data through interviews 18-31 March. Those who are interested in participating in this study, can contact Miikka via email ( to book an interview or ask more questions about the study. In addition to academic research, we'd like to share our insights with the participants as we believe this study might have a positive contribution to expatriates' well-being at work!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Miikka J. Lehtonen, Visiting Assistant Professor, Aalto University
Alexei Koveshnikov, Assistant Professor, Aalto University

News from Finland

Finnish leaders rip into US President's trade tariffs proposal

Senior Finnish politicians have cautioned that a US plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium could start a trade war and slow down global economic growth.

European Commission VP Jyrki Katainen said that a proposal by US President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium could start a trade war, according to website Politico.

Katainen, who is also a former Finnish prime minister, cautioned that Europe could wind up fighting a global trade war on two fronts, in Asia and the United States. Katainen offered the comments at a BusinessEurope lobby event in Brussels, Politico reported.

"I easily can see very unfortunate and worrisome developments ahead of us," Katainen said.

Politico reports Katainen said that if Trump "is taking unilateral actions we have to respond, but it's not only a problem between Europe and the United States. Because it has an impact [on] steel production, steel markets elsewhere, too."

Economy Minister: Tariffs a threat to global economic development
Meanwhile Economic Affairs Minister Mika Lintila described Trump's proposed measure as a threat to the development of the global economy. Lintilä pointed out that the Finnish economy is highly dependent on exports global demand.

"The [Finnish] economy is now on a very good growth path. As threats to global economic growth take shape, the first thing to suffer will be people's confidence that growth will continue," Lintilä noted.

"If the global economy declines, as an export-dependent country, Finland will be very sensitive to such currents. So growth will have an impact on people," Lintila told STT.

According to Lintila, a new trade war is not yet on the cards although all of the prerequisites for it exist.
Grin of the Week

Signalman's test

Tom is applying for a job as a signalman for the local railroad, and is told to meet the inspector at the signal box.

The inspector asks Tom, "What would you do if you realized that two trains were heading towards each other on the same track?"
Tom says, "I would switch one train to another track."

"What if the lever broke?" asks the inspector.
"I'd run down to the tracks and use the manual lever," answers Tom.

"What if that had been vandalized?"
"Oh, well," says Tom, "in that case I'd run into town and get my Uncle Leo."

This puzzles the inspector, so he asks, "Why would you do that?"
"Because he's never seen a train crash!"
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchange between Japan and Finland and has today 62 corporate members, 18 individual and two special members.