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  ISSUE 9/2018 6 April 2018 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We held successful Annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 3 April at the Embassy, attended by 46 members. This was the 19th assembly, so next time we will celebrate the 20th!
Read more about the event below.

This is the final reminder of our next event, Stora Enso Cup - the Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge on Friday, 13 April at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka pref. The event is almost sold out, three slots left. So if you would like to join, sign up now (or latest on Monday by noon). Details below!

Our first event in May is the Team Finland Seminar regarding the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU Delegation to Japan EPA specialists Marjut Hannonen and Mervi Kahlos on Tuesday, 8 May at the Embassy, starting at 16:00 followed by a networking reception. As this is a members only event and we have space restrictions, I have sent an invitation to our members. But if you have not received, or misplaced, please mail me!

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has made a new contribution, titled "Mystery train and other unpredictable moves in geopolitics around Japan".

Click banner at right for good update on current geopolitical but also on trade and business issues!

Tuesday, 3 April
Report from the FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 19th FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Tuesday, 3 April 2018 at the Embassy of Finland attended by 46 chamber members.

The Assembly handled matters according to Article 10 in the Articles of Association, approving the activity and fiscal reports for the fiscal year 2017 ending 31 March 2018 and approved activity plans and budget and membership fees for the fiscal year that started 1 April. Two new Board members were elected, Dr. Anna-Maria Wiljanen, Finnish Institute in Japan and Junji Ohta, Wärtsilä Japan Co., Ltd.

The Board of Directors re-elected the President Masaoki Fujita and the three Vice Presidents, Tuomo Kuuppo, Hiroaki Nagahara and Veli Solehmainen.

After the assembly the members enjoyed a buffet dinner when a lot of active discussions took place between the members.

For a full report from the general assembly, please click link at right.

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 and to sign up.
Friday, 13 & Saturday 14 April
Okko Komu conducts the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

Okko Komu conducts the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in two afternoon concerts on Friday, 13 and Saturday 14 April at 14:00 at the Sumida Triphony Hall, Tokyo.

The program includes "Palatsi" ("Palace") by Sallinen, Nielsen's Fluto Concerto FS119 (flute played by Akira Shirao) and Sibelius's Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 43.

The organizers offer FCCJ members a ticket discount, S-seat for 3,000 yen instead of the regular price of 4,500 yen.

Please click link at right for more information and tickets.
News from Finland

Nearly 20K Finnish users part of unauthorised Facebook data drop to Cambridge Analytica

New reports indicate that significantly more Facebook users than previously believed had their information shared with a third party without their permission.

According to beleaguered social media giant Facebook, just under 20,000 Finnish users have had their information shared with the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica without their permission.

Facebook spokesman Peter Munster told the Finnish news agency STT via email that profile information of 19,693 users in Finland may have wound up in the unauthorised data trove handed over to the UK-based company.

Facebook has come under heavy scrutiny following reports that an app developer had handed over user data to Cambridge Analytica without authorisation. Although users, as they participated in Facebook activities like online quizzes, volunteered their details to the app developer by agreeing to the application's terms of service, they did not give permission for information harvested from their profiles to be passed on to third parties such as Cambridge Analytica. Reports also suggest that the app scraped data from the friends of quiz participants.
Grin of the Week

Keep a secret

At a dinner party, several of the guests were arguing whether men or women were more trustworthy. "No woman," said one man, scornfully, "can keep a secret."

"I don't know about that," answered a woman guest. "I have kept my age a secret since I was twenty-one."

"You'll let it out some day," the man insisted.

"I hardly think so!" responded the lady. "When a woman has kept a secret for twenty-seven years, she can keep it forever."
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 62 corporate members, 18 individual and two special members.