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  ISSUE 21/2017 6 July 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We had a very interesting and informative Club Evening on last week Thursday (29 June) where ARQIS Law Foreign Office briefed us on legal issues facing companies in Japan. Read the report below.

We thought we would take a summer break, as we normally do, until the end of August, but then we decided with the other Nordic Chambers to make a Joint Beer Garden Evening on Tuesday, 1 August. A good excuse to have a beer or two at the start of the hottest month in Tokyo. Details below!

After the summer break, our first event is the traditional Yakatabune event, the "Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise" on Friday, 25 August. Time to sign up before we run out of slots. More information below.

The European team in the Mercedes-Benz Cole Haan Cup on Friday, 6 October is already fully booked, three months before the event! One reason is that we have 24 FCCJ members signed up, one third of the EU team. But if someone missed out on registering, there is still a chance to get a cancellation slot. Go here to sign up.

Report from the FCCJ Club Evening on Thursday, 29 June

Our Club Evening, held on Thursday, 29 June at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, had the theme, "How to Tackle Legal Issues Foreign Companies Face in Japan".

Ulrich Kirchhoff and Tobias Schiebe, Foreign Attorneys-at-Law/Legal, at one of our newest member company, ARQIS Foreign Law Office, and their Japanese colleague Takashi Yoneyama from TMI Associates gave us in insights in how to solve legal issues that foreign companies operating in Japan might face, focusing on labor laws and recent changes in data protection.

They also explained their "Members-for-members" free first consultation service for FCCJ members!

The 21 participants engaged very actively in the event and we spent more than one hour on the presentations, questions and discussion.

For more about the event, including the full presentation, click links at right.
Tuesday, 1 August - Joint Nordic Summer Event
Traditionally the Nordic Chambers have given their members the summer period off but we are always trying to renew ourselves and are about to break this tradition by organizing the first Joint Nordic Beer Garden Evening on Tuesday, 1 August.

We have reserved 60 seats at the Forest Beer Garden in Meiji Jingu Gaien for a two hour all you can eat and drink party. We meet up at 19:45 in front of the venue (see below), buy tickets and get seated to start the drinking and eating at 20:00 sharp for maximum value for the money!

Sign up soon because seats are limited to the 60 seats we have reserved!


Date & Time:Tuesday, 1 August, 19:45 - 22:00
(Registration from 19:45, Party starts at 20:00)
Venue: Forest Beer Garden, 14-13 Kasumigaoka cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Men: 4,200 yen - Women: 3,900 yen (Including 2 hour buffet and free flowing drinks (beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks)
Registration:by Friday, 28 July

Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Cancellations after registration dead-line and no-shows will be invoiced.
To register, click link at right. Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.
Friday, 25 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last seven year's cruises we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 25 August. Thanks to our sponsors, the participation fee for members and their guests is substantially subsidized.

We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style. For images from last year's event, click here.

Date & Time:Friday, 25 August, 18.30-21:00
Embarkation:Funayado Miuraya, 1-1-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku , Tokyo
Cost:9,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 18 August

We expect the event to be sold out this year as well, so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click links at right.
News from Finland

Hotel to open in Helsinki's main railway station

Next year the national rail company will move its headquarters into a former Yle building in Pasila, making way for its former office downtown to become a hotel.

State Railways VR is selling its main office at Helsinki's Central Railway Station to the real estate investment firm Exilion. Scandic Hotels plans to convert the space into a hotel, scheduled to open in 2020.

The station building itself will remain in VR's ownership. The national train company said in 2014 that it would move its headquarters out of the station due to its cramped space and antiquated infrastructure.

The following year, the VR Group announced that the new site of its HQ would be the Iso Paja ("Big Workshop") on the campus of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) in the West Pasila neighbourhood. The broadcaster moved out of its flagship building, built in 1993, to save costs.

It now looks as if VR's main office will move into the building in the spring of 2018.

The iconic Central Railway Station, designed by renowned architect Eliel Saarinen, was inaugurated in 1919. However the part now housing VR's head office was completed in 1909.
Grin of the Week

How Donald Trump became President

Donald Trump calls up the White House and tells the receptionist:
"I'd like to become the next President of the United States."
The receptionist: "What are you, a fool?"
Donald: "Why, is it required?"

...and that's how he became President
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.