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  ISSUE 18/2015 6 August 2015  
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It has been almost unbearably hot in Japan for the last weeks and we can expect it to continue for a few more weeks. So if you read this in Japan, try to stay cool!

Apart from the events promoted below we have also decided dates for two events in November. Friday 6 - Saturday 7 we have a new exciting event; a tour to Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture. For Japanese, Onomichi is perhaps best known for a famous 1950's movie - Tokyo Story. But it has also much else, i.e. a mega solar farm (which is the main reason for the tour) run by one of our member companies, many shipyards, etc.
The date for the autumn edition of Stora Enso Cup has also been fixed, Friday 13th. This time we play Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka pref.
More about these events in my coming bulletins.

This week we also have a new edition in the Aoyama View column, this time titled: "Hot Weather, Hot Air in Politics - From War Anniversary to Whisky in Spac".

Click banner at right for opinionated updates, also on the Olympics!

Thursday, 27 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last five 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 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Thursday, 27 August.

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.

Date & Time:Thursday, 27 August , 18.30-21:00
Embarkation: Funayado Miuraya, 1-1-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku , Tokyo
Cost:10,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 21 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 link at right.

Tuesday, 15 September
FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

Our next luncheon meeting will held on Tuesday, 15 September when we have Mr. Hiroshi Kishino, President of Amer Sports Japan, Inc. as our speaker. The title of Mr. Kishino's presentation will be announced later.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 15 September , 12.00-14:00
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Drawing Room, 2F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 10 September

About Hiroshi Kishino
  Hiroshi Kishino (55) graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University in 1982 and joined Salomon Sports Sales Co., Ltd. the same year. In 2000 he became Sales Department Deputy Director and in 2002 Sales General Manager at the company.

Mr. Kishino joined Amer Sports in 2003 where he has held several positions in the Atomic and Salomon Divisions. He was appointed President of Amer Sports Japan, Inc. from 1 January 2014.
About Amer Sports
  Amer Sports, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, is a sporting goods company with internationally recognized brands including Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc'teryx, Mavic, Suunto and Precor.

Amer Sports sells its products to trade customers (including sporting goods chains, specialty retailers, mass merchants, fitness clubs and distributors) and directly to consumers through brand stores, factory outlets, and e-commerce. In December 2014 the Amer Sports sales network covered 34 countries.

In 2014, Amer Sports net sales totaled EUR 2,228.7 million. At the end of the year, the company's market capitalization was EUR 1,880.7 million and the Group employed 7,630 people. Amer Sports shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Friday, 11 September and "no-shows".
To register, click link at right.

Friday, 9 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Cole Haan Cup 2015

We are pleased to announce that the global lifestyle brand Cole Haan has signed up as co-title sponsor with Mercedes-Benz for the event from 2015. Consequently the event has been re-branded and is now the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup,

The 2015 event will be played on Friday, 9 October, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force and Mercedes Benz Japan and Cole Haan Japan are working hard to make the event a memorable one for all participants. Also this year we will have an After-Party held on Wednesday, 14 October at Mercedes-Benz Connection. Free for the players and their significant other.

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Nokia to sell HERE maps to German carmaker consortium

Deal worth 2.8 billion euros will see the world's three largest luxury car manufacturers BMW, Daimler and Audi take an equal share of the service, which the companies said will be the basis for self-driving cars.

Nokia is to sell its HERE digital mapping service to a consortium of German car makers, the company announced on Monday, in a sale that will generate net proceeds of 2.8 billion euros.

The deal will see the world's three largest luxury car manufacturers BMW, Daimler and Audi each take an equal share of the service, which the companies said will be the basis for self-driving cars.

The sale is due to be completed in the first quarter next year, subject to approval by competition authorities.

The HERE service, which supplies map data for in-car navigation systems, is based in large part on technology Nokia acquired when it bought the mapping company Navteq in 2007 for 5.4 billion euros.

The move marks an unprecedented cooperation between the three motoring industry giants, at a time when Google is developing self-driving technology with a view to entering the auto sector.

Nokia's CEO Rajeev Suri described the sale as the best possible option for shareholders, as well as the customers and employees of HERE.

"Going forward we can focus on our planned combination with Alcatel-Lucent," he said, referring to Nokia's acquisition of its French competitor rival earlier this year.

The sale will leave Nokia with two operating divisions its wireless network services arm Nokia Networks, and Nokia Technologies, its technological development and licencing division.

Grin of the Week

Why some men wear earrings?

At work one day a man notices that his co-worker is wearing an earring. The man knows his co-worker to be a normally conservative fellow and is curious about his sudden change in "fashion sense."

The man walks up to him and says, "I didn't know you were into earrings."

"Don't make such a big deal, it's only an earring," he replies sheepishly.

His friend falls silent for a few minutes, but then his curiosity prods him to ask, "So, how long have you been wearing one?"

"Ever since my wife found it in my car."

(Thanks to JI-P in Helsinki for the contribution!)
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 650 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.