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  ISSUE 20/2013 6 September 2013  
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Our Yakatabune cruise last week Thursday war a great success with a record 94 participants. Read below for a report from the event.

Our next event is the tour to the Nissan Oppama plant next week Thursday, but we have already submitted number of participants to Nissan so only if we get cancellations, we could accommodate more persons.

After that we have the luncheon meeting on Wednesday, 25 September with the new Finnair CEO, Pekka Vauramo. Read more and sign-up below.

I case you are a golfer and have not yet signed up Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup on Friday, 4 October, please do so at your earliest convenience, the European almost fully booked!
Details below.

Report from the FCCJ Yakatabune Event

The Chamber started off the Autumn season in style and with some great fun with the 4th Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Thursday 29, August.

This year we had chartered a much bigger and fancier Yakatabune boat, which made the event even more enjoyable than before. It departed from Asakusabashi touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise we enjoyed a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style.

The event attracted a record 94 participants and made affordable by the support of our sponsors, Finnair and Honka Japan. For a lot of pictures from the event, click link at right!

Wednesday, 25 September - Joint Nordic Event organized by the FCCJ
Luncheon meeting with Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo

On Wednesday, 25 September the FCCJ will organize jointly with the other Nordic chambers a luncheon meeting with a prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Pekka Vauramo, the new President of Finnair as our speaker. Mr. Vauramo will talk about Finnairfs Asia strategy: future steps.

Date & Time: Wednesday, 25 September, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo , Tarragon, 3F [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
Registration:by Wednesday, 18 September

About Pekka Vauramo
Mr. Varamo, 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 201 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. Finnair Group business areas are Airline Business, Aviation Services and Travel Services. The number of personnel is approximately 7,000. The subsidiaries provide support services to the Airline or operate in closely related areas.

Finnish government is a major shareholder with a 55.8 per cent holding. Other shareholders include public bodies, financial institutions, private companies and households.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Friday, 20 September and "no-shows". To register, click link below.

Friday, 4 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2013 - Register Soon!

The 11th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2013, will be played on Friday, 4 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 are working hard to make the event a memorable one for all participants. Similar to last year JLPA pros will join us on the course and there will also be an "after-party", free for all players with spouses at, the Mercedes-Benz Connection in Nogizaka (close to Tokyo Midtown) on the week after the event.

The European team is now almost fully booked so if you have not registered yet and want to play, sign-up a.s.a.p!
For more information and to sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link below.
Tuesday, 17 September, 18:30 - 22:30
Startup Sauna in Tokyo

Startup Sauna is a Helsinki-based incubator on a mission to help the next generation of great companies break through on a global level.

Startup Sauna Program targets early-stage startups primarily from Northern Europe and Russia, where startups get coached by experienced serial entrepreneurs and investors in an intense one-month incubator program in Helsinki.

In November, Startup Sauna organizes the sixth Slush conference in Helsinki. In 2012, Slush gathered more than 3,500 attendees, 550 companies and 250 investors and journalists for two days in Helsinki.

The Startup Sauna in Tokyo is organized on Tuesday, 17 September, 18:30 - 22:30 at the Open Network Lab
(Daikanyama DG Building, 3-5-7-Ebisu Minami, Shibuya-ku. Tokyo).

Speakers include:
  • Peter Vesterbacka, Mighty Eagle, Chief Marketing Officer at Rovio
  • Taizo Son, CEO of MOVIDA JAPAN Inc, Chairman at GungHo
  • Hironao Kunimitsu, Founder & CEO, gumi Inc.
  • Naoki Aoyagi, CEO of GREE International.

  • Please click link at right for more information and to register.
    Finnish contingent is Looking for Cooperating Partners to The World Scout Jamboree
    in Japan 2015

    World Scout Jamboree is an international gathering of all the scouts from all over the world and is held every four years. There are about 30 000 participants from over 150 countries. Next World Scout Jamboree will be held in Japan, Yamaguchi, Kirara-Hama in 2015.

    The Guides and Scouts of Finland will take part to the Jamboree as one contingent. The board of the contingent aims to get 400 guides and scouts from Finland to go to Japan. The campers on the Jamboree are from 14 to 17 years old, older scouters will be either leaders of the campers or they will be working in the Jamboree to make it possible. Finnish contingent organizes approximately a week-lasting journey around Japan before the Jamboree and after that takes part in the Home Hospitality program whose idea is to place every camper of the contingent to a Japanese family for couple of days. Jamboree camp itself lasts for about two weeks.

    At the moment the Finnish contingent is looking for suitable Finnish enterprises to take part in the Finnish exhibition and to collaborate with the contingent. As the builders of the Finnish exhibition we can offer excellent visibility for the products and services and good presenters for the Finnish innovations.

    Please click link at right for more information and to contact the organizers.
    News from Finland

    End of an era: Nokia sells phone business to Microsoft

    Nokia has sold its Devices and Services division to Microsoft in a deal worth 5.44 billion euros. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will return to Microsoft, while Nokia will concentrate on infrastructure, mapping and licensing.

    Nokia says the operations that will be transferred to Microsoft had a turnover of some 14.9 billion euros last year. As part of the deal, Microsoft will sign a contract to license Nokiafs mapping service.

    Nokia headquarters will remain in Finland.

    Risto Siilasmaa, who founded the F-Secure technology security business, will take the reins as interim head of Nokia. Some 32,000 workers will transfer to Microsoft, with 4,700 of them located in Finland.

    Nokia's rocky road
    Tuesday's sale announcement marked the culmination of a recovery programme spearheaded by chief executive Stephen Elop.

    The former flagship of Finnish industry and innovation announced the appointment of the Canadian and former Microsoft senior leadership team member to lead the recovery of its flagging fortunes back in September 2010.

    In 2011, the now-infamous "burning platform" memo sent to staff by Elop was leaked. In it, Elop warned that the company would have to undertake drastic measures to return to competitiveness.

    One of those recovery strategies involved abandoning Nokia's proprietary Symbian mobile phone platform and migrating its smartphones to the Windows Phone software in an attempt to recover lost ground in the smartphone market. As part of the deal, Microsoft pumped one billion dollars into the company to help with marketing the new Windows-based handset.

    The company also engaged in a series of large-scale restructuring and staff cuts in an effort to rein in costs and shore up its cash position.

    However Nokia has seen its market share and market value slide since the start of Elop's tenure, and the company was dethroned by Samsung as the king of the mobile handset last year.

    Grin of the Week

    Communicate your thoughts?

    A little girl and a little boy were at day care one day. The girl approaches the boy and says, "Hey Tommy, wanna play house?"

    He says, "Sure! What do you want me to do?"
    The girl replies, "I want you to communicate your thoughts."

    "Communicate my thoughts?" said a bewildered Tommy. "I have no idea what that means."

    The little girl smirks and says, "Perfect. You can be the husband."
    Have a great weekend and
    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.