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  ISSUE 21/2016 6 September 2016 

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Our next event is the study tour with BBQ dinner to the site of the coming Moomin Theme Park in Hanno, Saitama perf., on Tuesday, 13 September. Note that the registration dead-line is tomorrow Wednesday, so this is the last reminder!
More information below.

On Wednesday, 28 September we will have a Club Evening with the theme "Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes", details regarding that also below.

It is still 3.5 months to Christmas, but time to start thinking about the social highlight in the year for the Nordic chambers - the Scandinavian Christmas Ball, held on Wednesday, 7 December at Westin Tokyo Hotel. The registration for the ball is now open! Click banner below to find out more!

We have several events before the Christmas Ball, but more about them in coming issues. If you cannot wait, check our Event Calendar...

Also this week we have a new edition in the Aoyama View column, this time titled: "Uninvited Guest Crashes the G20 Party".

Click banner at right for great review of what is happening on the global stage, but also with some Japanese domestic issues!

Tuesday, 13 September - FCCJ Special Event

NOTE: This is a Members Only event!

On Tuesday, 13 September we will have a unique opportunity to find out more about "METSÄ"-project and the Moomin Theme Park plans. The construction work at Lake Miyazawa in Hanno city, Saitama prefecture, is expected to start soon.

We will meet up at the City Hall of Hanno where we will be briefed by Hanno City Mayor Masaru Okubo after which Robert Hirst, Chairman of Fintech Global Inc., FCCJ member and the major investor behind the project, will explain about plans for the theme park. Thereafter we will visit the site at Lake Miyazawa for a guided tour to see how the Moomin Theme Park would look like. The tour will end with a BBQ Dinner at "River Ranta".

Date & Time:Tuesday, 13 September, 15:00-19:00
Meeting place: Hanno City Office, 1-1 Namiyanagi, Hanno, Saitama Prefecture [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen (collected at the venue unless otherwise agreed)
  • Including tour arrangements, BBQ dinner & free flowing drinks
  • Excluding transport to and from Hanno (use train or own car)
  • Registration:by Wednesday, 7 September
    Dress Code:Casual

    Program & Transportation:
    13:52By Train
    Depart Shinjuku station by Chuo Line, change at Haijima for Hachiko line, arrive at Higashi Hanno station 14:50. 5 min. walk to city hall.
    ca 13:20By Car
    Depart central Tokyo (time depends on your location), take Kan-etsu and Ken-o expressways to Sayama-Hidaka I.C., from there 5 km to city office.
    15:00 Meet at Hanno City Hall
  • Presentation by Masaru Okubo, Mayor of Hanno City
  • Presentation by Robert Hirst, Chairman of Fintech Global, Inc.
  • (depart 15:45)
    16:00Guided tour of Lake Miyazawa (depart 16:40)
    17:00BBQ Dinner at "River Ranta"
    19:00End of event, return to Tokyo

    To register, click link at right. Please note that we will collect the fee at the venue (unless otherwise agreed) and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.
    Wednesday, 28 September - FCCJ Networking Event

    Our next Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 28 September at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, is a networking party with a theme, "Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes".

    We will have three presenters from Finns involved in the Japanese retail business who will give their views on retailing in Japan and perhaps what makes it different from what it is in Finland.

  • Oskari Hämäläinen, Fast Retailing (Uniqlo),
          Integration & Career Development

  • Teemu Eskelinen, Rakuten Inc., Rakuten Ichiba Business,
          Gourmet Category Group, Electronic Commerce Consultant

  • Laura Kopilow, Rakuten Inc., Campaign Manager at Ad Solutions

  • In addition, we will have commentary from Arto Lindblom, Professor, Marketing at Aalto University, who has studied in depth the strategies, processes and management systems in retailing also in Japan in his research project "Global marketplaces and ecosystems in retailing" funded by Tekes.

    Date & Time:Wednesday, 28 September, 18:30-21:00
    Place: Scandinavian Center
    2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
    Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
    Including buffet and free flowing drinks
    Registration:by Monday, 26 September

    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, 7 October - Nikkei and METI Seminar
    INVEST JAPAN Forum 2016

    Nikkei Inc. will hold a forum, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Cabinet Office and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), to support the Japanese government's policy of promoting foreign direct investment in Japan, which is also part of the "Japan Revitalization Strategy".

    Foreign companies with presence in Japan, as well as those interested in business opportunities in the country will be invited to the forum. Japanese enterprises that have an interest in collaborating with companies around the world are also invited to attend. The forum will provide valuable information about the support that is available to foreign companies, including the Japanese governmentfs initiatives to promote foreign direct investment in the country, examples of successful foreign direct investment and the merits of running a business in Japan.

    Date & Time: Friday, 7 October, 13:00-18:30
    Venue: Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo [MAP]
    Cost: Free (Pre-registration is required)
    Registration: by Friday, 23 September

    Please click links at right for more information.
    FCCJ in Social and Other Media

    We have slowly but steadily increased our presence in Social Media, so far in Facebook and LinkedIn. Please check out, become follower, post likes and give your comments and opinions.



    We have also created a new section, "FCCJ Members in the Media", on our web site where we collect articles, interviews etc. about our member companies and people at our members. Click banner at left to check what we have collected so far!

    News from Finland

    Finnish tax authorities to receive information about overseas bank accounts

    Finnish tax authorities are set to broaden their collecting net on a global scale. The Tax Administration will soon have access to information about taxpayers' foreign bank accounts.

    To date, 101 countries have agreed to release bank account information to tax authorities in other countries. Switzerland, Luxembourg, Britain, Germany, and the Cayman Islands are now on the OECD's Automatic Exchange Portal list.

    In practice, the change will affect this yearfs account information, although the actual receipt of information officially starts in 2017, with some countries slated to join the exchange in 2018.

    In August 2016, 101 countries endorsed the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Automatic Exchange of Information portal. The OECD has published a list of participating countries.

    On the list are several tax havens and countries known for shielding the secrecy of their clients' banking information such as Panama, the Cayman Islands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Britain, and Germany. According to a 2015 investigation carried out by the Tax Justice Network, a Belgium-based non-profit advocacy group, those countries were among the top 20 nations which facilitate tax evasion.
    Grin of the Week

    Fine wines?

    Men are like fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it's a woman's job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you'd want to have dinner with.
    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.