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  ISSUE 21/2018 6 September 2018 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We have had a most enjoyable Yakatabune event last Friday, attended by 43 members and their guests who could enjoy good food, enough ;-) drinks and a lot of mingling with old and new friends. Read the report below.

As one event planned for this month did not materialize we do not have any "own" FCCJ events in September. But instead we will have three events in October and four in November, which will keep us busy. Check our  Event Calendar for details, and mark in your calendar events that are of interest to you.

The 16th Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup is played on Friday, 5 October at the same venue as before, Atsugi Kokusai C.C. in Kanagawa pref.. Unfortunately the European team is currently fully booked, although you can still sign up but will be placed on a waiting list. Event details below.

We have a new contribution from our "Aoyama View" columnist, this time titled "Emperor: love, peace and reverence".

Click banner at right to for an overview of the current Emperor's reign and what happens next year, but also about current natural disasters and their link to climate change.

Report from the FCCJ Yakatabune Event on Friday, 31 August

The Chamber started off the autumn season in style and with some great fun with the 9th Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 31 August.

Also this year the Yakatabune boat departed from Asakusabashi touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise we enjoyed a great Japanese sashimi-tempura dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style. The boat made stops at Odaiba and close to the Tokyo Skytree. Before returning to Asakusabashi we had lotteries for prizes from the sponsors.

The event, held in nice and very warm summer weather, attracted 43 participants and made affordable by the support of our sponsors, Finnair and Finn Tour.

For a report from the event with a lot of pictures, click links at right.
Wednesday, 26 September - EU Delegation Seminar
Geographical Indications and the EU-Japan EPA

The EU Delegation to Japan invites you to attend a seminar on geographical indications (GIs) in the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement which will be held at the EU Delegation on Wednesday, 26 September from 15:00 to 18:00.

For Japan, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement is the first trade agreement to include geographic indications (GIs) for distinctive and high-quality food and drinks. The protection of GI names is an area where Japan and the EU share common interests and similar concerns. The agreement on GIs is therefore designed to help ensure the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, while increasing bilateral trade, supporting rural economies and protecting local brand names and jobs.

Famous European GIs include Champagne, Parma ham and Port wine. In Japan e.g. Kobe beef and Yobari melon are registered GIs. Finland has only a few, e.g. Kainuun rönttönen (berry pie from Kainuu) and Puruveden muikku (vendace from Puruvesi).

For full details of the seminar and registration form, click link at right!
Friday, 5 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Cole Haan Cup 2018

We are pleased to announce that the 16th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup, will be played on Friday, 5 October, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The player registration fee is 3,000 yen and is non-refundable, the remaining participation fee is 21,700 yen and paid directly to the Club after play. The total fee of 24,700 yen covers, the green fee, caddie, lunch, beverages, buffet at the awards reception, and fantastic prizes.

Unfortunately the European team is currently fully booked, although you can still sign up but will be placed on a waiting list. But if you are a member of the American or Canadian Chamber you can sign up for them, we still have vacancies in the North American team.

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

Finnair's new CEO scooped from Nordea

Banker Topi Manner, who has been named the new CEO of Finnair, reiterated the company's zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol consumption on the job.

Topi Manner has been named Finnair's new CEO. Manner will start the job at the beginning of 2019.

According to a Finnair press release, Manner has a long career in management positions at Nordea, the largest financial group in the Nordic countries, where he has worked for about 20 years.

Since 2016, Manner has worked as a member of Nordea's group executive management and as head of personal banking.

According to Nordea's press release, Manner said the Finnair offer "was one I couldn't turn down."

Finnair's current CEO Pekka Vauramo, as previously announced, will be taking a job as the CEO of Metso as of 1 November. In the interim, CFO Pekka Vahahyyppa will act as interim CEO.
Grin of the Week

Easy to tell

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.

"What are you doing?" She asked.
"Hunting Flies" He responded.

"Oh. Killing any?" She asked.
"Yep, 3 males, 2 females," he replied.

Intrigued, she asked. "How can you tell?"
He responded, "3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."
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, 19 individual and two special members.