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  ISSUE 30/2018 6 December 2018 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We end the year and start the festive season on Friday, 14 December with the FCCJ Christmas Luncheon at the Embassy. We have a few slots left so if you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, do so at latest on Friday! Event details below.

In this bulletin we also have reports from three recent events - the 33rd Stora Enso Cup on Thursday, 22 November, the CLIC event with Lindt on Wednesday, 28 November and The Joint Nordic event with Soptify and B&O on Wednesday, 21 November. Read the reports below!

Our "Aoyama View" culumnist has taken time in the busy "bonenkai" season to dreate a new contribution, this time titled: "Political Theater at World Stage, Media Play in Nissan Case".

Click banner at right for a lot of insights on those themes, but also on Finland in Japan and some sports.

Friday, 14 December
FCCJ Christmas Luncheon Meeting

The traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon is back after a 5 year break and also this time will be held at our Embassy, where we can enjoy a delicious Finnish style Christmas buffet prepared by the Embassy's chef.

H.E. Ambassador Pekka Orpana will give us his impressions of the first 100 days in office and update on the 100th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan in 2019.

Note: Due to space restrictions, this is a members only event.

Date & Time:Friday, 14 December, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Embassy of Finland, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 7 December

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the Embassy and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than Friday, 7 December and "no-shows".

To sign up, at latest on Friday, please click link at right!
Report from the Stora Enso Cup on Thursday, 22 November
FCCJ retains the Stora Enso Cup!

Stora Enso Japan's Atsushi Yamazaki (right) and SCCJ's George Fujii presents the trophy to FCCJ President Masaoki Fujita (individual winner), Nobuyuki Henmi (2nd best net) and Hiroshi Ozeki (3rd best net).
The 33rd Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Thursday, 22 November at Golf Club Narita Hightree in Chiba Prefecture. On a cloudy day with some light drizzle, the players could enjoy a beautiful and very colorful course.

26 players participated in the competition (16 from FCCJ, 10 from SCCJ). Notable was that 18 of the players were Japanese.

The FCCJ, which won the three previous events, retained the cup, beating the SCCJ by a fairly clear margin, 83.9 versus 85.2 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ has nine more wins than the SCCJ, 21 against 12.

Individual winner was Masaoki Fujita (FCCJ) with a net 72 (gross 94). Best SCCJ golfer was Nobuhiko Miyaji with a net 83. Notable was that 18 of the players were Japanese.

For a full report from the event, click links at right!
Report Joint Networking Event organized by CLIC on Wednesday, 28 November
Lindt - Chocolate in Japan is not just Valentine's Day

CLIC is an organization of 9 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan for the purpose of organizing innovative networking events to enable trading of ideas between the members of the participating chambers.

CLIC consists of the Austrian Business Council, Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

At the 6th CLIC Event on Wednesday, 28 November, Mr. Andre Zimmermann, Representative Director, Lindt & Sprungli Japan Co., Ltd., revealed the secrets behind their success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the chocolate market.

After the presentations and a lively Q&A session the 75 participants from the CLIC chambers could enjoy drinks and food and a lot of networking.

For a report from the event, click link at right!
Report Joint Nordic Chamber Event on Wednesday, 21 November
Spotify and Bang & Olufsen; The Future of Music Consumption

The Nordic Chambers organized on Wednesday, 21 November an event with Spotify and Bang & Olufsen titled: "The Future of Music Consumption".

Henrik Johansson, Director, Spotify Japan and Shin Iwanaga, President and Representative Director, Bang & Olufsen Japan presented their companies and how they see the future of distributing and consuming music.

After the presentations and a Q&A session the 55 participants from the five chambers could enjoy drinks and food and a lot of networking.

For a report from the event, click link at right!
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News from Finland

PM Sipila hails Slush as 'best day of the year'

Finnish dignitaries queue up every year to join tech industry festival Slush, and this year was no exception. Attendees said 2019 would be the year of space.

Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila has lauded the Slush startup event as one of the highlights of the calendar as thousands of participants descend on Helsinki during one of the darkest weeks of the year.

The event, which is named for the grey matter that usually cakes the city streets in the winter months, is a cause for optimism among Finland's movers and shakers.

Slush organisers want to drive home the point that tech entrepreneurs are today's rock stars. This perspective carried into the event itself which resembled a music concert. Attendees were greeted with smoke emitted by fog machines, the halo of neon lights and thumping techno beats.

"This is nothing like the investor shows or business fairs that I've seen," one UK tech startup said.
Grin of the Week

The ultimate chauvinist

In the midst of a veritable downpour, a gallant driver saw a woman alone in the mud trying to change a flat tire, and couldn't bear passing her by.

He completed the job for her, and, soaked to the skin, exclaimed jovially, "There, little lady, that's done!"

"Quiet," she ordered him. "You'll wake up my husband. He's taking a nap in the back seat."
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.