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  ISSUE 10/2016 7 April 2016  

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

The FCCJ Annual General Assembly and Dinner was held on Tuesday, attended by 45 members. For a detailed report of the successful assembly and enjoyable buffet dinner, read below.

Our next event is the Stora Enso Cup - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - played on Friday, 22 April at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West. We have already 17 participants signed up from FCCJ but still room for more. Read more below.

The following event is a Joint Nordic Business Luncheon, organized by the Swedish Chamber, with SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson on Thursday, 28 April. More about this also below!

We are also in full swing planning for our next tour, this time to Karuizawa, which, surprisingly to some, have a lot of past and current connections to Finland. I will have more details in coming bulletins but in case you are interested, click here for a flyer.

This week our columnist in "Aoyama View" has used a rainy day to produce a new article titled: "Tokyo Great City, Japan hmmm...Colorful People".

Click banner at right to read the column and find out what is great and what is perhaps not so...

Report from the 17th FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 17th FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Tuesday, 5 April at the Embassy of Finland attended by 45 chamber members and members of its Board of Trustees.

The assembly approved the activity and fiscal reports for the fiscal year 2015 ending 31 March and approved activity plans and budget for the fiscal year that started 1 April. After the General Assembly the new Board of Directors had its first meeting and re-elected Pekka Laitinen as President of FCCJ. Masaoki Fujita was re-elected as Vice President and Jan Grönblad was elected new Vice

After the assembly, Ambassador Manu Virtamo hosted a buffet dinner. During the dinner a lot of active discussions took place between the members.

For more about the general assembly and many images, click link at right!
Friday, 22 April - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Spring 2016

The 28th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 22 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..

The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture, which has been the venue for the event six times in the past. First tee-off is at 22 April and the cost is 18,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Thursday, 28 April
A New Normal - From Red to Black Numbers

"New Aircrafts, New Routes, New Technology, New Services"

SAS is full speed ahead into a New Normal with new aircrafts, new routes, new technology, and not the least new services. And things have taken off in a very encouraging manner with SAS reporting a dramatic turn from red to black numbers in its most recent year-end report.

In connection with celebration of 65 years of service between Japan and Scandinavia, Mr. Rickard Gustafson, the President & CEO SAS Group, will be in Tokyo and will give the members of the Nordic Chambers a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from him about the strategies and stages of implementation for SAS evolution into a New Normal.

Date & Time: Thursday, 28 April, 12:00-14:00
Place: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) [MAP]
Cost:Members: 6,500 yen, non-members: 8,500 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday, 25 April

About Rickard Gustafson
Mr. Richard Gustafson has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of SAS Group since February 1, 2011.

Before joining SAS he served as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Trygg-Hansa Forsakrings AB. He has been the Chief Executive Officer at Codan A/S, a subsidiary of RSA Insurance Group plc since November 9, 2006. Mr. Gustafson joined Andersen Consulting in 1989. After 7 years in the consulting business he resigned in 1996 to join GE Capital in Stockholm. He gains solid experience from several senior GE Capital leadership positions,

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.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
Wednesday, 13 April - Joint Chamber Seminar organized by CCCJ
"Cool Japan Fund"

On Wednesday, 13 April the Canadian Chamber will host a Joint Chamber Seminar targeted for foreign business communities in Tokyo, presented by Mr. Nobuyuki Ota, CEO of Cool Japan Fund, and Mr. Nao Kodaka, Co-Founder and CFO of Tokyo Otaku Mode.

This will be an informative event including speaker sessions at Oscar Peterson Theatre of the Canadian Embassy and a Q&A followed by casual networking. This event is suitable for any Japanese or non-Japanese companies, organizations or individuals who are interested in learning about Cool Japan Fund, expanding their businesses and adopting or promoting Japanese commodities overseas.

  • Date: Wednesday, 13 April
  • Time: 17.00 - 19.00
  • Venue: Canadian Embassy, Oscar Peterson Theatre / Reception in B2 Lobby
  • Cost: Members 2,700 yen, non-members 3,700 yen incl. soft drinks (oolong tea, juice or water)
  • Registration: by Sunday, 10 April

  • Please kindly bring your photo ID with you which may be requested to be produced at the Embassy’s guard’s station for security purpose. Seminars and Q&A will be conducted in English.

    For more information and to register directly with CCCJ, click link at right.
    SURVEY FOR JAPANESE: Impressions about Nordic Countries
    Aalto University School of Business, University of Turku, and the University of Tokyo have launched a survey that maps Japanese consumers' opinions on Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The survey is a part of a larger academic study on contemporary consumption in Japan. The survey opens from the following link:

    We would also ask our member companies to distribute this survey link to their Japanese employees. By participating this survey, employees have a great opportunity to tell their feelings and perceptions on Nordic countries. The survey is in Japanese and it should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous and the information collected will be treated as confidential.

    Three respondents of the survey will win a gift card worth of 10 000 yens.

    Thank you for your support!

    More information: Professor Arto Lindblom, Aalto University School of Business,

    Bonjour France Events - For Lovers of French Wine, Cuisine & Culture

    Bonjour France will kick off on April 13 for this yearfs "French week" with as a highlight, a real French "marche" in Isetan Shinjuku and many events covering French lifestyle, fine dining and wine as well as arts and culture.

    The French Chamber is promoting the events also to other chamber and would welcome anyone interested in French wine, cuisine and culture to attend:

  • Friday, April 15, 2016: Bordeaux Wine and Food Pairing

  • Friday, April 22, 2016: A "Guinguette" in Tokyo

  • Both events are open to non-members, affordable and not business-related and anyone is welcome to join provided they register through the Rerench Chamber system (see links above).

    News from Finland

    Nokia plans 1,300 job cuts in Finland

    Nokia has announced it plans to cut some 1,300 jobs in Finland by 2018. The telecom networks equipment firm says that it is targeting nearly 1 billion euros in savings by 2018 following its acquisition of French rival Alcatel-Lucent. The firm says that half the job cuts will be made in Espoo, with one quarter coming in Oulu and one quarter in Tampere.

    At the end of last year the company employed some 6,700 workers in Finland. Reuters reports that the company's spokesperson declined to specify where else in the world it may make staff cuts.

    Last year the company had already said it would aim to make 900 million euros of efficiency savings by 2018 after acquiring the rival French firm Alcatel-Lucent. Nokia says the axe will fall in areas where there is overlap between the two firms' operations, in particular research and development, regional and sales departments and support functions.

    "These actions are designed to ensure that Nokia remains a strong industry leader," said Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri in a statement.
    Grin of the Week

    An American and a Japanese

    An American and Japanese were sitting next to each other on a plane. The American turned and asked the Japanese, "what kind of -ese are you?"

    The Japanese man answered, "I'm sorry, I don't know what you mean."

    "What kind of -ese are you? - the American repeated. The Japanese was showing obvious confusion. Irritated, the American explained "are you Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, what?"

    "Oh, I'm Japanese."

    Soon after the Japanese turned to the American and asked him what kind of -key he was. The American, now annoyed, replied "what d'you mean, 'key'??"

    The Japanese asked again, "are you a monkey, a donkey, or a Yankee?"
    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.