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  ISSUE 24/2017 7 August 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The first Joint Nordic Beer Garden Evening on Tuesday last week (1 August) was enjoyable despite raining almost all day. The rain eased towards the evening and fortunately our area was covered so all well in the end. We will for sure do this again nest summer and then reserve much more seats well in advance so that we do not get sold out like we did this time.
Read the report from the event below!

We have about 15 seats left at our following happening, the Yakatabune event - "Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise" - on Friday, 25 August. Time to sign up before we run out of slots. More information below.

Report from the Joint Nordic Beer Garden Evening on Tuesday, 1 August

Traditionally the Nordic Chambers have given their members the summer period off but we are always trying to renew ourselves and decided to break this tradition by organizing the first Joint Nordic Beer Garden Evening on Tuesday, 1 August.

The event was held Forest Beer Garden in Meiji Jingu Gaien as a two hour all you can eat BBQ and drink party.

Despite a rainy day we had over 70 participants, including 20 from FCCJ, who could enjoy in addition to plenty of food and drinks also a lot of networking between the members of the five chambers.

For more about the event, click link at right.
Friday, 25 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last seven year's cruises we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 25 August. Thanks to our sponsors, the participation fee for members and their guests is substantially subsidized.

We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style. For images from last year's event, click here.

Date & Time:Friday, 25 August, 18.30-21:00
Embarkation:Funayado Miuraya, 1-1-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku , Tokyo
Cost:9,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 18 August

We expect the event to be sold out this year as well, so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click links at right.
Thursday, 10 August - DMM.make ABIBA Event
"English Only" Finland Night!!

First time to have gEnglish Onlyh networking event in AKIBA!!!

We will be inviting Finnish leading startups and organization to present their products and activities this month!

We have set a main theme on a country "Finland", the country where establishes famous startups and foreign technological enterprises gives most attention to. There will be several promised startups and organization from Finland to pitch and exhibit.

Of course we will be welcoming exhibiting or pitching products from participantsI

For more information and registration for the event, click link at right.
New Finnish Style Bakery in Kamakura

Raimugihausu is Finnish/Scandinavian style bakery, selling authentic Northern European bread. We wish to introduce new, different and interesting bakery products to our customers in Japan. Rye sourdough, potato dough pizza, oatmeal and carrot loaf and a truly Finnish specialty Karjalanpiirakka (Carelian Pie) are but few examples of the products that are rarely seen in a Japanese bakery.

The Shop is located only a 5 minutes walk from Kamakura station on the next street from the famous Komachi dori shopping street. Come visit and enjoy the taste of Finland in the Historic city of Kamakura.

Please go to their Facebook page for more information and access.

News from Finland

Finnair seeks 100+ new pilots - no experience necessary

Finnair has begun recruiting more than 100 new pilots. The national carrier is looking for both experienced pilots and people with no aviation experience.

Beginners selected in the process will be invited to enrol in a two-year course at the Finnish Aviation Academy in Pori or Finnair's 18-month Multi-Pilot License training programme in Tampere carried out with Patria Pilot Training, part of a state-owned defence contractor.

For experienced pilots, the airline will arrange co-pilot training and specific training in the types of aircraft in its fleet, now mostly Airbus jets along with a few smaller Embraer and ATR planes. Some may be able to begin working as co-pilots next year.

The recruitment comes as Finnair enjoys exceptional growth, driven by its Asian routes. It posted record profits in the second quarter, rising to 38 million euros compared to three million in the same period of last year. Turnover leapt by 11 percent to 633 million euros.

In May the flag carrier announced it was hiring 350 new flight attendants and stewards. Cabin crew training begins in September.
Grin of the Week

Pay according to challenge...

A Manager of a retail clothing store is reviewing a potential employee's application and notices that the man has never worked in retail before.

He says to the man, "For a man with no experience, you are certainly asking for a high wage."

"Well Sir," the applicant replies, "the work is so much harder when you don't know what you are doing!"
Have a great week &
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.