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  ISSUE 27/2017 7 September 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Note that we will take a late summer holiday and the FCCJ Office will be closed from tomorrow Friday until to 20 September. I will read my emails regularly but due to time difference my response may be delayed.

Our next event is the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup on 6 October, but unfortunately both teams have been sold out for over a month and we have a lengthy waiting list. But the good news for our golfers who did not make if for this event that we have decided the date for the next Stora Enso Cup - the Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge. It will be played on Friday 17 November at G.C. Narita Hightree in Chiba prefecture. To find out more and to sign-up already now, click here!

We will have two events in October in addition to the MB-CH Cup - first the CLIC event with Nespresso on Thursday, 19 October (read more below) and then on Thursday, 26 October the European Joint Chamber Networking Party (more in coming issues).

On Wednesday, 1 November we organize in cooperation with the Embassy the second part of Finland's 100 Anniversary celebrations a Business Reception at the Embassy. Please note that the registration dead-line is 13 October, that's why I have already now more information below.

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has again spent hours on a new article. This time titled "Kims'allah, Japan is OK and doing well".

It is obvious that the North Korea issue gets a lot of attention, but there's also more brighter items. Click banner at right to find out more!

Thursday, 19 October - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC
Nespresso - Conquering Japan with the Ultimate Coffee Experience

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.

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned premium coffee. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 62 countries and has more than 10,500 employees.

At the 5th CLIC Event Mr. Alexander Schoenegger, President & Representative Director, Nestle Nespresso Japan KK, will reveal the secrets behind Nespresso's success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the coffee market.
Date & Time:Thursday, 19 October, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Sweden, 1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, others 6,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 16 October

About Alexander Schoenegger

Alex Schoenegger was born in 1970 in Vienna, Austria and graduated from WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) in 1995. He has also earned a Master of Science degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1994. He speaks English, French, German, and Greek.

Alex has spent his professional career at Nestle in various business divisions, such as Nestle Professional, Nestle Waters and Nespresso. Before taking up his current position at Nespresso in Tokyo in September 2014, he served 3.5 years as Market Director Benelux, from 2007 to 2011 as Market Director Asian Region in Singapore and from 2005 to 2007 as International Channel Manager at the company headquarters.

To register, please click link at right!!
Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - FCCJ Special Event
Funland's 100th Anniversary Business Reception

As part of the Centenary of Finland's Independence celebrations in Japan, the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and the Embassy of Finland organize a Business Reception at the Embassy on Wednesday, 1 November from 18:30-21:00.

The reception is hosted by Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari and will focus on business and trade relations between Finland and Japan. At the reception we can also enjoy entertainment from Finland and Finnish food and drinks. Confirmed entertainment so far include the "We Love Finland" DJ show guiding you through a prime selection of the first 100 years of Finnish music with visuals on a large screen.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 1 November, 18.30-21:00
Venue:Embassy of Finland, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members and their guests 6,000 yen, others 8,000 yen (if space available)
Registration:by Friday, 13 October

To register, please click link at right! If you are interested to become one of the supporters of this event (see current below), contact me.
Friday, 29 September - BLCCJ Breakfast Meeting with Mr. Bruno Colmant
"Shaping Europe for Tomorrow. Together. When challenges become opportunities."

Speaker: Mr. Bruno Colmant, Head of Macro Research and Executive Board Member at Bank Degroof Petercam

The European Union is at a crossroad on its path to economic and political unification following the Brexit and the US election: the time has come to rethink the European union. In the frame of a political renewal, a new Europe must, and will, find a new political spirit leading to more political, budgetary and monetary cogency and strength. Mr Colmant will share with us his analysis and outlook for the European Union of tomorrow.
Date & Time:Friday, 29 September, 08.30-10:00
Venue:The Peninsula Tokyo , Sky Room, 24F
Fee:Members 5,000 yen, others 6,500 yen
Registration:by Friday, 22 September

About Mr. Bruno Colmant
Bruno Colmant is Head of Macro Research and Executive Board Member at Bank Degroof Petercam. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master Degree in applied economics from the Solvay Business School Economics and Management (ULB). He also holds a Master of Sciences in Business Administration from the Purdue University (USA) and a Master in Fiscal Sciences (ICHEC-ESSF). He is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy.

He began his career at Arthur Andersen, Dewaay and Sofina, was Managing Director at ING (1996-2006), Cabinet Head of the Belgian Finance Ministry (2006-2007), CEO of the Brussels Stock Exchange, Member of the Management Committee of NYSE Euronext and Chairman and CEO of Euronext Brussels (2007-2009) and Deputy CEO at AGEAS (2009-2011). From 2001 throughout 2016, he has been a Partner of the consulting firm Roland Berger and an economic advisor to the AGEAS CEO.

For more information and registration (directly with the BLCCJ) click link below!
JMEC Business Training Program
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Are you a business owner looking for a business plan tailored to the Japanese market? If so, take part in the Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC)!

As a JMEC Project Client, you can receive a professional business plan developed by some of Japan's brightest up-and-coming business leaders for a fraction of the cost of hiring outside consultants. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the JMEC homepage where you also find the application form.

JMEC is also calling for individuals to join the program as JMEC Participants and be part of the business plan creation process. This MBA-style program includes classroom training as well as hands-on business plan writing experience. Go to to learn more and apply.

JMEC organizes a number of information sessions to give potential participants the opportunity to find out more about the JMEC program, to ask questions and to speak with program alumni. Click here for the schedule.

FCCJ is a proud sponsor of JMEC and encourages our members and the greater business community to get involved.

News from Finland

Nordea moves headquarters to Helsinki

The Nordic region's biggest financial group, Nordea, announced on Wednesday evening that it will move its headquarters from Stockholm to Helsinki. The decision made by the board of directors in Copenhagen ends months of speculation.

The group says that the move will not affect operations in its four Nordic home markets or in day-to-day functions from customers' perspective. It adds that "only a limited number of employees" will be affected.

The move will be carried out by merging the Swedish-based Nordea Bank AB into a new Finnish subsidiary. This is expected to take place in the second half of 2018, subject to approval from regulators and shareholders.

Nordea Bank suggested that the main deciding factor was Finland's membership in the European Union's banking union, which was set up in 2012 after the eurozone crisis. Finland is so far the only Nordic country that has signed on to the agreement. This summer Sweden and Denmark indicated that they would consider joining the union.

"The level playing field and predictable regulatory environment offered by the banking union are, we believe, in the best interest of Nordea's customers, shareholders and employees," said Finnish board chairman Björn Wahlroos in a statement.

Nordea CEO Casper von Koskull - also a Finn - pledged that the company "will keep on working with the Nordic operating model in the same way as we do today" and that it remains "relentlessly committed to all of our four home markets".

The company was originally formed in 1995 through the merger of Finland's Merita Bank with Nordbanken in Sweden and two others in Norway and Denmark.
Grin of the Week

Payment in kind...?

The patient shook his doctor's hand in gratitude and said: "Since we are the best of friends, I would not want to insult you by offering payment. But I would like for you to know that I had mentioned you in my will."

"That is very kind of you," said the doctor emotionally, and then added, "Can I see that prescription I just gave you? I'd like to make a little change..."
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.