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  ISSUE 23/2015 7 October 2015  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Our next own event is a Club Evening with a theme - "Working for a Finnish Company" on Tuesday, 20 October at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka. More below!

The registration for the Scandinavian Christmas Ball, held on Wednesday, 16 December at Westin Tokyo Hotel, is ongoing, click banner below to find out more!
We also have now more information about the Stora Enso Cup - the team competition between the Finnish and Swedish Chambers - played on Friday, 13 November at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West. More below!.

This week we have a new edition of Aoyama View, this time titled: "Power games, ball games, trade deals and refugee misery".

Click banner at right for interesting reading - from UN to Syria and from refugees to rugby.

Tuesday, 20 October - FCCJ Networking Event
Working for a Finnish Company

Our next Club Evening, held on Tuesday, 20 October at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, is a networking party with a theme, "Working for a Finnish Company".

We will have three Japanese, who have all been working for a fairly long time for Finnish companies in Tokyo, making short introductions on how and why they came to join a Finnish company, what are the challenges and what are the benefits and/or disadvantages compared to working for a Japanese company.


  • Hiroaki Nagahara, Director Sales, Finnair

  • Akiko Ando, Office Manager, UPM-Kymmene Japan

  • Hiroaki Sakurai, National Sales Manager, Vaisala K.K.

  • After the presentations, Tokiko Horiuchi, who has worked for Finnish companies both in Finland and Japan will make some commentary from a cultural perspective. She is currently working at the Press and Culture section of the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo. Ms. Horiuchi has also written a book in Japanese about her experiences in Finland.

    Date & Time:Tuesday, 20 October, 19:00-21:00
    Venue: Scandinavian Center
    2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
    Cost:Members 4,000 yen, Guests 6,000 yen
    Registration:by by Friday, 16 October

    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.

    To register, click link at right.

    FCCJ will organize a special tour Friday, 6 to Saturday, 7 November to Onomochi city in Hiroshima prefecture.

    For Japanese, Onomichi is perhaps best known for a famous 1950's movie - Tokyo Story. But it has also much else, i.e. a mega solar farm (which is the main reason for the tour) run by one of our member companies, many shipyards, etc.

    Departure from Tokyo by Shinkansen will be in the morning of Friday, 6 November. The program on Friday will include visits to the Solar Farm, a Fish farm and dockyard, and also a lunch with Onomichi Mayor Hiratani and a networking reception with Onomichi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    On Saturday we provide two options - either a full day fishing tour or a sight-seeing tour in and around Onomichi.

    For more information and to sign up, please click link at right. Note that the tour is limited to 12 participants and we have two slots left. So register now if you would like to join!
    Friday, 13 November - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
    Stora Enso Cup - Autumn 2015

    The 27th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 13 November 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 five times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:24 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.
    Wednesday, 21 November - German Chamber Luncheon
    What do Shakespeare and an interior Trend Magazine have in common? "SMART BRANDING" Practical examples from 20+ years of branding in Japan

    The German Chamber invites members of FCCJ to a Luccheon on Wednesday, 21 October where Mr. Karl Hahne, President & Representative Director of Haefele Japan K.K., will give a detailed account of four practical examples of what he calls "Smart Branding". Based largely on the book Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson, smart branding has the following 3 common characteristics: it is innovative, cost effective and it takes a long term approach.

  • Date:       Wednesday, 21 October, 12:00-14:00
  • Venue:    Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Residence Anise, 2F
  • Fee:         6,500 yen (Members)

  • Click link below for more informtion and registration. When you register, mention if you are a member of FCCJ to get member rate.
    News from Finland

    Interior Ministry to ask for 60 million extra to fund asylum costs

    Record numbers of new arrivals will lead ministry to ask for its reception-centre funding to be doubled, when government considers fourth supplementary budget this Thursday.

    The Interior Ministry will request that its current funding for reception centres be doubled, in order to pay for the record numbers of people seeking asylum in Finland this year.

    On Thursday this week the Finance Ministry will hear from other parts of government as it draws up a fourth supplementary budget for this year. Officials from the Interior Ministry, which covers the cost of accommodating new arrivals in reception centres and paying subsistence benefits, will ask for their asylum funding to be raised to 114 million euros, up from the current 54 million.

    Ministry civil servants say this requirement will be adjusted depending on the number of people arriving in Finland seeking asylum at the end of the year.

    Last year around 3,600 asylum seekers were registered in the country. Fresh forecasts put this year's figure at closer to 50,000, with 20,000 asylum requests processed so far.

    Grin of the Week

    Working in the dark

    Two factory workers are talking. The woman says, "I can make the boss give me the day off."

    The man replies, "And how would you do that?"
    The woman says, "Just wait and see." She then hangs upside down from the ceiling. The boss comes in and says, "What are you doing?" The woman replies, "I'm a light bulb."

    The boss then says, "You've been working so much that you've gone crazy. I think you need to take the day off."

    The man starts to follow her and the boss says, "Where are you going?" The man says, "I'm going home, too. I can't work in the dark."
    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.