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  ISSUE 27/2018 7 November 2018 
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We had two well received events in quick succession, the Business Luncheon last Thursday with Mr. Kjell Forsén, President and CEO of Vaisala Oyj and on Monday the Pre-Opening Tour to Metsä Village in Hanno. Read the reports from these below!

We have three additional events in November, first Joint Nordic event with Spotify and B&O on the Future of Music Consumption on Wednesday, 21 November.
Then Thursday, 22 November we have the traditional Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge, the 33rd Stora Enso Cup at G.C. Narita Hightree in Chiba pref..
Finally, on Wednesday, 28 November a CLIC event with Lindt, a leading Swiss chocolate company.
Details on these event also below!

Our final event of the year will be the FCCJ Christmas Luncheon at the Embassy, held of Friday, 14 December. Mark this in your calendar already now, more information in coming bulletins. But if you would like to sign up already now, click here!

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has made a new contribution, this time titled "Moomin, Muji, Movies and Mobile Phone Fees".

Click banner at right for some exciting Finland related news and an insight in current business events in Japan.

Report from Luncheon Meeting with Kjell Forsén on 5 November

FCCJ organized a Business Luncheon on Tuesday, 1 November with a prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Kjell Forsén, President and CEO of Vaisala Oyj. The theme of his presentation was "Vaisala and its contribution to combat effects of climate change and extreme weather".

Mr. Forsen was accompanied by his wife, Ms. Päivi Leiwo, the Chairperson of Oilon Oy, who presented their business. She was in Japan for the first time, but travels frequently to China where they have substantial businees and a factory since 16 years back.

The event, attended by 25 members and guest and held at Hotel Okura Tokyo, ended with a lively Q&A session.

For a report from the event, including Mr. Forsén's full presentation, click link at right!
Report from Metsä Village Pre-Opening Tour on 5 November

FCCJ organized on Monday, 5 November, in cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers, a Pre-Opening Tour to Metsä Village in Hanno, Saitama prefecture. Metsä Village, officially open on 9 November, is the first phase of the Moomin Theme Park, the second phase, Moomin Valley Park, will open on 16 March 2019.

The 34 participants met up at Hanno station and moved to the Metsä Village at Lake Miyazawa by chartered bus. Robert Hirst, Representative Director of the park operator, Moomin Monogatari, Ltd., wished welcome and made a brief introduction and guided us on the tour around the facilities.

Th event ended with a delicious dinner at the main restaurant after which the participants were taken by bus back to Hanno station.

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

The Nordic Chambers proudly invites you for an evening with two iconic companies shaping the way we consume music.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 21 November, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Sweden, 1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members 3,000 yen, others 4,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 16 November


  Henrik Johansson, Director, Spotify Japan

Henrik has been with Spotify for the past 6 years managing teams responsible for the user experience, commercial research and innovation.

Last year he relocated from Stockholm to Japan to run the Premium Business unit, responsible for paid subscriber and revenue growth. Before joining Spotify Henrik spent 10 years working for various Japanese firms in roles spanning marketing, business development and product design.

Besides his current work at Spotify he also produces and performs experimental electronic music.

Shin Iwanaga, President, Bang & Olufsen Japan

After graduating from Department of Economicsat Yamaguchi University in March 1997, Mr. Iwanaga joined Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd.

After working as a merchandiser at TSUTAYA stores, in April 2007 he took up the position as Executive Officer at Virgin Mega Stores Japan. In 2009 he participated in Daikanyama T - SITE development project. After that he participated in the remodel project of TSUTAYA TOKYO ROPPONGI from 2012. After working as a director of music, Mr. Iwanaga transferred to Bfs International, Bang & Olufsen's Japan import agency and was in charge of Bang & Olufsen's new Futako-Tamagawa and Umeda stores.

In November 2016 he became President of Bfs International Co., Ltd., the position he holds today.

To register, please click link at right!!
Thursday, 22 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2017

The 33rd Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - will be played on Thursday, 22 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.. At the same time SCCJ members also play for the SCCJ Autumn Golf Cup.

The venue this time is Golf Club Narita Hightree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 8:45 and the cost is 17,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

Please click link at right for more information and to sign up.
Wednesday, 28 November - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC
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.

Lindt & Sprüngli is a Swiss chocolate manufacturer and recognized as leader in the market for premium chocolate, offering a large selection of products around the world. During 175 years it has become known as one of the most innovative and creative companies making premium chocolate under the key brand Lindt, but also under Ghirardelli, Hofbauer, Küfferle, Caffarel and 2014 Russell Stover.

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

Date & Time:Wednesday, 28 November, 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 Thursday, 22 November

About Andre Zimmermann

A Swiss national, Mr. Andre Zimmermann has spent most of his career in Japan starting in 1989 as Managing Director for Telekurs Financial. After serving as Senior Representative for LocationSwitzerland SECO 2005-2007 and as Managing Director for MATISA Japan from 2007 until he took up his current position at Representative Director, Lindt & Sprungli Japan Co., Ltd. In 2010.

Andre has also served on the Executive Committee of SCCIJ and Executive Operating Board of the European Business Council (EBC)

To register, please click link at right!
Friday, 23 November - "FIND FINLAND 2018"

The Finnish Tango & Dance International Association is organizing a special event where visitors are invited to discover and experience new charms and fun activities of the Northern European nation of Finland.

We will be introducing you to Finland's wonderful culture that is still very much unknown in Japan.
We invite you all to "FIND FINLAND 2018" !

Lavatanssi is big in Finland now. But what is it?

Finland is not just about Moomins, saunas, the northern lights, Finnish general goods, etc. This event will be a great opportunity to discover yet another aspect of Finland.

Please come and experience what is big in Finland now. The event is organized on Friday, 23 November, 15:00-17:00 at the Gaienmae Ai-land Studio (IK Bldg. 2F, 3-1-25, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

For more information and to sign up, click links at right!
News from Finland

Record import of used cars

Tero Kallio, head of a car importing association, tells the paper that over 40,000 used diesel and petrol vehicles will be brought into Finland in 2018, accounting for one-third of all cars registered this year. Typically purchased from Sweden or Germany, the used cars that Finnish residents buy abroad tend to be larger, use more fuel and release more emissions. Two-thirds of them run on diesel, HS writes.

This increase in imported used cars flies in the face of Finnish decision-makers' efforts to renew the relatively old and high-emission fleet of vehicles on Finnish roads. A variety of carrots, like a cash-for-clunkers programme, and sticks, like higher taxes on petrol, diesel and high-emission cars, have been introduced to encourage consumers to buy newer cars.

EU courts have nevertheless ruled that older emission regulations should apply to imported used cars in Europe, placing them in a less expensive tax bracket.

This situation has contributed to a steady stream of used cars flowing into Finland from Sweden and Germany. The cars are typically nine years old. The fact that they are often larger and run on diesel means that they tend to last longer, HS writes. In some cases, the car will continue to serve the purchaser for another 13 or 14 years.

Finland's car stock is just getting older as a result, as the average service life of a car here is already 21 years, which puts Finland in the company of eastern Europe countries. In other parts of western Europe, cars are typically driven for 15 or 16 years before they are traded in for a new model.
Grin of the Week

First time offender?

One day a man was walking in the woods when he got lost.
For two days he roamed around trying to find a way out.
He had not eaten anything during this period and was famished. Over on a rock ledge he spotted a bald eagle, killed it, and started to eat it. Surprisingly a couple of park rangers happen to find him at that moment, and arrested him for killing an endangered species.

At court, he plead innocent to the charges against him claiming that if he didn't eat the bald eagle he would have died from starvation. The judge ruled in his favor. In the judges closing statement he asked the man, "I would like you to tell me something before I let you go.

I have never eaten a bald eagle, nor ever plan on it. What did it taste like?"
The man answered, "Well, it tasted like a cross between a whooping crane and a spotted owl."
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.