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  ISSUE 18/2017 8 June 2017 
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The FCCJ Fishing Tour on Saturday was a nice experience for the 12 participants and a rewarding one with a big catch of horse mackerel ("aji"). For more about the event, read below.

The last event before our summer break is a Club Evening on Thursday, 29 June where ARQIS Law Foreign Office will brief us on legal issues in Japan. Read more below.

After the summer break, our first event is the traditional Yakatabune cruise, the "Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise" on Friday, 25 August.
Mark this in your calendar and if you want to know more, click here!

Also this time we have a new contribution from our "Aoyama View" columnist, titled "Trump impact spreads - Japan struggles with workforce issues". For obvious reasons 'The Donald' gets his fair share and you do not have to be an oracle to predict that there is more to come. Click banner at right for insights!

Report from the FCCJ Fishing Tour on 3 June

On Saturday, 3 June FCCJ organized its first "pure" fishing tour, starting from Kurihama port, ca 20 km south of Yokohama. The fishi grounds where 15-30 min. from the port and the tour lasted for 7 hours.

The 12 participants could enjoy excellent weather with very mild winds, catching close to 200 fishes, mainly "aji" (horse mackerel), but also a few "saba" (mackerel), some "matouidai" (John Dory or St. Peter's fish) and one "fugu" (blowfish).

Sponsoring by MOS Tax Corporation made the trip affordable and Yoshinori Sano was instrumental in organizing the tour and his fishing experience was very valuable as most of the participants had little of no experience of deep sea fishing.

For a report from the event, click links at right!
Thursday, 29 June - FCCJ Club Evening

Our next Club Evening, held on Thursday, 29 June at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, is a networking event with the theme, "How to Tackle Legal Issues Foreign Companies Face in Japan".

Ulrich Kirchhoff and Tobias Schiebe, Foreign Attorneys-at-Law/Legal, at one of our newest member company, ARQIS Foreign Law Office, and their Japanese colleague Takashi Yoneyama from TMI Associates will give us an insight in how to solve legal issues that foreign companies operating in Japan might face as well as an update on the current legal developments companies in Japan need to know (data protection, labor law, etc.).

They will also explain their "Members-for-members" free first consultation service for FCCJ members!

Date & Time:Thursday, 29 June, 18.30-21:00
Venue: Scandinavian Center, 2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Including buffet and free flowing drinks
Registration:by Tuesday, 27 June

About ARQIS Foreign Law Office
  ARQIS Foreign Law Office is the Tokyo office of an originally German-based law firm with offices in Munich and Dusseldorf. The Tokyo office is operating as a joint enterprise with the Japanese law firm TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan. Since more than 20 years ARQIS/TMI is particularly serving European investors to Japan in all areas of corporate and commercial law, M&A, labor law, data protection, anti-trust and competition law, dispute resolution, litigation and negotiation support.
For more, go to:

To register, click link at right. 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.
Thursday, 15 June: BLCCJ Seminar
Delighting Customers in Japan XV

Japan is known as one of the most challenging markets in the world. Whether your business is start-up, long-established, or somewhere in between, you are probably confronted daily with the issue "how to delight customers?"

Because there is not a single answer to this very fascinating question, the Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BLCCJ) launched in 2001 "Delighting Customers in Japan", an annual seminar where a number of top executives share their ideas and experiences about the challenges of succeeding in this perplexing market.

Following the great success of the event formula, the BLCCJ is very pleased to organize the 16th edition in 2017, where we will welcome again 3 distinguished speakers who will share with us their strategies, experiences and insights regarding their businesses in Japan:

  • Mr. Yuzo KANO, Co-Founder and CEO, BITFLYER, INC.
  • Mr. Vincent NELIAS, Managing Director, SWAROVSKI JAPAN LTD.

  • Details:
      Date & Time:Thursday, 15 June, 18.30-21:00
     Venue: BNP Paribas offices, GranTokyo North Tower, Marunouchi [MAP]
      Cost:Members 5,000 yen, Guests 6,000 yen
      Registration:by Friday, 9 June

    The seminar will be followed by an open panel discussion with Q&A, and by a networking cocktail from 20:00 onwards. We hope you can join us.

    For more information, incl. speakers' profiles and registration, click link below!
    Trusted Corporation's B2B Online Platform - Exclusive opportunity for only FCCJ members

    Imagine expanding your business overseas with no contacts in the country that you are trying to expand to. How would you verify these leads? How would you know if these leads were trustworthy or not?

    At Trusted Corporation we have developed an international B2B platform that provides a solution to these issues.

    In appreciation for being dedicated members of FCCJ, we are giving you an exclusive offer of 1 year free membership on Trusted Platform:

    Click here to register your company for free on Trusted Platform without going through the verification process.

    Who is Trusted Corporation?
    Trusted Corporation is an international B2B platform that allows companies to connect with business expansion opportunities worldwide. We help companies save time and resources by finding and verifying leads in their endeavor to expand their business overseas. Search through our online address book of companies that have been verified by the Chambers of Commerce, and communicate directly with the contacts that you need to reach in any industry worldwide. Expand your business quickly and efficiently with the help of the Trusted platform.

    What benefits am I entitled to?
    By becoming a member of the Trusted platform, you will have access to the following benefits:
  • Unlimited access to Trusted's address book of prescreened companies
  • Build professional networks around the world from any industry
  • Fast, accurate and customizable web-searches
  • Discover business expansion opportunities
  • Create business deals or partnerships with verified foreign companies
  • Advertising opportunities on a global platform
  • No hidden costs for projects created from our network

  • If you would like to know more about Trusted, please check out our website: Alternatively, if you would like more information about this offer, please do not hesitate to contact

    Japan Market Expansion Competition Awards Ceremony

    Supported by 18 Chambers of Commerce, the Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) is a business training program in Tokyo centered on a business plan writing competition. The dual objectives of the program are to strengthen the skills of up-and-coming executives, while assisting foreign companies doing business in Japan.

    The 23rd JMEC Program, which had 13 project teams (clients) and 64 participants, was concluded yesterday at the Awards Ceremony held at the Tokyo American Club.

    The winning team (pictured right) was Team 12 - DSM Personalized Nutrition, with FCCJ member Jussi Salmela (left) as its Consultant. Finnair provided tickets to Europe for all members of the winning team, prizes presented by Yuki Komine (right).

    The JMEC 24 Program starts in November. Applications for Project Clients are due 30 September and for Participants 15 October.
    For more about the program, click here!

    JETRO Business Environment Survey Request

    JETRO conducts a survey every year on the obstacles you face in Japan and the attractiveness of Japan you feel for the purpose to improve the business environment in Japan.

    The results of this year's survey will be drawn up as "JETRO Invest Japan Report 2017" and be utilized as a source of policy proposals to the government for more attractive business environment.

    We appreciate it if you could take the time to complete the survey at the URL below. (It will take about 15 minutes)

    Note: This survey is designed for foreign-affiliated companies (which receive a certain amount of investment from foreign companies, such as Japanese subsidiary, branch office, or representative office of foreign companies). If your parent company is not a foreign company, or your company was founded in Japan by foreign entrepreneurs (as a Japanese company), please refrain from participating in the survey.

    Click links below for the survey (please submit by 21 June 2017)
    English version     

    We plan to publish "JETRO Invest Japan Report 2017" in November. We would like to send you the report after completion, so please could you answer your company's address in the last part of the survey if you wish to receive the report.

    News from Finland

    New Hyperloop plans could include Helsinki-Tallinn connection

    Elon Musk's Hyperloop project is seeking new routes for its ultra-high-speed transport system through a competitive bid, and a route between Helsinki and Tallinn, Estonia is one of several suggestions from the futuristic transportation group.

    Hyperloop One, the group behind the funding and construction of the world's first commercial reduced-pressure transport system, has announced that it will begin surveying nine new European locations for possible Hyperloop sites.

    Among the nine routes shortlisted in Amsterdam on Wednesday is a direct 90-kilometre link between Helsinki and the Estonian capital Tallinn.

    A Hyperloop spokesperson said that, once constructed, their proposed routes would connect more than 75 million people in 44 cities across 5,000 kilometres.

    Other Finnish projects still moving forward
    Hyperloop has already included Finland in its ambitions, with a proposed test route between Salo and Turku, in southwest Finland - as well as a Helsinki-Turku-Stockholm connection.
    Grin of the Week

    You hear the truth from young children

    One day a guy was driving with his 4-year-old daughter and beeped his car horn by mistake.

    She turned and looked at him for an explanation.
    He said, "I did that by accident."

    She replied, "I know that, daddy."
    He replied, "How'd you know?"

    The girl said, "Because you didn't say 'ASSHOLE!' afterwards!"
    Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt
    If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
    send it to:

    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.