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  ISSUE 18/2016 8 August 2016; 

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The summer holidays are over and it is back to business for our Finnish friends, but most of the Japanese still have their summer vacations in frot of them with the o'bon approaching. We spent some relaxing time in Europe and usrprisingly, during 11 days in Finland and London, no rain to talk about! Temperatures were also nice, 22-28 degrees, a good break from the sweltering heath in Japan.

We start our autumn season with the traditional Yakatabune cruise, the "Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise" on Friday, 26 August. We have only 10 seats left of the 70 available, so sign up soon if you plan to join! Read more below.

On Wednesday, 28 September we will have a Club Evening on the 26th with the theme "Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes", details below.

Unfortunately the European team in Mercedes-Benz Cole Haan Cup, played on Friday, 7 October, is fully booked. You could still sign up and be placed on a waiting list in casde we get cancellations. You find more about the event here!

Also this week we have a new contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View", this time titled: "Fog of uncertainties ahead: Japan, Britain, China and USA, each in their own way".

Click banner at right to find out more!

Friday, 26 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise

Please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 26 August. Thnaks to our aponsors, the participation fee for members and their guests are 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, 26 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, 20 August

We have only 12 slots left so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click links at right.
Wednesday, 28 September - FCCJ Networking Event

Our next Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 28 September at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, is a networking party with a theme, "Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes".

We will have three presenters from Finns involved in the Japanese retail business who will give their views on retailing in Japan and perhaps what makes it different from what it is in Finland.

  • Oskari Hämäläinen, Fast Retailing (Uniqlo), Integration & Career Development

  • Teemu Eskelinen, Rakuten Inc., Rakuten Ichiba Business, Gourmet Category Group, Electronic Commerce Consultant

  • Laura Kopilow, Rakuten Inc., Campaign Manager at Ad Solutions Business

  • In addition, we will have commentary from Arto Lindblom, Professor, Marketing at Aalto University, who has studied in depth the strategies, processes and management systems in retailing also in Japan in his research project "Global marketplaces and ecosystems in retailing" funded by Tekes.

    Date & Time:Wednesday, 28 September, 18:30-21:00
    Place: 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 Monday, 26 September

    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.

    Friday, 22 July - Joint EBC-ACCJ Seminar organized by JETRO
    Promoting Japan as aa Global Hub - New Government Initiatives

    JETRO will hold a joint EBC-ACCJ seminar on July 22, 16:00-19:00 (including a reception) to explain the Japanese Government's new policy package for promoting Japan as a global hub. The package contains a range of initiatives including reforming government procedures, immigration systems, accessibility of educational and medical systems for foreign residents and so on. EBC Chairman, Mr. Danny Risberg, will deliver opening remarks at the event.

    At the seminar, legal experts will be on hand to answer questions from the audience on the topics of
    1) corporate registration, regulations and permissions
    2) finance, accounting and tax,
    3) labour and visas
    4) living and education.

    Pleaseclick link at right for more information and regsitration..There is no charge for attending the seminar and reception.
    Production of EBC's Year 2016 White Paper
    - Request for Sponsorship & Pre-Orders

    The goal of both the EU and Japanese negotiators to conclude the EU-Japan FTA, at least in principle, by the end of this year, places the EBC White Paper at the forefront of the discusions as a key regference document.The EBC is now seeking sponsors for its self-funded report.

    Work has now started on the 2016 edition. To give high visibilty to company support of this report and underline its importance, we plan to place the pages showing the logos of Pinnacle, Gold Star, and Silber Star sponsors near the front of the report, as well as at the back.

    The full range of sposnorship categories are as follows: Pinnacle Sponsors (500,000 yen), Gold-Star Sponsors (25,000 yen), Blue-Star Sponsors (150,000 yen), Special Sponsors (100,000 yen) or Sponsors. (50,000 yen).

    The EBC will also take advance orders for the white papers at 5,000 yen for one set (1 English and 1 Japanese version per set). Companies placing advance orders will be listed in the white paper as Supporters.

    Please click links at right for more information and to sign-up as sponsor or make advance orders.
    News from Finland

    World Bank ranks Finnish Customs fourth-best in the world

    Finnish Customs have been ranked as fourth-best in the world, according to a new survey by the World Bank. The institution surveyed 160 countries for its Logistical Performance Index.

    The World's Bank Logistical Performance Index ranking looks at an array of trade indicators, such as customs operations, infrastructure, international shipments, logistics competence, tracking and tracking and competence.

    The Bank ranked Finland in fourth place for its Customs operations, behind Singapore, Germany and the Netherlands. Two years earlier, Finnish Customs had been ranked in eighth position.

    Overall, Finland came in at 15th position in the Logistical Performance Index of LPI, up from 23rd place two years ago in 2014 when the previous ranking was released.

    Finland also reached 16th place in the infrastructure, timeliness and logistics competence rankings. It also performed well in terms of tracking and tracings, ranking in 11th place.

    The 2016 index looked at the logistical performance of 160 states.
    Grin of the Week

    The New Scam - WARNING!

    This new scam is being pulled mainly on older men.

    What happens is that when you stop for a red light, a young nude woman comes up and pretends to be washing your windshield. While she is doing this, another person opens your back door and steals anything in the car.

    They are very good at this.

    They got me 7 times Friday and 5 times Saturday. I wasn't able to find them on Sunday.
    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.