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  ISSUE 19/2018 8 August 2018 
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Finally we got some relief from the heat, at least in Japan, due to the rain from the oncoming typhoon no. 13 (Shanshan). The rain will most likely get heavy later in the day, so instead of hoping that you stay cool, stay dry!

We have about 10 slots left for our traditional Yakatabune (river boat) Cruise on Friday, 31 August. As we are going to be "sold-out", if you plan to participate and have not signed up yet, do so soonest. More information below!

The registrations for the 16th Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup, played on Friday, 5 October in ongoing and we have already more than 130 players signed up for the event. The European team is almost fully booked, we take less than five more before we start making waiting list. Event details below.

Staying in Karuizawa and avoiding most of the typhoon on this occasion, our "Aoyama View" columnist has made a new contribution. This time titled "Petty politicians, bungling bureaucrats and profitable business".

Click banner at right to for an interesting read on a variety of subjects in politics, business and sports.

Friday, 31 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last eight year's cruises we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 31 August. Thanks to our sponsors, the participation fee for members and their guests is 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, 31 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, 24 August

We expect the event to be sold out this year as well, so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click links at right.
Report from the Young Professionals Networking Party on 31 July

The French Chamber's Young Professionals Committee organized a Young Professionals Networking Party on Tuesday, 31 July with the collaboration of twelve foreign Chambers of Commerce.

The luxurious V1LLA TOKYO in Roppongi was the venue for an evening of networking in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with free-flow drinks and a buffet in this beautiful international club equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system. the event attracted 190 participants from the 13 chambers, including 9 from FCCJ.

For a report from the event, click link at right.
Friday, 5 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Cole Haan Cup 2018 - Registration Open!

We are pleased to announce that the 16th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup, will be played on Friday, 5 October, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force, Mercedes-Benz Japan and Cole Haan Japan are working hard to make the event a memorable one for all participants. Also this year we will have an After-Party held on Thursday, 11 October at Mercedes-Benz Connection. Free for the players and their significant other.

The registration for the event has now been opened. The player registration fee is 3,000 yen and is non-refundable, the remaining participation fee is 21,700 yen and paid directly to the Club after play. The total fee of 24,700 yen covers, the green fee, caddie, lunch, beverages, buffet at the awards reception, and fantastic prizes.

It is important that you sign-up soon because we expect this year's event, as last year, will be fully booked well in advance of the registration dead-line. Note that bus transportation is free for the 45 first to sign-up for it.

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
Need a Business Plan?

Are you a business owner looking for a business plan tailored to the Japanese market for your market entry or business expansion? 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, including eligibility requirements, visit the JMEC homepage at You can find the application form here:

JMEC is also looking for individual applicants to participate in the program and learn how to research and develop a professional business plan. This 'mini MBA' style program includes classroom training with experienced executives and successful entrepreneurs as lecturers - as well as hands-on experience in writing a business plan for a real business project, submitted by a real company. Interested applicants can find more information and apply here:

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

News from Finland

Single-day record: Cruise ships brought 11,000 tourists to Helsinki on Monday

Three giant cruise ships brought thousands of tourists into Helsinki on Monday and record-breaking numbers are expected to visit the capital this year.

A total of 11,000 passengers arrived on Monday on three gigantic cruise ships moored in the West Harbour and Hernesaari ports. For example, the Norwegian Breakaway, a behemoth ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Line, carries 5,000 passengers alone.

International cruise ship companies have brought a record-number of the tourists to Helsinki so far this summer, as well.

Last year, a total of 266 cruise ships arrived in Helsinki, bringing a total of 478,000 passengers to the city. Calculated estimates by the city show that the average cruise ship tourist spends an average of 64 euros during their stay in Helsinki.

Popular: Public saunas
Helsinki's tourism promotion company Helsinki Marketing says that this year, cruise ship visitors tend to be most excited about the city's public saunas.

"Saunas are a huge thing, culturally. The new urban saunas like Kulttuurisauna, Allas and Loyly have received a lot of international media attention and represent a new interpretation of Helsinki's public sauna tradition and shared sauna culture," says Helsinki Marketing CEO Laura Aalto.

She said many tourists have told the marketing firm that Finns were very friendly and helpful during their visits.

"They are taken aback by the fact that everyone can speak English. Many have even praised our service culture," Aalto says.
Grin of the Week

Financial planning

Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his fortune.

One evening at an investment meeting he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away.

'I may look like just an ordinary man,' he said to her, but in just a few years, my father will die, and I'll inherit $65 million.'

Impressed, the woman obtained his business card.

Three weeks later, she became his stepmother.

Women are so much better at financial planning than men.
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.