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  ISSUE 4/2017 9 February 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

On a cold day in Tokyo, even with a bit of snow, some reminders on our coming events.

The next event is a Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening organized by the Swedish Chamber on Tuesday, 21 February. The theme is Cybersecurity - The Two-Edged Sword of Social Media . More information below!

The following event is another Joint Nordic Event, Team Building in the form of a Bowling Competition on Tuesday, 28 February. More about that too below!

There will be at least two events each in March and April (more about those in later issues), but would like to already now promote now our first event related to the Centenary of Finlandfs Independence celebrations in Japan; a Concert with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by a Reception hosted by H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari after the concert on Friday, 19 May at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno. Read more, and reserve tickets, below!

Our columnist in "Aoyama View" has made a new contribution in the new year, titled "Tokyo overcoming winter, business changes, political battle and Trump threats ". This time the column focuses almost entirely on Japan, although some comments on the coming meeting between Abe and Trump. Click banner at right for a great update on current affairs!

Tuesday, 21 February - Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening organized by the SCCJ
Did you know that just a simple thing like connecting your smartphone to an open and free WiFi point to check in at your Facebook account could be the opportunity for an attacker to get in and start messing around with your corporate computer system!

There are a number of simple things to watch out for that can be a major threat to your private and corporate cybersecurity if not properly handled. Mr. Keiron Cashell from SCCJ corporate member GplusMedia, and Keith Martin and Antti Tuomi from FCCJ corporate member F-Secure will be sharing their experiences and expertise to identify possible dangers and discuss what companies, and individuals, can and should do to protect themselves - both preemptively and in a damage control scenario.

And there will be plenty of time for questions and discussions, mingle and networking with drinks and some food before we start, all of which is at the core of a Knowledge Evening.

Details:
 
Date & Time:Tuesday, 21 February, 18.30-20:30
Place: Embassy of Sweden
1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members 3,000 yen, others 4,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 18 February

To register, please click link at right. We collect the fee at the venue. Note that we have to invoice the fee for cancellations after 18 February and "no-shows".
Tuesday, 28 February - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition

Here is the sports event you all have been waiting for! What better way to bonding with your colleagues and friends?!

Professional bowlers, beginners are equally most welcome! It is a team competition, each team consists of four player and each player play two games. Make your own team with your colleagues and business partners, spouses are very welcome! Individual members are of course also welcome and will play in teams set up by FCCJ.

Details:
 
Date & Time:Tuesday, 28 February, 19.00-22:00
Place: Tokyo Port Bowl in Shibaura
1-13-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku (near JR Tamachi Station) [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen/person (incl. 2 games play fee, party fee afterwards)
Registration:by Thursday, 16 February

If you cannot make your own team you could also register individually and we will make a team for you.

Note: For award ceremony, your prize contribution will be much appreciated! (4 prizes a team)


Friday, 19 May - Concert and Reception at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

As part of the Centenary of Finlandfs Independence celebrations in Japan, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, will tour Japan in May. The concert program includes representative works by the national composer Jean Sibelius. Also a collection of Moomin artworks by Tove Jansson from the Tampere Moomin Museum will be displayed in the concert venues.

The Embassy of Finland and FCCJ will jointly organize a reception hosted by H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari after the first concert on Friday, 19 May at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno. The concert starts at 19:00 and the reception will follow immediately after, at around 21:00 in the foyer of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

Thanks to the bulk discount on tickets we have got from the organizers and support from the Embassy for the reception, we are able to offer you a reasonable package price for the Concert (SS seats, the most premium) and Reception; 13,500 yen per person (regular price for SS seat is 12,000 yen). We hope you would take this unique opportunity to invite guest (clients, partners, etc.) and staff to this event. Note that due to space restrictions at the reception, we limit the number of persons to 100, on first come - first served basis. So please make your reservation early! Note that you can make a tentatve reservation now to secure your seats and confirm the number later.

For more about the concert and to reseve tickets already now, please click links below!
News from Finland

Government buys naturally diverse historical island from forestry giant UPM
Helsinki, February 8 (Yle)
Forestry company UPM has sold the island of Arjansaari in Kainuu to the Finnish government. The island has abundant nature and an exciting history. The island can still be used by the public, and will later be turned into an official nature reserve.

The Kainuu Centre for Economic Development has purchased a 270-hectare island in Kajaani for the Finnish government from forestry firm UPM. The island has been on sale since last summer.

Kari Paakkonen, chief of the Kainuu Centre for Economic Development, calls the sale significant. The island is coveted for many reasons, including its natural diversity.

"Arjansaari is an exceptional location in relation to other parcels of land," he says. "There are structures on the island in varying conditions, many of them protected sites. The island has also been used for various purposes whose impact on local nature had to be assessed."

The government intends to eventually make the island an official nature reserve.

Arjansaari island has a colourful past. It has served as grazing grounds and a ritual site for Laplanders, a pirate base in the 1860s and a leisure location since as early as the 1720s. There are five buildings on the island which are historically significant and protected under the Antiquities Act.
Grin of the Week

Wedding Anniversary Cards

1st anniversary card from husband to wife: "My sweet loving wife....I hope this first year is a reflection of the next 60 years, you are my heart and soul, I am forever yours."

5th anniversary card: "I love you so much honey...words cannot describe."

10th anniversary card: "Hey, how's it hangin'? Love Ya'!!"

15th anniversary card: "Ummmmmmmmm......'sup?"

16th anniversary card from wife to husband: "You are hereby summoned to divorce proceedings..."

Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
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.