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  ISSUE 9/2015 9 April 2015  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

One our most important events, the Annual General Assembly was held yesterday at the Embassy of Finland, attended by a record 53 participants. The main outcome of the assembly was that Marko Saarelainen stepped down after 6 years as President of FCCJ and Pekka Laitinen was elected as his successor. Read more about the meeting below.

Our next event is Stora Enso Cup, the Golf Challenge between the Finnish and Swedish Chambers, played on Friday, 17 April at G.C. Narita Hightree in Chiba pref. We also have a good number of sign-ups for this event, currently more than 20 from FCCJ if you want to join and have not yet signed up, do so at latest tomorrow Friday!.
Read more about this as well below.

Wednesday, 8 April - FCCJ Annual General Assembly
FCCJ elects Pekka Laitinen as its new President

The sixteenth FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Wednesday, 8 April at the Embassy of Finland attended by 52 chamber members and members of its Board of Trustees.

The assembly approved the activity and fiscal reports for the fiscal year 2014 ending 31 March and approved activity plans and budget for the fiscal year that started 1 April. After the General Assembly the new Board of Directors had its first meeting and elected Pekka Laitinen as the new President of FCCJ.

After the assembly, Ambassador Manu Virtamo hosted a buffet dinner. During the dinner a lot of active discussions took place between the members.

For more about the general assembly and many images, please click link at right.

Friday, 17 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Spring 2014

The 24th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - is played on Friday, 17 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.. At the same time we also play the FCCJ Cup for FCCJ members and the SCCJ Spring Cup for SCCJ members.

The venue this time is Golf Club Narita Hightree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 9:12 and the cost is 16,500 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Note that registration dead-line is tomorrow Friday!

Monday, 6 April - FCCJ Special Event Event
Information meeting for the Turku School of Economics, International Business at the Scandinavian Center / Moomin Kindergarten

On Monday, 6 April FCCJ organized an information event, hosted by the Scandinavian Center / Moomin Kindergarten, for a group of 20 students at the Turku School of Economics, International Business.

Four FCCJ member companies, Nokia Networks, Stora Enso Japan, Finnair and Septem Partners, informed the group on what they do in Japan, how is Japan different, what have they learned and how they tackled the challenges. In addition, FCCJ Executive Director gave an overview of the Finnish businesses in Japan and the trade between Japan and Finland. For more photos from the event, please click link at right!

Slush Asia - 24 April 2015

On April 24th, Slush Asia brings together people with big dreams and determination in Tokyo. Originally from Finland, Slush has grown to become one of the world's largest startup events and has made a second home in Asia. The goal of the event is to light the same entrepreneurial fire in Asian youth as Slush has done in the Nordics through talks by experienced entrepreneurs and a pitching competition.

The talks by entrepreneurs will tell stories how they became successful, but also all the failures and life-shaking experiences necessary to get there.

The speakers include three Finns, Peter Vesterbacka, Mighty Eagle, Rovio, Ilkka Paananen, CEO, Supercell and Linda Liukas, Children's Book Author, Hello Ruby.

For more on the event, click links at right.

News from Finland

Customs: Both export and import numbers down

Preliminary statistics from the customs office show that the value of Finnish exports decreased by four percent and imports decreased by two percent in February, compared with the same period last year.

On Tuesday, Finnish Customs released early data on the foreign trade of goods for February 2015. The value of Finnish exports reached nearly 4.2 billion euros and the value of imports was just under 4.4 billion euros.

The decline in imports was reportedly chiefly due to a drop in the value of crude oil. Iron, steel and chemical imports were also sluggish. Since the beginning of this year, imports from the EU fell by 6 percent in January and February while imports from outside the EU dropped by 11 percent.

Major trading partners Germany, the United States and the Netherlands saw an increase in exports from Finland, while exports to Russia, Sweden and China experienced a decline.

Exports to EU countries rose in January by a percentage point, as did imports from the EU. During that same time exports to outside the EU decreased by 10 percent and imports from outside the EU fell by four percent.

Grin of the Week

Desperate Sales Pitch

Despite his best sales pitch, a life-insurance salesman was unable to get a couple to sign up for a policy.

"I certainly don't want to frighten you into a decision," he announced, standing up to leave ...
"Please sleep on it tonight, and if you wake up in the morning, let me know what you think."
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 650 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.