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  ISSUE 15/2017 9 May 2017 
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Hope all of my readers in Japan had an enjoyable and relaxing Golden Week!

This is the last reminder for the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Concert with a reception hosted by Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari on Friday, 19 May. We have a few tickets left so make your reservation within this week, if you have not done it yet! More below.

We also have a few slots left for fishing tour on Saturday, 3 June so sign up soon if you are interested to join. For more details, read below.

Our columnist spent some of his Golden Week holiday writing up a new contribution in "Aoyama View", titled "Golden Week, Special Trains, Luxury Spending, Even North Worries Make for Good Business ".
The title gives a good insight in what it is all about. Click banner at right for more!

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

As part of the Centenary of Finland's 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.

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 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. We have 14 tickets with reception left.

For more about the concert and to reseve tickets, please click links at right!
Saturday, 3 June - FCCJ Special Event

FCCJ is making its first dedicated fishing tour on Saturday, 3 June. Come and enjoy fishing in hopefully nice weather, a lot of fish and definitely in good company! We will be catching Aji (horse mackerel) and according to our expert you should catch many, tens....
We tour will start from Kurihama, behind Yokosuka.

Thanks to the support of MOS Tax Corporation, the fee for the tour is only 8,000 yen for FCCJ members. The fee includes the fishing, fishing rod, bait as well as lunch and drinks onboard.

The fishing company Kurihama Kurokawa Honke's web site is here.

We have 15 slots and we will be sold out so sign up early!
Non-members will only be accepted after registration dead-line if space is available.

Details:
 
Date & Time:Saturday, 3 June, 8.00-15:00
Port: Kurihama, Kanagawa Pref. [MAP]
Cost:Members 8,000 yen, others 12,000 yen (if space available)
Registration:by Friday, 19 May

Transportation:
The tour starts at 8:00 and you can go there by train, Keikyu line from Shinagawa at 6.37 arriving at Keikyu Kurihama at 7:36 (59 mins). From the station we can arrange transportation to the port, 7-8 mins. by car. Some will go by car so we can also do some ride-sharing.
Note that the cost for transportation to/from Kurihama is not included in the fee.

To register, click link at right. Please note that we will invoice the fee in advance. Cancellations after 19 May and no-shows will be charged.
Monday, 15 May - Team Finland Event
Japan Day in Helsinki - Let your business rise with the rising sun

JETRO and Finpro organize a Japan Day in Helsinki on Monday 15, May in Helsinki in co-operation with Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Embassy of Finland in Japan, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland and Tekes.

You have a unique opportunity to network with Japanese and Finnish business professionals with whom you can spar your plans to start or expand your business in/to/from Japan.

You can also hear from inspiring high-level speakers from Japanese and Finnish companies about business opportunities, success stories and challenges.
Both Mr. Jota Yamamoto, Ambassador of Japan to Finland and Mr. Jukka Siukosaari, Ambassador of Finland to Japan will attend and Reaktor, Murata Electronics and NAPA will present case studies. JETRO and Finpro will introduce business opportunities and their support networks.

For more about the event and to register, please click link at right!
Thursday, 15 June
MIPRO Startup Seminar

(1) Draw up your Business Model
(2) When and who can take advantage of subsidies and grants?


The Manufactured Imports and Investment Promotion Organization (MIPRO) organize a seminar in English for those who are interested in starting business in Japan.

Many of you may wonder if your business idea can actually make money or not. Learn about the idea of "Business Model" to know how money circulates. Mr. Shigeki Yotsuyanagi, representative director of OCL K.K. will tell how to draw up your own Business Model and help you turn your idea into a feasible business.

In the second part of the seminar, Mr. Takahashi, our investment adviser, will talk about subsidies and grants, which are somewhat complicated even for us Japanese. He will show you available subsidies and what you need to know when you apply for them.

We welcome all foreigners interested in starting businesses in Japan as well as those who support such foreigners.

For more about the seminar and to register, please click link at right!
News from Finland

Customs: Monthly exports top 5 billion euros for first time in years

Finnish Customs figures show that the country's exports are doing better than they have since 2014. The head economist of Finland's only housing-specialised credit institution says that although small growth was expected in the export sector, the speed of the uptick came as a surprise.

Finland's goods exports were worth 5.2 billion euros for the month of March, preliminary Finnish Customs data shows. The figure represents 17 percent growth compared with the same time last year.

The value of exports per month has not been this high since October, 2014.

Customs says that exports in all the major goods categories grew in March, with electronic equipment, steel and refined oil products seeing the most progress.

Exports to the United States, China, Russia and the Netherlands have developed most.

"Surprise hike"
Head economist Juhana Brotherus of credit institution Hypo, the parent company of the Mortgage Society of Finland, says that an increase was expected, but not quite this fast.

"The year started off slow in 2016, so we were waiting for growth. But the speed at which it actually came has surprised us positively," Brotherus writes in the Hypo release.

Brotherus says that there are other positive signs in the air, too, with the coming months looking optimistic.

"The Russian market is booming, manufacturing orders are streaming in and confidence among exporting companies has stayed high."

The economist also reminds readers that the Customs figures do not include service exports, meaning that the true state of Finland's exports may be even rosier.
Grin of the Week

Late revenge?

When asked for her occupation, a woman charged with a traffic violation said she was a schoolteacher.

The judge rose from the bench. "Madam, I have waited years for a schoolteacher to appear before this court," he smiled with delight. "Now sit down at that table and write 'I will not pass through a red light' five hundred times."
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.