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  ISSUE 21/2015 9 September 2015  
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This is the final reminder for our luncheon meeting with Amer Sports Japan President Hiroshi Kishino on Tuesday, 15 September. If you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, please do so at latest tomorrow Thursday. More on the luncheon below.

The FCCJ Member Survey 2015 has started. The feedback will help us stay on track and ensure that we are delivering value to our members.

If you are a member or work at a member company your input is very much appreciated. Among those who submit the survey we draw winners for four prizes!
You find the survey HERE. The Japanese version is HERE.

The European Team in the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup on Friday, 9 October is now fully booked. In case someone is still eager to join, we can put you on a waiting list in case we get cancellations. You find the details HERE.

Also this week we have a new edition in the Aoyama View column, this time titled: "Challenges in Japan, Tougher in USA and Europe ".

Click banner at right for great review of recent, and coming events, mainly in Japan but also US and Europe!

 
Tuesday, 15 September
FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

Our next luncheon meeting will held on Tuesday, 15 September when we have Mr. Hiroshi Kishino, President of Amer Sports Japan, Inc. as our speaker.

Details
 
Date & Time:Tuesday, 15 September , 12.00-14:00
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Drawing Room, 2F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 10 September

About Hiroshi Kishino
  Hiroshi Kishino (55) graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University in 1982 and joined Salomon Sports Sales Co., Ltd. the same year. In 2000 he became Sales Department Deputy Director and in 2002 Sales General Manager at the company.

Mr. Kishino joined Amer Sports in 2003 where he has held several positions in the Atomic and Salomon Divisions. He was appointed President of Amer Sports Japan, Inc. from 1 January 2014.
About Amer Sports
  Amer Sports, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, is a sporting goods company with internationally recognized brands including Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc'teryx, Mavic, Suunto and Precor.

Amer Sports sells its products to trade customers (including sporting goods chains, specialty retailers, mass merchants, fitness clubs and distributors) and directly to consumers through brand stores, factory outlets, and e-commerce. In December 2014 the Amer Sports sales network covered 34 countries.

In 2014, Amer Sports net sales totaled EUR 2,228.7 million. At the end of the year, the company's market capitalization was EUR 1,880.7 million and the Group employed 7,630 people. Amer Sports shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Friday, 11 September and "no-shows".
To register, click link at right. To check who has already signed up, click here!




FCCJ will organize a special tour Friday, 6 to Saturday, 7 November to Onomochi city in Hiroshima prefecture.

For Japanese, Onomichi is perhaps best known for a famous 1950's movie - Tokyo Story. But it has also much else, i.e. a mega solar farm (which is the main reason for the tour) run by one of our member companies, many shipyards, etc.

Departure from Tokyo by Shinkansen will be in the morning of Friday, 6 November. The program on Friday will include visits to the Solar Farm, a Fish farm and dockyard, and also a lunch with Onomichi Mayor Hiratani and a networking reception with Onomichi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

On Saturday we provide two options - either a full day fishing tour or a sight-seeing tour in and around Onomichi.

For more information and to sign up, please click link at right. Note that the tour is limited to 12 participants, so register early if you would like to join!
FCCJ is now on Facebook

We have (finally...) made a proper Facebook page and we hope this would further increase the interaction between our members and others interested in the business and economic exchange between Finland and Japan.

We have currently three editors, but if you would like to contribute to the content, please contact me.

To go to the Facebook page, click image at right!

JMEC Business Training Program
JMEC 22 Now Open for Applications from Prospective Participants and Project Clients

The 22nd JMEC (Japan Market Expansion Competition) program, which is supported by 18 Foreign Chambers of Commerce and trade organisations in Japan, including FCCJ - is now open for applications from prospective new Participants and Project Clients. JMEC participants will enhance their business planning skills and learn how to write a full-fledged business plan during the course of the program.

Participant information and application form can be found here:
JMEC Participants

If you are a company or entrepreneur, a JMEC team will provide a fresh perspective on your business in Japan and provide you with a comprehensive business plan, including market research and analysis, at a very cost-effective rate. With a 21-year track record, JMEC teams have produced more than 200 business plans for companies and entrepreneurs.

Project Client information and application form can be found here:
JMEC Project Clients

We encourage you to consider participation in the program and are pleased to continue our support for JMEC.

News from Finland

PM Sipila pledges Oulu home to refugees

Prime Minister Juha Sipila says he is prepared to open his little-used house to asylum-seekers in need of accommodation. In Oulu, as elsewhere, housing for refugees is spread thin.

Prime Minister Juha Sipila has promised to accommodate asylum-seekers coming to Finland in his little-used home in Kempele, near Oulu, saying he wants to encourage all Finns to help with the refugee crisis.

Sipila travels to Oulu today Saturday to discuss the lack of crisis accommodations there and to finalise the handing over of his Kempele home to house refugees. The Prime Minister has also appealed to churches and volunteer organisations to help with the growing need for accommodations.

Sipila cites a "lack of solidarity" as a Europe-wide problem in sharing the responsibility of aiding asylum-seekers fleeing from crisis zones.

"I hope this becomes some kind of people's movement that will inspire many to shoulder part of the burden in this refugee housing crisis," Sipila says. "What we need now is a show of compassion."


Grin of the Week

Perks of reaching 60 or being over 70 and heading towards 80!

  • Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
  • In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
  • People call at 8 PM and ask, "Did I wake you?"
  • People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
  • There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
  • Things you buy now won't wear out.
  • You can eat dinner at 5 PM.
  • You can live without sex but not your glasses.
  • You can't remember who sent you this list.


  • (Thanks again to JI-P in Helsinki for the contribution!)
    Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt
    If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
    send it to: fccj@gol.com

    ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
    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.