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  ISSUE 29/2016 9 December 2016 

The holidays, and the end of the year, are closing in so soon time to wrap-up the year of the Monkey, relax and charge the batteries for the year of the Rooster.

We had a successful Scandinavian Christmas Ball on Wednesday, attended by 277 (10-15% more than in the past 4 years) members and guest of the Nordic chambers. Read the report from the event below!

Our first event in 2017 is the traditional "Shinnenkai" (New Year) Club Evening at the Scandinavian Center on Wednesday, 25 January, see more details below.

Our columnist in "Aoyama View" has made a last big effort before the holidays and produced two new articles, clock banner at right for the latest, titled "Finland independent with free word, good education - Japan and USA: Abe to Pearl, Son in Trump Tower".
The previous one, "Statistics, politics and plain bad management - difficulties to plough through it all", you find here!

A Successful 24th Scandinavian Christmas Ball!

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Joint Christmas Ball was held on Wednesday, 7 December 2016 at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel in Ebisu, where the party has been held also in 2005-2009 and 2011-2015. The party was attended by 277 members and guests from the five Nordic Chambers of Commerce in Japan. By chambers the SCCJ had 146 participants, DCCJ 31, FCCJ 50, ISCCJ 28 and NCCJ 22.

The ball started with greetings from the organizing committee, followed by a Lucia procession and a much appreciated gospel performance by the Tokyo Baptist Church Choir. Santa paid a visit to the Ball, assisting in the many lotteries and doing a "photo session" with a large number of participants.

The evening was ended off with a lot of dancing until midnight, first by "Abban", a ABBA tribute band in Tokyo and then to the tunes of Brad and the Hitmen, our favorite band for more than 10 years (since 2003).

For more about the ball, and a lot of images, click link at right!
Report from the Waste Management Day in Miyoshi, Saitama Pref.

On Thursday, 24 Novemmber FCCJ members were invited to a Waste Management Day in Miyoshi, Saitama Pref. organized by Ishizaka Construction Waste Recycling Plant in cooperation with a visiting delegation from the Lahti Business Region.

The program started with a tour of the Ishizuka state-of-the-art building waste recycling part followed by a lunch at the Kunugi no mori Plaza. The afternoon seminar was opened by Ms. Noriko Ishizuka, President of Ishizuka Sangyo Co., Ltd. followed by a greeting and recap of the Finnish waste management policy by H.E. Mr. Jukka Siukosaari, Ambasador of Finland to Japan.

In the presentation of the Lahti Municipal Waste Management System, Mr. Jari Parkkonen, Regional Mayor spoke about the origins of success for the "Cleantech City", Mr. Isto Vanhatalo, Business Development Manager, LADEC, about "Everything To Be Reused", daily operations in the Lahti Cluster and Ms. Heidi Freundlich of Lahti University of Applied Sciences about Cleantech and Learning. FCCJ President Pekka Laitinen concluded the seminar with a pitch for the Cleantech Venture Day in Lahti.

For full report from the event, attended by more than 40 persons, clisk link at right.
Wednesday, 25 January - FCCJ Networking Event

Our first event in 2017 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 20 January. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by food and drinks!

H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari will give us his impressions of his first 5 months in Japan and a update on current affairs at the Embassy.

We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

Date & Time:Wednesday, 25 January, 18:30-21:00
Place: Scandinavian Center
2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Including buffet and free flowing drinks
Registration:by Monday, 23 January

To register, click link at right. Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.
Saturday, 28 - Sunday, 29 January
2nd Inter-Chamber Ski-Race in Hakuba

The Austrian Business Council organizes, in coopertion with the German and the Swiss Chambers a cross-chamber ski race + family fun event in Happo-One, Hakuba, Nagano Pref. on Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 January.

Enjoy the friendly competition of an international ski race and after party. Children of all ages are welcome!

For more information and instuctions on how to register, click link at right.
METSÄ - Moominvalley Park Update

At a press conference on 6 December, FinTech Global Inc. and Moomin Monogatari, Ltd., confirmed that they are planning to open Metsä in autumn 2018 at Lake Miyazawa, a wooded lakeside setting in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture.

This natural environment will infuse Metsä with a Northern European atmosphere and create a space that provides for a truly enriching experience. Metsä will comprise two zones - Metsä Village (opening schedule - autumn 2018), commercial facilitates offering a Northern European lifestyle experience, and MOOMINVALLEY PARK (Grand opening schedule - spring 2019) a theme park built around the Moomin storybook characters.

Click link at right for the full Press Realease.
The newly opened web site is at:
Business News from Finland

Trump to President Niinistö: "Finns are great people"
President Sauli Niinistö's first discussion with US President-elect Donald Trump went well, according to a short statement released on the Finnish President's official website. Topics included bilateral relations, Russia and the Arctic, according to the Finnish statement.

Finnish president Sauli Niinistö spoke with US President-elect Donald Trump by phone on Thursday, according to a statement on the Finnish Presidential office website.

The statement says they held a discussion that touched on bilateral relations, Russia and the handover of the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, which is currently held by the United States and will switch to Finland next spring.

The presidents also discussed Finland's centenary independence celebrations, which are due to take place next year. Trump asked Niinistö to convey greetings to the citizens of Finland, who he described as 'great people', according to the statement.

The Finnish statement did not specify who instigated the call or how it was arranged.

Niinistö then thanked Trump on Twitter, saying "Thank You @realDonaldTrump for a great discussion! Until next time!".
Grin of the Week

Reimbursement for mistake...

On his way out of church, Frank stopped at the door to speak to the minister. "Would it be right," he asked, "for a person to profit from the mistakes of another?"

"Absolutely not!" replied the pastor.

"In that case," said the young man, "I wonder if you'd consider returning the hundred dollars I paid you to marry my wife and me last July."

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 64 corporate members, 12 individual and one special member.