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  ISSUE 29/2017 10 October 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

I am pleased to announce that the European Team won the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup (team competition between North America and Europe) played on Friday, 6 October. FCCJ's part was quite significant, not only having a big role in organizing the event but also because we had 21 players (out of 157), by far the largest chamber on the European side.

We will have two events in October - first the CLIC event with Nespresso on Thursday, 19 October and then on Thursday, 26 October the European Joint Chamber Networking Party, more about those below.

On Wednesday, 1 November we organize in cooperation with the Embassy Finland's 100 Anniversary Business Reception at the Embassy. Please note that the registration dead-line is 13 October and that we can still accommodate two supporters for the event. More information below.

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has provided a new article. This time titled "Abe's useless snap election sparks big changes he did not count on ".

As the title suggests, this time much is focused on domestic Japanese politics but also business and some about North Korea. Click banner at right to find out more!

The European Team retains Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup!

The European team made it two wins in a row at the 15th Cup played on Friday, 6 October at Atsugi Kokusai C.C. in Kanagawa Prefecture. The Europeans, lead by team captain Carl-Gustav Ehlund, scored 76.7 versus North American's 77.5, counted on the average of the 80% best net. The North American team still hold the edge in the history of the competition with nine wins to Europe's six.

Played in fairly good autumn weather with only a little rain at the end, the event atttracted a record 157 players, 76 for the Europeans, 81 for the North-Americans, which meant we had to use four extra groups from the planned two groups per hole in the shotgun start, which presented a logistical challenge, but the pace of play was generally smooth and the game finished on schedule.

For more about the event, click link at right!
Thursday, 19 October - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC
Nespresso - Conquering Japan with the Ultimate Coffee Experience

CLIC is an organization of 9 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan for the purpose of organizing innovative networking events to enable trading of ideas between the members of the participating chambers.

CLIC consists of the Austrian Business Council, Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned premium coffee. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 62 countries and has more than 10,500 employees.

At the 5th CLIC Event Mr. Alexander Schoenegger, President & Representative Director, Nestle Nespresso Japan KK, will reveal the secrets behind Nespresso's success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the coffee market.
Date & Time:Thursday, 19 October, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Sweden, 1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, others 6,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 16 October

About Alexander Schoenegger

Alex Schoenegger was born in 1970 in Vienna, Austria and graduated from WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) in 1995. He has also earned a Master of Science degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1994. He speaks English, French, German, and Greek.

Alex has spent his professional career at Nestle in various business divisions, such as Nestle Professional, Nestle Waters and Nespresso. Before taking up his current position at Nespresso in Tokyo in September 2014, he served 3.5 years as Market Director Benelux, from 2007 to 2011 as Market Director Asian Region in Singapore and from 2005 to 2007 as International Channel Manager at the company headquarters.

To register, please click link at right!!
Thursday, 26 October - European Chamber Event organized by the French Chamber
European Joint Networking Party

The French Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the newest edition of its traditional European Joint Chamber Networking Party. Attracting a crowd of more than 200 guests every year, it is the must-attend event for networking with business people from all over Europe.

The one-of-a-kind event will be held Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the MIXX Bar & Lounge, offering a dynamic setting for networking with a stunning view of Tokyo's skyscrapers from the 36th floor of the ANA Intercontinental Hotel. An evening of networking with fine food and free-flow wine courtesy of Baron Philippe de Rothschild awaits you.

You will be able to meet members of the Belgian-Luxembourg, British, Dutch, Finnish, French, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Swiss Chambers as well as the Tokyo Chamber.

We look forward to welcoming you, your colleagues, partners and friends! Come enjoy the most diverse evening of the year and build a network of contacts all over Europe!

Organized by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan.
Co-organized by the Tokyo CCI and 10 European Chambers in Japan.

Date & Time:Thursday, 26 October, 19.00-21:00
Venue: ANA InterContinental , 36F, MIXX Bar & Lounge [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen for FCCJ members, non-members 9,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 16 October
(Cancellation after this date or no show will be fully charged)

The European Chambers and the Tokyo Chamber are looking forward to welcoming you and your colleagues or friends, so be sure to confirm your attendance quickly as tickets sell fast!

To register, please click link at right!
Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - FCCJ Special Event
Finland's 100th Anniversary Business Reception

As part of the Centenary of Finland's Independence celebrations in Japan, the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and the Embassy of Finland organize a Business Reception at the Embassy on Wednesday, 1 November from 18:30-21:00.

The reception is hosted by Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari and will focus on business and trade relations between Finland and Japan. At the reception we can also enjoy entertainment from Finland and Finnish food and drinks. Confirmed entertainment so far include the "We Love Finland" DJ show guiding you through a prime selection of the first 100 years of Finnish music with visuals on a large screen.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 1 November, 18.30-21:00
Venue:Embassy of Finland, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members and their guests 6,000 yen, others 8,000 yen (if space available)
Registration:by Friday, 13 October

To register, please click link at right! If you are interested to become one of the supporters of this event (see current below), contact me.
US icebreaker investment could bring 2 billion euros windfall to Finland

The US is planning to acquire several new icebreakers for its Arctic fleet. Although rules prevent it from importing the ships directly, the Finns are counting on US manufacturers needing plenty of expert consultation and parts.

As its Polar-class icebreakers reach the end of their effective lifetimes, the United States is looking to quickly build a new fleet of heavy icebreakers. The state of Finland and over a dozen private Finnish companies are hoping the investment will be profitable for them as well, as suppliers and designers. A campaign is underway to convince the Americans to employ their services.

The US plan at present is to build three heavy and three medium polar icebreakers, with more built at a future date. The total cost of the first phase of the investment is estimated to rise to 4 billion euros.

The US has a law that prohibits the Coast Guard and Navy from buying certain vessels from foreign countries. The plan is to build each of the new high-tech ships at a single port somewhere in the United States, but it is also clear that the US will need help in this process.

Another law says that 51 percent of the vessel's parts must be made domestically, leaving 49 percent of the equipment, motors and design work free to be imported.

"If Finland were to win the entire share, it would be a deal worth two billion euros," says Ulla Lainio, an expert at Finland's export trade promoter Finpro, who is responsible for the organisation's maritime and offshore growth programmes.
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 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.