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  ISSUE 32/2017 10 November 2017 
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We are in for the final sprint of the year with three more events coming up.

The first one is the Stora Enso Cup - a team competition between FCCJ and SCCJ golfers - on Friday, 17 November. If you plan to attend and have not yet signed up, time to do so now, dead-line is today. Details below!

The second event is the EU Chamber Luncheon with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. The French Chamber, who is the main organizer of this event, has allocated a limited number of seats for each chamber so sign-up soon if you plan to attend! Details below.

Last but not least is the 25th Scandinavian Christmas Ball held on Thursday, 7 December at The Westin Tokyo Hotel.
About 60% of the seats are taken so if you do not want to miss out on the social highlight of the year, sign up soon! Click banner above for more.

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has provided a new article. This time titled "Good news week: Finland business grows, EU trade deal gets cleared, Nikkei hits new heights and Trump visit goes smoothly".

The title gives a good insight of what it is about but click banner at right to get the details!

Friday, 17 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2017

The 31st Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - will be played on Friday, 17 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.. At the same time SCCJ members also play for the SCCJ Autumn Golf Cup.

The venue this time is Golf Club Narita Hightree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 8:40 and the cost is 17,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

Please click link at right for more information and to sign up. On the page you also see who has already signed up.
Wed. 22 November 2017 - EU Chambers Event organized by the French Chamber
Luncheon with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike

As Tokyo recently kicked off the countdown to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we are pleased to invite you to a luncheon with Governor Yuriko Koike who will share with us her plans for the capital ahead of the Games, and her visions on making the city a global hub post-2020.

Introducing the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, in cooperation with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, is currently collecting outdated and broken cell phones and some small electronic devices to be recycled into the medals that will be awarded to athletes at the Tokyo 2020 games. TMG's aim is to produce around 5,000 medals through what is called the "urban mine". A Tokyo 2020 Medal Project collection box will be made available on the day of the event at the reception desk. We encourage visitors to bring any unwanted cellphones and smartphones for donation. We appreciate your support!

Date & Time:Wednesday, 22 November, 12.00-14:00
Venue:Hotel New Otani, Banquet Room Tsuru [MAP]
Language: English (Japanese translation available for Q&A)
Cost:10,000 yen for FCCJ members, non-members 14,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 13 November
(Cancellation after this date or no shows will be fully charged)

About the speaker
Governor Yuriko Koike was born in 1952 in Hyogo Prefecture. She graduated from Cairo University in 1976 with a BA in Sociology. She was elected to the House of Councillors in 1982, then to the House of Representatives in 1993. She was appointed Minister of Environment in 2003 and also served as the Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Koizumi from 2004. She was appointed Minister of Defense in July 2007 during the first term of Prime Minister Abe. In 2010 she became Chairperson at the General Council of the Liberal Democratic Party. In July 2016, she was elected Governor of Tokyo.

To register, please click link at right!
Wednesday, 22 November - JMECAA WIRED #12
gHow Urban Farming Can Change the Worldh with Jon Walsh
The JMEC Alumni Association is pleased to invite you to our next monthly social event in the WIRED series, "WIRED #12 - How Urban Farming Can Change the World featuring Jon Walsh".

Urban farming, what is it, why is it becoming popular in major cities around the globe, and how can simply sowing some seeds help individuals, families and workers maximize self-sufficiency, improve their health, promote their businesses, increase disaster preparedness, and combat climate change simultaneously?

Find out all this, as well as practical ways to grow your own healthy food virtually anywhere in the city. Food growing demonstration included!

     Date & Time: Wednesday, 22 November, 19:00 - 21:30
     Venue: NinetyTwo 13 (
     Admission: 1,000 yen at the door
(includes all you can drink soft drinks and snacks
        - alcohol can be purchased separately)

Come along to this JMECAA WIRED event to network with other young professionals in Tokyo, enjoy some good food, and learn about the importance of urban farming!

Click link at right for more information and registration.
Tuesday, 28 November - Finnish Tango Association of Japan Event

The Finnish Tango Association of Japan (Japanin Suomi-Tango Yhdistys) will be holding a Finnish Tango in Tokyo event to commemorate the Centenary of Finland's Independence.

     Date & Time: Tuesday, 28 November, 19:00 - 20:45
     Venue: Akasaka Kumin Center Hall
     Admission: FREE

The Finnish Tango Association of Japan is the first organization established in Japan for the purpose of promoting Finland's dance culture in Japan.

Recently in Japan, there is so much interest in Finland that it could be referred to as a Finnish boom. However, there are still various aspects of Finland that are still virtually unknown in Japan.

The Finnish dance culture, as represented by Lavatanssi, is one such aspect, but it is a dance culture with characteristics that make it relatively approachable and easy to accept for Japanese people. We believe that by introducing Finland's dance culture to Japan, and getting more people interested in it, it has the potential to grow into a new conduit between Finland and Japan. Cultural interest can trigger various personal exchanges which, when activated, may even lead to economic effects in the future.

Tango was introduced to Finland around 100 years ago. The history of tango evolving into its unique form of Finnish Tango in Finland overlaps almost perfectly with the history of Finland since its independence. Nothing would be more wonderful than to be able create an opportunity to introduce Finland's dance culture to Japan to celebrate this milestone of 100 years. We hope that many of you will join us there.

Please click links at right for more information.
Thursday, 30 November - Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association Event
Gala Finland Night - Concert and Dinner

Japan Finland Culture Association is holding the 9th "Gala Finland Night" follows. H. I. H. Princess Takamado will be present.
Please enjoy famous tunes of Sibelius followed by a superb Japanese dinner.

Date & Time:Thursday, 30 November, 18.00-
Venue:Meiji Kinenkan , "FUJI"
Attire: Black Tie or Dark Suit
Fee:20,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 13 November

For more information and registration, please click link at right.
Finland joins the Silk Road

Top circulation daily Helsingin Sanomat features an article on a new cargo train connection linking the south-eastern city of Kouvola to the famed "Silk Road" route into China.

HS writes that if all goes according to plan, on Friday a cargo train with 41 large containers (a small batched compared with the 10,000 that fit on massive cargo ships) will be pulled by engines into St. Petersburg and onward through Kazakhstan to Xi'an in northern China. It is the first of a total of five trains that are set to make the long trip, hauling Finnish machinery, timber and workwear textiles.

Transporting goods by train is more expensive than shipping by sea, but much faster. Director Jari Grönlund from cargo operator Unytrade says that the direct land connection will be used largely for products that are needed quickly along the trade route.

"Goods take 45 days to reach China by ship, whereas the train gets there in just 10 days," Grönlund says in HS.

The Kouvola station is optimal for the long-distance cargo network, Grönlund says, due to its effective loading bays (constructed for busy Russian-bound traffic), its proximity to the Russian border and Kouvola's own initiative in contacting Kazakhstan over the cargo deal.

"There's still room for exporters in our containers," Grönlund says.
Grin of the Week

Pretending to be married

A man and a woman who have never met before find themselves in the same sleeping carriage of a train. After the initial embarrassment, they both manage to get to sleep; the woman on the top bunk, the man on the lower. In the middle of the night the woman leans over and says, "I'm sorry to bother you but I'm awfully cold and I was wondering if you could possibly pass me another blanket."

The man leans out and, with a glint in his eye, says, "I've got a better idea... let's pretend we're married."

"Why not?" giggles the woman.

"Good," he replies. "Get your own blanket."
Have a nice weekend and
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.