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  ISSUE 7/2016 11 March 2016  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

It has been a very important week in the relations between Finland and Japan with the official visit of the President of Finland, Mr. Sauli Niinisto, accompanied by a high level Business Delegation. FCCJ has not been involved in this visit but we had the pleasure to co-host a dinner last night with part of the Business Delegation and four invited Japanese guests. Read more about the dinner below.

Our Club Evening with a theme, "New Successful Finnish Businesses in Japan" on Thursday, 3 March was both successful and informative. More information below.

Our next event is the joint EU Chambers Luncheon with Tokyo Governor Masuzoe on Tuesday, 29 March. Note that we only have a couple of slots left in our quota so if you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, do so soonest! More about this event also below.

Our FCCJ Annual General Assembly is held on Tuesday, 5 April, invitations have been sent to our members, but information about this also below.
On Friday, 22 April we play the Stora Enso Cup - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, more information here!

I also include again in this bulletin the invitation to the Gala Concert and Dinner organized by the Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association. In my previous bulletin the link to the flyer was broken, my apologies, but now corrected.

Today marks fifth anniversary of the devastating 3/11 disasters so our columnist in "Aoyama View" has produced an article, much focusing on this, titled: A Dig Deeper into Politics: Ignorance, Camouflage, Chicanery.

Click banner at right to read the column!

 
Report from the Dinner with Business Delegation from Finland

On Thursday, 10 March FCCJ organized in cooperation with Finpro a 'Working Dinner' for part of the Business Delegation accompanying Finland's President Sauli Niinisto on his official visit to Japan.

Four Japanese guests had been invited, two from Marubeni, one from JETRO and one from INCJ (Innovation Network Corporation of Japan) to provide insight in the possibilities of cooperation in Japan and third countries.

Seven Business Delegation members participated together with 13 representatives from FCCJ. After two short presentations by JETRO and Invest in Finland, there were very active discussions around the tables and in the Q&A session.

For more images from the event, held at the prestigious Kojunsha Club in Ginza, click link below!
Report from the Club Evening on Thursday,3 March

Our Club Evening on Thursday, 3 March at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, was a networking party with a theme, "New Successful Finnish Companies in Japan".

We had three presenters from new, or relatively new, Finnish companies on the Japanese market; Aki Saarinen, Representative Director, Principal Architect, Reaktor Japan K.K., Masao Ohata, President & CEO, Enevo Japan K.K. and Miika Lipiainen, CEO, Kyro Distillery Company who gave us through their very interesting presentations a better understanding of their activities and the challenges facing new companies entering the Japanese market.

We also had an opportunity to taste Kyro Distillery's award winning Gin & Tonic, which was much appreciated!

The 31 participants enjoyed plenty of drinks, a nice buffet and a lot of networking.

For more about the event, click link at right!
Thursday, 29 March - EU Chambers Luncheon with Tokyo Governor

FCCJ is collaborating with the EU Chambers in inviting Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe for a Luncheon where the Governor will share his ambitions for making Tokyo a vibrant business and investment hub on the road to 2020 - and beyond.

Topics will include:
- plans for Tokyo to become the most business-friendly city in the world
- strengthening of the city as a global financial centre
- vision for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

This event will be held in collaboration with the following 13 European: Chambers: Austrian, British, Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Netherlands, Norwegian and Swedish with a support by European Business Council and Philips Japan. We expect about 200 participants so it is a great opportunity for networking as well!

Details:
Date & Time:Tuesday, 29 March, 11:00-13:00 NOTE TIME
Place: Hilton Tokyo, 4F Kiku Room, 6-6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members: 8,000 yen, non-members: 10,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Thursday, 24 March (note that we have a quota of 15 so sign up early)

About Governor Masuzoe
Born in 1948, in Fukuoka Prefecture. Graduated from the University of Tokyo, 1971, Faculty of Law. 1979 - 1989: Associate Professor of Political Science & History, University of Tokyo; 1989 2007: Director, Masuzoe Institute of Political Economy; 2001 2013: Member of the House of Councilors; 2007 2009: Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare; February 2014 - : Governor of Tokyo.

To register, click link at right. Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Cancellations after 13:00 on 25 March and no-shows will be invoiced.

Tuesday, 5 April - Members Only Event
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 17th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held at the

       Embassy of Finland on

       Tuesday, 5 April, 2016 at 17.00

       Registration dead-line: Thursday, 31 March

The Assembly will handle matters according to Article 10 in the Articles of Association of the FCCJ.

Dinner at 18:00
After the Assembly we will have a buffet dinner hosted by Ambassador Manu Virtamo.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member. If space available, additional representatives from member companies can be accepted, but will charged 7,000 yen per person.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.

Tuesday, 29 March - Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association Event
Gala Concert and Dinner at Meiji Kinenkan
Hosted by Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association
Coordinated by Japan Finland Contemporary Music Society
Supported by the Embassy of Finland

Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association is holding the 8th "Gala Finland Night" as follows. H.I.H. Princess Takamado will be present. Please enjoy contemporary Finnish music followed by a superb Japanese dinner.

Details:
Date & Time:Tuesday, 29 March, 18:00 -
Place: Meiji Kinenkan, "FUJI" [MAP]
Cost:20,000 yen (including Concert, Drink & Dinner)
Registration:by Friday, 18 March

Performing Artist (for profiles, click link below):
  • Haruyo Nishizawa (Clarinetist)
  • Kyoko Fukushi (Piano)
  • Kuniyoshi Sugawara(Shakuhachi)
  • Noriko Hirata(Shamisen)
  • Chieko Fukunaga(Koto)
  • Nobutaka Yoshizawa(Jushichigen)


  • For more information and to register, directly with the Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association, click link at right.


    News from Finland

    Finland's exports slump - except to China and Japan

    Imports also dropped sharply in January while the balance of trade deficit expanded from a year earlier. Trade with EU partners such as the UK and Netherlands declined while that with China was on the up and up.

    Exports fell in all of Finland's main sectors in January. The value of goods sent to the EU went down by nine percent while those sold outside the EU slumped by 12 percent.

    The overall value of Finland's goods exports was down by one tenth compared to a year earlier, slipping to just under 3.6 billion euros.

    According to preliminary figures from the Customs Board, imports also dropped sharply in January, dipping by nine percent compared to the start of 2015. Imports were valued at nearly 3.9 billion euros.

    The balance of trade showed a deficit of 320 million euros in January, up from 300 million a year earlier.

    The biggest drops in exports were in trade with the Netherlands, Britain and Russia. On the plus side, exports to China and Japan (6%) rose.


    Grin of the Week

    Secrets to a Long Life

    An old man was relaxing at his hundredtenth birthday party when a reporter went up to him. "Sir, what is the secret of your long life?"

    The man considered this for a moment, then replied, "Every day at 9 PM I have a glass of port. Good for the heart I've heard."

    The reporter replied, "That's ALL?"

    The man smiled, "That, and canceling my voyage on the Titanic."
    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 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.