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  ISSUE 6/201911 March 2019 
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Despite quite heavy rain, we had a nice and interesting pre-opening Tour to the Moomin Valley Park in Hanno last Thursday. We were very impressed by that park and hopefully the tour encouraged the participants to come again on a sunnier day with friends and family.
Read the report from the tour below!

Our next event is the Stora Enso Cup played coming Friday. It is fully booked and registration closed but I will report in my next bulletin how it went.

Our Annual General Assembly is held on Tuesday, 2 April at the Embassy of Finland. We have sent the formal invitation to our members, but a reminder below!

The following event is a Breakfast Meeting with the new Finnair CEO Topi Manner on Wednesday, 10 April. I will have more information on that in my next bulletin! More about these as well as the other April events in coming bulletins.

We have a new contribution this week from our "Aoyama View" columnist, this time titled: "New Moomin Valley and Chic Starbucks Riverside - Architecture, Art and Economic Views".

Click banner at right for interesting read on what is happening in and around Tokyo!

Report from the Moomin Valley Park pre-opening tour on 7 March

FCCJ organized on Thursday, 7 March 2019, in cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers, a Pre-Opening Tour to Moomin Valley Park in Hanno, Saitama prefecture. Moomin Valley Park, to be opened on Saturday, 16 March, is the second phase of the Metsä Project. The first phase, Metsä Village opened on 10 November 2018.

Most of the 30 participants met up at Hanno station and moved to the park at Lake Miyazawa by taxis. Robert Hirst, Chairman of the park operator, Moomin Monogatari, Ltd., wished welcome and made a brief introduction and guided us on the tour around the facilities, during which we could also enjoy a presentation of four Moomins.

The event ended with a dinner at the main restaurant "Lagom" during which we had active networking between the participants.

For a report from the event, click links at right!
Tuesday, 2 April
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 20th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held

on Tuesday, 2 April, 2017 at 17.00
at the Embassy of Finland,, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]

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

After the Assembly (at 18:00) we will have a dinner by Minister-Counsellor Juha Niemi.

This is a member only event and the 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. To register, please click links at right, no later than Wednesday, 27 March.
FEEL FINLAND - Finnish culture, traditions and fun for everyone at the Embassy compound

On Sunday, 14 April Embassy of Finland in Tokyo will open its doors to the general public for the first time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland!

Come to join us for a family-friendly day full of Finnish music, dance and other performances, and join several workshops concentrating on traditional Finnish culture. Finnish food and drinks as well as design products will be on sale in several pop-up shops. You can also throw "löyly" at an authentic Finnish sauna!

The program will run in two identical sequences, starting at 11:00 and 14:00. Doors open at 10:30 and close 17:00. Save the date now, we will disclose more details and open the registration at this website towards the end of March.

The event is free of charge and organized jointly by Embassy of Finland, the Finnish Institute in Japan, Business Finland and the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Registration will start later in the months at: www.japanfinland100.jp

Call for Corporate Sponsors for Europe Day Reception on 9 May

The EU Delegation to Japan hosts its annual Europe Day reception on 9 May 2019 in the evening.

This event will be an excellent opportunity for companies/organisations to promote their image, brands/activities through this corporate sponsorship-collaboration with the EU Delegation to Japan.

Deadline for submission of applications is 29 March 2019. We very much look forward to your interest!
For details, please click link at right!
News from Finland

Report: Women on boards not reflected in management teams

Women's selection to the boards of stock-listed companies does not translate into more management positions for women, according to an analysis of 2018 data by the Finnish Chambers of Commerce.

Between 2013 and 2018 women's representation on the boards of listed companies rose from 23 to 29 percent. At the same time, women increased their presence in management teams from 19 to 25 percent.

However the report noted that it was not possible to conclude from the data that women's growing presence in board positions translated into their representation in management teams. It added that the situation varied widely among stock exchange firms.

According to the central chamber, women's representation on corporate boards is high by international standards. However it noted that it is important to pay attention to the composition of management groups and women's career paths as managers in a broader sense. The analysis examined all of Finland's 126 companies with their primary listing on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.
Grin of the Week

How to stop people from teasing you to get married

My old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poking me in the ribs and cackling, telling me, "You're next."

They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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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 62 corporate members, 19 individual and two special members.