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  ISSUE 14/2014 11 June 2014  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The rainy season in Japan seems to be true to its name this year. Cannot remember that we have had so many consecutive days with rain ever before during my 26 years in Japan. But guess we have to take it as refreshing before we get the sweltering heat and humidity...

This is the last reminder for our luncheon meeting with Mr. Ad Bertens, Vice President, Wartsila Japan Services. Read more below and if you would like to participate and have not yet signed up, do so before next Tuesday!

We will not have any events in July but e will start the Autumn season in style, as in years before, with our Yakatabune Cruise, on Friday, 29 August. More on that below too!

Thursday, 19 June - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Mr. Ad Bertens, Wartsila Japan:
"LNG - A Game Changer for Japan and the World".

Our next luncheon meeting will held on Thursday, 19 June when we have Mr. Ad Bertens, Director, Services Unit East Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan) and Vice President, Services of Wartsila Japan Ltd. as our speaker.
The theme of Mr. bertens presentation is: "LNG - A Game Changer for Japan and the World".

  Date & Time:Thursday, 19 June, 12.00-14:00
 Venue: Hotel Okura, Oak Room, Main Bldg. 2F [MAP]
  Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
  Registration:by Tuesday, 17 June

About Ad Bertens
  Ad Bertens was born in 1968 in the Netherlands and joined Wartsila in 2002. After holding different positions at Wartsila in the Netherlands and Middle East he moved to Japan in January 2012 and is currently Vice President, Services of Wartsila Japan Ltd. and also Director, Services Unit East Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan).

Mr. Bertens resides in Kobe.

About Wartsila
  Wartsila, headquartered in Finland, is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets with over 18,000 employees at 170 locations in 70 countries. Wartsila Japan Ltd. is operated as a part of the Wartsila group and employs about 200 people in Tokyo, Kobe and Toyama. Wartsila in Japan has a delivery centre for seals and bearings for marine applications in Toyama as well as sales organizations for marine, power plant, after sales services and licensing in Tokyo and Kobe.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Tuesday, 17 June and "no-shows".

To register, click link at right. To check who has already signed up, click here!

Friday, 29 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last four year's cruises we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 29 August.

We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the “all-you-can-eat & drink” style.

Date & Time:Friday, 29 August , 18.30-21:00
Embarkation: Funayado Miuraya, 1-1-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku , Tokyo
Cost:9,000 yen for members, non-members 11,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 25 August

We expect the event to be sold out this year as well, so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click link at right.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014: BLCCJ Seminar
Delighting Customers in Japan XIII

Japan is known as one of the most challenging markets in the world. Whether your business is a start-up, long-established, or somewhere in between, you are probably confronted daily with the issue "how to delight customers?" Because there is not a single answer to this very fascinating question, the Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BLCCJ) launched in 2001 "Delighting Customers in Japan", an annual seminar where a number of top executives share their ideas and experiences about the challenges of succeeding in this perplexing market.

Following the great success of the event formula, the BLCCJ is very pleased to organize the 13th edition in 2014, where we will welcome again 4 distinguished speakers who will share with us their strategies, experiences and insights regarding their businesses in Japan: Mr. Philippe AUVARO, Corporate Officer, Head of Business Innovation Group, GLAXOSMITHKLINE K.K.; Mr. Jonathan HEWITT, Founder and former VP & COO, ADIDAS JAPAN; Mr. Ken MOROI, Chief Executive Officer, VRANKEN POMMERY JAPAN CO., LTD.; and Mr. Craig SMITH, General Manager, BURTON JAPAN.

  Date & Time:Tuesday, 24 June, 18.30-20:30
 Venue: Roppongi Academyhills 49, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49fl [MAP]
  Cost:Members 5,800 yen, Guests 6,800 yen
  Registration:by Thursday, 19 June

The seminar will be followed by an open panel discussion with Q&A, and by a networking cocktail from 20:30 onwards. We hope you can join us.
For more information and registration, click link at right!

Production of EBC's Year 2014 White Paper
- Request for Sponsorship & Advance Orders

This year, the EBC will again produce the EBC White Paper, its hallmark annual report on the business and investment environment, in English and Japanese, for release in mid November. This will be the 14th in the series. With the EU-Japan FTA negotiations underway, the White Paper will serve as a valuable reference for both our Japanese and European interlocutors.

However, the White Paper production depends on kind financial contributions from our members and supporters to help cover the costs of production, translation, and distribution.

We are requesting EBC members and supporters to contribute as Pinnacle Sponsors, Gold-Star Sponsors, Blue-Star Sponsors, Special Sponsors or Sponsors in return for visible acknowledgment in both the English and Japanese versions as indicated below. Pinnacle, Gold-Star and Blue-Star sponsor logos will be placed on the EBC homepage and all sponsor logos will be placed on a dedicated page in our website for 12 months from publication.

The EBC will also take advance orders for the white papers at 5,000 yen for one set (1 English and 1 Japanese version per set) as another form of sponsorship to assist with cost-recovery. Companies placing advance orders will be listed in the white paper as Supporters.

Please click link at right for more information and to sign-up as sponsor or make advance orders.
News from Finland

Bank of Finland: No economic growth this year

Finland's central bank has lowered its economic forecast for 2014. The Bank of Finland now expects zero growth this year with 1.5 percent growth.

The Bank of Finland's new economic forecast paints a grim picture of the country's economic fortunes. The bank now expects zero growth in GDP this year - down from a forecast of 0.6 percent growth offered in November 2013.

Although there are signs of an uptick in the economy, that will not be enough to make the figures for the whole year positive.

"Finland's GDP has been declining without a break since the second half of 2012," said the executive summary of the bank's economic outlook.

"Spring 2014 has, however, brought signs of a brighter phase in the economic cycle, and, together with faster international growth, GDP is expected to begin growing again during the course of 2014."

The bank expects the economy to grow 1.5 percent in 2015 and the same again in 2016.

Grin of the Week

Where's the Fire Chief...

One night a police officer named Mike was working the grave-yard shift and he drove to his house around 3 A.M. in the morning. He opened the door to the bedroom quietly and took off his clothes in the dark ,and got in bed with his wife. Then she said, "Honey, can you go over to the Drug Store and pick me up some Asprin?"
The husband said yes, got dressed in the dark, and walked over to the Drug Store.

When he got to the Drug Store, he got the Asprin and when he went up to the desk to pay, the clerk asked,"Say, Aren't you Mike This-and-That?"
Mike answered him and said, "Yes I am."

Then the clerk looked puzzled and asked, "Well, aren't you a police officer?" And again Mike replied yes.
Then the clerk asked,"Then why are you dressed like the fire chief?"
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 650 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.