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  ISSUE 1/2016 12 January 2016  

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Hope you have had a great holiday season and have charged your batteries for the challenges in the year of the monkey!

Our first event in 2016 is a Shinnenkai (New Year's Party) on Wednesday, 20 January at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka. For more details and to sign-up, see below!

The second event in the New Year is a Joint Team Building event in the form of a Bowling Competition with the other Nordic Chambers, on Thursday, 4 February. More about this too below!

We also start off the New Year with and recap of 2015 and looking into 2016 from our columnist in "Aoyama View", titled aptly: NEW YEAR VIEWS - AND A LOOK BACK AT 2015.

Click banner at right to find out more!

Wednesday, 20 January - FCCJ Networking Event

Our first event in 2016 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 20 January. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by food and drinks!

Ms. Miia Rantanen, Counsellor at the Embassy of Finland will update us on Priorities of Team Finland in Japan - Co-operation Possibilities for FCCJ Members.

We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

Date & Time:Wednesday, 20 January, 19:00-21:00
Venue: Scandinavian Center
2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, Guests 6,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 18 January

Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

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

Thursday, 4 February - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition

Here is the sports event you all have been waiting for!
-What better way than to start the year by bonding with your colleagues and friends?!

Professional bowlers, beginners are equally most welcome! It is a team competition, each team consists of four player and each player play two games. Make your own team with your colleagues and business partners, spouses are very welcome! Individual members are of course also welcome and will play in teams set up by FCCJ.

Date & Time:Thursday, 4 February, 19.00-22:00
Venue: Tokyo Port Bowl in Shibaura
1-13-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku (near JR Tamachi Station) [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen/person (incl. 2 games play fee, party fee afterwards)
Registration:by Thursday, 28 January

If you cannot make your own team you could also register individually and we will make a team for you.

Note: For award ceremony, your prize contribution will be much appreciated! (4 prizes a team)

Friday, 22 January - BLCCJ Breakfast Meeting with Luxembourg Minister of Finance
"Europe on the path to recovery and growth"

While in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis and the subsequent Eurozone debt crisis Europe's primary focus was strengthening economic and financial stability in Europe, more recent EU regulatory measures aim at stimulating growth and investment in Europe. The ambitious Capital Markets Union (CMU) project is a key example.

Pierre Gramegna is Minister of Finance of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and former Ambassador of Luxembourg to Japan 1996-2002. As president of the Ecofin Council of the European Union during the 2nd semester of 2015, he will provide insights into how Europe, the world’s largest integrated economy, has dealt with the Greek crisis and is today laying the tracks for a sustained path to economic growth and renewal.

Date & Time:Friday, 22 January, 08:00 - 09:00
Venue: Imperial Hotel, Sakura Room, 4F Main Building [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 18 January

To find out more and to register, directly with the BLCCJ, click link at right.
News from Finland

A tunnel to Tallinn? Helsinki believes it's feasible

A tunnel connecting Helsinki with Tallinn would transport upwards of 11 million people a year, say preliminary figures. The City of Helsinki believes that the tunnel, which would cost 13 billion euros to build, would therefore be a profitable investment. The estimated ticket price would be 36 euros one way.

A cooperation agreement was signed on Tuesday to develop traffic alternatives between Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia. At present, a wide selection of boats runs the route between the two cities across the Gulf of Finland. The trip normally takes two hours, from April to November just one hour and forty minutes. If a tunnel was built under the gulf, a rail connection would connect the cities in just a half hour.

City planners have dreamt of an undersea tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn for years. Now, a preliminary feasibility study has established that the tunnel's construction is an option that should be explored thoroughly.

The estimated cost of the tunnel, along with all of its train and traffic equipment, would be between 9 and 13 billion euros in all. According to the feasibility study commissioned by Helsinki, Tallinn and the northern county of Harju in Estonia, the expenses could be covered if the project were to secure at least 40 percent of its funding from the European Union.

Grin of the Week

How to find your wife in a supermarket

The man approached the very beautiful woman in the large supermarket and asked, "You know, I've lost my wife here in the supermarket. Can you talk to me for a couple of minutes?"


"Because every time I talk to a a beautiful woman my wife appears out of nowhere."
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.