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  ISSUE 1/2017 12 January 2017 

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

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

In 2017 we celebrate Finland's 100th Anniversary and we have some special events in the planning with Team Finland. A concert with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and reception on 19 May and a Finland Day at the Embassy of 3 November. More about these in coming issues of this bulletin.

Our first event in 2017 is the traditional "Shinnenkai" (New Year) Club Evening at the Scandinavian Center on Wednesday, 25 January, see more details below.

Wednesday, 25 January - FCCJ Networking Event

Our first event in 2017 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 25 January. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by food and drinks!

H.E. Mr. Jukka Siukosaari, Ambassador of Finland to Japan, will give us his impressions of his first 5 months in Japan and a update on current affairs at the Embassy.

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

Date & Time:Wednesday, 25 January, 18:30-21:00
Place: Scandinavian Center
2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Including buffet and free flowing drinks
Registration:by Monday, 23 January

To register, click link at right. 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.
Tuesday, 28 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:Tuesday, 28 February, 19.00-22:00 Note chnage of date!
Place: 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, 23 February

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)

Tuesday, 31 January
Fukuoka Foreign Investment Promotion Seminar 2017

Attractiveness of Fukuoka as a Business Center in Asia

Fukuoka Prefecture is holding a seminar to provide information on the excellent location environment and living environment and incentive programs in the prefecture are introduced in order to promote understanding of and motivation for participation in the prefecture.

There will be lectures given by foreign companies that participate in the prefecture and introduction of the efforts on the prefectural industry-academia-government collaboration. In addition, we would like to encourage you to join in the networking session after the lecture in which Fukuoka's specialties are provided.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 31 January, 16:30-19:00
Place: JETRO IBSC Hall Ark Mori Building 7F, 1-12-32, Akasaka, Minato-ku
Cost:Free (limited to 30 on a first-come-first-served basis)
Registration:by Tuesday, 24 January

  • Introduction of Fukuoka Business Environment and Industrial Projects
  • Introduction of Foreign Companies Entered into Fukuoka Prefecture
            Speaker: Mr.Richard Kelly President of ALFA LAVAL
  • Introduction of Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration
            Speaker: Organization for Promotion Academic City by Kyushu University/ Kyushu University
  • Information on living Environment in Fukuoka
             Speaker: Mr.Nick Szasz, President of Fukuoka Now, LTD
  • Networking (buffet-style)

  • Click links at right for a flyer with more information and registration details.
    Friday, 3 and Saturday 4 February
    New Japan Philharmonic Concert with Jukka-Pekka Saraste

    On Friday, 3 and Saturday 4 February Maestro Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the New Japan Philharmonic performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concert in E minor op 64 with Ray Chen and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no 4 in F minor op 36.

    Both concerts strats at 14:00 at the Sumida Triphony Hall, Tokyo.

    With regard to discount, the organizers offer 3,000 yen for S seat(regular price 4,500) and 1,000 for A (regular price 2,000), although remaining A sheets are few. Those who would like to buy tickets should call or e-mail to Tatsuya Anpo (03-5610-3820, at NJP office.

    Click link at right for a flyer with more information (mostly in Japanese).
    ECCO Discount Coupon

    ECCO offers 20% discount coupons to members of the Nordic chambers to celebrate the opening of its flagship store in Ginza, Namiki Dori, which is its first time to open a street front shop in Ginza since its launch in Japan in 1982.

    Click links at right for the discount coupon with more information.
    News from Finland

    Study: Alcohol reform would boost consumption

    If passed by Parliament, the Finnish government's proposed alcohol reform could have a great impact on consumer purchasing habits. According to a new report, the reform would lead to significantly lower prices for strong beer, a decrease in the amount of alcohol brought to Finland from Estonia by Finnish travellers, and an increase in alcohol consumption.

    Stores in Finland would be able to sell drinks containing up to 5.2 percent alcohol such as strong beer. The current limit for retail grocery sales is 4.7 percent alcohol.

    That difference may sound insignificant, but a new Taloustutkimus Research survey commissioned by the Finnish Grocery Trade Association says the consequences could be great. It claims that retail prices for strong beers and ciders will drop by 40 percent. The survey also says that this will lead to an increase in alcohol sales, but owing to taxation differences beer containing 3.5 to 4.7 percent will become a more affordable option.

    The reform will also make it less financially enticing for travellers to buy alcohol in neighbouring Estonia and cart it back to Finland.

    Pasi Holm, research director for pollster Taloustutkimus, argues that when the price of strong beer drops in Finland, the price difference between Finland and Estonia will be halved, making it pointless to buy alcohol in Estonia and bring it back to Finland.

    According to the report, alcohol consumption will increase by a mere half a percent. However, the National Institute of Health and Welfare has predicted a 6 percent increase in alcohol consumption should the reform go through.

    Parliament will consider the law change in the spring.
    Grin of the Week

    Never felt better...

    The following is a courtroom exchange between a defense attorney and a farmer with a bodily injury claim.

    Attorney: "At the scene of the accident, did you tell the police officer you had never felt better in your life?"
    Farmer: "That's right."

    Attorney: "Well, then, how is it that you are now claiming you were seriously injured when my client's auto hit your wagon?"
    Farmer: "When the police officer arrived, he went over to my horse, who had a broken leg, and shot him. Then he went over to Rover, my dog, who was all banged up, and shot him. When he asked me how I felt, I just thought under the circumstances, it was a wise choice of words to say I've never felt better in my life.

    Wish you Happy Holidays 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.