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  ISSUE 1/2018 12 January 2018 

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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 Dog!

Our first event in 2018 is the traditional "Shinnenkai" (New Year) Club Evening at the Scandinavian Center on Wednesday, 31 January, see more details below.

New Year comes with a new article from our "Aoyama View" columnist. This time titled "Heisei 30 looks good: share prices soar, PM rides high ".
For those not familiar with the Japanese calendar, the Heisei period is the current era in Japan and 2018 is the 30th year in the period. Click banner at right to find out more!

Wednesday, 31 January - FCCJ Club Evening
FCCJ Sinnenkai Party at the Sandinavian Center

Our first event in 2018 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 31 January. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by food and drinks!

Pekka Laitinen will inform us of the newly established Business Finland which will be created on 1 January 2018 through the merger of Finpro and Tekes.

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

Date & Time:Wednesday, 31 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, 29 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.

Click link at right to sign-up for the event.
Saturday, 26 - Sunday, 27 January
The 3rd Inter-Chamber Ski-Race in Hakuba

The Austrian Business Council organizes a cross-chamber ski race + family fun event in Happo-One, Hakuba, Nagano Pref. on Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 January. This time includes the Canadian, German, Swedish, Swiss, Norway and Belgium/Luxembourg chambers, besides the ABC and the Japan-Austria Society. Ski, snow, fun, race, family and friends - the key words for the event are the same as usual!

Enjoy the friendly competition of an international ski race and after party. Children of all ages are welcome!

Participation Fees:
Race:               2,500 yen per adult, JPY 1,250 for minors under 20
Award Party:    5,000 yen over 12 years old, 2,500 yen for children up
                         to 12 years old and free for children under 3 years old.

For more information and instuctions on how to register, click link at right.
The Finnish School in Tokyo Spring Semester 2018
Starts on Saturday, 13 January

The Finnish School in Tokyo is a non-profit language and culture education providing voluntary school for children aged 3 to 18. The Finnish School in Tokyo is part of the global network of part-time Finnish schools. The aim of school is to teach Finnish language and culture to children with Finnish background, or children who otherwise wish to learn Finnish language and know more about Finland. In the Spring Semester 2018 there will be 8 school days, each 4 hours held on Saturdays.

For more information, please use contact form at school's homepage ( or send e-mail (both Japanese/English available) to Mikko Koivistoinen, Chairman of the Board (

News from Finland

Marimekko and UNIQLO Announce Collaboration for Special Edition Collection

Marimekko and UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, announced on 10 January their partnership on a special edition collaboration collection which will be available for a limited time only. The new collection for women will comprise a complete line of items that brighten lifestyles by combining the timelessly bold and vibrant print designs of Marimekko with the quality and comfort of UNIQLO's casual street style.

The collection will embody a shared commitment by the two companies to enhancing daily living. For Marimekko, this is through its mission of empowering people to be happy as they are and bringing joy to their everyday lives through bold prints and colours, while UNIQLO is committed to creating LifeWear - high quality clothing that is functional and reasonably priced - to suit everyone's daily lifestyles.

"UNIQLO is known worldwide for its well-designed essentials that are made for all. The special edition Marimekko and UNIQLO brand collaboration collection allows us to share the joy of bold self-expression in print and colour with consumers around the world. We are very excited about this collaboration and can't wait to see how people will wear the pieces in the collection to reflect their own style and personality," says Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko, President and CEO of Marimekko.

The Marimekko and UNIQLO collection will arrive at UNIQLO stores and at in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States on Thursday 29 March, in Asia on Friday 30 March, and in Russia in early April 2018. The nine-style collection will feature tops, dresses, pants, sneakers, and bags. The prints in the collection were inspired by nature and urban lifestyle, including also a new print design specifically chosen to celebrate the Marimekko and UNIQLO collection. All of the prints were designed by Maija Louekari, one of Marimekko's world-renowned print designers.

The brand collaboration relates to the royalty income from a licensing agreement with a Japanese company referred to Marimekko's January-September interim report in November 2017.
Grin of the Week

Some of the problems with ageing...

Two senior couples are walking along, wives in front, husbands in back. Herb says to Sam, "Gee, we went to a new restaurant last night and had the best meal ever. Good prices too."

Sam says, "Well, we like to eat out too. What was the name of the restaurant?"

Herb says, "You'll going to have to help me out here a little. What's the name of that pretty flower, smells sweet, grows on a thorny bush?" Sam says, "How about rose?"

"Yes, yes, that's it!" cries Herb, then calls ahead to his wife. "Rose. Hey, Rose. What was the name of the restaurant we ate at last night?"
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.