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  ISSUE 4/2015 12 February 2015  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The Team Building Bowling Competition, organized by the Swedish chamber in cooperation with FCCJ and NCCJ, was a successful one with a record number of participants, 92. For a report from the event, see below.

The next event is again joint event with other Nordic Chambers, and the American chamber - a Nomu-nication Event on Friday, 6 March. A hint of the type of event this is - Nomu-nication is a combination of the Japanese word for drinking (nomu) and communication.
Read more below!

In this issue we also have a new contribution from our columnist in his Aoyama View column, this time with the title: "Minister scandal, economy slow down, Kuroda rides for rescue ".

Click banner at right for an interesting read on a wide variety of subjects, as the title indicates!

Wednesday, 4 February - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Report from the Team Building Bowling Competition

Members of the Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian Chambers held a joint teambuilding event in the form of a Bowling competition on Wednesday, 4 February at Tokyo Port Bowl. The event was organized by the Swedish Chamber ((SCCJ) which has organized similar events for many years. This was the second time the FCCJ and NCCJ took part.

The 92 participants (23 teams) enjoyed two round of play and a networking party with food and drinks afterwards. The FCCJ had 22 participants (5.5 teams).

Based on the success of this event we have already booked all the lanes (34) for the event next year!

For more about the event, click link at right!

Friday, 6 March - Joint ACCJ and Nordic Chambers Nomu-nication Event
The Vikings meet Dixieland

Please join us for a fast moving Nomu-nication networking opportunity co-organized by the American and Nordic Chambers of Commerce in Japan! The festivities will feature a live New Orleans Dixieland band from Waseda University.

Join with the ACCJ and other Nordic leaders at our Nomu-nication event with special emphasis on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. We are looking for your support.
Sport clothes and informal dress are encouraged.

Date & Time:Friday, 6 March 2015, 19:00 - 21:00
Venue: Embassy of Sweden, Exhibition Hall
1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, non-members 5,000 yen (incl.light buffet and free drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks)
Registration:by Tuesday, 3 March

The fee will be collected at the door and we will provide you with a receipt. Note that we will charge cancellations after Tuesday, 3 March and no-shows.

To register, please click link at right!
Exchanges in Sports between Finland and Japan

J-League Player Atomu Tanaka signs for HJK Helsinki

HJK Helisnki signed on Tuesday the Japanese midfielder Asumu Tanaka from the J-League club Albirex Niigata on a one year deal with an option for second year.

Tanaka who is 27 started his career in 2005 has played 189 games (all for Albirex) in the J-League and scored 17 goals. Accoding to HJK he is a versatile quality player who has also played for the Japanese national U-20 team.

Even if Tanaka is a midfielder player. he can also play as a winger.

Ex-F1 driver Heikki Kovalainen eyes long-term future with Toyota

Heikki Kovalainen is hopeful that his deal to race for the Team SARD Lexus squad in Japan's Super GT Championship could lead to a long-term sportscar future with Toyota.

The 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix winner sat out 2014 after missing out on a full-time F1 comeback with Caterham but he will make a full-time racing return sharing a SARD-run Lexus RC-F with 2013 champion Kohei Hirate this year.

While the 33-year-old Finn stressed that he has not spoken to Toyota about any future projects, being involved with a manufacturer was key to his decision to accept the SARD deal.

News from Finland

Germany now Finland's largest trading partner

According to fresh Finnish Customs statistics released on Monday, Germany has surpassed Sweden and Russia, previously Finland's main trading partners. Exports to eurozone countries grew by six percent in 2014.

Despite the economic recession, Finland's exports in 2014 were almost on par with the previous year, 2013. Trade was kept up by growth in exports to EU countries and especially to Germany, while exports to countries outside the European Union and Russia decreased.

According to Finnish Customs statistics, the value of exports amounted to almost 55.8 billion euros for 2014. The value of imports declined by one percent over the previous year and totalled 57.6 billion euros in 2014.

For export, top growth sectors included transport equipment and mobile technology products. Meanwhile, machinery and equipment as well as chemical industry products exports decreased. The forest industry and metal industry products remained at roughly the same level as in 2013.

In 2014 exports to the eurozone grew six percent over the previous year, while exports to non-EU countries shrank by five percent.

Grin of the Week

Putting things into perspective...they guys' way...


I have never written asking for your help before, but I really need your advice.

I have suspected for some time now that my wife has been cheating on me. The usual signs; phone rings but if I answer, the caller hangs up.

My wife has been going out with 'the girls' a lot recently although when I ask their names she always says, just some friends from work, you don't know them.'

Anyway, I have never broached the subject with my wife. I think deep down I just did not want to know the truth, but last night she went out again and I decided to finally check on her.

Around midnight, I hid in the garage behind my golf clubs so I could get a good view of the whole street when she arrived home from a night out with 'the girls'. When she got out of the car she was buttoning up her blouse, which was open.

It was at that moment, crouching behind my golf clubs, that I noticed a hairline crack where the grip meets the graphite shaft on my 3-wood.

Is this something I can fix myself or should I take it back to the pro-shop where I bought it?
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.