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  ISSUE 24/2014 12 November 2014  
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The report from the 26th edition of the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey has been finalized and it provides some interesting information, read more below!

Our next events are the European Chambers Cocktail on Wednesday 26 and Stora Enso Cup, the golf competition between the FCCJ and SCCJ, on Friday, 28 November. More about these below.

The last event this calendar year is Scandinavian Christmas Ball on Friday, 12 December. Click banner below for more information!

Also in this issue we have a contribution from our energetic columnist in "Aoyama View". This time titled: BOJ Ups Ante, Abe's Encounter in Beijing, Election in Tokyo?

There is more than the title says so click banner to know more!

Wednesday, 5 November - The 26th Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey
'Challenges and Opportunities Ahead – for Economy and Businesses '

The Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) has been conducting Business Confidence surveys online twice a year since 2002 among foreign-affiliated companies in Japan. This, the 26th, survey was conducted between October 21 and 31, 2014, and received 300 valid responses (an increase of 8% from the corresponding survey last year) from members of 15 foreign chambers of commerce and business organizations.
The survey was run and processed on behalf of all the chambers by the FCCJ.

This survey shows that the respondents remain positive about the Japanese economy, albeit at a slightly lower level than in the previous survey in April 2014.

The reported performance of the companies continued to improve, but on a lower rate than in the April survey. The index for reported sales performance in the past six months was now +0.59 compared to +0.83 the previous survey. Also the profitability growth decreased slightly, now +0.39 now compared to +0.49 in April.

In the sales forecast for the coming six months the respondents were slightly more optimistic than in April, the index was now +0.82 (previous survey +0.79). The forecast for profitability also grew slightly stronger than in the April survey, from +0.60 to +0.63.

The optimism reflected in the company performance data also clearly show that the strategies of the foreign-affiliated companies in Japan continue to be bullish. 79% (81% in the April survey) are looking for further growth and 19% are expecting to sustain their current level. Only 1% is planning to downsize and also 1 % of the respondents are considering withdrawing from Japan.

For the full report, click link at right!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014 - Joint Networking Event by CLIC
EVENT REPORT: Bjorn E. Jensen: COCA-COLA - Thirst for Innovation!

CLIC (Creative Linking of International Chambers) is a loose organization of seven smaller Northern European Chambers of Commerce in Japan created for the purpose of organizing innovative networking events to enable trading of ideas between the members of the participating chambers. CLIC consists currently of the Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Irish, Norwegian and Swedish Chambers of Commerce in Japan.

The second CLIC event was a networking evening where we had Mr Bjorn E. Jensen, SVP of Strategy & Insights at Coca-Cola Japan Ltd, as our guest speaker, who shared with us the Coca-Cola Journey in the Japanese market and gave a new perspective on your bottle of Coke from a strategic and marketing point of view. His presentation ended with a very active Q&A session.

For a report from the event, attended by 75 members and guests from 7 chambers , click link below.

Wednesday, 26 November - Joint Chambers Networking Event
European Chambers Cocktail Party

Mix and Mingle with the Swedish, German, British, French, Finnish, Swiss, Belgian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Icelandic, Czech, Italian and Japanese business people! A delightful evening awaits you on November 26th with the 4rd edition of our Annual European Chambers Cocktail Party.

Come prepared with your business cards: meet new contacts, develop business leads and catch up with friends and business partners! The evening will feature drinks, hors d'oeuvres and networking to celebrate the end of 2014.

More than 14 different nationalities will be there! European Chambers are looking forward to welcoming you and your colleagues or friends, so be sure to reply and confirm your attendance!

Organized by CCIFJ (French), in cooperation with the FCCJ (Finnish), SCCJ (Swedish), DIHKJ (German), BCCJ (British), BLCCJ (Belgian-Luxembourg), SCCIJ (Swiss), NCCJ (Norwegian), NCCJ (Dutch), ICCJ (Italian), CCCIJ (Czech), PCCIJ (Polish) and ISCCJ (Icelandic). With the kind support of European Business Council in Japan.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 26 November, 18.30-21:00
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Grand Ballroom West, 3F [MAP]
Cost:8,000 yen for FCCJ members
Registration:by Thursday, 20 November
(Cancellation after this date or no show will be fully charged)

European Chambers are looking forward to welcoming you and your friends so be sure to reply and confirm your attendance by clicking link at right!
Friday, 28 November - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Autumn 2014

The 25th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 28 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..

The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture, which has been the venue for the event four times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:24 and the cost is 18,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
News from Finland

Finnish PM turns down gift skis

On a visit to the south-central town of Heinola, premier Alexander Stubb surprised local officials by not accepting their present of a pair of monogrammed locally-made skis.

Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, known as an active outdoor sportsman, said 'thanks but no thanks' to a gift from the south-central town of Heinola when he visited on Monday.

The premier was presented with a pair of state-of-the-art cross-country skis made by the local Peltonen factory, emblazoned with his name. However he turned down the souvenir, noting that state officials are forbidden to accept presents worth more than 300 euros.

"Unfortunately Ifll have to stick to my old pair of Peltonens," said Stubb. "A fine gift, but it exceeds what I can accept."

Grin of the Week

Making the most out of it...

A woman goes into the local newspaper office to see that the obituary for her recently deceased husband is published. After the editor informs her that the fee for the obituary is 50 cents a word, she pauses, reflects and then says, "Well, then, let it read 'Fred Brown died'."

Confounded at the woman's thrift, the editor stammers that there is a 7-word minimum for all obituaries.
The woman pauses again, counts on her fingers and replies, "In that case, 'Fred Brown died: 1983 Pick-up for sale'."
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.