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  ISSUE 8/2017 13 March 2017 
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This is the final reminder for Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening on Thursday (16th) themed "Designing a Successful Interview Process". If you are involved in hiring people, this is a must event for you. Or, in case you are planning to apply for a job, you might get good hints on what kind of questions and treatment you will get...
Sign up at latest tomorrow Tuesday! More info below.

In April we have two events, the Annual General Assembly on Monday, 3 April and the Stora-Enso Cup of Friday, 21 April. Read more about these below!

To start off the week we have new contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View". This week's is titled "Uncertainty Increases Around Japan - At Home Rebuilding Uncompleted in 6 Years - Abe Popularity Takes a Hit. ".

Click banner at right for your weekly dose of insights in politics and business!

Thursday, 16 March - Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening organized by the SCCJ
The second Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening has this time the theme "Designing a Successful Interview Process".

Alex Bruehlman, Leadership & Talent Manager at IKEA Japan, our Key Note Speaker this time, together with our panel of experienced recruiters, i.e. Oscar Lundin from EnWorld, Karim Hakam from Morgan McKinley, and Johan Larsson from Robert Walters, will be sharing their recruiting and hiring experiences, this time on the very difficult subject: "How to structure and organise the candidate interview process to make sure you get not just A Person for the job but the Right Person for the job?"

As Alex explains: "At IKEA, we believe in people. We are not looking for CVs or track records but for down-to-earth, straightforward colleagues who want to create a better everyday life for the many people. IKEA's mindset to gather co-workers who share a common set of values has an impact on how we recruit. Our processes - for external as well as internal hiring - are designed with the purpose to establish a long-term relationship between our company and our co-workers. Involving the right stakeholders at the right time is one of the most crucial aspects to secure successful recruitment". And IKEA knows that this approach works: Today, IKEA has more than 170'000 co-workers all around the world - around 3,000 of them in Japan - and every month, more are joining in.

And there will be plenty of time for questions and discussions, and mingle and networking with drinks and some food before the seminar starts, all of which is the core of a Knowledge Evening.

Date & Time:Thursday, 16 March, 18.30-20:30
Place: Embassy of Sweden
1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members 3,000 yen, others 4,000 yen
Registration:by by Tuesday, 14 March

To register, please click link at right. We collect the fee at the venue. Note that we have to invoice the fee for cancellations after 14 March and "no-shows".
Monday, 3 April
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 18th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held

on Monday, 3 April, 2017 at 17.00
at the Tokyo Club,, 1-9-14, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]

The General Assembly will handle matters according to Article 10 in the Articles of Association.

After the Assembly (at 18:00) we will have a dinner.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member. If space available, additional representatives from member companies can be accepted, but will charged 7,000 yen per person. To register, please click link at right, no later than Monday, 27 March.
Friday, 21 April - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Spring 2017

The 30th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 21 April 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 six times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:32 and the cost is 18,040 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.
Friday, 19 May - Concert and Reception at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

As part of the Centenary of Finland's Independence celebrations in Japan, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, will tour Japan in May. The concert program includes representative works by the national composer Jean Sibelius. Also a collection of Moomin artworks by Tove Jansson from the Tampere Moomin Museum will be displayed in the concert venues.

The Embassy of Finland and FCCJ will jointly organize a reception hosted by H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari after the first concert on Friday, 19 May at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno. The concert starts at 19:00 and the reception will follow immediately after, at around 21:00 in the foyer of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

Thanks to the bulk discount on tickets we have got from the organizers and support from the Embassy for the reception, we are able to offer you a reasonable package price for the Concert (SS seats, the most premium) and Reception; 13,500 yen per person (regular price for SS seat is 12,000 yen).

We hope you would take this unique opportunity to invite guest (clients, partners, etc.) and staff to this event. Note that due to space restrictions at the reception, we limit the number of persons to 100, on first come - first served basis. So please make your reservation early! Note that you can make a tentatve reservation now to secure your seats and confirm the number later.

For more about the concert and to reseve tickets already now, please click links below!
Benelic opens a Finnish style restaurant in Roppongi Hills

Our member Benelic opened the "Finland Kitchen Talo" at Roppongi Hills for a limited time on 1 March. The restaurant will be open until end of January 2018.

The chef at the Finnish Embassy, Elena Ada, will supervise the chef, and we offer dishes at "Talo" (Finnish for "house/home") using Northern European ingredients. Ekberg, a long-established cafe with a history of more than 160 years in Finland, has provided a recipe for the Berry Pie. A warm, relaxing hospitality is the theme, like a relaxing home party at the lakeside in Finland.

The inside of the restaurant is decorated with Scandinavian antique furniture, miscellaneous goods and fabrics, and both the cuisine and the space makes it a restaurant that you can fully enjoy, especially those who love Northern Europe. In 2017, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence with customers visiting the "Finland Kitchen Talo" and we work to be a part of friendship between the two countries.

Finland Kitchen Talo
Location: Roppongi Hills Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza B2F
Phone: 03-3478-1917
Hours: 11:00 - 23:00 (last order 22:00)

For more details, click links at right.
Questionnaire Investigation regarding the Government Procurement Measures in Japan

The Cabinet Office has asked the EBC's assistance in distributing the Cabinet Office's annual survey on public procurement in Japan.

The Questionnaire is here.

Completed questionnaire and any questions that you may have should be addressed to:

Ms. Akiko ADACHI
Office of Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary
1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8968
Tel 03-5253-2111 exit.82197; Fax: 03-3593-2259

Deadline for submission is 24 MARCH 2017. Please mail, fax or e-mail to Ms. Adachi.

News from Finland

A global R&D centre for remotely controlled and autonomous ships in Turku

Rolls-Royce will establish its Marine R&D Centre for Remote Control & Autonomous Ships and Artificial Intelligence in Turku, Finland. The centre will be opened this year. Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce's strategic partners will be the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) and Tampere University of Technology (TUT), together with numerous SMEs and startups specialising in novel technologies.

Remotely controlled and autonomous ships represent a fundamental change in shipping over the next decade and are driving the digital transformation in the sector.

"Finland is the home of top ICT expertise and a strong maritime cluster. That is why Rolls-Royce has decided to establish the centre in Turku", says SVP Sauli Eloranta of Rolls-Royce.

Rolls Royce's Centre of Excellence for autonomous shipping collaborates with the Autonomous Shipping Alliance, an ecosystem bringing together global forerunners and agile ICT start-ups. The aim of the Alliance is to provide the world's first autonomous maritime products, services and a flourishing ecosystem by 2025. Rolls Royce is already a partner in the Alliance.

Rolls Royce's decision to focus autonomous shipping R&D in Finland is motivating Tekes to increase its investments in enabling technologies, such as artificial intelligence and communication technologies, and companies that create leading knowhow and synergies with autonomous shipping.
Grin of the Week

An American and a Japanese

An American and Japanese were sitting next to each other on a plane. The American turned and asked the Japanese, "what kind of -ese are you?"

The Japanese man answered, "I'm sorry, I don't know what you mean."

"What kind of -ese are you? - the American repeated. The Japanese was showing obvious confusion. Irritated, the American explained "are you Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, what?"
"Oh, I'm Japanese."

Soon after the Japanese turned to the American and asked him what kind of -key he was. The American, now annoyed, replied "what d'you mean, 'key'??"

The Japanese asked again, "are you a monkey, a donkey, or a Yankee?"
Have a great week &
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.