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  ISSUE 12/2017 13 April 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This is the last reminder for the Stora-Enso Cup played on Friday, 21 April. We have currently 22 players signed up for the FCCJ team but there is space for a few more. If you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, do so at latest tomorrow Friday! Read more below.

Our following event is the 4th CLIC event, jointly organized by FCCJ and six other smaller European Chambers, on Thursday, 11 May, This time the speaker is Takayuki Kimura, President and CEO of Volvo Car Japan, will reveal the secrets behind VOLVO's success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the automotive industry. More below.

On Friday, 19 May we have the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Concert with a reception hosted by Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari. We have about 20 tickets left so make your reservation soon, if you have not done so already!More below.

Always looking for new types of activities for our members, we have decided to organize a fishing tour on Saturday, 3 June. Departure port is Kurihama in Kanagawa pref., just one hour by train from Shinagawa. Details below and if you are interested, sign up soon because we have only 15 slots.

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 9:40 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.
Thursday, 11 May - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC:

CLIC is an organization of 8 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan for the purpose of organizing innovative networking events to enable trading of ideas between the members of the participating chambers.

CLIC consists of the Austrian Business Council, the Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic,
Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

Establishing a Swedish Premium Brand in Japan

Volvo Car Corporation is a Swedish luxury vehicle manufacturer established in 1927 and headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since 2010 it has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Geely of China.

At the 4th CLIC Event Mr. Takayuki Kimura, President and CEO of Volvo Car Japan, will reveal the secrets behind VOLVO's success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the automotive industry.

Date & Time:Thursday, 11 May, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Belgium, 5-4, Nibancho, Chiyoda-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, others 6,000 yen
Registration:by Tuesday, 28 April

About Takayuki Kimura

Takayuki Kimura was born in 1965 and graduated with MBA from University of North Carolina in 2003, and with BS Degree in Material Science and Engineering from Osaka University in 1987.

He has started his career at Toyota Motor Corp, and experienced in product planning and sales, including brand building of Lexus in Japan. After worked as CEO of Nissan Asia Pacific and Nissan Indonesia, joined Volvo Car Japan as CEO in 2014. He is a licence holder of Wine Expert, and Professional Guide in English.

To register, click link at right. Please note that we will invoice the fee as we are not allowed to collect money at the Belgian Embassy. Cancellations after 28 April and no-shows will be charged.
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.

For more about the concert and to reseve tickets, please click links at right!
Saturday, 3 June - FCCJ Special Event

FCCJ is making its first dedicated fishing tour on Saturday, 3 June.Come and enjoy fishing in hopefully nice weather, a lot of fish and definitely in good company! We will be catching Aji (horse mackerel) and according to our expert you should catch many, tens....
We tour will start from Kurihama, behind Yokosuka.

Thanks to the support of MOS Tax Corporation, the fee for the tour is only 8,000 yen for FCCJ members. The fee includes the fishing, fishing rod, bait as well as lunch and drinks onboard.

The fishing company Kurihama Kurokawa Honke's web site is here.

We have 15 slots and we will be sold out so sign up early!
Non-members will only be accepted after registration dead-line if space is available.

Date & Time:Saturday, 3 June, 8.00-15:00
Port: Kurihama, Kanagawa Pref. [MAP]
Cost:Members 8,000 yen, others 12,000 yen (if space available)
Registration:by Friday, 19 May

The tour starts at 8:00 and you can go there by train, Keikyu line from Shinagawa at 6.37 arriving at Keikyu Kurihama at 7:36 (59 mins).From the station we can arrange transportation to the port, 7-8 mins. by car.Some will go by car so we can also do some ride-sharing.
Note that the cost for transportation to/from Kurihama is not included in the fee.

To register, click link at right. Please note that we will invoice the fee in advance. Cancellations after 19 May and no-shows will be charged.
Finnish speaking Japanese looking for job

A Japanese Finnish (and English) speaking female is looking for a job at a company involved in business between Finland and Japan. For the last 2.5 years she has been working for a large Finnish project in Japan, where her duties included (from her CV):

Project reporting, managing visa application process, translation work Japanese-Finnish-Japanese, procurement work, purchase invoice processing, administration, member of the housing team (organizing, outfitting and renting of +100 apartments for project workers in Japan), HSE tasks, assisting foreign project management to settle in Japan, project management support in Finland/Japan, logistic work in Japan, event planning.

As the project is now nearing its conclusion, she is looking for new challenges. If you are interested and would like to see her CV, including references, mail me!

News from Finland

Finns Party loses out as Greens rise in local elections

The populist Finns Party has seen its support drop in local elections on Sunday, with the party polling just 8.3 percent in initial results forecasts. That's well down on the 17.7 percent and the 12.3 percent it drew in the 2015 parliamentary election and the 2012 local elections respectively. Yle's election forecast put the National Coalition Party in the lead, with the Greens posting the biggest gains.

Preliminary results in Finland's local elections suggest the co-ruling Finns Party has lost a big chunk of support since the last parliamentary election in 2015, when the party polled 17.7 percent of the vote. The party is struggling to match the 12.3 percent it recorded in the last local elections in 2012, with nearly half of the expected votes counted.

The populist Finns Party has seen a string of upset victories in Finnish elections, with the party jumping from 4 percent support in 2007 to 19 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections. That success was won on the back of strident criticism of EU bailouts for Greece and Portugal, and criticism of Finnish immigration policy, as well as sharp words for elites perceived as cosmopolitan and out of touch.

Grin of the Week

Paid according to inexperience...

A Manager of a retail clothing store is reviewing a potential employee's application and notices that the man has never worked in retail before.

He says to the man, "For a man with no experience, you are certainly asking for a high wage." "Well Sir," the applicant replies, "the work is so much harder when you don't know what you are doing!"
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.