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  ISSUE 15/2016 13 June 2016; 

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We had two exiting and successful events last week. First the Buffet Dinner on Tuesday, 7 June with Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of Nokia Corporation and Founder & Chairman of F-Secure Corporation and then the FCCJ Karuizawa Tour on Friday, 10 and Saturday, 11 June.
Read the reports below!

The last event before the summer break - the Joint Chamber Summer Reception organized by the Canadian Chamber on Thursday, 23 June - is almost fully booked so if you plan to attend, please sign up at latest tomorrow Tuesday!.
Read more below!

After the summer break, our first event is the traditional Yakatabune cruise, the "Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise" on Friday, 26 August.
Mark this in your calendar and if you want to know more, click here!

Also this week we have a new contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View", this time titled: "Rainy season: it's pouring on Prime Minister".

Click banner at right to get a insight in Japanese politics, international business and sports.

Tuesday, 7 June
Report Buffet Reception with Risto Siilasmaa

In close cooperation with F-Secure, FCCJ organized a buffet reception on Tuesday, 7 June with one of the most prominent business leaders in Finland, Mr. Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of Nokia Corporation and Founder & Chairman of F-Secure Corporation.

The event, held at The Tokyo Club, started with a presentation by Mr. Siilasmaa on the current state and outlook for the Finnish ICT sector in general and the companies he is involved in, and about entrepreneurship. Keith Martin, Country Manager in Japan of F-Secure spoke about their business in Japan and introduced the new CEO (from 1 August) of F-Secure Corporation, Samu Konttinen.

After the presentation the participants enjoyed a buffet dinner during with ample opportunities to talk with Mr. Siilasmaa and representatives from many prominent Japanese companies invited by F-Secure.

For more images from the event, attended by 129 persons, click link at right.
Friday, 10 - Saturday 11 June - FCCJ Special Event
Report from a Successful FCCJ Karuizawa Tour

On Friday, 10 - Saturday 11 June 28 FCCJ members, some with families enjoyed two educating and relaxing days in Karuizawa in Nagano prefecture.

The program started with a luncheon with Karuizawa Mayor Susumu Fujimaki at Honka Karuizawa's restaurant Verso, followed by visits to several Finnish log house projects in the area and the Guest House (selling Rantasalmi brand log in Japan). The day ended at our member Kitamoc's facilities in Kita-Karuizawa with a visit to their Adventure Park Luomu-no-Mori (pictured right) and a BBQ dinner at Sweet Grass where the group also stayed overnight in cottages and tents.

On Saturday 8 of the participants played golf while the others enjoyed sightseeing in the area and shopping at the Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza.

For full report with a lot of pictures , click link at right.
Thursday, 23 June - Joint Chamber event organized by CCCJ
Summer networking at its finest!

One of the most popular joint chamber functions of the year, this party attracts a crowd of just about 340 business people from several chambers, for an evening of great food, drink, fun and networking. Do register soon for this event, as it is expected to be sold out quickly!

Date & Time:Thursday, 23 June , 18:30-20:30 (entrance open 18:15)
Place: Embassy of Canada, 7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members 8,500 yen, Guests 12,000 yen (buffet and 'nomihoudai')
Registration:by Tuesday, 14 June

Please kindly bring your photo ID with you which may be requested to be produced at the Embassy's guard's station for security purpose.

This event is organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan with support from about 10 other foreign Chambers in Tokyo. Participating Chambers : Austrian Business Council, Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan, British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce, Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan and Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan

Joint chamber events are a fantastic opportunity for members and friends of participating chambers to make new contacts, and grow their networks.

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.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Finnish PM foresees jobs growth - and cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä said on Saturday that he expects the employment situation to improve next autumn. He said he will discuss possible changes within the cabinet on Monday with newly-elected NCP chair Petteri Orpo.

In Seinäjoki on Saturday, Finnish premier Juha Sipilä addressed his Centre Party's summer convention, one of four party congresses this weekend in Finland. He was unanimously re-elected as party chair for another two years, with no challenging candidate. His three-party centre-right coalition took office just over a year ago.

Addressing the party faithful, Sipilä praised the so-called competitiveness pact - the central plank of his government's platform – which was finally approved by all trade unions on Friday.

Sipilä promised it will stoke the faint sparks of economic recovery. He said that job creation is his government's top priority – but warned there is typically some lag time before economic recovery improves employment figures.
Grin of the Week

The perfecr match...

A hopeful suitor dropped into a computer-dating center and registered his qualifications. He wanted someone who enjoyed water sports, liked company, favored formal attire, and was very small.

The computer operated faultlessly. It sent him a penguin.
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.