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  ISSUE 4/2018 14 February 2018 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This is the last reminder for the Team Building Event in the form of a Bowling Competition is held on Monday, 26 February. It is the fifth year FCCJ participates in this event organized by the Swedish Chamber. We still have space for one team and three individual players, but sign up soon before we run out of slots. More about the event below!

On Wednesday, 29 February The EBC, the Delegation of the EU to Japan and EU-Japan Centre organize a special seminar on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. More about this also below.

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has provided new contribution, this time titled "Korea: Murky Politics and Big Business Behind the Sport Spectacle".

Click banner at right to find out what has been, and is going on behind the scenes that you do not hear about in the sports reports from the Olympics.

Monday, 26 February - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition
Team up for Bowling!

It's time to bond up with your colleagues and friends for fun!

Professional bowlers, beginners are equally most welcome! It is a team competition, each team consists of four player and each player play two games. Make your own team with your colleagues and business partners, spouses are very welcome!
Individual members are of course also welcome and will play in teams set up by FCCJ.

Date & Time:Monday, 26 February, 19:30 - 22:30
Venue: Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center (Annex Tower)
4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato-ku Tel: 03-5421-7875 [MAP]
Closest station: JR Shinagawa Station (6 min)
Cost:7,500 yen/person (incl. 2 games play fee, party fee afterwards)
Registration:by Friday, 16 February

If you cannot make your own team you could also register individually and we will make a team for you. Bowling balls are provided and you can rent bowling shoes (300 yen) so no special equipment needed!

Note: For the awards ceremony, your prize contribution will be much appreciated! (4 prizes / team). It could be your company's novelties or anything. Just something simple.
Wednesday, 28 February - EBC, the Delegation of the EU to Japan and EU-Japan Centre Event
"Special Seminar on the EU-Japan EPA: Mission Accomplished"

European Business Council in Japan (EBC), the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Japan and the EU-Japan Centre will jointly organise the following seminar on the EU- Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.

As firm advocates of more open trade between the EU and Japan, we believe that the EU-Japan EPA finalized in December, 2017, with its strong focus on non-tariff barriers, will deliver a huge positive effect on trade between both parties. .

Join this joint event and hear what key players have to say about the agreement and the process moving forward.

DateWednesday, 28 February
Time:Seminar: 16:30 - 17:30, Cocktail Reception 17:30 - 19:00
Venue: Delegation of the European Union to Japan
Europa House, 4-6-28 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Language: English/Japanese (simultaneous interpretation)
Fee:No charge (pre-registration required)
Registration:by Monday, 26 February

For program, more information and registration, click links at right!
Friday, 9 March - FJCC Event in Helsinki
Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Event

If you happen to be in Helsinki 9 March...

The Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce has the pleasure of inviting you to a breakfast event.

Date & Time:   Friday, 9 March, 08:15~10:00
Venue:             WTC Helsinki, Marski Hall, Aleksanterinkatu 17, HELSINKI


8:15-8:30    Registration and breakfast

8:30-8:35    Welcome:  Juha Pitkänen, Chairman, Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce

8:35-9:15    Business Finland activities in Japan and Team Finland Japan Plan 2018
                   Pekka Laitinen, Head of Trade Section, Embassy of Finland Tokyo


Registrations by 28 February: or by phone: 09-4242 6228.


"Finnish Fingerprints - A Hundred Years, A Hundred Stories"

The book, "Finnish Fingerprints - A Hundred Years, A Hundred Stories", is produced and published by Esko Aho, Prime Minister of Finland 1991-95. It has been made in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian, and currently a Chinese version is in the works. Mr. Aho has asked us to find out if there would be any interest in making a Japanese version of the book, which has 340 pages.

As Finland marked its first century as an independent state, we stop to celebrate the larger-than-life success story of a rather small country. Finnish Fingerprints throws the spotlight on people who have put a face to Finland's success, and phenomena that are an essential part of who we are and how we have got here.We have wanted to bring out achievements that have not just changed Finland, but also left an imprint - at least a Finnish fingerprint - beyond these shores. In the stories and the many imaginative illustrations, Finland opens up to the reader as a mosaic. Each piece derives its significance as part of the larger picture.

The cost of the book is 45 euro (ca. 6,000 yen) and publisher would need 4-500 pre-orders to go ahead with the Japanese version. We believe that the book would make a very good company present.

Click link at right below for the table of contants and forewords by Mr. Aho. If you are interested in the book in Japanese, please click the "Preliminary Order" link and incicate how many books you could buy. This indication is not binding, if we think there is sufficient interest we will contact you again for a binding pre-order.
News from Finland

Valmet to hire 1,000 in Finland to produce Mercedes-Benz A-Class cars

Finnish auto manufacturer Valmet Automotive said it plans to hire some 1,000 workers in Finland this year to help assemble Mercedes-Benz's line of A-Class cars.

Valmet Automotive said on Tuesday that it plans to hire dozens of "white collars" for positions in prodcution, support and engineering services for production of Mercedes-Benz compact A-Class vehicles.

The company said that extra staff would be needed during the beginning of the year and that several hundred car builders also need to be hired.

In all, the company said it plans to hire about 1,000 new employees at its plant in Uusikaupunki, in south-western Finland this year.

"The number of personnel at Valmet Automotive's Uusikaupunki car plant, the biggest factory in Finland, is now around 4000," the firm wrote in a release.

Valmet Automotive, which employs a total of about 5,500 workers in Finland and other parts of Europe, provides services and products like automotive engineering, vehicle manufacturing, battery systems and convertible roof systems.
Grin of the Week

The need to learn languages. Part 2...

The Mexican restaurant looked great. Only one problem: It wasn't open. So I jotted down the name for another day. Just then, a man came out of the restaurant and took a peek at what I'd written.

"That's not the name of the restaurant," he said, pointing to the sign over the door. "That's Spanish for 'Closed on Mondays.'"
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.