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  ISSUE 17/2016 14 July 2016; 

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

We are truly in the summer season now with many of my readers on holiday and others planning to go, like us. So please note that the FCCJ office will be closed from Wed. 20 July to Tue. 2 August. I will read my emails occasionally, but bear with me if you do not get an immediate response

We start our autumn season with the traditional Yakatabune cruise, the "Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise" on Friday, 26 August. We have only 12 seats left of the 70 available, so sign up soon if you plan to join! Read more below.

On Wednesday,. 28 September we will have a Club Evening on the 26th with the theme "Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes" (details in my next bulletin) and on Friday, 7 October the 14th Mercedes-Benz Cole Haan Cup - the North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan - is played. Registration is ongoing and slots are filling up fast, so all golfers, read more below.

Also this week we have a new contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View", this time titled: "Fog of uncertainties ahead: Japan, Britain, China and USA, each in their own way".

Click banner at right to find out more!

Friday, 26 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last six year's cruises we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 26 August. Thnaks to our aponsors, the participation fee for members and their guests are substantially subsidized.

We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style. For images from last year's event, click here.

Date & Time:Friday, 26 August, 18.30-21:00
Embarkation: Funayado Miuraya, 1-1-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku , Tokyo
Cost:9,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 20 August

We have only 12 slots left so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click links at right.
Friday, 9 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup 2016 - Registration Open!

The 14th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan - the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup - will be played on Friday, 7 October, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force, Mercedes-Benz Japan and Cole Haan Japan are working hard to make the event a memorable one for all participants. Also this year we will have an After-Party held on Wednesday, 12 October at Mercedes-Benz Connection. Free for the players and their significant other.

The registration has been open for a few weeks and alsready 80% of the slots are taken, in the European team only 10 slots left.. So if you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, do so withing the next few weeks to secure your registration.

The participation fees are a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,700 yen fee (paid to the club after play). The total fee of 24,700 yen covers, the green fee, caddie, lunch, beverages, buffet at the awards reception, and fantastic prizes.

Sponsoring the event
If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Your contribution could be either money or goods/services. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services).

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
Friday, 22 July - Joint EBC-ACCJ Seminar organized by JETRO
Promoting Japan as aa Global Hub - New Government Initiatives

JETRO will hold a joint EBC-ACCJ seminar on July 22, 16:00-19:00 (including a reception) to explain the Japanese Government's new policy package for promoting Japan as a global hub. The package contains a range of initiatives including reforming government procedures, immigration systems, accessibility of educational and medical systems for foreign residents and so on. EBC Chairman, Mr. Danny Risberg, will deliver opening remarks at the event.

At the seminar, legal experts will be on hand to answer questions from the audience on the topics of
1) corporate registration, regulations and permissions
2) finance, accounting and tax,
3) labour and visas
4) living and education.

Pleaseclick link at right for more information and regsitration..There is no charge for attending the seminar and reception.
Production of EBC's Year 2016 White Paper
- Request for Sponsorship & Pre-Orders

The goal of both the EU and Japanese negotiators to conclude the EU-Japan FTA, at least in principle, by the end of this year, places the EBC White Paper at the forefront of the discusions as a key regference document.The EBC is now seeking sponsors for its self-funded report.

Work has now started on the 2016 edition. To give high visibilty to company support of this report and underline its importance, we plan to place the pages showing the logos of Pinnacle, Gold Star, and Silber Star sponsors near the front of the report, as well as at the back.

The full range of sposnorship categories are as follows: Pinnacle Sponsors (500,000 yen), Gold-Star Sponsors (25,000 yen), Blue-Star Sponsors (150,000 yen), Special Sponsors (100,000 yen) or Sponsors. (50,000 yen).

The EBC will also take advance orders for the white papers at 5,000 yen for one set (1 English and 1 Japanese version per set). Companies placing advance orders will be listed in the white paper as Supporters.

Please click links at right for more information and to sign-up as sponsor or make advance orders.
News from Finland

World Bank ranks Finnish Customs fourth-best in the world

Finnish Customs have been ranked as fourth-best in the world, according to a new survey by the World Bank. The institution surveyed 160 countries for its Logistical Performance Index.

The World's Bank Logistical Performance Index ranking looks at an array of trade indicators, such as customs operations, infrastructure, international shipments, logistics competence, tracking and tracking and competence.

The Bank ranked Finland in fourth place for its Customs operations, behind Singapore, Germany and the Netherlands. Two years earlier, Finnish Customs had been ranked in eighth position.

Overall, Finland came in at 15th position in the Logistical Performance Index of LPI, up from 23rd place two years ago in 2014 when the previous ranking was released.

Finland also reached 16th place in the infrastructure, timeliness and logistics competence rankings. It also performed well in terms of tracking and tracings, ranking in 11th place.

The 2016 index looked at the logistical performance of 160 states.
Grin of the Week

The New Scam - WARNING!

This new scam is being pulled mainly on older men.

What happens is that when you stop for a red light, a young nude woman comes up and pretends to be washing your windshield. While she is doing this, another person opens your back door and steals anything in the car.

They are very good at this.

They got me 7 times Friday and 5 times Saturday. I wasn't able to find them on Sunday.
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.