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  ISSUE 22/2014 14 October 2014  
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This is the last reminder for our luncheon meeting with Mr. Shinichi Koizumi, Senior Advisor (Former Executive Vice President) of Toray Industries, Inc. on Friday, 17 October.
Read more about the luncheon below and if you plan to attend and have not yet signed up, do so within today!

The European Team finally, after four straight defeats won the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup on Friday, 10 October. Perhaps the secret to the European victory was a new Tem Captain, FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen...;-).
Read the event report below.

Our next event after the luncheon on Friday is the second joint CLIC (7 smaller Northern European Chambers) evening event on Wednesday, 5 November.
Read more about this below.

We also keep promoting the Scandinavian Christmas Ball on Friday, 12 December. To sign-up as participant or sponsor, visit the Xmas Ball Web Site!

Also in this issue we have a contribution from Timo Varhama in his column "Aoyama View". This time titled: Water as Fuel, LED Lamps and Nobels - Japan Tech Still at the Top of the World .

Click banner for an interesting read with a technological touch!

 
Friday, 17 October 2014
FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

Our next luncheon meeting will held on Friday, 17 October when we have Mr. Shinichi Koizumi, Senior Advisor (Former Executive Vice President) of Toray Industries, Inc. as our guest speaker.

The title of Mr. Koizumi's presentation is: "Advanced Materials can change the World - Providing Solutions to Global Agenda- "

Date & Time:Friday, 17 October , 12.00-14:00
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Drawing Room, 2F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Tuesday, 14 October

About Shinichi Koizumi
Shinichi Koizumi was born in Tokyo in 1948 and received Bachelor Degree in Economics from Keio University in 1971, after which he joined Toray Industries, Inc. where he held different positions, mainly in the international Division. From 1997 to 1999 he served as Director and Toray Plastics (Malaysia) Snd. Bnd.

He was appointed Vice President in 2004, Senior Vice President (International Operations) in 2006 and Executive Vice President & Representative Member of the Board in 2008. In 2013 he was appointed Senior Advisor and Chairman or the Board, Toray Corporate Business Research, Inc.
About Toray
Toray Group is a multinational corporate group which specializes in advanced materials centered on technologies of organic synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry and biochemistry. Its foundation business areas are Fibers and Textiles, as well as Plastics and Chemicals. The company has also diversified into areas such as IT-related Products, Carbon Fiber and Composite Materials, Environment and Engineering, Life Science and other Businesses.

Toray is the world's largest producer of carbon fibers, which are extensively used in primary structure parts such main and tail wings and fuselage of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the coming Airbus A350 XWB.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Tuesday, 14 October and "no-shows".
To register, click link at right.


Friday 10 October - North America- Europe Golf Challenge
The European Team takes the 12th Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup!

After four defeats in a row to the North-Americans, the European Team finally managed to win the 12th Cup played on Friday, 10 October at Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture. The Europeans (captained by FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen) scored 75.8 versus North America's 75.9, counted on the average of the 80% best net.

Played in beautiful, sunny autumn weather, the event attracted 140 players, 73 for the Europeans, 69 for the North-Americans, which meant almost a full course. The North American team still hold the edge in the competition, with 8 wins to Europe's four.

Gereon Sperling (EU) was by some margin the best golfer, winning both the best gross and best net, 67 (handicap 0), i.e. four under par on the par 71 course.

For more about the event, click link at right.


Wednesday, 5 November - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC:
COCA-COLA - Thirst for Innovation!

Receive insights in one of the world's biggest companies: the Coca-Cola Company.

At our second CLIC event, Mr. Bjorn Jensen, the SVP of Strategy & Insights at Coca-Cola Japan Ltd, will share with us the Coca-Cola Journey in the Japanese market.

"A new perspective on your bottle of Coke from a strategic and marketing point of view"

Details:
Date & Time:Wednesday, 5 November, 19:00 - 21:00
(Doors open at 18:30)
Venue:Oakwood Premier, Tokyo Midtown
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, non-members 8,000 yen
- Including buffet and two drinks
- Additional drinks at 500 yen from cash bar
Registrations:by Wednesday, 29 October

About Bjorn Jensen

Mr. Bjorn Jensen is the SVP Strategy & Insights at Coca-Cola Japan Ltd with a broad cross functional experience from finance, strategic planning, customer and commercial marketing and general management across more than 25 markets in Europe and the Asia Pacific through his 22 year long career with Coca-Cola.


For more about the event and to register, click link at right.
Thursday, 6 November - VDE Financial Dialogue Japan
Energy Storage Summit Japan

Energy Storage Summit Japan is a combination of Conference and Exhibition not only concerning Energy Storage solutions but furthermore concentrating on new technologies, solutions for renewable energy integrations, power transmission and distribution, smart grid, micro grid, off grid and decentralized energy supply, regulatory decisions and the change to an improved Energy Provision System worldwide.

ESSJ brings together leading international researchers from Europe and the United States with Experts from India, China and Japan to discuss energy market deregulation and the opportunities this presents for Japan. Use your chance to get into face-to-face interactions that will help you to discover business opportunities, create fresh market strategies and build new networks.

Together with the VDE Financial Dialogue (an event for addressing issues surrounding the financing, bankability and quality of solar photovoltaics (PV) and Energy Storage) Energy Storage Summit Japan will create a perfect platform for discussing, networking, learning, meeting and discovering.

Save the date and your ticket now to listen to world's leading speakers such as Chris Edgette (California Energy Storage & Senior Director Strategen Consulting LLC), Heiko Stutzinger (German Energy Storage Association & Head of Renewable Energy Fairs, Messe Düsseldorf), Prof. Mark Tilton (Purdue University), Dr. Rahul Walawalkar (Executive Director IESA), Yoichiro Tashiro (TEPCO), Yasunari Takarabe (Mayor of Tsushima City) and Hiroshi Hanafusa PhD (Panasonic); just to name a few of them. Please feel free to use the latest program to see who else will participating as a speaker at our international conference.

Register now at our ticket shop to ensure your participation! Come to Akasaka Station TKP Conference Center on November 06, 2014 to synchronize Energy Storage Business together with us.

News from Finland

Stubb in CNBC interview: "The iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the Finnish paper industry"

Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has made headlines in the international media in recent days. In his latest encounter on Monday, he spoke to US broadcaster CNBC, pointing the finger of blame at tech giant Apple for the downfall of two of Finland's biggest industries.

Describing Nokia and the Finnish paper industry as "two champions that went down", the Finnish Prime Minister nonetheless adopted an optimistic tone with regards to the future of Finnish industry.

"A little bit paradoxically I guess one could say that the iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the Finnish paper industry, but we'll make a comeback," Stubb said in the CNBC interview.

Nokia's devices and services business was bought out by US firm Microsoft in April this year at a time when the former front runner was feeling the brunt of a long struggle to maintain market share against rivals Apple and Samsung.

Again endeavouring to remain upbeat in response to questions regarding Standard and Poor's recent downgrading of Finland's credit status, Prime Minister Stubb urged the nation to simply "keep at it."

"Usually what happens is that when you have dire times you get a lot of innovation, and I think from the public sector our job is to create the platform for it," he said.

Grin of the Week

Talking about golfers...

A young couple gets married, and the groom asks his bride if he can have a dresser drawer of his own that she will never open. The bride agrees.

After 30 years of marriage, she notices that his drawer has been left ajar. She peeks in and sees 3 golf balls and $6,000.

She confronts her husband with her findings, and asks for an explanation. He explains "Every time I was unfaithful to you, I put a golf ball in the drawer."

She figures 3 times in 30 years isn't that bad. But what about the $6,000? He explains "Whenever I got a dozen golf balls, I sold them"
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 650 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.