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  ISSUE 28/2018 14 November 2018 
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We still have three events in November - first the Joint Nordic event on Wednesday, 21 November with Spotify and B&O, two iconic companies shaping the way we consume music. FCCJ has only two slots left for this event. For more, go here.

On Thursday, 22 November we play the 23rd Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge, the 33rd Stora Enso Cup at G.C. Narita Hightree in Chiba pref.. We have a few slots left so if you plan to play and have not yet signed up, do so before Friday. Details below!

Finally, on Wednesday, 28 November a CLIC event with Lindt, a leading Swiss chocolate company, who will give us an insight in how they have succeeded in the Japanese market. Details on this event also below!

We end the year and start the festive season on Friday, 14 December with the FCCJ Christmas Luncheon at the Embassy. Find details below.

Thursday, 22 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2017

The 33rd Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - will be played on Thursday, 22 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.. At the same time SCCJ members also play for the SCCJ Autumn Golf Cup.

The venue this time is Golf Club Narita Hightree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 8:45 and the cost is 17,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

Please click link at right for more information and to sign up, at latest on Friday!
Wednesday, 28 November - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC
Lindt; Chocolate in Japan is not just Valentine's Day

CLIC is an organization of 9 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, Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

Lindt & Sprüngli is a Swiss chocolate manufacturer and recognized as leader in the market for premium chocolate, offering a large selection of products around the world. During 175 years it has become known as one of the most innovative and creative companies making premium chocolate under the key brand Lindt, but also under Ghirardelli, Hofbauer, Küfferle, Caffarel and 2014 Russell Stover.

At the 6th CLIC Event Mr. Andre Zimmermann, Representative Director, Lindt & Sprungli Japan Co., Ltd., will reveal the secrets behind their success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the chocolate market.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 28 November, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Sweden, 1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, others 6,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 22 November

About Andre Zimmermann

A Swiss national, Mr. Andre Zimmermann has spent most of his career in Japan starting in 1989 as Managing Director for Telekurs Financial. After serving as Senior Representative for LocationSwitzerland SECO 2005-2007 and as Managing Director for MATISA Japan from 2007 until he took up his current position at Representative Director, Lindt & Sprungli Japan Co., Ltd. In 2010.

Andre has also served on the Executive Committee of SCCIJ and Executive Operating Board of the European Business Council (EBC)

To register, please click link at right!
Friday, 14 December
FCCJ Christmas Luncheon Meeting

The traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon is back after a 5 year break and also this time will be held at our Embassy, where we can enjoy a delicious Finnish style Christmas buffet prepared by the Embassy's chef.

H.E. Ambassador Pekka Orpana will give us his impressions of the first 100 days in office and update on the 100th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan in 2019.

Note: Due to space restrictions, this is a members only event.

Date & Time:Friday, 14 December, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Embassy of Finland, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 7 December

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the Embassy and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than Friday, 7 December and "no-shows".

To sign up, please click link at right!
Friday, 23 November - "FIND FINLAND 2018"

The Finnish Tango & Dance International Association is organizing a special event where visitors are invited to discover and experience new charms and fun activities of the Northern European nation of Finland.

We will be introducing you to Finland's wonderful culture that is still very much unknown in Japan.
We invite you all to "FIND FINLAND 2018" !

Lavatanssi is big in Finland now. But what is it?

Finland is not just about Moomins, saunas, the northern lights, Finnish general goods, etc. This event will be a great opportunity to discover yet another aspect of Finland.

Please come and experience what is big in Finland now. The event is organized on Friday, 23 November, 15:00-17:00 at the Gaienmae Ai-land Studio (IK Bldg. 2F, 3-1-25, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

For more information and to sign up, click links at right!
World Circular Economy Forum 2018 Report

The World Circular Economy Forum 2018 in Yokohama was a huge success, thanks to all of you! See the WCEF2018 Report here. Also, mark your calendars, as there's more to come: the WCEF team is already preparing for the next forum, which will take place in Helsinki, Finland on 3-5 June 2019 and in 2020 in Canada! Find out more at and follow the conversation with #WCEF2019.
News from Finland

Future of Finnish forests

The country's most widely-read daily Helsingin Sanomat had on Tuesday an in-depth analysis of the Finnish forest industry.

The paper contemplates the future of Finnish forests, as two sides of a debate over curbing logging become more deeply entrenched. The government collected a group of domestic researchers to study the effect of its bioeconomy drive on Finnish forests, which could see significant harvesting of the natural resource.

The group found that well-managed forests should be able to provide timber and energy for the economy without significant loss of biodiversity or carbon sink capacity. However several opposition political parties are calling for the government to withdraw its harvesting increase plans and keep the rate at its current level of 68 million cubic metres.

The paper writes that there are 2.5 billion cubic metres of timber standing in Finland's forests, with an annual growth rate of 107 million cubic metres. Annual forest harvesting at present comes in at 68 million cubic meters, but the current centre-right government's bioeconomy push seeks to increase this number to 80 million cubic metres a year until the year 2025.

Forests act as an important carbon sink in the fight against climate change, and a recent IPCC report called for considerably less forest harvesting worldwide in order to safeguard these important repositories of CO2. HS reports that in 2013-2014, the annual carbon capture of Finnish forests was 27 million tons, a number that would drop to 13.5 if the government's plan is brought to fruition.

Finland's Climate Panel wants Finland to be carbon neutral by the year 2030 already - at the latest 2045. In practice, this would mean that Finland only produces as much CO2 as its natural carbon sinks can capture. At current levels, Finland's forests bind between 30 and 60 percent of the greenhouse gases Finland produces each year.
Grin of the Week

Advice on how to downsize

Two men were comparing notes on the difficulties of running a small business.
"I started a new business last year," the first one said. "I insist that each of my employees take at least a week off every three months."

"Why in the world would you do that?" the other asked.

He responded, "It's the best way I can learn which ones I can do without."
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 62 corporate members, 19 individual and two special members.