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  ISSUE 5/2016 15 February 2016  

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

This is the last reminder for our event on Friday, 19 February when we will hear about the current status of the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement at a Joint Nordic Business Luncheon organized by FCCJ. If you plan to attend and have not yet signed up, please do so at latest tomorrow. More information below.

Our next Club Evening with a theme, this time "New Successful Finnish Businesses in Japan" will be held on Thursday, 3 March. More information below.

Apart from these we have also three other events lined up for the next two months:
  • Tuesday, 29 March - EU Chambers Luncheon with Tokyo Governor Masuzoe
  • Tuesday, 5 April - FCCJ Annual General Assembly
  • Friday, 22 April - Stora Enso Cup - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge

  • I will have more information on these in coming bulletins but mark in your calendar those which would be of interest to you!

    Our columnist in "Aoyama View" has again produced a new article for this weeks bulletin, titled: Markets in turmoil, economy in decline, challenges grow for Abe.

    Click banner at right to find out were we are (perhaps) heading!

    Friday, 19 February - Joint Nordic Business Luncheon organized by FCCJ
    "EU Japan FTA - current status, opportunities and challenges"

    At the Joint Nordic Business Luncheon on Friday, 19 February we will have Mr. Timo Hammarén, Head of Trade and Economic Section - Minister-Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to Japan as our guest speaker.

    Mr. Hammarén has been heavily involved in the ongoing EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement negotiations and the theme of his presentation is: EU Japan FTA - current status, opportunities and challenges.


    Date & Time: Friday, 19 February, 12:00-14:00
    Place: Hotel Okura, Mayfair (South Wing 12F) [MAP]
    Cost:Members: 6,000 yen, non-members: 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
    Registration:by Tuesday, 16 February

    About Timo Hammarén
    Timo Hammarén was born in Helsinki in 1969 in Finland and earned a Master's dregree in Business Administration from University of Tampere in 1993 and in Law from the University of Helsinki in 2005.

    In April 1996 he joined the European Commission in Brussels and served as the Head of Trade and Economic Department at the European Commission Delegation to Ukraine from 2002 to 2006 and at the European Union Delegation to Russia from 2006 to 2011. From 2011 he was the Russia trade policy coordinator at the European Commission until he took up his current position in Tokyo in November 2013.

    To register, click link at right. 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.
    To check who has already signed-up, click here!

    Thursday, 3 March - FCCJ Networking Event

    Our next Club Evening, held on Thursday, 3 March at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, is a networking party with a theme, "New Sucessful Finnish Companies in Japan.".

    We will have three presenters from new, or relatively new, Finnish companies on the Japanese market who will give us a better understanding of their activities and the challenges facing new companies entering the Japanese market.


  • Aki Saarinen, Representative Director, Principal Architect, Reaktor Japan K.K.

  • Masao Ohata, Representative, Enevo Japan

  • Miika Lipiäinen, CEO, Kyrö Distillery Company

  • We will also have an opprotunity to taste Kyrö Distillery's award winning Gin & Tonic!

    Date & Time:Thursday, 3 March, 18:30-21:00
    Place: Scandinavian Center
    2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
    Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
    Including buffet and free flowing drinks
    Registration:by Tuesday, 1 March

    About Reaktor
    Reaktor is a creative technology company. We construct exceptionally well-functioning services for our clients. The one thing our customers value the most is that we get things done. We take pride in our speed, accuracy and quality.

    About Enevo
    Enevo brings together software and telecommunication engineers, data analysts, network gurus and seasoned waste management experts. Our goal is to become the leading global provider of smart logistics optimizations solutions for the waste management and recycling industry, helping both commercial waste management companies and public organizations to operate more resource efficiently.

    About Kyrö Distillery Company
    Founded by 5 friends, Kyrö Distillery Company has been in commercial production since April 2014. Our rye whisky is made from all Finnish 100% malted rye and incredibly pure water. Our first product was a new rye whisky. We have also developed a rye-based premium Gin, which is distilled in our copper pot still and infuse with Finnish botanicals from near our distillery. We are based in a fantastic old dairy in Isokyrö, Finland.

    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.

    To register, click link at right. 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.

    News from Finland

    Nokia CEO on mega-merger:
    Possible head count cuts to take place "efficiently, quickly and with respect"

    Nokia chief executive Rajeev Suri says that the practical implementation of its mega-merger with the French company Alcatel-Lucent will have some impact on head count. Suri told Yle that possible staff reductions would be implemented "efficiently, quickly and with a great deal of respect" - but that's it's still too early to tell where cuts would fall.

    Speaking to Yle after announcing the company's full-year financial results for 2015, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said that the company will be looking to secure savings and synergies as it moves to fully merge with the French telecoms equipment company Alcatel-Lucent.

    Suri said that Nokia had promised the markets it would obtain 900 million euros in synergies from the deal by 2018. He said that overlapping functions in areas such as procurement, mobile networks, sales and marketing and some corporate functions are to be streamlined.

    "There will be some impact on head count overall on a global level. We have said 900 million euros of synergies and some of that will involve head count as well. But like I said it's early days and we'll find a way to do this as efficiently, quickly as possible and with a lot of respect as we move forward," Suri commented.

    Grin of the Week

    The bad and the terrbile newse

    A wealthy man sat in his attorney's office.
    "Do you want the bad news first or the terrible news?" the lawyer asked.

    "Give me the bad news first."
    "Your wife found a picture worth a half-million dollars."

    "That's the bad news?" the man asked incredulously. "I can't wait to hear the terrible news."

    "It's of you and your mistress."
    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.