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  ISSUE 24/2015 15 October 2015  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Almost 150 golfers, incl. 17 from FCCJ, enjoyed a beautiful day and had great fun at the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup last Friday, this is a team competition between the members of the European and North American Chambers. Read more about the event below.

This is the last reminder for our Club Evening with a theme - "Working for a Finnish Company" on Tuesday, 20 October at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka. If you plan to participate and have not signed-up yet, do so at latest tomorrow Friday, more below!

The registration for the Scandinavian Christmas Ball, held on Wednesday, 16 December at Westin Tokyo Hotel, is ongoing, click banner below to find out more!
This is also the final reminder for the FCCJ Onomichi Tour on Friday 6 and Saturday, 7 November. We can still accommodate two participants. If you are interested, read more below.

Tuesday, 20 October - FCCJ Networking Event
Working for a Finnish Company

Our next Club Evening, held on Tuesday, 20 October at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, is a networking party with a theme, "Working for a Finnish Company".

We will have three Japanese, who have all been working for a fairly long time for Finnish companies in Tokyo, making short introductions on how and why they came to join a Finnish company, what are the challenges and what are the benefits and/or disadvantages compared to working for a Japanese company.


  • Hiroaki Nagahara, Director Sales, Finnair

  • Akiko Ando, Office Manager, UPM-Kymmene Japan

  • Hiroaki Sakurai, National Sales Manager, Vaisala K.K.

  • After the presentations, Tokiko Horiuchi, who has worked for Finnish companies both in Finland and Japan will make some commentary from a cultural perspective. She is currently working at the Press and Culture section of the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo. Ms. Horiuchi has also written a book in Japanese about her experiences in Finland.

    Date & Time:Tuesday, 20 October, 19:00-21:00
    Venue: Scandinavian Center
    2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
    Cost:Members 4,000 yen, Guests 6,000 yen
    Registration:by by Friday, 16 October

    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. To check who has already signed up, click here!
    Friday, 9 October - North America- Europe Golf Challenge
    The North American Team takes the 13th Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup!

    After a defeat to European Team last year, the North American Team managed to take back the trophy at the 13th Cup played on Friday, 9 October at Atsugi Kokusai C.C. in Kanagawa Prefecture. The North Americans, lead by team captain Nick Masee, scored 74.9 versus Europe's 75.1, counted on the average of the 80% best net. The North American team still hold the edge in the history of the competition with nine wins to Europe's four.

    Played in beautiful, sunny autumn weather, the event attracted a record 149 players, 78 for the Europeans (incl. 17 from FCCJ), 71 for the North-Americans, which meant we had to use two extra groups from the planned two groups per hole in the shotgun start, which presented a logistical challenge, but the pace of play was generally smooth and the game finished on schedule.

    For more about the event, click link at right!

    FCCJ will organize a special tour Friday, 6 to Saturday, 7 November to Onomochi city in Hiroshima prefecture.

    For Japanese, Onomichi is perhaps best known for a famous 1950's movie - Tokyo Story. But it has also much else, i.e. a mega solar farm (which is the main reason for the tour) run by one of our member companies, many shipyards, etc.

    Departure from Tokyo by Shinkansen will be in the morning of Friday, 6 November. The program on Friday will include visits to the Solar Farm, a Fish farm and dockyard, and also a lunch with Onomichi Mayor Hiratani and a networking reception with Onomichi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    On Saturday we provide two options - either a full day fishing tour or a sight-seeing tour in and around Onomichi.

    For more information and to sign up, please click link at right. Note that the tour is limited to 12 participants and we have two slots left. So register now if you would like to join!
    Friday, 13 November - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
    Stora Enso Cup - Autumn 2015

    The 27th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 13 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..

    The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture, which has been the venue for the event five times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:24 and the cost is 18,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

    For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
    News from Finland

    Interior Ministry: Asylum seeker estimate lowered by 20,000

    The Finnish Ministry of the Interior released new figures on the estimated number of asylum seekers arriving to the country this year. The ministry's new estimated number is currently at about 30,000 to 35,000 migrants, or up to 20,000 people fewer than earlier estimates.

    As recently as a couple of weeks ago the ministry had estimated as many as 50,000 asylum seekers would arrive by the end of the year.

    The ministry said that it updated its projections after a slowdown of asylum applications in the past week.

    Some 1,600 asylum seekers arrived during the past week, but in September the number of arriving asylum seekers was an average of 3,000 per week.

    A ministry spokesman said that those projections could change again, because the numbers may fluctuate due to changes in the situation in the rest of Europe.

    Grin of the Week

    Old age does not come alone..

    An older guy walks into his doctor and says, "Doc, you gotta help me, I can't remember anything!"
    The doctor asks, "How long have you had this problem?"

    The guy says, "What problem?"
    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.