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  ISSUE 24/2018 15 October 2018 

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

Yes, there is going to be a "change of guard" at FCCJ at the end of this fiscal year, 31 March 2019. After 20 years running the chamber, it is time to hand over to someone younger with fresh new ideas and enthusiasm. To ensure a smooth transition, we have started the recruitment process already now. Please feel free to pass on the announcement if you know someone who would be suitable, and interested!

We had a very successful Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup on Friday, 5 October with 155 participants from 15 chambers, including 22 from FCCJ. The European Team won, for the third time in a row. Read the report below.

The next event European Joint Chamber Networking Party on Tuesday, 23 October. But the registration dead-line is today, so if you would like to join and have not yet signed up, do so now.
More information here!

Then in November we have three events, first, on Thursday, 1 November a luncheon Mr. Kjell Forsén, President and CEO of Vaisala Oyj, followed on Monday, 5 November by a Pre-Opening Tour to Metsä Village in Hanno and finally on Thursday, 22 November the 33rd Stora Enso Cup.
Read more about these events below!

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has made a fresh and interesting contribution, this time titled "Circular economy, fish market and construction boom".

Click banner at right for a recap of recent events in Japanese society and business. No politics this time...

The European Team retains Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup!

The European team made it three wins in a row at the 16th Cup played on Friday, 5 October at Atsugi Kokusai C.C. in Kanagawa Prefecture. The Europeans, led by team captain Carl-Gustav Eklund, scored 76.5 versus North American's 77.8, 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 seven.

Played in fairly good autumn weather with some light rain during the last 4-5 holes, the event attracted 155 players, 79 for the Europeans, 76 for the North-Americans.

For more about the event, click link at right!
Thursday, 1 November - FCCJ Business Luncheon

FCCJ will organize a Business Luncheon on Tuesday, 1 November with a prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Kjell Forsén, President and CEO of Vaisala Oyj.

The theme of Mr. Forsén's presentation is:
"Vaisala and its contribution to combat effects of climate change and extreme weather".

Date & Time: Thursday, 1 November, 12:00-14.00
Venue: Hotel Okura Tokyo, Kensington Terrace, South Wing 12F [MAP]
Cost:Members 7,000 yen, Guests 9,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 26 October

About Kjell Forsén
President & CEO, Vaisala Group 2006-

Born 1958, Finnish citizen, Lic.Sc. (Technology)
  • Chairman of Vaisala Management Group 2006-

  • Employment History
  • Ericsson, several managerial positions within the company, both in Finland and abroad 1986-2006
  • President of Ericsson Finland 2003-2006

  • Positions of Trust
  • JMC Council Center, Member of the Council
  • Valamo Foundation, Member of the Council

  • About Vaisala Oyj
    We have two global business areas that develop, manufacture and market innovative products and services for environmental and industrial measurement.

    Innovation and technology are cornerstones for Vaisala's success and we keep advancing the art of environmental observations. Technological innovation is in our DNA, and want and need to be at the cutting edge of development, to find new solutions to customer needs in demanding applications.

    We invest 11.9% of our net sales in R&D and our pride is our state of the art in-house cleanroom, sensor production, manufacturing and science-based technology leadership.

    We are headquartered in Finland and employ approximately 1,600 professionals worldwide and are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

    Please click link at right to register. Please note that we will collect the fee at the venue and provide you with a receipt. Cancellations after registration dead-line and no-shows will be invoiced.
    Monday, 5 November - FCCJ Special Event

    FCCJ organizes, in cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers, a Pre-Opening Tour to Metsä Village in Hanno, Saitama prefecture on Monday, 5 November. Metsä Village, officially open 9 November, is the first phase of the Moomin Theme Park, the second phase, Moomin Valley Park, will open on 16 March 2019.

    Date & Time:Monday, 5 November, 15:30-20.30
    Official program starts 16:15 at Hanno station.
    Place: Metsä Village, Miyazawa-ko, Hanno, Saitama pref. [MAP]
    Cost:6,000 yen (collected at the venue unless otherwise agreed)
    Incl. bus from/to Hanno station, dinner with free drinks, train at own expense
    Registration:by Friday, 26 October (due to space restrictions, members only)

    Program: (note: train to/from Hanno by your own arrangement and cost, you can use other options)
       15:00 Depart Ikebukuro station by Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Chichibu 21 Red Arrow
       16:09Arrival at Hanno station
       16:15 Meet in front of Hanno station, transport to Miyazawa-ko by bus (2.4 km)
       16:30 Welcome & introduction: Robert Hirst, Representative Director, Moomin Monogatari, Ltd.
       16:45 Guided tour around Metsä Village and a view of Moomin Valley Park (under construction)
       17:20Free time for shopping, etc.
       18:00 Dinner at main restaurant
       19:10 Bus to Hanno station
       19:36 Depart Hanno station by Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Musashi 46 Red Arrow
       20:16Arrival at Ikebukuro station

    Please note that we will collect the fee at the venue (unless otherwise agreed) and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

    To register, click link at right!
    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.
    News from Finland

    Finland pricey but more affordable than pre-euro, Yle finds

    Nearly 20 years into sharing a common currency, Finland is still a relatively expensive country, finds an Yle (Finnish National Broadcaster) report.

    Finland has become a relatively cheaper country to live in since joining the single currency nearly two decades ago, at the beginning of 2002.

    Multinational companies have largely abandoned country-specific pricing in the EU. These days, an Ikea cupboard or Apple device cost the same in Spain, Italy or Finland. Clothing and shoe purchases will also dent consumers' wallets more in the other non-Euro Nordics than in Finland, according to EU statistics office Eurostat.

    While the common currency seems to have harmonised pricing within the eurozone, particularly as inflation has run up prices in southern and eastern European states, many consumer goods are still more expensive in Finland.
    Grin of the Week

    A Holy Golf Match

    The Pope met with the College of Cardinals to discuss a proposal from Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel. "Your holiness," said one of the Cardinals, "Mr. Netanyahu wants to determine whether Jews or Catholics are superior, by challenging you to a golf match." The Pope was greatly disturbed, as he had never held a golf club in his life.

    "Not to worry," said the Cardinal, "we'll call America and talk to Jack Nicklaus. We'll make him a Cardinal, he can play Netanyahu... We can't lose!" Everyone agreed it was a good idea. The call was made and, of course, Jack was honored and agreed to play.

    The day after the match, Nicklaus reported to the Vatican to inform the Pope of his success in the match. "I came in second, your Holiness," said Nicklaus.

    "Second?!!" exclaimed the surprised Pope. "You came in second to Benjamin Netanyahu?!!"

    "No," said Nicklaus, "second to Rabbi Woods."
    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.