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  ISSUE 7/2015 16 March 2015  
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Finally it seems that the weather is getting warmer and the cherry blossom season should be just around the corner. According to forecasts, it should start 25 March in Tokyo and be at its peak between 1st and 9th of April. So now you can start planning for your "Hanami" parties.

We will celebrate our "Hanami" at the Annual General Assembly on Wednesday, 8 April starting at 17:00 at the Embassy of Finland. Read more below. Note that this is a member only event.

The next event is Stora Enso Cup, the Golf Challenge between the Finnish and Swedish Chambers, played on Friday, 17 April at G.C. Narita Hightree in Chiba pref.
Read more about this as well below.

This week we also have a new and long contribution from our columnist in his Aoyama View column, this time titled: "Better late than never - Japan Inc. moves slow ".

Click banner at right for much more than the title suggests!

Report from the Nomu-nication Event on Friday, 6 March

Members of the American Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic Chambers held a joint Nomu-nication networking event on Friday, 6 March at the Swedish Embassy. The theme of the event was "The Vikings meet Dixieland".

The 154 participants, including 13 from FCCJ, enjoyed good food and a lot of drinks, and a lot of netwroking. The festivities also featured live music by the New Orleans Dixieland band from Waseda University and the apperance of an almost real Viking!.

Special emphasis was on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a breif introduction by Lance Lee, former ACCJ President and a sports enthusiast.

For more photos from the event, click link at right!
Wednesday, 8 April - Members Only Event
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 16th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held at the

Embassy of Finland on

Wednesday, 8 April, 2015 at 17.00

Registration dead-line: Thursday, 2 April

The Assembly will handle matters according to Article 10 in the Articles of Association of the FCCJ.

Dinner at 18:00
After the Assembly we will have a buffet dinner hosted by Ambassador Manu Virtamo.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member. If space available, additional representatives from member companies can be accepted, but will charged 7,000 yen per person.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right. To check who have signed up, click here.

Friday, 17 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Spring 2014

The 24th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - is played on Friday, 17 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..
At the same time we also play the FCCJ Cup for FCCJ members and the SCCJ Spring Cup for SCCJ members.

The venue this time is Golf Club Narita Hightree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 9:12 and the cost is 16,500 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.

Wednesday, 8 April - European Business Council Event
EBC Tax Seminar

Each year the rules and filing requirements for both Japanese nationals and foreigners subject to personal income tax in Japan become more complex. Widely praised corporate tax rate reductions and various incentives come at a price. The taxes on factors decoupled from corporate income, such as salaries and interest will become heavier. A new Exit Tax on certain financial assets of individuals will be imposed on foreign residents with a permanent visa and some spouse visa categories when they depart from Japan. As of 2015, Inheritance Tax of up to 55% on local and overseas assets could be applied even to non-resident heirs. The marginal income tax rates on employment, formerly, 47.5%, will rise to 55.9%.

On Wednesday, 8 April (17:00-18:30), EBC Tax Committee members from the tax profession and industry will introduce the tax and financial planning impacts involved with these changes, explain some planning opportunities as well as common pitfalls, and discuss these issues in an exclusive Q&A session.
Note that the seminar is free of charge.

To find out more and to register, please click link at right!

Finland Special in EURObiZ Japan

The EURObiZ Japan, a monthly magazine about trade and investment from Europe to Japan, has a Finland Special in its March issue.

On the cover (see image at right) is JP Takala, President, Nokia Networks Japan and there is a two page interview with him titled "Network Connections"

The magazine also has an interview with FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen and five FCCJ member companies have an advertisement in this issue.

Click the cover to read the magazine online, in case you have not received a hard copy of it.

News from Finland

Majority of election candidates oppose further nuclear reactors

An Yle survey of 1,800 parliamentary hopefuls ahead of next month's election found that 57 percent say they would not grant any more licences to construct nuclear plants. The conservative National Coalition Party was by far the most in favour of nuclear power, with the Greens and Left Alliance the most strongly opposed. The majority of candidates in Finland's upcoming parliamentary election have said they would oppose granting licences to build any new nuclear reactors.

The majority of candidates expressed clear views on the divisive issue of nuclear power, with only five percent of respondents saying they were neither in favour or against.

Just 38 percent of candidates said they supported further nuclear construction, with members of the governing conserviative National Coalition Party by far the most in favour. Across the country 84 percent of NCP candidates expressed positive views towards nuclear power.

The second highest levels of support were found among candidates from the populist Finns Party, where two thirds said they would allow new licences.

Meanwhile, Social Democrat candidates expressed roughly 50-50 support each way regarding the nuclear question, while 66 percent of Centre Party members were against - a similar result to that of the Swedish People's Party.

At the furthest end of the scale, around 87 percent of candidates from both the Greens and the Left Alliance opposed any further building of nuclear reactors.

Grin of the Week

How we came to be...

A child asked his father, "How were people born?" So his father said, "Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on."

The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, "We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now."

The child ran back to his father and said, "You lied to me!" His father replied, "No, your mom was talking about her side of the family."
Have a great week &
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 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.