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  ISSUE 15/2015 16 June 2015  
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Summer season is here! In most of Japan the rainy season ("tsuyu") has started and in Finland everyone is preparing for the Midsummer festivities coming weekend.
Came to think of it; even though there are supposedly many similarities between Finns and Japanese, here we are different. In Finland the summer solstice is one of the most important holidays, while in Japan...nothing, even though the Spring and Autumn Equinox are public holidays.
But perhaps nothing to celebrate when it gets hot and humid...

We also take a summer break in our event calendar so the next event is the traditional Yakatabune Cruise on 27 August. Scroll down for more!
In this bulletin I also have an important announcement for our golfing friends, check below!

This week we also have a fresh edition in the Aoyama View column, this time titled: ""Only in Japan?" - Somethings, Yes, But Others Are Same All Over ".

Click banner at right for timely insights and views!

Report from the CLIC Event with Steen Kokkenborg, Lego Japan
CLIC (Creative Linking of International Chambers) is a loose organization of 8 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan created 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, the Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

The third event was a joint Chambers' Networking evening where we had Mr Steen Kokkenborg, Representative Director & General Manager of Lego Japan, as our guest speaker. Mr Kokkenborg shared with us the LEGO Journey in the Japanese market. He noted that LEGO started business in Japan in 1962 with Bandai as distributor and opened their own sales company here in 1978. Japan is currently the fastest growing market in Asia for LEGO. His presentation ended with a very active Q&A session.

For a report from the event, attended by 125 members and guests from 8 chambers, click link below.

Thursday, 27 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last five year's cruises we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Thursday, 27 August.

We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style.

Date & Time:Thursday, 27 August , 18.30-21:00
Embarkation: Funayado Miuraya, 1-1-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku , Tokyo
Cost:10,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 21 August

We expect the event to be sold out this year as well, so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click link at right.

Friday, 9 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Cole Haan Cup 2015 - Registration Open!

We are pleased to announce that the global lifestyle brand Cole Haan has signed up as co-title sponsor with Mercedes-Benz for the event from 2015. Consequently the event has been re-branded and is now the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup,

The 2015 event will be played on Friday, 9 October, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force and Mercedes Benz Japan and Cole Haan Japan are working hard to make the event a memorable one for all participants. Also this year we will have an After-Party held on Wednesday, 14 October at Mercedes-Benz Connection. Free for the players and their significant other.

The registration for the event has now been opened. The participation fees are a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,700 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, for a total of 24,700 yen. Note that bus transportation is free for the 40 first to sign-up for it.

Sponsoring the event
If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Your contribution could be either money or goods/services. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services).

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
Wed. 24 June: Joint Luncheon Meeting organized by the German Chamber
Chances for European Subsidiaries in Japan

- Are you affecting your company's Asia strategy, or is it affecting you?
As China becomes the world\s larhest market for everything from pork to Porsche's
Shanghai is becoming the number 1 location for MNC's Asian headquarters
and is already home to more that 6,000 Japanese and 2,000 Germans companies.

This shows the importance of the Chinese market, and is unlikely to change. But how does managing and leading people differ from Japan and Germany to China? What do HQ in Germany and Asian HQ in Shanghai expect from the Japanese team? Are you or your Japanese team involved in the rest of Asia? Does you or the Japanese team report to someone in China yet? Some answers to these questions may lie in the questions German Managers place to us when we speak about the China and Japan regions.

NORIKO TAKAGI, Managing Partner and Owner of Steinbach & Partner, a 31-year-old executive consulting firm headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany. She Worked in Germany, Singapore and China for the last 18 years within Management and HR consulting, specialized in Executive Recruiting and Executive Coaching. Ms. Takagi has worked in China for the last 7 years, primarily with German and other European executives. Prior to that she worked in Germany for 10 years, so is uniquely experienced and able to answer these types of questions.

  Date & Time:Wednesday, 24 June, , 12:00-14:00
 Venue: CONRAD Tokyo, Hamarikyu, Annex 1F [MAP]
  Cost:Members 6,500 yen
  Registration:by Wednesday, 17 June

For more information and registration, click link below!
When you sign-up, note if you are a FCCJ member (this is a members only event).

Tuesday, 23 June: BLCCJ Seminar
Delighting Customers in Japan XIV

Japan is known as one of the most challenging markets in the world. Whether your business is start-up, long-established, or somewhere in between, you are probably confronted daily with the issue "how to delight customers?"

Following the great success of the event formula, the BLCCJ is very pleased to organize the 14th edition in 2015, where we will welcome again 3 distinguished speakers who will share with us their strategies, experiences and insights regarding their businesses in Japan:
  • Mr. Per RASMUSSEN, Managing Director, GROUPE SEB JAPAN

  • Details:
      Date & Time:Tuesday, 23 June, 18.30-21:00
     Venue: BNP Paribas offices, GranTokyo North Tower, Marunouchi [MAP]
      Cost:Members 5,800 yen, Guests 6,800 yen
      Registration:by Thursday, 18 June

    The seminar will be followed by an open panel discussion with Q&A, and by a networking cocktail from 20:00 onwards. We hope you can join us.
    For more information and registration, click link at right!

    Special Offer for FCCJ Members to a Dance Performance
    Tero Saarinen Company "MORPHED"

    A Nordic leading star of contemporary dance, Tero Saarinen arrives in Japan for the first time with his company! MORPHED, created for 8 male dancers by this much acclaimed Finnish choreographer, explores the manifold emotions and virtuosity of a man - a man dancing. Esa-Pekka Salonen's cutting-edge yet emotionally provocative music is a powerful source of inspiration here.

    Numerous ropes that sway to the dynamism of human bodies & emotions amplify the effect. A highly integrated total art work by prominent creative figures of contemporary Finland!

    Venue: Saitama Arts Theater / Main Theater
    Dates: 20 ans 21 June 3:00pm

    For more information and details on special offer, click links at right.

    News from Finland

    Finavia planning 900m euro Helsinki Airport expansion

    The state owned aviation infrastructure company Finavia has announced ambitious plans to expand Helsinki Airport.

    Nowadays up to 16 million passengers pass through Helsinki Airport every year. In five years that number is expected to reach 20 million. Finavia intends to expand the airport to accommodate that anticipated growth.

    Much of that traffic growth has come from the Far East, as the airport has become a preferred European hub for flights to and from Asia.

    Finavia says it wants to be able to keep an eye on the market, to be sure just how much expansion is needed and plans to expand in stages.

    If the full plan goes through, at a cost of some 900 million euros, it would significantly increase the size of the airport.

    Grin of the Week

    A horse on the line

    A man sat quietly reading his morning paper one Sunday morning. Suddenly, he is knocked almost senseless by his wife, who stands behind him holding a frying pan in hand.

    Man: "What was that for?"
    Wife: "Why do you have a piece of paper in your pocket with "Marylou" written on it?"

    Man: "Oh honey, don't you remember two weeks ago when I went to the horse races? Marylou was the name of the horse I bet on." The wife was satisfied, and appologized for bonking him.

    Three days later he is again sitting reading the paper when once again he is bonked on the head.

    Man: "What's that for this time?"
    Wife: "Your horse called."
    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.