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  ISSUE 22/2016 16 September 2016 

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We had an nice study tour on Tuesday the to the site of the coming Moomin Theme Park in Hanno, Saitama perf., despite the weather forcing us to change the schedule a bit. Read the report below.

Our next event is on Wednesday, 28 September when we will have a Club Evening with the theme "Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes", details below.

The Danish Chamber has invited members of other European Chambers to a panel discussion themed "FinTech" - How Will It Affect Our Life? on Thursday, 6 October, details regarding that also below.

Other coming events include the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup (currently fully booked) on Friday, 7 October and the European Joint Networking Party on Tuesday, 11 October.

Also this week we have a new edition in the Aoyama View column, this time titled: "Moomins, Metsä, Mitsubishi and missiles - business, politics and sports ".

Click banner at right for a good update on recent global and national issues!

Report from the FCCJ Tour to Hanno - the site of the Moomin Theme Park

On Tuesday, 13 September we had a unique opportunity to find out more about the "METSÄ"-project and the Moomin Theme Park plans. The construction work at Lake Miyazawa in Hanno city, Saitama prefecture, is expected to start soon.

The Tour began at City Office of Hanno where we were briefed by Hanno City Mayor Masaru Okubo after which Robert Hirst, Chairman of Fintech Global Inc., FCCJ member and the major investor behind the project, explained about plans for the theme park. After that we visited the site at Lake Miyazawa for a guided tour to see how the Moomin Theme Park would look like. Because of the rainy weather, the BBQ Dinner at "River Ranta" was moved to a "regular dinner" at Hotel Heritage.

14 FCCJ members participated, most notably the new Ambassador (Designate) Jukka Siukosaari who took up his position 1 September. In addition, 6 persons from Fintech Global/Moomin Monogatari and 14 representatives from Hanno City participated.

For full report with a lot of pictures click link at right.
Wednesday, 28 September - FCCJ Networking Event

Our next Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 28 September at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, is a networking party with a theme, "Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes".

We will have three presenters from Finns involved in the Japanese retail business who will give their views on retailing in Japan and perhaps what makes it different from what it is in Finland.

  • Oskari Hämäläinen, Fast Retailing (Uniqlo),
          Integration & Career Development

  • Teemu Eskelinen, Rakuten Inc., Rakuten Ichiba Business,
          Gourmet Category Group, Electronic Commerce Consultant

  • Laura Kopilow, Rakuten Inc., Campaign Manager at Ad Solutions

  • In addition, we will have commentary from Arto Lindblom, Professor, Marketing at Aalto University, who has studied in depth the strategies, processes and management systems in retailing also in Japan in his research project "Global marketplaces and ecosystems in retailing" funded by Tekes.

    Date & Time:Wednesday, 28 September, 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 Monday, 26 September

    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.
    Thursday, 6 October - Panel Discussion organized by the DCCJ
    "FinTech" - How Will It Affect Our Life?

    Ever felt you were ripped off by traditional banks, for example, when you change your money from one currency to another?

    Well, you are not alone.

    Good news is that the world is changing rapidly with the latest trend called "FinTech" or Financial Technology. It is all about stimulating technological innovation to make financial markets and systems more efficient and consumer focused. It can help drive improvements in traditional banks and, more importantly, promote disruption through innovative new products and services, which can benefit consumers, i.e. our life!

    If you have not heard of the term "FinTech" before, or if you are unsure of what it is all about, here is a perfect opportunity to catch up with one of the hottest new trends in the world.
  • What is FinTech?
  • Will it replace traditional banking system?
  • What kind of FinTech services are out there?
  • How does FinTech affect our life?
  • What is the future of FinTech?

  • Details:
    Date & Time:Thursday 6 October 2016, 18:30-21:00
    Place: FINOLAB , 14F, Tokyo Ginko Kyokai Build, 1-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku [MAP]
    Cost:Members: 2,000 yen, non-members: 3,000 yen
    Registration:by noon Monday, 3 October

    Please click link at right for more information and registration.
    News from Finland

    Finance Ministry: No major turnaround in sight, growth just 1 percent in 2017

    On Thursday Finlandfs Ministry of Finance released its autumn economic outlook, which forecasts little change in the countryfs beleaguered economy. Ministry officials pegged growth this year at 1.1 percent, down from a previous estimate of 1.4 percent earlier in the summer.

    While the Finnish economy wonft remain at a standstill, it wonft economic output spring forward either. According to the Finance Ministryfs autumn economic outlook released Thursday afternoon, GDP will increase by just 1.1 percent this year. Just a few months ago during the summer ministry analysts had put forward a slightly more optimistic estimate of 1.4 percent growth for the year.

    Nor are there any signs growth is likely to pick in the near future, either. The Finance Ministry has projected that economic growth will remain in the region of one percent in the next two years as well. Ministry gurus said that the economic situation will remain weak in the near future and that GDP will remain some three percent below 2008 levels.
    Grin of the Week

    Honeymoon stand-off

    A couple was having a discussion about what to see and do now that they were safely in Florida on their honeymoon. Trying to assert himself from the beginning, he exploded, "If it weren't for my money, we wouldn't be here at all!"

    The wife replied, "My dear, if it weren't for your money, not only would we not be in Florida, we wouldn't be on a honeymoon, nor would there be any "we" in the first place."
    Have a great long weekend &
    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.