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  ISSUE 27/2015 16 November 2015  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Since my previous bulletin we have had two successful events, the Onomichi Tour on 6 and 7 November and the Stora Enso Cup last Friday. Read more on how they went below!

The next event is the European Joint Networking Party held on Thursday, 26 November. For more details and to sign-up, see below!

It is exactly one month to go to the highlight of the year, the Scandinavian Christmas Ball held on Wednesday, 16 December at Westin Tokyo Hotel. Time to sign up now, click banner below to find out more!

Friday, 6 - Saturday 7, November FCCJ Special Event
A Successful FCCJ Onomichi Tour

On Friday, 6 and Saturday 7, November 12 FCCJ members made a very successful and enjoyable tour to Onomichi City in Hiroshima prefecture.

Leaving Tokyo early Friday morning by Shinkansen, the group first met with Onomichi Mayor Yuko Hiratani and had lunch with him. After that the group visited Onomichi Shipyard and then took a sea-taxi to Momoshima island for a tour of the Momoshima Mega-Solar farm operated by one of our member companies.

On Friday evening we had a meishi-kokan (name card exchange) party with Onomichi Chamber of Commerce and Industry attended by 20 members of the two chambers and Mayor Hiratani.

On Saturday, 10 of the participants made a 9 hour fishing tour in Seto Inland Sea, catching more than 100 tachiuo (hairtail).

For more about the tour, click links at right!

Friday, 13 November - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
FCCJ Retains the Stora Enso Cup!

Stora Enso Japan's Tuomo Kuuppo (right) presents the trophy to FCCJ Team Captain Hirokuni Yoshida and Sakari Romu (best gross). Left SCCJ Team Captain Stefan Gustafsson.

The 27th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 13 November at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka Prefecture. The event was played in mostly sunny and rather warm autumn weather on a beautiful and very colorful course.

30 players participated in the competition (19 from FCCJ, 11 from SCCJ), including two guests. Notable was that 22 players were Japanese.

FCCJ retained the Cup, beating the SCCJ by a fairly clear margin, 3 strokes, 78 versus 81 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ has seven more wins than the SCCJ, 17 against 10.

For a full report from the event, click links at right!

Thursday, 26 November, 2015 - European Joint Chamber Event
European Joint Networking Party

Mark your calendars! We are very pleased to announce that this year again, we are hosting the annual European Joint Chamber Party.

Mix and mingle with fellow Europeans in the lavish interior of the Galaxy Room of the ANA InterContinental ! Attracting a crowd of more than 200 guests every year, it is the must-attend event for networking with business people from all over Europe while celebrating the end of 2015. The Austrian, Belgian-Luxembourg, British, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Irish, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers as well as the Tokyo Chamber will be represented, and more are to be announced!

Organized by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan

Come prepared with your business cards: meet new contacts, develop business leads and catch up with friends and business partners! A delightful and festive evening featuring fine food and wine awaits you.

Date & Time:Thursday, 26 November , 19.30-21:30 (registration from 19:00)
Venue: ANA InterContinental , Galaxy Room B1F [MAP]
Cost:8,000 yen for FCCJ members, non-members 9,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 20 November
(Cancellation after this date or no show will be fully charged)

Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt.
To register, click link at right!
Friday, 25 December - Grand Hyatt Tokyo Event
CLUB CHIC 2015 winter - Greatest 70's Disco Hits & Soul Classics

Grand Hyatt Tokyo's popular disco event CLUB CHIC returns this winter season on Friday, 25 December with an evening filled with music and dancing to the greatest 70's hits and classics.

Enjoy music spinned by renowned DJ's Ai Emori and K-CO, along with a special live by Bro. KORN and Michael Tsuruoka. The on-stage performance will spice up the evening. The Grand Ballroom will turn into a glitzy disco venue with mirror balls and disco lights filled with over 1500 guests lavishly dressed, for the ultimate dance party atmosphere.

Tickets will be available for 16,000 yen per person with free-flowing beverages while VIP tickets will be on sale for 26,000 yen per person, which come with VIP seating and free-flowing premium beverages including Dom Perignon Vintage 2006 Bjork & Cunningham.

For a more, click links at right.

News from Finland

Fiskars continues to focus on global consumer goods - sells Buster Boats to Yamaha

Fiskars Corporation has today signed an agreement to sell its Boats business to Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. The transaction, which includes the sale of shares in Inha Works Ltd. as well as the sale of the Buster brand and related factory real estate in Ahtari, Finland, will be completed in early 2016.

Inha Works Ltd. is the biggest producer of aluminum boats in Europe, where the largest aluminum boat markets are in the Baltic Sea region. In 2015, Fiskars' Boats business net sales are estimated to be approximately EUR 32 million and operating profit approximately EUR 1 million. The company currently employs approximately 160 people. The Buster branded boats are the most popular aluminum boats in Finland, Sweden and Norway and the brand offers an extensive range of boats from versatile recreational boating to demanding professional use.

"With the sale of Buster Boats, we strengthen our focus on Fiskars' core businesses as we continue on our path to becoming a global integrated consumer goods company. Buster Boats has 60 years of experience of manufacturing aluminum boats and in recent years, it has made significant investments into research and development, design and manufacturing processes. Yamaha is one of the leading marine companies in the world and we believe this move offers the best path forward for the customers and the employees of Buster Boats," said Kari Kauniskangas, President and CEO of Fiskars Corporation.

"Buster Boats has collaborated with Yamaha for many years. The new ownership will enable us to work more closely together and expand the business to new markets," said Juha Lehtola, President, Boats Business at Fiskars.

Grin of the Week

Silent treatment

A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight.. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, "Please wake me at 5:00 AM." He left it where he knew she would find it.

The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed.

The paper said, "It is 5:00 AM. Wake up."

Men are not equipped for this kind of contest.
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.