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  ISSUE 10/2018 17 April 2018 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

37 members of the Finnish and Swedish chambers had a fine day on Friday at the Stora Enso Cup. Some even made good scores but all enjoyed fine weather, Mt. Fuji views and great camaraderie. To find out who won, see below for more information.

Our next event is the Team Finland Seminar regarding the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU Delegation to Japan EPA specialists Marjut Hannonen and Mervi Kahlos on Tuesday, 8 May at the Embassy, starting at 16:00 followed by a networking cocktail. Read more below.

In the plans is an event late May, more about that in next issues, but for June we have confirmed the Joint Chambers Summer Cocktail on Thu. 7 June and the second FCCJ Fishing Tour on Sat. 23 June. As we have limited space on the fishing tour, better sign up early. To do so, and for more information, click here.

Again this week we have a new contribution from our "Aoyama View" columnist, This time titled "Cruise missiles and cronyism, business boom, old people and sumo".
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Report from the Stora Enso Cup on Friday 13 April

Stora Enso Japan's Tuomo Kuuppo (left) presents the throphy to Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari, FCCJ Vice
President Veli Solehmanen, best gross Joni Santala, best net Yutaka Chiba and FCCJ President Masaoki Fujita.

The 32nd Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 13 April at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka Prefecture. The event was played in mostly sunny and rather warm spring weather with Mt. Fuji visible on most holes in the morning.

37 players participated in the competition (20 from FCCJ, 17 from SCCJ), including one guests. Notable was that 26 of the players were Japanese, 70% which is the highest ever!

The Finnish Chamber won now for the third time in a row, beating the SCCJ by a fairly large margin, 79.5 versus 83.4 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ has eight more wins than the SCCJ, 20 against 12.

Individual winner was Yutaka Chiba (FCCJ) with a net 69 and he also took the FCCJ Golf Cup. Best SCCJ golfer, and winner of the SCCJ Spring Cup was Tatsuya Tsuruhisa with a net 74.

For full report with a lot of pictures , please click link at right.
Report from the Breakfast Meeting with Jari Gustafsson, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

A FCCJ Special Event was held on Monday. 9 April at the Embassy of Finland with Mr. Jari Gustafsson, Permanent Secretary (most senior civil servant) at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. He is a good friend of ours as he served as Ambassador of Finland to Japan 2009-2013.

Mr. Gustafsson briefed us on current affairs in the Finnish economy, business and trade and then the FCCJ members gave their views on the Japanese economy and business climate in Japan.

The event, hosted by Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari, was attended by 13 FCCJ members of which 9 from the Board of Directors.

For a report from the event, please click link at right.


Team Finland organizes on Tuesday, 8 May a seminar on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The landmark agreement will pave the way for significant market opportunities in a new joint free trade zone consisting of 630 million people with strong purchasing power, accounting for nearly one third of global GDP.

Join us for the seminar to find out how your company can benefit from the agreement and what you need to be aware of to fully utilize its impact on your business. We will have two experts on the agreement from the Trade and Economic Section of the EU Delegation to Japan, Ms. Marjut Hannonen, Minister-Counsellor, Head of Trade and Economic Section and Ms. Mervi Kahlos, Counsellor.

The seminar is followed by a Networking Cocktail from 17:30.

Details
 
Date & Time:Tuesday, 8 May, 16.00-20:00
Seminar 16.00-17:30, Networking Coctail 17:30 -
Venue: Embassy of Finland, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Free of charge
Registration:by Wednesday, 1 May

For more information, incl. the full program, and to register, click link below!
Note that this is a members only event.
News from Finland

S-Group retail giant eyes role as Finlandfs largest solar energy producer

The Finnish government is expected to support 20 percent of an eight million-euro project that will see the food retail duopolist install rooftop 40,000 solar units at stores and service stations.

The retail giant S-Group is planning a massive rooftop solar energy project that will make it the largest solar energy producer in Finland and one of the largest in the Nordics.

The food retail duopolist plans to install solar panels on the rooftops of its all of its retail outlets and petrol stations across the country.

Finnish energy giant Fortum will be responsible for implementing the project, while the state has pledged to foot 20 percent of the eight-million-euro price tag - some 1.6 million euros.

gWe are looking at delivering the largest roof-installed solar energy system in the Nordics,h declared Fortum development manager Tatu Kulla.

According to Kulla electricity generated by solar panels could already be cheaper than power purchased from the grid. He said that S-Group will not be the only player in the project, but noted that different sized projects will be led by other companies.
Grin of the Week

Repeat offender?

One day a man was walking in the woods when he got lost. For two days he roamed around trying to find a way out. He had not eaten anything and was starving. Over on a rock ledge he spotted a bald eagle, killed it, and started to eat it. Surprisingly a couple of park rangers happen to find him at that moment, and arrested him for killing an endangered species.

At court, he plead innocent to the charges against him claiming that if he didn't eat the bald eagle he would have died from starvation. The judge ruled in his favor. In the judges closing statement he asked: "I have never eaten a bald eagle, nor ever plan on it. What did it taste like?"

The man answered, "Well, it tasted like a cross between a whooping crane and a spotted owl."
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, 18 individual and two special members.