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  ISSUE 13/2018 17 May 2018 
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We had a well-attended Joint Nordic Breakfast Seminar, organized by the Swedish Chamber, yesterday with Scandinavian Airlines Executive Vice President, Ms. Annelie Naessen, who gave us a good update on the future of SAS and their plans for Japan. Read the report below!

Our next event is the Joint Chamber Summer Cocktail on Thursday, 7 June at Roppongi Hills Club. The event is almost sold out (FCCJ has 3 slots left) so if you want to attend and have not yet signed up, do it soon, details below.

The second FCCJ Fishing Tour on Sat. 23 June. We have just 6 slots left, better sign up soon. More information below!

This week we have a new contribution from our "Aoyama View" columnist, This time titled "Big Business in record results again, but consumer are not convinced - North Korea spectacle ".
Click banner for insights in Japanese economy and business, but also some global political issues!

Report from Joint Nordic Chambers Breakfast Meeting on 16 May

Members of the Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Icelandic Chambers of Commerce were invited for a special breakfast seminar with Scandianvian Airlines Executive Vice President and member of top management in SAS, Ms. Annelie Nässén who will gave an update on the future of SAS.

The participants got first-hand information from the top management and learned about SAS further expansion plans in Japan.

The event, organized by the Swedish chamber and attended by 40 members from the five chambers, ended with a lively Q&A session. Many of the questions were related to the possibility of direct flights also to Stockholm.

For a report from the event, , click link at right!
One of the most popular joint chamber functions of the year, this party attracts more than 300 business people from different chambers, for an evening of great food, drink, fun and networking at Roppongi Hills Club!

Do register soon for this event, as tickets will sell out quickly!

This event is organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan with support from more than 10 other foreign Chambers in Tokyo. Joint chamber events are a fantastic opportunity for members and friends of participating chambers to make new contacts, and grow their networks

  Date & Time:Thursday, 7 June, 18.30-21:00
 Venue: Roppongi Hills Club, 51F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku [MAP]
  Cost:Members 8,500 yen, others 10,000 yen
  Registration:by Monday, 28 May

Food and Drink: Buffet meal with free-flowing beverages including wine, beer, soft drinks, and cocktails are available on cash bar.

To sign-up, please click link at right!
Saturday, 23 June - FCCJ Special Event

FCCJ is making its second fishing tour on Saturday, 23 June. Come and enjoy fishing in hopefully nice weather, a lot of fish and definitely in good company! We will be catching Aji (horse mackerel) and according to our expert you should catch many, tens....
We tour will start from Kurihama, behind Yokosuka.

Thanks to the support of MOS Tax Corporation, the fee for the tour is only 8,000 yen for FCCJ members. The fee includes the fishing, fishing rod, bait as well as lunch and drinks onboard.

The fishing company Kurihama Kurokawa Honke's web site is here.

To check out what it is all about, check here for a report from last year's tour.

We have 6 slots left of the 12 available, so sign up soon!
Non-members will only be accepted after registration dead-line if space is available.

Date & Time:Saturday, 23 June, 8.00-15:00
Port: Kurihama, Kanagawa Pref. [MAP]
Cost:Members 8,000 yen, others 12,000 yen (if space available)
Registration:by Wednesday, 20 June

The tour starts at 8:00 and you can go there by train, Keikyu line from Shinagawa at 6.37 arriving at Keikyu Kurihama at 7:36 (59 mins). From the station we can arrange transportation to the port, 7-8 mins. by car. Some will go by car so we can also do ride-sharing.
Note that the cost for transportation to/from Kurihama is not included in the fee.

To register, click link at right. Please note that we will invoice the fee in advance. Cancellations after 20 June and no-shows will be charged.
Wednesday, 30 May: BLCCJ Seminar
Delighting Customers in Japan XVII

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?"

Because there is not a single answer to this very fascinating question, the Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BLCCJ) launched in 2001 "Delighting Customers in Japan", an annual seminar where a number of top executives share their ideas and experiences about the challenges of succeeding in this perplexing market.

Following the great success of the event formula, the BLCCJ is very pleased to organize the 17th edition in 2018, where we will welcome again 3 distinguished speakers who will share with us their strategies, experiences and insights regarding their businesses in Japan:

  • Dr. Florian Kohlbacher, Director, Economist Corporate Netw. North Asia, The Economist Group
  • Mr. Teddy Lee, Chairman, Yokohama Chinatown Development Association
  • Mr. Shigeru Takagaki, President and Representative Director, Delvaus Japan K.K.

  • Details:
      Date & Time:Wednesday, 30 May, 18.30-21:00
     Venue: BNP Paribas offices, GranTokyo North Tower, Marunouchi [MAP]
      Cost:Members 5,000 yen, Guests 7,000 yen
      Registration:by Thursday, 24 May

    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, incl. speakers' profiles and registration, click link below!
    Wednesday, 23 May - JMECAA & GLOBIS Networking Event
    "The Story of You - Using Storytelling to Advance Your Career"

    The JMEC Alumni Association is pleased to invite you to a joint event with the GLOBIS University themed "The Story of You - Using Storytelling to Advance Your Career".

    Storytelling is a skill we all have; we humans are storytelling creatures. Yet why donft we use it more in business? Drawing on examples from the worlds of marketing, Hollywood, and politics, Darren Menabney will share how to use storytelling to persuade, motivate, and inspire others.

    When: May 23, 19:00 - 22:00

    Where: PLAIDS Akasaka 5F, Akasakashimizu Bldg., 3-14-9, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

    Cost: 3,500 yen (pay at the door) incl. all you can drink + finger food

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

    Finland offers free online Artificial Intelligence course to anyone, anywhere

    Helsinki University hopes that one percent of the Finnish population - some 54,000 people - will take the online course this year. So far 24,000 have signed up.

    Helsinki University and tech strategy firm Reaktor say they want to make Finland the world's most educated country in the field of artificial intelligence.

    The academic and business partners say they want Finland to become forerunners in AI, and have developed an online course covering the quickly-growing technology open to anyone, free of charge.

    "The Elements of Artificial Intelligence" online course is entirely in English and offered to people who are interested in learning more about AI.

    User interface designer at Reaktor Janina Fagerlund says people might not know it, bu their lives are already affected - one way or another - by AI every single day.

    As a perhaps unexpected example, Fagerlund says that AI is used in industrial food production to sort produce and other items at food processing facilities. Most people know that self-driving cars use the technology but some may not be aware that AI is used by tech firms such as Facebook and Google to identify faces and other objects in photographs.

    Fagerlund says AI will have as big a revolutionary impact on the world as electricity did towards the end of the 19th century.

    The University of Helsinki has offered a course in AI for the past few years. Due to increased interest in the subject, the institution collaborated with Reaktor to create an online course to meet the growing demand.
    Grin of the Week

    Women always have the last word...

    A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position.

    As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, "Relatives of yours?"

    "Yep," the wife replied, "in-laws."
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    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.