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  ISSUE 24/2016 17 October 2016 

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Has been a bit busy time so three weeks has passed since my previous bulletin, and subsequently I include in this edition three event reports. For those interested in golf, I am pleased to announce that the European Team won the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup (team competition between North America and Europe) played on Friday, 7 October. FCCJ's part was quite significant, not only having a big role in organizing the event but also because we had 22 players (out of 151), by far the largest chamber on the European side. And it was not only quantity but also quality, we had four players among the best 11 gross scores!

Read more about the past events below!

Our next event is the Joint Nordic Business Luncheon on Tuesday, 1 November with one of the most prominent Nordic business leaders, Mr. Karl-Henrik Sundstrom, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stora Enso Oyj. The Stora Enso theme continues on Friday, 11 November, when we play the golf match against the Swedish chamber, the 29th Stora Enso Cup. More about these two events below!

And, the Nordic cooperation continues in December when the social highlight of the year for the chambers, the Scandinavian Christmas Ball is held on Wednesday 7th!
Time to start signing up for the event! Click banner above for more.

Report from the FCCJ Club Evening on 28 September

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

We had three presenters from Finns involved in the Japanese retail business, Arto Lindblom, Professor, Marketing, Aalto University, Teemu Eskelinen and Laura Kopilow, Rakuten, who will give their views on retailing in Japan and perhaps what makes it different from what it is in Finland.

Arto Lindblom 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.

The presentations were very well received and attracted a lot of questions and discussions. After the presentations the 26 participants enjoyed free flowing drinks and a buffet, as well as good company and a lot of networking.

For full report with more pictures, click link at right!
The European Team takes the 14th Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup!

After a defeat to the North American Team last year, the European Team managed to take back the trophy at the 14th Cup played on Friday, 7 October at Atsugi Kokusai C.C. in Kanagawa Prefecture. The Europeans scored 75.90 versus North Americans' 76.98, counted on the average of the 80% best net. The North American team still hold the edge in the history of the competition with nine wins to Europe's five.

Played in beautiful, sunny autumn weather, the event attracted a record 151 players, 75 for the Europeans (incl. 23 from FCCJ), 76 for the North-Americans, which meant we had to use three extra groups from the planned two groups per hole in the shotgun start, which presented a logistical challenge, but the pace of play was generally smooth and the game finished on schedule.

For more about the event, click link at right!
Report from the Joint Chambers Networking Party on 11 October

About 250 members and guest from 13 European Chambers and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a delightful evening at the ANA InterContinental Hotel on Tuesday, 11 October.

The event, organized by the French Chamber, gave the participants an opportunity to meet new contacts, develop business leads and catch up with friends and business partners. The evening featured drinks, a delicious buffet and networking.

The event was organized by the CCIFJ (French) and co-organized by European Chambers in Japan: Austrian, Belgian-Luxembourg, British, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Irish, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers as well as the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce. 6 members from the FCCJ participated.

For more images from the event, click link at right!
Tuesday, 1 November - Joint Nordic Business Luncheon
FCCJ will organize in cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers a Business Luncheon on Tuesday, 1 November with one of the most prominent Nordic business leaders, Mr. Karl-Henrik Sundström, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stora Enso Oyj.

The theme of Mr. Sundström's is: "Stora Enso's transformation into a renewable materials company".

Date & Time: Tuesday, 1 November, 12:00-14.00
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Residence Anise, 2F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 27 October

About Karl-Henrik Sundström
Karl-Henrik Sundström was appointed CEO of Stora Enso in August 2014. He joined Stora Enso in August 2012 as CFO and member of the Group Leadership Team. In June 2013 he took on the role as Executive Vice President for division Printing & Living (today Paper and Wood Products divisions).

Prior to joining Stora Enso Karl-Henrik was the CFO of NXP Semiconductors 2008–2012. Prior to that CFO and several managerial positions in Ericsson. Member of the Board of Swedbank.

Karl-Henrik participated in an Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1997 and holds a degree in Business Administration, Finance and Accounting form the Uppsala University, Sweden.

About Stora Enso
Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets. Our aim is to replace fossil based materials by innovating and developing new products and services based on wood and other renewable materials.

We employ some 26 000 people in more than 35 countries, and our sales in 2015 were EUR 10.0 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki and Nasdaq Stockholm. In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs on the International OTCQX over-the-counter market.

Please click link at right to register.

Friday, 11 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2016

The 29th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - is played on Friday, 11 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.. At the same time SCCJ members also play for the SCCJ Autumn Golf Cup.

The venue this time is Golf Club Narita Hightree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 8:40 and the cost is 17,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.

News from Finland

Finnair increases frequencies to Tokyo with the A350 for summer 2017

Finnair continues to grow its Asian traffic, and hasannounced last week it will add capacity and frequencies to the Tokyo and Hong Kong routes with the A350 for the summer 2017 season.

Finnair will increase its current flight schedule between Helsinki and Tokyo with four additional weekly flights to Narita airport. Finnair currently operates daily to Narita with the A330. The additional flights, which will be flown with the new Airbus A350 aircraft, will be operated between June 5 and October 27. With these additions, Finnair and its partner Japan Airlines will offer 18 weekly connections from Helsinki to Tokyo's Narita Airport. The additional Tokyo frequencies will be operated as a joint business operation with Japan Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. Finnair also flies non-stop to Fukuoka during the summer 2017 season (from 27 April to end of October), with a total of 35 weekly flights to Japan.
Grin of the Week

Cost effciency

A woman goes into the local newspaper office to see that the obituary for her recently deceased husband is published. After the editor informs her that the fee for the obituary is 50 cents a word, she pauses, reflects and then says, "Well, then, let it read 'Fred Brown died'."

Confounded at the woman's thrift, the editor stammers that there is a 7-word minimum for all obituaries.
The woman pauses again, counts on her fingers and replies, "In that case, 'Fred Brown died: 1983 Pick-up for sale'."
Have a great week &
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.