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  ISSUE 16/2017 18 May 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We have an informative an enjoyable CLIC networking event last Thursday with over 100 participants where Takayuki Kimura, President and CEO of Volvo Car Japan revealed how to tackle the Japanese car market. More below.

Our next event is the fishing tour on Saturday, 3 June. We have a few slots left so sign up soon if you are interested to join. For more details, read below.

This time we also have a new contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View", titled "New Missiles, Diet Debates, Yet Big Business in Big Profits - Down on Ground Challenges Remain Basic and Simple ".
The title gives a good insight in what it is about. Click banner at right for a good read!

Report from the Joint Networking Event by CLIC on Thursday, 11 May
Takayuki Kimura: "Establishing a Swedish Premium Brand in Japan "

CLIC (Creative Linking of International Chambers) is a loose organization of 8 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan created for the purpose of organizing innovative networking events to enable trading of ideas between the members of the participating chambers.
CLIC consists of the Austrian Business Council, the Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

The fourth event was a joint Chambers' Networking evening where we had Mr. Takayuki Kimura, President and CEO of Volvo Car Japan, as our guest speaker. The theme of his presentation was "Establishing a Swedish Premium Brand in Japan". Mr. Kimura revealed the secrets behind VOLVO's success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the automotive industry. His presentation ended with a very active Q&A session.

For a report from the event, with over 100 participants from 7 chambers, please click links below!
Saturday, 3 June - FCCJ Special Event

FCCJ is making its first dedicated fishing tour on Saturday, 3 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.

We have 15 slots and we will be sold out so sign up early!
Non-members will only be accepted after registration dead-line if space is available.

Date & Time:Saturday, 3 June, 8.00-15:00
Port: Kurihama, Kanagawa Pref. [MAP]
Cost:Members 8,000 yen, others 12,000 yen (if space available)
Registration:by Friday, 19 May

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 some 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 19 May and no-shows will be charged.
Thursday, 15 June: BLCCJ Seminar
Delighting Customers in Japan XV

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 16th edition in 2017, where we will welcome again 3 distinguished speakers who will share with us their strategies, experiences and insights regarding their businesses in Japan:

  • Mr. Yuzo KANO, Co-Founder and CEO, BITFLYER, INC.
  • Mr. Vincent NELIAS, Managing Director, SWAROVSKI JAPAN LTD.

  • Details:
      Date & Time:Thursday, 15 June, 18.30-21:00
     Venue: BNP Paribas offices, GranTokyo North Tower, Marunouchi [MAP]
      Cost:Members 5,000 yen, Guests 6,000 yen
      Registration:by Friday, 9 June

    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!
    Jun.22, Jul.1, Jul.29, Sep.3, Oct.1, Nov.26
    GAS - Global Agenda Seminar Series

    GAS (Global Agenda Seminar) series, a study opportunity to cultivate global business skills, was launched in 2010 by Prof. Yoko Ishikura and Roppongi Academyhills. The founders wish for all the participants to have the chance to think globally, to participate in English, and to create strategic proposals.

    FCCJ is one of the project client of the GAS 2017.

    The instructor of the course is Prof. Yoko Ishikura, who currently serves as an independent consultant in the area of global strategy, competitiveness and global talent. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council and also a non-executive director of Nissin Foods Holdings, Sojitz Corporation, and Shiseido Company, Limited. Previously, Prof. Ishikura was a manager at McKinsey & Company Inc., a professor at the School of International Politics, Economics and Business at Aoyama Gakuin University (Japan), a professor at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University (Japan) and a professor at the Graduate School of Media Design at Keio University (Japan)

    For more about the seminar and and application, please click link at right!
    Finnish-Japanese Looking for Internship in Japan

    My name is Kai Ukonmaanaho, a student at the University of Surrey in the UK studying Economics. I am Finnish-Japanese by birth, fluent in Japanese, Finnish and English and have lived in Japan, Finland, China and now in the UK. I am looking for an internship in Tokyo for this upcoming July and August. I am interested in tasks that involves working with both Japanese and Finnish firms or customers, anything from financial operation to marketing. I will be staying in Tokyo at my family's accommodation, and can take care of practical arrangements by myself.

    Please find  attached my CV, my email contact information is

    News from Finland

    State funeral for former President Koivisto confirmed for Ascension Day

    The Finnish government Wednesday confirmed that former President Koivisto, who died at the age of 93 on Friday, will receive a state funeral scheduled to take place in Helsinki on Ascension Day, Thursday the 25th of May.

    A meeting of the cabinet Wednesday named a committee, headed by Foreign Minister Timo Soini, to make arrangements for Koivisto's funeral. He served two terms as President of the Republic between 1982 and 1994. Koivisto is to be buried at Helsinki's Hietaniemi Cemetery at a site between the graves of President Urho Kekkonen and President Risto Ryti.

    State funerals are provided only for individuals who have served as president, although under extraordinary circumstances, the cabinet can offer a state funeral to former long-serving prime ministers, chairpersons of parliament, and individuals of extraordinary merit, such as Nobel Prize winners.

    The last state funeral in Finland was that of former prime minister Harri Holkeri in 2011.

    A condolence book was opened at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki Tuesday in memory of Mauno Koivisto. There is also an online version at which was signed by 24,000 within the first 24 hours.
    Grin of the Week

    Might be overweight...

    A woman noticed her husband standing on the bathroom scale, sucking in his stomach. "Ha! That's not going to help," she said.

    "Sure, it does," he said. "It's the only way I can see the numbers."

    (thanks to M.M. for proving me with additional joke sources, mine were drying out, all good and clean ones used at least once...)
    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.