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  ISSUE 19/2016 18 August 2016; 

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The Rio Olympics that have now passed the half-way mark and even though the Finns might have already lost interest with the disappointing performance of its athletes (only one Bronze medal) so far. But the Japanese have a good reason to be excited. Their team has already won 10 Gold, 5 Silver and 18 Bronze medals, already surpassing their tally in the previous games in London (7 Gold) and Beijing (9 Gold).

I guess the Japanese success in Rio is a good thing for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, for sure the general public will now have a more positive for the games here, which has not always been the case in the past.

Back to our issues!
This is the last reminder for our Yakatabune event, the "Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise" on Friday, 26 August. We have a few slots still available, so if you have not signed up yet, do so at latest tomorrow Friday! Read more below.

In this issue I have more information about the study tour with BBQ dinner to the site of the coming Moomin Theme Park in Hanno, Saitama perf., on Tuesday, 13 September. More information below.

On Wednesday, 28 September we will have a Club Evening with the theme "Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes", details regarding that also below.

Friday, 26 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise

Please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 26 August. Thnaks to our aponsors, the participation fee for members and their guests are substantially subsidized.

We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style.

For images from last year's event, click here.

Date & Time:Friday, 26 August, 18.30-21:00
Embarkation: Funayado Miuraya, 1-1-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku , Tokyo
Cost:9,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 20 August

We have a few slots still available, so if you have not signed up yet, do so at latest tomorrow Friday!
For more information and registration form for the event, click links at right.
Tuesday, 13 September - FCCJ Special Event

On Tuesday, 13 September we will have a unique opportunity to find out more about "METSÄ"-project and the Moomin Theme Park plans. The construction work at Lake Miyazawa in Hanno city, Saitama prefecture, is expected to start soon.

We will meet up at the City Hall of Hanno where we will be briefed by Hanno City Mayor Masaru Okubo after which Robert Hirst, Chairman of Fintech Global Inc., FCCJ member and the major investor behind the project, will explain about plans for the theme park. Thereafter we will visit the site at Lake Miyazawa for a guided tour to see how the Moomin Theme Park would look like. The tour will end with a BBQ Dinner at "River Ranta".

Date & Time:Tuesday, 13 September, 15:00-19:00
Meeting place: Hanno City Office, 1-1 Namiyanagi, Hanno, Saitama Prefecture [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen (collected at the venue unless otherwise agreed)
  • Including tour arrangements, BBQ dinner & free flowing drinks
  • Excluding transport to and from Hanno (use train or own car)
  • Registration:by Wednesday, 7 September

    Program & Transportation:
    13:52By Train
    Depart Shinjuku station by Chuo Line, change at Haijima for Hachiko line, arrive at Higashi Hanno station 14:50. 5 min. walk to city hall.
    ca 13:20By Car
    Depart central Tokyo (time depends on your location), take Kan-etsu and Ken-o expressways to Sayama-Hidaka I.C., from there 5 km to city office.
    15:00 Meet at Hanno City Hall
  • Presentation by Masaru Okubo, Mayor of Hanno City
  • Presentation by Robert Hirst, Chairman of Fintech Global, Inc.
  • (depart 15:45)
    16:00Guided tour of Lake Miyazawa (depart 16:40)
    17:00BBQ Dinner at "River Ranta"
    19:00End of event, return to Tokyo

    To register, click link at right. Please note that we will collect the fee at the venue (unless otherwise agreed) and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.
    Wednesday, 28 September - FCCJ Networking Event

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

    We will have three presenters from Finns involved in the Japanese retail business who will give their views on retailing in Japan and perhaps what makes it different from what it is in Finland.

  • Oskari Hämäläinen, Fast Retailing (Uniqlo),
          Integration & Career Development

  • Teemu Eskelinen, Rakuten Inc., Rakuten Ichiba Business,
          Gourmet Category Group, Electronic Commerce Consultant

  • Laura Kopilow, Rakuten Inc., Campaign Manager at Ad Solutions

  • In addition, we will have commentary from Arto Lindblom, Professor, Marketing at Aalto University, who 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.

    Date & Time:Wednesday, 28 September, 18:30-21:00
    Place: Scandinavian Center
    2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
    Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
    Including buffet and free flowing drinks
    Registration:by Monday, 26 September

    To register, click link at right. Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.
    JMEC Business Training Program
    Need a Business Plan?

    Are you a business owner looking for a business plan tailored to the Japanese market? If so, take part in the Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC)!

    As a JMEC Project Client, you can receive a professional business plan developed by some of Japan's brightest up-and-coming business leaders for a fraction of the cost of hiring outside consultants. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the JMEC homepage where you also find the application form.

    JMEC is also calling for individuals to join the program as JMEC Participants and be part of the business plan creation process. This MBA-style program includes classroom training as well as hands-on business plan writing experience. Go to to learn more and apply.

    Established in 1993 and supported by 18 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan, JMEC is a non-profit business training program for mid career business professionals, who research and write professional business plans in teams to help companies enter or expand their business in Japan.

    FCCJ is a proud sponsor of JMEC and encourages our members and the greater business community to get involved.

    Friday, 7 October - Nikkei and METI Seminar
    INVEST JAPAN Forum 2016

    Nikkei Inc. will hold a forum, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Cabinet Office and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), to support the Japanese government's policy of promoting foreign direct investment in Japan, which is also part of the "Japan Revitalization Strategy".

    Foreign companies with presence in Japan, as well as those interested in business opportunities in the country will be invited to the forum. Japanese enterprises that have an interest in collaborating with companies around the world are also invited to attend. The forum will provide valuable information about the support that is available to foreign companies, including the Japanese governmentfs initiatives to promote foreign direct investment in the country, examples of successful foreign direct investment and the merits of running a business in Japan.

    Date & Time: Friday, 7 October, 13:00-18:30
    Venue: Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo [MAP]
    Cost: Free (Pre-registration is required)
    Registration: by Friday, 23 September

    Please click links at right for more information.
    News from Finland

    Living costs rise despite low interest rates

    The cost of housing has risen for both tenants and homeowners alike, according to a new report out this week from an industry body. There are big regional variations in the costs associated with housing, but the biggest expenses are to be found in the capital.

    The Finnish Real Estate Federation's annual report on housing costs shows that the capital city region has seen the biggest increases in housing costs, and that living in and around Helsinki remains the most expensive option in Finland.

    Pressure on incomes
    The cheapest cities in which to live are Rauma, Kotka, Kouvola and Pori. In those towns you can rent a 60 square metre flat for around 600 euros a month. In Helsinki or Espoo, a similar-sized apartment will set you back more than a thousand euros.

    In the capital city region, the study found that living costs accounted for nearly 60 percent of the net income of average earners.

    According to the report there's no respite on the horizon. It forecasts that the rise in living costs will continue to outstrip increases in wages over the coming years, with housing costs set to rise by 2.8 percent each year while wages will increase by 1 percent and pensions are set to rise by 0.8 percent on average.
    Grin of the Week

    Calling a doctor...

    When a car skidded on wet pavement and struck a telephone pole, several bystanders ran over to help the driver.

    A women was the first to reach the victim, but a man rushed in and pushed her aside.
    'Step aside, lady,' he barked. 'I've taken a course in first-aid!'

    The women watched for a few minutes, then tapped him on the shoulder.
    'Pardon me,' she said. 'But when you get to the part about calling a doctor, I'm right here.'
    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.