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  ISSUE 19/2017 19 June 2017 
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Our last event before our summer break is a Club Evening on Thursday, 29 June where ARQIS Law Foreign Office will brief us on legal issues in Japan. Read more below.

After the summer break, our first event is the traditional Yakatabune event, the "Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise" on Friday, 25 August.

It is still a pretty long way to Friday, 6 October when the 15th Mercedes-Benz Cole Haan Cup (North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan) will be played. But as this event will be sold out quickly, I would like to give my readers a chance to sign up soon, registration has just been opened. So all golfers, read more below.

Also this week we have a new contribution from our "Aoyama View" columnist, titled "Rainy Season in Japan, Political Storms in Europe".

This time not much about Trump, but guess there is more to come in future issues. Click banner at right for an interesting read on a variety of issues!

Thursday, 29 June - FCCJ Club Evening

Our next Club Evening, held on Thursday, 29 June at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, is a networking event with the theme, "How to Tackle Legal Issues Foreign Companies Face in Japan".

Ulrich Kirchhoff and Tobias Schiebe, Foreign Attorneys-at-Law/Legal, at one of our newest member company, ARQIS Foreign Law Office, and their Japanese colleague Takashi Yoneyama from TMI Associates will give us an insight in how to solve legal issues that foreign companies operating in Japan might face as well as an update on the current legal developments companies in Japan need to know (data protection, labor law, etc.).

They will also explain their "Members-for-members" free first consultation service for FCCJ members!

Date & Time:Thursday, 29 June, 18.30-21:00
Venue: 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 Tuesday, 27 June

About ARQIS Foreign Law Office
  ARQIS Foreign Law Office is the Tokyo office of an originally German-based law firm with offices in Munich and Dusseldorf. The Tokyo office is operating as a joint enterprise with the Japanese law firm TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan. Since more than 20 years ARQIS/TMI is particularly serving European investors to Japan in all areas of corporate and commercial law, M&A, labor law, data protection, anti-trust and competition law, dispute resolution, litigation and negotiation support.
For more, go to:

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.
Friday, 25 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last seven year's cruises we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 25 August. Thanks to our sponsors, the participation fee for members and their guests is 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, 25 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, 18 August

We expect the event to be sold out this year as well, so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click links at right.
Friday, 6 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Cole Haan Cup 2016 - Registration Open!

We are pleased to announce that the 15th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup, will be played on Friday, 6 October, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force, Mercedes-Benz Japan and Cole Haan Japan are working hard to make the event a memorable one for all participants. Also this year we will have an After-Party held on Thursday, 12 October at Mercedes-Benz Connection. Free for the players and their significant other.

The registration for the event has now been opened. The player registration fee is 3,000 yen and is non-refundable, the remaining participation fee is 21,700 yen and paid directly to the Club after play. The total fee of 24,700 yen covers, the green fee, caddie, lunch, beverages, buffet at the awards reception, and fantastic prizes.
It is important that you sign-up early because we expect this yearfs event, as last year, will be fully booked well in advance of the registration dead-line. Note that bus transportation is free for the 40 first to sign-up for it.

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
Trusted Corporation's B2B Online Platform - Exclusive opportunity for only FCCJ members

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At Trusted Corporation we have developed an international B2B platform that provides a solution to these issues.

In appreciation for being dedicated members of FCCJ, we are giving you an exclusive offer of 1 year free membership on Trusted Platform:

Click here to register your company for free on Trusted Platform without going through the verification process.

Who is Trusted Corporation?
Trusted Corporation is an international B2B platform that allows companies to connect with business expansion opportunities worldwide. We help companies save time and resources by finding and verifying leads in their endeavor to expand their business overseas. Search through our online address book of companies that have been verified by the Chambers of Commerce, and communicate directly with the contacts that you need to reach in any industry worldwide. Expand your business quickly and efficiently with the help of the Trusted platform.

What benefits am I entitled to?
By becoming a member of the Trusted platform, you will have access to the following benefits:
  • Unlimited access to Trusted's address book of prescreened companies
  • Build professional networks around the world from any industry
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  • Discover business expansion opportunities
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    Revised Data Protection Law in Japan

    The revised Act on the Protection of Personal Information in Japan, effective as of 30 May 2017, sets new standards for the handling of personal information in Japan. The enclosed special newsletter shall serve as a cautionary reminder of the changed legal environment and provides an overview of measures business operators need to consider if not already taken.

    Please do not hesitate to contact ARQIS (Mr Kirchhoff or Mr Schiebe) under if you have any questions in this respect.
    News from Finland

    World's first and only Moomin museum opens in Tampere

    The exhibition boasts classic pieces by Moomin creator Tove Jansson, and rare gems on display for the first time.

    Stepping into the brand new Moomin museum is like stepping into a completely different universe, complete with the soft, dreamlike atmosphere of Moominvalley.

    A two-metre tall recreation of the blue Moominhouse stands proud in the centre of the exhibition. The Tampere Hall is the proud host for the worldfs first and only Moomin museum, which celebrated itfs opening this weekend.

    The museum displays nearly 400 original Moomin pieces by the creator of the beloved hippopotamuses, Tove Jansson. The exhibit also shows around 30 three dimensional pieces by her partner, graphic designer Tuulikki Pietilä.

    The exhibition boasts classic pieces by Jansson, and rare gems on display in public for the first time. Each work of art has gone through hours of painstaking restoration.

    Constructing the museum cost 3.6 million euros, and is expected to attract over 200,000 visitors a year from all over the world.
    Grin of the Week

    Guys, trust what the ladies are telling you...

    A man was driving up a steep and narrow mountain road. A woman was driving down the same road in opposite direction.

    As they passed each other, the woman leaned out the window and yelled, "Pig!"

    The man immediately leaned out his window and replied, "Bitch!"

    They continue on their way and as the man rounded the next corner, he crashes into a pig in the middle of the road.
    Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt
    If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
    send it to:

    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.