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  ISSUE 19/2015 19 August 2015  
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This is the last reminder of our Yakatabune Cruise event on Thursday, 27 August. We still have some seats left so if you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, do so at latest on Friday! More details below.

In this bulleting we also have more information on our tour to Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture, Friday 6 - Saturday 7 November. More about this also below!

The registration for the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup on Friday, 9 October is ongoing. The teams are filling up and we only have about 10 slots left (out of 144). So if you plan to play and have not yet signed-up, do so soonest. You find the details HERE.

In this bulletin we also have a new edition in the Aoyama View column, this time titled: "End Summer, Ceremonies and Holidays Over, Back to Work for All".

Click banner at right for timely and opinionated updates on a variety of subjects!

Thursday, 27 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last five 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 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Thursday, 27 August.

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:Thursday, 27 August , 18.30-21:00
Embarkation: Funayado Miuraya, 1-1-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku , Tokyo
Cost:10,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 21 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 link at right.

Tuesday, 15 September
FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

Our next luncheon meeting will held on Tuesday, 15 September when we have Mr. Hiroshi Kishino, President of Amer Sports Japan, Inc. as our speaker. The title of Mr. Kishino's presentation will be announced later.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 15 September , 12.00-14:00
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Drawing Room, 2F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 10 September

About Hiroshi Kishino
  Hiroshi Kishino (55) graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University in 1982 and joined Salomon Sports Sales Co., Ltd. the same year. In 2000 he became Sales Department Deputy Director and in 2002 Sales General Manager at the company.

Mr. Kishino joined Amer Sports in 2003 where he has held several positions in the Atomic and Salomon Divisions. He was appointed President of Amer Sports Japan, Inc. from 1 January 2014.
About Amer Sports
  Amer Sports, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, is a sporting goods company with internationally recognized brands including Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc'teryx, Mavic, Suunto and Precor.

Amer Sports sells its products to trade customers (including sporting goods chains, specialty retailers, mass merchants, fitness clubs and distributors) and directly to consumers through brand stores, factory outlets, and e-commerce. In December 2014 the Amer Sports sales network covered 34 countries.

In 2014, Amer Sports net sales totaled EUR 2,228.7 million. At the end of the year, the company's market capitalization was EUR 1,880.7 million and the Group employed 7,630 people. Amer Sports shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Friday, 11 September and "no-shows".
To register, click link at right.

FCCJ will organize a special tour Friday, 6 to Saturday, 7 November to Onomochi city in Hiroshima prefecture.

For Japanese, Onomichi is perhaps best known for a famous 1950's movie - Tokyo Story. But it has also much else, i.e. a mega solar farm (which is the main reason for the tour) run by one of our member companies, many shipyards, etc.

Departure from Tokyo by Shinkansen will be in the morning of Friday, 6 November. The program on Friday will include visits to the Solar Farm, a Fish farm and dockyard, and also a lunch with Onomichi Mayor Hiratani and a networking reception with Onomichi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

On Saturday we provide two options - either a full day fishing tour or a sight-seeing tour in and around Onomichi.

For more information and to sign up, please click link at right. Note that the tour is limited to 12 participants, so register early if you would like to join!
JMEC Business Training Program
JMEC 22 Now Open for Applications from Prospective Participants and Project Clients

The 22nd JMEC (Japan Market Expansion Competition) program, which is supported by 18 Foreign Chambers of Commerce and trade organisations in Japan, including FCCJ - is now open for applications from prospective new Participants and Project Clients. JMEC participants will enhance their business planning skills and learn how to write a full-fledged business plan during the course of the program.

Participant information and application form can be found here:
JMEC Participants

If you are a company or entrepreneur, a JMEC team will provide a fresh perspective on your business in Japan and provide you with a comprehensive business plan, including market research and analysis, at a very cost-effective rate. With a 21-year track record, JMEC teams have produced more than 200 business plans for companies and entrepreneurs.

Project Client information and application form can be found here:
JMEC Project Clients

We encourage you to consider participation in the program and are pleased to continue our support for JMEC.

News from Finland

Finnair to hire 200 pilots by 2020

National flag carrier Finnair announced plans to increase its cockpit crew to meet what it sees as a growing demand for air travel. The company said it will board some 60 new pilots as early as this autumn.

As part of measures to prepare for an anticipated increase in air travel, national airline Finnair has ordered 19 Airbus A350 aircraft to service its long-haul routes.

The first of the vessels will be commissioned as early as this autumn, making the airline the first European carrier to operate the new long-range jets. The A 350s will also carry more passengers and burn less fuel than Finnair's existing long-haul planes.

The company will also transfer some 25 pilots from fixed-term to permanent contracts and will add another 32 to the payroll next spring on fixed-term contracts. They will later to graduate to permanent positions once they've completed flight training on the new aircraft.

The airline said that regular passengers will also see new faces in the air as it hires more than 100 cabin crew.

The company is looking to build on its Asia strategy, which positions Helsinki as a key transit hub between Europe and Asia. The company said it hopes that by 2020 it will double Asian traffic from 2010 levels.

Grin of the Week

Your hear the truth from children (& drunks and madmen...)

To stop her 4-year old daughter from biting her nails, her mother tells her it'll make her fat.
*I won't do it any more, Mom,* says the daughter.

Next day they are out walking when they meet a very fat man. *If I bite my fingernails, I'll be as fat as that, won't I Mom?*
*You'll be fatter than that," says her mother.

They get on a bus, and sitting opposite them is a very pregnant lady. The little girl can't take her eyes off the woman's belly. The pregnant lady feels increasingly uncomfortable under this stare, and finally leans forward and says to the little girl, *Excuse me, but do you know me?*

And the little girl says, *No, but I know what you've been doing...*
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 650 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.