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  ISSUE 2/2017 120 January 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This is the last reminder for our first event in 2017, the traditional "Shinnenkai" (New Year) Club Evening at the Scandinavian Center on Wednesday, 25 January, see more details below.

Our second event is a Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening organized by the Swedish Chamber on Tuesday, 21 February. The theme is Cybersecurity - The Two-Edged Sword of Social Media . More information in the next bulletin!

Our columnist in "Aoyama View" has made his first contribution in the new year, titled "Ready for Rooster? It will be a wild ride. ".

It includes a large number of predictions, some maybe come true, other perhaps not... - click banner at right for some interesting views!

Wednesday, 25 January - FCCJ Networking Event

Our first event in 2017 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 25 January. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by food and drinks!

H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari will give us his impressions of his first 5 months in Japan and what activities are planned for Finland's 100 Anniversary in 2017.

We will also hear from Teppo Turkki, Councellor for Science, Technology and Innovation and representing Tekes and Sitra in Japan on his activities.

We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

Date & Time:Wednesday, 25 January, 18:30-21:00
Place: Scandinavian Center3F, 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, 23 January

If you would like tp check if you have already signed up and to see who is attending, click here!
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.
Tuesday, 28 February - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition

Here is the sports event you all have been waiting for!
-What better way than to start the year by bonding with your colleagues and friends?!

Professional bowlers, beginners are equally most welcome! It is a team competition, each team consists of four player and each player play two games. Make your own team with your colleagues and business partners, spouses are very welcome! Individual members are of course also welcome and will play in teams set up by FCCJ.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 28 February, 19.00-22:00 Note chnage of date!
Place: Tokyo Port Bowl in Shibaura
1-13-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku (near JR Tamachi Station) [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen/person (incl. 2 games play fee, party fee afterwards)
Registration:by Thursday, 16 February

If you cannot make your own team you could also register individually and we will make a team for you.

Note: For award ceremony, your prize contribution will be much appreciated! (4 prizes a team)

Friday, 31 January
Fukuoka Foreign Investment Promotion Seminar 2017

Attractiveness of Fukuoka as a Business Center in Asia

Fukuoka Prefecture is holding a seminar to provide information on the excellent location environment and living environment and incentive programs in the prefecture are introduced in order to promote understanding of and motivation for participation in the prefecture.

There will be lectures given by foreign companies that participate in the prefecture and introduction of the efforts on the prefectural industry-academia-government collaboration. In addition, we would like to encourage you to join in the networking session after the lecture in which Fukuoka's specialties are provided.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 31 January, 16:30-19:00
Place: JETRO IBSC Hall Ark Mori Building 7F, 1-12-32, Akasaka, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Free (limited to 30 on a first-come-first-served basis)
Registration:by Tuesday, 24 January

  • Fukuoka Business Environment and Industrial Projects
  • Foreign Companies Entered into Fukuoka Prefecture - Mr. Richard Kelly President of Alfa Laval
  • Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration - Speaker: Organization for Promotion Academic City by Kyushu University/ Kyushu University
  • Information on Living Environment in Fukuoka - Speaker: Mr. Nick Szasz, President of Fukuoka Now, LTD.
  • Networking (buffet-style)

  • Click links at right for a flyer with more information and registration details.
    News from Finland

    The people have spoken - rye bread is the national food

    Finns were asked to name their picks for Finland's official national food and the results are in: the winner is rye bread. Karelian stew came in a very close second place, and fried fish and mashed potatoes was third.

    Nearly 50,000 people were given the chance to vote for what they think of as the most typical, "national" food of Finland last autumn. Just over a quarter (25.7%) chose the dark hearty bread as the food most typical of the Finnish diet. It is a regular item on shopping lists - 70% of Finns buy rye bread on a weekly basis.

    A close runner-up (24.7% of the vote) was Karelian stew, a combination of pork and beef, seasoned with salt and black peppercorns, often prepared with the addition of carrots, onion and root vegetables. Karelian pasties, fried fish and mashed potatoes, and pea soup were all highly ranked.

    In addition to the dishes already mentioned, the final list included cured fish, fish soup, liver casserole, bilberry pie, the Easter delicacy mämmi (sweetened malt porridge), pizza and a fermented milk product known as viili.

    The juryfs task was to ensure that the finalists represented a wide range of the national food culture in terms of ingredients, preparation, and even stories. The juryfs own favourite was fish soup.

    The national food jury has now suggested that the 28th of February, which is Finnish Culture Day (also known as Kalevala Day), should also be named as a day of food culture.
    Grin of the Week

    Save on travel costs...

    This might make the business controllers in the companies happy, but not feasible... today they would not get through security control...

    A businessman was having a tough time lugging his lumpy, oversized travel bag onto the plane. Helped by a flight attendant, he finally managed to stuff it in the overhead bin. "Do you always carry such heavy luggage?" she sighed.

    "No more," the man said. "Next time, I'm riding in the bag, and my partner can buy the ticket!"

    Have a nice weekend &
    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.