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  ISSUE 13/2017 20 April 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Our next event is the 4th CLIC event, jointly organized by FCCJ and six other smaller European Chambers, on Thursday, 11 May. Our speaker is Takayuki Kimura, President and CEO of Volvo Car Japan, will reveal the secrets behind VOLVO's success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the automotive industry. More below.

On Friday, 19 May we have the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Concert with a reception hosted by Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari. We have about 15 tickets left so make your reservation soon, if you have not done it yet! More below.

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

We play the Stora Enso Cup (golf match against the Swedish Chamber) tomorrow Friday, so wish us good luck, and perhaps more importantly, fine weather! Note that I will not read my mails tomorrow before the evening...

This week we have a new contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View", titled "North Korea, USA both worry Japan - Koike worry Abe and LDP even more". This time the column focuses mainly on international and domestic politics, with some current business news. Click banner at right for more!

Thursday, 11 May - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC:

CLIC is an organization of 8 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan 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.

Establishing a Swedish Premium Brand in Japan

Volvo Car Corporation is a Swedish luxury vehicle manufacturer established in 1927 and headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since 2010 it has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Geely of China.

At the 4th CLIC Event Mr. Takayuki Kimura, President and CEO of Volvo Car Japan, will reveal the secrets behind VOLVO's success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the automotive industry.

Date & Time:Thursday, 11 May, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Belgium, 5-4, Nibancho, Chiyoda-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, others 6,000 yen
Registration:by Tuesday, 28 April

About Takayuki Kimura

Takayuki Kimura was born in 1965 and graduated with MBA from University of North Carolina in 2003, and with BS Degree in Material Science and Engineering from Osaka University in 1987.

He has started his career at Toyota Motor Corp, and experienced in product planning and sales, including brand building of Lexus in Japan. After worked as CEO of Nissan Asia Pacific and Nissan Indonesia, joined Volvo Car Japan as CEO in 2014. He is a licence holder of Wine Expert, and Professional Guide in English.

To register, click link at right. Please note that we will invoice the fee as we are not allowed to collect money at the Belgian Embassy. Cancellations after 28 April and no-shows will be charged.
Friday, 19 May - Concert and Reception at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

As part of the Centenary of Finland's Independence celebrations in Japan, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, will tour Japan in May. The concert program includes representative works by the national composer Jean Sibelius. Also a collection of Moomin artworks by Tove Jansson from the Tampere Moomin Museum will be displayed in the concert venues.

The Embassy of Finland and FCCJ will jointly organize a reception hosted by H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari after the first concert on Friday, 19 May at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno. The concert starts at 19:00 and the reception will follow immediately after, at around 21:00 in the foyer of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

Thanks to the bulk discount on tickets we have got from the organizers and support from the Embassy for the reception, we are able to offer you a reasonable package price for the Concert (SS seats, the most premium) and Reception; 13,500 yen per person (regular price for SS seat is 12,000 yen).

We hope you would take this unique opportunity to invite guest (clients, partners, etc.) and staff to this event. Note that due to space restrictions at the reception, we limit the number of persons to 100, on first come - first served basis.

For more about the concert and to reseve tickets, please click links at right!
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.
Monday, 15 May - Team Finland Event
Japan Day in Helsinki

JETRO and Finpro organize a Japan Day in Helsinki on Monday 15, May in Helisnki in co-operation with Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Embassy of Finland in Japan, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland and Tekes.

You have a unique opportunity to network with Japanese and Finnish business professionals with whom you can spar your plans to start or expand your business in/to/from Japan.

You can also hear from inspiring high-level speakers from Japanese and Finnish companies about business opportunities, success stories and challenges.

For more about the event and to register, please click link at right!
Embassy's twitter character Fintan's background gets disclosed in the 2nd anime episode

The second episode of the Fintan anime series, titled "Encounter under the cherry trees", became public on 13 April, in midst of the cherry blossom season in Japan, with an appearance of a new character named Yuki. The new anime reveals how and why Fintan came from Finland to Japan.

Fintan is the popular twitter character of the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo. The first anime came out at the end of February this year, and received much attention in the Japanese media. The anime series is produced to commemorate the 100th year of Independence of Finland this year, and also to celebrate 100 years of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan in 2019. There will be a 3rd anime clip coming later in the year, also made by Japanese animator Kenji Itoso.

The first anime can be watched here.

The project is part of the official program of the the centenary of Finlandfs independence.

News from Finland

Helsinki as a hub?

Business daily Kauppalehti covers a campaign by Helsinki Business Hub and AmCham Finland, the American Chamber of Commerce, to bring the regional headquarters of multinational firms to Finland.

The campaign is running this year and aims to show firms that the Finnish capital is cheaper than Stockholm, Copenhagen or Berlin. Lower taxes, lower salaries and affordable rents are the main attractions of setting up shop in Helsinki.

There is at least plenty of room for improvement, as Finland is currently home to just 19 regional HQs, and twelve of those are for Finnish companies. In Stockholm there are 127 and in Copenhagen 60.
Grin of the Week

Talking about spoiled husband...

In the midst of a veritable downpour, a gallant driver saw a woman alone in the mud trying to change a flat tire, and couldn't bear passing her by.

He completed the job for her, and, soaked to the skin, exclaimed jovially, "There, little lady, that's done!"

"Quiet," she ordered him. "You'll wake up my husband. He's taking a nap in the back seat."
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.