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  ISSUE 17/2014 20 August 2014  
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I guess most of my readers are now back at their desks after the summer holidays. Hope you had a relaxing one!

We start our autumn season with our traditional Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 29 August. Unfortunately it is now fully booked (83 participants), but if you are keen on participating and have not signed up, you can contact me towards the end of the week in case we get some cancellations.

The following event is held on Thursday, 18 September in the evening at Nokia in Roppongi Hills when JP Takala is talking about the "New Nokia", read more below.

In October we have at least two events, first the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup on Friday 10th (more below) and a luncheon meeting on Friday, 17 October with Shinichi Koizumi, former Executive Vice President of Toray Industries Inc.. I will provide more information on this in my coming bulletins, but mark the date in your calendar already now.

Our columnist Timo Varhama has used part of his obon holiday to write a new issue of "Aoyama View". This time titled: Hot Summer, Heavy Rains, World on Fire, Economy Sputtering PM Looks Tired .

Click banner for a great update on recent events in the world and Japan!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Our next event will be held in the evening of Thursday, 18 September when Mr. JP Takala, VP of Japan Region, Nokia Networks, NOKIA, will speak about the "New NOKIA". After his presentation we will have a networking cocktail at the NOKIA premises in Roppongi Hills Mori Tower.

Date & Time:Thursday, 18 September , 18:30-21:00
Venue: NOKIA, Nokia Networks, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 25F
Cost:members only - free (courtesy of NOKIA)
Registration:by Monday, 15 September

NOKIA is a leader in the fields of network infrastructure, location-based services and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, and with operations around the world, NOKIA invests in the technologies of the future.

Today, NOKIA has three businesses: Nokia Networks, its network infrastructure business; HERE, its location intelligence business; and Nokia Technologies, which is focused on technology development and intellectual property rights activities. Through these businesses, NOKIA has a global presence, employing around 55,000 people.

Until recently, NOKIA also was a key participant in the mobile devices market through its Devices & Services business. In September 2013, NOKIA announced an agreement with Microsoft whereby it would sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft. The transaction was completed on April 25, 2014.

To register, click link at right. Note that due to space limitations we have to limit to two representative per company/organization.

Friday, 10 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2014

The 12th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2014, will be played on Friday, 10 October, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force is working hard to make this event as successful as previous years' events. While are playing at the same Club, this year we have a change and will play half of the East Course (9 holes-same as before) and half of the West Course (the second 9-holes), as the East Course's back 9 are under re-construction.

Also this year we will have an After-Party, free for all players with their significant other at the Mercedes-Benz Connection near Tokyo Midtown on Thursday, 16 October at 19:00.

The participation fees are a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,700 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, for a total of 24,700 yen. Note that bus transportation is free for the 40 first to sign-up for it.

Sponsoring the event
If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Your contribution could be either money or goods/services. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services).

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
JMEC Business Training Program
Inviting Participants and Project Clients for JMEC 21!

If you are a company manager, business owner or entrepreneur looking to launch a new product, expand or revitalize your existing business—or make a new market entry—having a business plan made by a JMEC team could be your best option.

Established in 1993, JMEC (Japan Market Expansion Competition) is an intensive business training program based in Tokyo. Operated by 17 foreign Chambers of Commerce in Japan, JMEC teams have since inception produced business plans for 190 companies, entrepreneurs and other organisations. JMEC is organized as a competition—for motivation and best results.

JMEC participants are English-speaking business professionals - Japanese and foreign nationals - working in Tokyo, who join the program to learn new business skills. They have a diverse range of professional backgrounds - engineers, accountants, designers, sales managers, and others - and typically 15-20 different nationalities are represented in each program.

JMEC 21 Information Sessions for prospective participants will be held on September 3, 11, & 25, and on October 2, 2014 from 19:00-21:00. You can also meet and talk to former JMEC participants at these sessions.

All are held at offices of Fusion Systems, a JMEC Sponsor - at Daiwa Azabudai Bldg. 8F, 2-3-3 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0041. 4 minutes walk from Kamiyacho Station, Exit 2, Hibiya Line.

For more information check the JMEC web site

The Application deadlines for JMEC 21:
Participants:      October 15, 2014
Project Clients: November 30, 2014
September 30, 2014 (Early-Bird Discount Rate)

Please click link at right for more information, both for project clients and participants.
Monday, 15 September
G1 Global Summit

In 2007, The "G1 Summit" was established to serve as an action-oriented platform to effect social change in stagnant Japan. It is often described as a "Japanese mini Davos." Since then, a strong G1 network has developed among leading Japanese professionals who are willing to share expertise and collaborate across different sectors.

Recognizing the important role played by international business people and commentators play in Japan's future In November 2011, first English language meeting, the "G1 Global" Conference was established. Now, with more than 200 international delegates participating annually in heated discussions about common challenges faced by Japan and the world.

An invitation-based high profile event, the G1 Global Conference provides a unique opportunity to interact with Japanese political and business figures, academics and global leaders and share visions for the future, and develop those ideas into concrete actions.

Date & Time:Monday, 15 September, 09:00-20:00
Venue: GLOBIS University Tokyo Campus, 5-1 Nibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:FCCJ Members: 58,000 yen (discounted by 20,000 yen from normal fee)

FCCJ members can register by sending an e-mail to
Please indicate "FCCJ/invitation from Ross Rowbury" to receive the discounted registration fee.

For more information about the summit, click link at right.

News from Finland

Ukraine divides MPs over Fennovoima nuclear plant ownership

According to an Yle poll, two Finnish party leaders say they could back the construction of the Fennovoima nuclear plant in Pyhajarvi if Finnish ownership were at 50-53 percent. Four leaders declined to comment and four stand against the plant on principle. The uncertainty is partly due to the Ukrainian crisis.

Minister of Economic Affairs Jan Vapaavuori of the National Coalition Party said that the proposed Fennovoima nuclear plant would have to be under "clear domestic ownership".

Neither Vapaavuori nor the Ministry of Economic Affairs have announced how much of the plant should specifically be owned by Finnish interest groups.

One reason behind the uneasiness of some MPs is the escalating situation in Ukraine, and the repercussions on Finnish-Russian ties. Russia enforced EU-wide sanctions as a countermeasure to EU and US sanctions in early August.

Twelve MPs are demanding a 54-57 percent ownership slice, and eleven would go even higher. Thirty of the MPs polled do not consider the ownership question a factor in their positions.

The Russian national nuclear power company Rosatom currently owns 34 percent of the plant. According to Fennovoima, the Finnish stake is at 52 percent.

Grin of the Week

Total memory loss

Patient: Doctor, I have a serious memory problem. I can't remember anything!
Doctor: So, since when did you have this problem?
Patient: What problem?

That's Right...

I married Miss Right.
I just didn't know her first name was Always.
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.