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  ISSUE 33/2017 20 November 2017 
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On Friday we played the 31th Stora Enso Cup, with FCCJ retaining the cup. As always a very enjoyable event, great comradery between the teams and played in sunny and pretty warm autumn weather. Read the report below. Read report below!

With the EU Chamber Luncheon with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Wednesday sold out the only remaining event for us is the 25th Scandinavian Christmas Ball held on Thursday, 7 December at The Westin Tokyo Hotel.
Don't miss out on this great event with a five course dinner accompanied by fine wines and plenty of other drinks, exciting entertainment and chances to win a lot of great prizes and ending with dancing to live music. One of the best balls in town for a very reasonable cost, taking into account what it includes!
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Our "Aoyama View" columnist has again provided a new article. This time titled "Making China Great - with Gaffes, Platitudes and Bullying".

As you can imagine from the title, much this time about Trumps escapades in Asia, but also some Japanese politics and some Finnish views and news. Click the banner at right for an interesting read!

Report from the Stora Enso Cup on Friday, 17 November

Stora Enso Japan's Tuomo Kuuppo (right) presents the trophy to FCCJ President Masaoki Fujita, Vice President Veli Solehmainen (individual winner) Atsushi Yamazaki (2nd best net) and Naota Kusumi(3rd best net).

The 31st Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 17 November at Golf Club Narita Hightree in Chiba Prefecture. On a sunny and quite warm day, the players could enjoy a beautiful and very colorful course.

25 players participated in the competition (17 from FCCJ, 8 from SCCJ). Notable was that 14 of the players were Japanese.

The FCCJ, which won the previous event in April, retained the cup, beating the SCCJ by a fairly clear margin, 89.6 versus 92.1 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ has seven more wins than the SCCJ, 19 against 12.

Individual winner was Veli Solehmainen (FCCJ) with a net 74 (gross 94). Best SCCJ golfer was Keizo Mori with a net 85.

For a full report from the event, click link at right.
Wednesday, 22 November - JMECAA WIRED #12
gHow Urban Farming Can Change the Worldh with Jon Walsh
The JMEC Alumni Association is pleased to invite you to our next monthly social event in the WIRED series, "WIRED #12 - How Urban Farming Can Change the World featuring Jon Walsh".

Urban farming, what is it, why is it becoming popular in major cities around the globe, and how can simply sowing some seeds help individuals, families and workers maximize self-sufficiency, improve their health, promote their businesses, increase disaster preparedness, and combat climate change simultaneously?

Find out all this, as well as practical ways to grow your own healthy food virtually anywhere in the city. Food growing demonstration included!

     Date & Time: Wednesday, 22 November, 19:00 - 21:30
     Venue: NinetyTwo 13 (
     Admission: 1,000 yen at the door
(includes all you can drink soft drinks and snacks
        - alcohol can be purchased separately)

Come along to this JMECAA WIRED event to network with other young professionals in Tokyo, enjoy some good food, and learn about the importance of urban farming!

Click link at right for more information and registration.
Tuesday, 28 November - Finnish Tango Association of Japan Event

The Finnish Tango Association of Japan (Japanin Suomi-Tango Yhdistys) will be holding a Finnish Tango in Tokyo event to commemorate the Centenary of Finland's Independence.

     Date & Time: Tuesday, 28 November, 19:00 - 20:45
     Venue: Akasaka Kumin Center Hall
     Admission: FREE

The Finnish Tango Association of Japan is the first organization established in Japan for the purpose of promoting Finland's dance culture in Japan.

Recently in Japan, there is so much interest in Finland that it could be referred to as a Finnish boom. However, there are still various aspects of Finland that are still virtually unknown in Japan.

The Finnish dance culture, as represented by Lavatanssi, is one such aspect, but it is a dance culture with characteristics that make it relatively approachable and easy to accept for Japanese people. We believe that by introducing Finland's dance culture to Japan, and getting more people interested in it, it has the potential to grow into a new conduit between Finland and Japan. Cultural interest can trigger various personal exchanges which, when activated, may even lead to economic effects in the future.

Tango was introduced to Finland around 100 years ago. The history of tango evolving into its unique form of Finnish Tango in Finland overlaps almost perfectly with the history of Finland since its independence. Nothing would be more wonderful than to be able create an opportunity to introduce Finland's dance culture to Japan to celebrate this milestone of 100 years. We hope that many of you will join us there.

Please click links at right for more information.
News from Finland

Metro extension finally launched - commuters rejoice, experts cautious

After years of development and a number of false alarms, the first leg of the so-called Länsimetro or Helsinki metro extension into Espoo was launched for commuter traffic early Saturday morning. One researcher says a new metropolis may begin to broaden outward, but only if the work is put in.

The metro's woes have included several launch date postponements, vandalism, electrical errors and water damage. But social media filled up with photos and updates on Saturday, with some people dressing up specially or sipping sparkling wine early on the launch day.

Futurologist and co-founder of think tank Demos Helsinki, Aleksi Neuvonen, says he sees a new capital region centre forming around the Espoo areas of Otaniemi, Keilaniemi and Tapiola.

He also estimates that all of Southern Finland including the cities of Tampere and Turku may one day be seen as a single sprawling Finnish metropolis.

"The metro extension has drawn in a great deal of construction and investment contracts, on a national scale," says Espoo City Council chair Markku Markkula. "This was at one time the largest construction site in the country. The investments in the metro region's development are sure to be ten times bigger than the cost of the Länsimetro itself."

The final stage of the full metro project is set to continue in the 2020s, when further new expansions will be constructed.
Grin of the Week

Definition of Outdoor Barbecuing

It's the only type of cooking a "real" man will do. When a man volunteers to do such cooking, the following chain of events is put into motion.
  1. The woman goes to the store.
  2. The woman fixes the salad, vegetables, and dessert.
  3. The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils, and takes it to the man, who is lounging beside the grill.
  4. The man places the meat on the grill.
  5. The woman goes inside to set the table and check the vegetables.
  6. The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning.
  7. The man takes the meat off the grill and hands it to the woman.
  8. The woman prepares the plates and brings them to the table.
  9. After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.
  10. The man asks the woman how she enjoyed "her night off." And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women.
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.