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  ISSUE 2/2016 21 January 2016  

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We started off the new year with a New Year's Party yesterday at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka attended by 25 members and guests. Read below fro a report from the event.

Our next event in the New Year is a Joint Team Building event in the form of a Bowling Competition with the other Nordic Chambers, on Thursday, 4 February. More about this too below!

On Friday, 19 February we will hear about the current status of the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement at a Joint Nordic Business Business Luncheon organized by FCCJ. More information below.

Also this week we have a new contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View", titled: Bear Outlook for Monkey Year Grows, Taiwan Votes to Keep Distance
from China, but Pop Group is More Important for Many

Click banner at right for an interesting read!

Report from the FCCJ Shinnenkai Party on Wednesday, 20 January

On Wednesday, 20 January we had our first event in 2016, a Club Evening & Shinnenkai (New Year) Party at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka.

FCCJ President Pekka Laitinen wished Happy New Year and gave some welcome remarks after which Barbara Zamora-Vaataja of Zava Holdings, the founder of the Scandinavian Center and Moomin Kindergarten, explained about the ideas behind and services of the center.

Ms. Miia Rantanen, Counsellor at the Embassy of Finland gave an update on Priorities of Team Finland in Japan - Co-operation Possibilities for FCCJ Members.

The 25 participants enjoyed plenty of drinks, a nice buffet and a lot of networking.

For a report with many pictures from the event, click link at right.
Thursday, 4 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:Thursday, 4 February, 19.00-22:00
Venue: 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, 28 January

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, 19 February - Joint Nordic Business Luncheon organized by FCCJ
"EU Japan FTA - current status, opportunities and challenges"

At the Joint Nordic Business Luncheon on Friday, 19 February we will have Mr. Timo Hammarén, Head of Trade and Economic Section - Minister-Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to Japan as our guest speaker.

Mr. Hammarén has been heavily involved in the ongoing EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement negotiations and the theme of his presentation is: EU Japan FTA - current status, opportunities and challenges.


Date & Time: Friday, 19 February, 12:00-14:00
Place: Hotel Okura, Mayfair (South Wing 12F) [MAP]
Cost:Members: 6,000 yen, non-members: 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday, 16 February

About Timo Hammarén
Timo Hammarén was born in Helsinki in 1969 in Finland and earned a Master's dregree in Business Administration from University of Tampere in 1993 and in Law from the University of Helsinki in 2005.

In April 1996 he joined the European Commission in Brussels and served as the Head of Trade and Economic Department at the European Commission Delegation to Ukraine from 2002 to 2006 and at the European Union Delegation to Russia from 2006 to 2011. From 2011 he was the Russia trade policy coordinator at the European Commission until he took up his current position in Tokyo in November 2013.

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.

News from Finland

More Asians fly to Lapland via Helsinki

Finnish airport operator Finavia reports rising numbers of passengers transferring to Lapland flights from Helsinki Airport. The number of travellers on the airline's Asian routes opting to visit northern Finland bumped up by more eight percent last year. That is a welcome development for the local tourist industry, which has been suffering from a steep drop-off in visitors from Russia.

By far the largest number of Asian transfers were from Japan. The fastest growth, though, was from China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

One of the strongest growth areas for Chinese tourists is the area near Ivalo Airport. The country's northernmost airport, it lies some 300 kilometres north of the provincial capital, Rovaniemi. According to Statistics Finland, overnight stays by Chinese visitors rose last year by around 70 percent in the Inari-Saariselkä region surrounding the airport.

In 2015, Ivalo posted its all-time passenger record of more than 155,000 travellers, a boost of nine percent from the previous year.

Besides Ivalo, Rovaniemi Airport also scored a record high in passengers, more than 478,000, an increase of eight percent from 2014.

Grin of the Week

The real male chauvinist

A husband said to his wife "Get your coat on love, it's time to go to the pub."
She replied "But you NEVER take me out."

"I'm not," said the husband, but I'm turning the heating off before I go."
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.