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  ISSUE 10/2017 27 March 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We had an educating Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening themed "Designing a Successful Interview Process" last Thursday (more below). The series will be continued in the autumn when the subject will be "Induction of New Employees".

Our next event is the Annual General Assembly on Monday, 3 April. This time at The Tokyo Club as our regular Assembly venue, the Embassy, is being renovated.
Then follows the Stora-Enso Cup of Friday, 21 April. Read more about these below!

We have new contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View". This week's edition is titled "Finland in Focus: Friendship, Dictionary, Music, Food - Even Elevators?".

For a change, less politics. Click banner at right for insights in a wide variety of issues, as the title suggests!

Report from the Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening on 16 March

The second joint Knowledge Evening was held on Thursday, 16 March at the Swedish Embassy.

Alex Bruehlman, Leadership & Talent Manager at IKEA Japan, was the Keynote Speaker, together with the panel of experienced recruiters, i.e. Oscar Lundin from EnWorld, Karim Hakam from Morgan McKinley, and Johan Larsson from Robert Walters, shared their recruiting and hiring experiences, this time on the very difficult subject: "How to structure and organise the candidate interview process to make sure you get not just A Person for the job but the Right Person for the job?"

After the presentations there was plenty of time for questions and discussions, mingle and networking with drinks and some food. The event was attended by 31 members from the Nordic Chambers, 8 from FCCJ.

For full report with more images, please click link at right.
Monday, 3 April
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 18th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held

on Monday, 3 April, 2017 at 17.00
at the Tokyo Club,, 1-9-14, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]

The General Assembly will handle matters according to Article 10 in the Articles of Association.

After the Assembly (at 18:00) we will have a dinner.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member. If space available, additional representatives from member companies can be accepted, but will charged 7,000 yen per person. To register, please click link at right, no later than Monday, 27 March.
Friday, 21 April - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Spring 2017

The 30th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 21 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..

The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture, which has been the venue for the event six times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:32 and the cost is 18,040 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
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. So please make your reservation early! Note that you can make a tentatve reservation now to secure your seats and confirm the number later.

For more about the concert and to reseve tickets already now, please click links below!
News from Finland

Finland in Space

Finland's highest-circulation daily Helsingin Sanomat reports on the Aalto-2 - the first ever proper Finnish satellite - gearing up for its ascent into the thermosphere.

If all goes well, on Saturday morning (Finnish time) Aalto-2 will be launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the same site where the Apollo missions took to the moon, the paper writes. The dozens-strong team of Aalto University science students has worked on the satellite for more than five years, headed by professor Jaan Praks, who has worked on Estonia's space programme as well.

"We're hoping the booster rocket won't explode on ignition, and that the satellite will function in its new environment," an electrical engineering student from the team says in HS.

The satellite and all its components have undergone rigorous tests before being shipped to the USA. Aalto-2 weighs 2 kg and costs the university 20,000 euros to launch, which includes a hefty discount thanks to the satellite's involvement in a broader Belgian space study.

Aalto-2 will orbit the Earth at about 7 km/sec, which is about ten times faster than a bullet from an assault rifle. It takes the satellite an hour and a half to orbit the whole planet. The probe's purpose, writes HS, is to observe and record charged particles in the thermosphere, at a height of some 100-500 km.
Grin of the Week

A Serious Case

A well respected surgeon was relaxing on his sofa one evening just after arriving home from work. As he was tuning into the evening news, the phone rang. The doctor calmly answered it and heard the familiar voice of a colleague on the other end of the line.

"We need a fourth for poker," said the friend.
"I'll be right over," whispered the doctor.

As he was putting on his coat, his wife asked, "Is it serious?"
"Oh yes, quite serious," said the doctor gravely.
"In fact, three doctors are there already!"
Have a great week &
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.