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  ISSUE 12/2015 21 May 2015  
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Our next event is a luncheon meeting on Monday, 1 June when we have Mr. Roleff Kråkström, Managing Director, Moomin Characters Ltd. as our guest speaker.
Details below.

Soon after that, on Thursday, 11 June, we have the 3rd CLIC Networking Event. This time the speaker is Steen Kokkenborg (Representative Director and Vice President) of Lego Japan. Read more below.

Our columnist has kept his pen sharp, or more likely all his ten fingers on the keyboard and produced a new Aoyama View column, this time titled: "Economy Back on Track, Record Profits at Big Companies ".
Click banner at right for an excellent update on the Japanese economy and businesses.

 
Monday, 1 June - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Roleff Kråkström, Managing Director, Moomin Characters Ltd.

Our next luncheon meeting will held on Monday, 1 June when we have Mr. Roleff Kråkström, Managing Director, Moomin Characters Ltd. as our guest speaker.
The theme of Mr. Kråkström's presentation is: "The Moomin Story in Japan: A lot of hard work, but also some good luck".

Details:
Date & Time:Monday, 1 June, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace, South Wing 10F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 28 May

About Roleff Kråkström
Roleff Kråkström has been the Managing Director of Moomin Characters Ltd. since 2008. Previosuly he worked as Marketing Director at WSOY, Finland's largest publisher.

About Moomin Characters Ltd.
Moomin Characters Ltd is the official body responsible for Moomin copyright supervision. Its operations are based on selling licenses and on finding partners that are number one in their field. Every product and concept is carefully examined. With a few exceptions, the company tries to use Tove Jansson's original illustrations.

Moomin has become a world-wide brand with more than 450 licensees world-wide. All of the Moominvalley characters are globally registered trademarks.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Friday, 29 May and "no-shows".


Thursday, 11 June - 3rd Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC:
LEGO - Conquering Japan, Brick by Brick
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials.

At the 3rd CLIC Event Mr. Steen Kokkenborg, the Representative Director and Vice President of Lego Japan, will share with us the LEGO Journey in the Japanese market.

Details:
Date & Time:Thursday, 11 June, 19:00 - 21:00
Venue: Embassy of Sweden, Exhibition Hall
1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, non-members 5,000 yen (incl. buffet and free drinks - beer, wine, soft drinks)
Registration:by Monday, 8 June

About Steen Kokkenborg

Steen Lauge Kokkenborg was born in 1962 and graduated with a Master of Science degree in International Trade from Odense University in 1985. He joined the LEGO Group after his graduation as Research Executive and has served in numerous positions in sales, marketing, product management and as an executive at LEGO in Denmark, Korea and now Japan. Before he took up his position in Tokyo in March 2013 he served for almost three years as Country Manager for LEGO Korea.


For more about the event and to register, click links at right.

Tuesday, 23 June: BLCCJ Seminar
Delighting Customers in Japan XIV

Japan is known as one of the most challenging markets in the world. Whether your business is start-up, long-established, or somewhere in between, you are probably confronted daily with the issue "how to delight customers?"

Because there is not a single answer to this very fascinating question, the Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BLCCJ) launched in 2001 "Delighting Customers in Japan", an annual seminar where a number of top executives share their ideas and experiences about the challenges of succeeding in this perplexing market.

Following the great success of the event formula, the BLCCJ is very pleased to organize the 14th edition in 2015, where we will welcome again 3 distinguished speakers who will share with us their strategies, experiences and insights regarding their businesses in Japan:
Mr. Joel PETERSON, UCB JAPAN CO., LTD.
Mr. Per RASMUSSEN, Managing Director, GROUPE SEB JAPAN
Mr. Phillip RUBEL, CEO, SAATCHI & SAATCHI FALLON TOKYO


Details:
  Date & Time:Tuesday, 23 June, 18.30-21:00
 Venue: BNP Paribas offices, GranTokyo North Tower, Marunouchi [MAP]
  Cost:Members 5,800 yen, Guests 6,800 yen
  Registration:by Thursday, 18 June

The seminar will be followed by an open panel discussion with Q&A, and by a networking cocktail from 20:00 onwards. We hope you can join us.
For more information and registration, click link at right!

The Social Security and Tax Number System in Japan

As we have received some inquires regarding My Number or Individual Number/個人番号 (official name), we have decided to send out some information regarding the upcoming system. The system will (in theory) simplify issues related to tax, national pension, unemployment and medical insurance etc in giving the person one unified number for all purposes. Private businesses will also handle Individual Numbers for social insurance and withholding tax.
  1. All foreigners registered in Japan will be covered by the system, as well as Japanese citizens
  2. The number will be used to better share information among the various national and local authorities (start January 2017 at national level and July 2017 for local authorities)
  3. A notification will be sent out in October 2015 including your actual number.
  4. Application for the actual card can be done in January 2016. There is no must to always be carrying the card as with the Residence card/Alien registration card
  5. The Residence card/Alien registration card cannot be used as a substitute, nor will the numbers be the same.
Click link at right for more information from the Cabinet Secretariat.

News from Finland

Weak crown and rouble dash hopes of export-led recovery

The Finnish economy is expected to grow slowly despite stimulus and growth in the rest of the Eurozone. Economists interviewed by Yle suggest that a lack of competitiveness and the weak Russian rouble and Swedish crown have hurt the prospects of Finnish exporters.

Finland is unlikely to benefit from a cyclical upturn in the economic fortunes of its important trading partners, according to economists interviewed by Yle. The weaker euro has helped Germany boost growth, while cheaper oil has acted as a stimulus in the Eurozone. The US has been growing at a steady clip for some time.

"Of course the situation in Finland will improve a little, but it looks like the cyclical upturn will not be as strong as normal," said Reijo Heiskanen, chief economist at OP Group. "The situation even looks a little weaker than the Eurozone average."

The problem is that Finnish products and services are simply not doing well enough on the world market. There has been a small increase in sales to Germany and America, but the much more important Swedish and Russian markets remain problematic for Finnish firms because of currency fluctuations.

Grin of the Week

How to find your wife?

The man approached the very beautiful woman in the large supermarket and asked, "You know, I've lost my wife here in the supermarket. Can you talk to me for a couple of minutes?"

"Why?"

"Because every time I talk to a a beautiful woman my wife appears out of nowhere."
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
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.