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  ISSUE 23/2013 21 October 2013   
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The weather is getting finally cooler, helped by heavy rain from the typhoons. So now we cannot complain on the heat if working is tough...

Our next event is a luncheon meeting with Mr. Matti Anttonen, Under-Secretary of State of the Department for External Economic Relations, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland on Thursday 7 September. Sorry for the short notice, but this was confirmed just today. Read more below.

For our golfing friends we have two articles, a report from the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup (which the North Americans won again...) and details on the upcoming Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the SCCJ and FCCJ. The date is Friday, 22 November, more below!

The 24th edition of the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence survey is ongoing. In you are at a Finnish affiliated company and have not yet participated in the survey, do so by clicking banner at right. Dead-line is on Friday.

Our semi-retired papers salesman Timo Varhama has written a new contribution in his column Aoyama View titled "Movies, Books and Big Money Games - New Connections between Finland and Japan ".
Click banner at right for interesting reading again!

Thursday, 7 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Mr. Matti Anttonen, Under-Secretary of State of the Department for External Economic Relations, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday, 7 November when we have Mr. Matti Anttonen, Under-Secretary of State of the Department for External Economic Relations at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, as our guest speaker. The theme of Mr. Anttonen's presentation is "Finland as a Gateway to Russia".

Date & Time:Thursday, 7 November, 12.30-14:30 NOTE TIME!
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace, South Wing 12F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Tuesday, 5 November

About Matti Anttonen
Matti Anttonen is the Under-Secretary of State of the Department of External Economic Relations of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs since July 2013. Prior to his current position Matti Anttonen acted as Director General of the External Economic Relations from 2012 to 2013.

Most of Mr. Anttonenfs career has been connected with Russia. Before to the present position he served as Finlandfs Ambassador to Moscow, where he was also posted earlier during his career. From 1996 to 2001 he was the Director for Russia and from 2001 to 2002 the Deputy Director General of the Eastern Division at the Ministry in Helsinki.

Mr. Anttonen served as the Energy Co-ordinator at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki from 2007 to 2008. From 2002 to 2006 he worked as Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Finnish Embassy in Washington DC.

Mr. Anttonen joined the Ministry in 1986 and he holds Master degrees both in economics and modern history.

If you would like to attend, please click link below. We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Wednesday, 6 November and "no-shows".
To see who has already signed up, click here.

The North American Team takes the 11th Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup!

The North American Team won the 11th Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup played on Friday, 4 Octobber at Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture. The North Americans scored 75.9 versus Europe's 76.2, counted on the average of the 80% best net. The North American team won now for the fourth time in a row, and they have now 8 wins to Europe's three.

Played in nice autumn weather, the event attracted 144 players, 72 players in each team, which meant a full course. FCCJ had 10 players in the event.

Two players, Gereon Sperling (EU) and Dean Rogers (NA), scored the best net and gross scores, 70, both handicap 0. The individual winners trophy was awarded to Rogers according to our rule, higher age, if scores and handicaps are same. Sperling got the best gross trophy.

For a report from the event, click links at right!

Friday, 22 April - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Autumn 2013

The 23rd Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 22 November 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 four times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:24 and the cost is 17,500 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.
Thursday 24 October
Nordic Green Japan 2013 comes to Tokyo

Building on a successful two- day event at Miraikan in 2011, Nordic Green Japan is coming back to Tokyo on Thursday 24 October this year. This time Nordic Green Japan 2013, co-organized by all 5 Nordic embassies, is a more intense one-day seminar to be held in central Tokyo.

Nordic Model as a vision for the future The Nordic countries and Japan share common challenges and objectives in promoting a sustainable society. Development of a sustainable energy system is a key prerequisite for progress. The Nordic countries have come a long way in this field and are continuing to make efforts toward realizing a sustainable energy system through green innovation. Nordic Green Japan 2013 is a forum for exchanging experiences, successful cases and challenges ahead to make a useful contribution to the discussions on the future of Japan's energy system.

Meet the speakers, meet like-minded friends, from Nordic countries and Japan Prominent speakers in Nordic Green Japan 2013 include Taro Kono, member of the House of Representatives, Peter Jørgensen, Vice president of, Takuya Yamazaki of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hannu Penttilä, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki City, Mr. Gustaf Landahl of Stockholm City, Hiroshi Takahashi of the Fujitsu Research Institute, representatives from Nordic companies and more!

Please check out the Nordic Green Japan 2013 website for details about the sessions and guest speakers, and you can register now!
Friday, 13 December - The Social Highlight of the Year for the Nordic Chambers

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Ball, is this year held on Friday, 13 December at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel.

This is the 21st event and the party committee is working on an exciting program with great food and drinks. Don't miss out on this opportunity to join one of the best parties in town for a very reasonable cost, taking into account what it includes!

Registration Open!
The registration for the party has now been opened. Please sign up soon to secure your seats! Sign-ups are on a first-come, first serve basis, although sponsors are guaranteed seats (Gold and Silver sponsors can reserve full tables).

Sponsor Recruiting
Currently we are recruiting sponsors and advertisers for the party. To get maximum benefit and exposure for your contribution, sign up soon. Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable as it has been throughout the years, for a reasonable cost of participation.

To sign-up as participant or sponsor, click link at right.

Looking for a Finnish Professional for a Project Work?

BBA Pekka Tuominen who has few years of work experience in Asia is looking for a project work posting for 5-6 months in a company in Japan. Project work is part of his post graduate studies in Turku University of Applied Sciences and is free of charge for the employing company.

Mr Tuominen has graduated from HELIA University of Applied Sciences in 2003 and did his final theses in 2002 about the Success of the Finnish companies in Japan. Some FCCJ members took part of the theses and might remember Mr Tuominen from that. Since then he has worked in several countries in export and marketing related jobs.

Please click on his CV for more details.
News from Finland

Japanese firms buy majority holding in Supercell

Just over half of the Finnish gaming giant is being acquired by two Japanese firms.

The Japanese telecommunications operator SoftBank and GungHo Online Entertainment are purchasing 51% of the Finnish games company Supercell for 1.1 billion euros. SoftBank is the world's third-largest telecoms operator.

SoftBank's share of the deal is 80% and GungHo's 20%, according to Supercell's company blog.

Since being established in 2010, the Finnish mobile games company has developed and launched popular games including Clash of Clans and Hay Day.

Supercell employs 130 people and is headquartered in Helsinki. The paper says that one prerequisite for the deal was that it will remain based in Finland. And the Japanese ownership will be routed through a Finnish-registered company.

Grin of the Week

Appropriate punishement?

"Cash or credit card?" the clerk asked after folding items the woman wished to purchase.
As she fumbled for her wallet I notice a remote control for a television set in her purse.

"Do you always carry your TV remote?" he asked.

"No," she replied. "But my husband refused to come shopping with me, so I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him."
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.