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  ISSUE 29/2018 21 November 2018 
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Tomorrow we play the Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge, the 33rd Stora Enso Cup at G.C. Narita Hightree in Chiba pref.. Wish us good luck and good weather!

On Wednesday, 28 November a CLIC event with Lindt, a leading Swiss chocolate company, who will give us an insight in how they have succeeded in the Japanese market. Details on this event below!

We end the year and start the festive season on Friday, 14 December with the FCCJ Christmas Luncheon at the Embassy. We have less than 10 slots left so if you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, do so soon! Event details below.

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has made a new contribution, combining two completely different themes to one good title: "Different inroads into Japan: Finnish forest knowhow vs French corporate genius".

Click banner at right for a lot of insights on those two themes.

Wednesday, 28 November - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC
Lindt; Chocolate in Japan is not just Valentine's Day


CLIC is an organization of 9 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan for the purpose of organizing innovative networking events to enable trading of ideas between the members of the participating chambers.

CLIC consists of the Austrian Business Council, Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

Lindt & Sprüngli is a Swiss chocolate manufacturer and recognized as leader in the market for premium chocolate, offering a large selection of products around the world. During 175 years it has become known as one of the most innovative and creative companies making premium chocolate under the key brand Lindt, but also under Ghirardelli, Hofbauer, Küfferle, Caffarel and 2014 Russell Stover.

At the 6th CLIC Event Mr. Andre Zimmermann, Representative Director, Lindt & Sprungli Japan Co., Ltd., will reveal the secrets behind their success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the chocolate market.

Details:
 
Date & Time:Wednesday, 28 November, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Sweden, 1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, others 6,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 22 November

About Andre Zimmermann

A Swiss national, Mr. Andre Zimmermann has spent most of his career in Japan starting in 1989 as Managing Director for Telekurs Financial. After serving as Senior Representative for LocationSwitzerland SECO 2005-2007 and as Managing Director for MATISA Japan from 2007 until he took up his current position at Representative Director, Lindt & Sprungli Japan Co., Ltd. In 2010.

Andre has also served on the Executive Committee of SCCIJ and Executive Operating Board of the European Business Council (EBC)


To register, please click link at right!
Friday, 14 December
FCCJ Christmas Luncheon Meeting

The traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon is back after a 5 year break and also this time will be held at our Embassy, where we can enjoy a delicious Finnish style Christmas buffet prepared by the Embassy's chef.

H.E. Ambassador Pekka Orpana will give us his impressions of the first 100 days in office and update on the 100th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan in 2019.

Note: Due to space restrictions, this is a members only event.

Details:
 
Date & Time:Friday, 14 December, 12.30-14:30
Venue: Embassy of Finland, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 7 December

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the Embassy and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than Friday, 7 December and "no-shows".

To sign up, please click link at right!
Friday, 23 November - "FIND FINLAND 2018"

The Finnish Tango & Dance International Association is organizing a special event where visitors are invited to discover and experience new charms and fun activities of the Northern European nation of Finland.

We will be introducing you to Finland's wonderful culture that is still very much unknown in Japan.
We invite you all to "FIND FINLAND 2018" !

Lavatanssi is big in Finland now. But what is it?

Finland is not just about Moomins, saunas, the northern lights, Finnish general goods, etc. This event will be a great opportunity to discover yet another aspect of Finland.

Please come and experience what is big in Finland now. The event is organized on Friday, 23 November, 15:00-17:00 at the Gaienmae Ai-land Studio (IK Bldg. 2F, 3-1-25, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

For more information and to sign up, at latest on Friday, click links at right!
News from Finland

Unemployment down in October

New figures from Statistics Finland reveal that 43,000 more people had a job in October 2018 than one year earlier.

Statistics Finland reports that there were 171,000 unemployed people in October 2018, 26,000 fewer than one year ago. The agency calculates that this puts the unemployment rate trend at 7.2 percent and the employment rate at 71.8 percent, when adjusted for seasonal and random variation.

These latest employment numbers for people aged 15 to 64 who are active in the job market are just shy of the government's 72 percent target, a percentage it set as an objective upon taking office over three years ago, when the employment rate trend was at 67.9 percent.

In total, there were 14,000 more employed men and 29,000 more employed women last month than in October 2017, the agency reports.

Among the 617,000 young people aged 15 to 24 in Finland, the proportion of unemployed among the labour force stood at 14.7 percent, or 2.4 percentage points higher than one year previously. This puts the trend of the unemployment rate among young people in Finland at over double that of the population in total, at 17.5 percent.
Grin of the Week

Follow the signs!

Teacher: Why are you late?
Little Johnny: Because of the sign.
Teacher: What sign?
Little Johnny: The one that says, "School Ahead, Go Slow. "That's what I did.
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
send it to: fccj@gol.com

ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
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 62 corporate members, 19 individual and two special members.