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  ISSUE 7/201922 March 2019 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Finally looks like spring is here to stay with warn and sunny weather and cherry blossom. I assume it will be crowded under the cherry trees with all "hanami" parties on the weekend.

38 golfers from the Finnish and Swedish Chambers enjoyed a very pleasant day at the foot of Mt. Fuji at the Stora Enso Cup on Friday last week. For some the competition was important (FCCJ won...), others enjoyed a fine day in the nature with old and new friends. Read the report below.

Our next event is the Annual General Assembly, followed by dinner, on Tuesday, 2 April at the Embassy of Finland. This is for obvious reasons a member only event. A reminder to our members below!

The following event is a Breakfast Meeting with the new Finnair CEO Topi Manner on Wednesday, 10 April. Read more below.

There are two more events in April - the FEEL FINLAND Open Day at the Embassy on Sunday, 14 April and a CLIC event on Wednesday, 17 April. Details about these below.

Report from the Stora Enso Cup on 15 March

The 34th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 15 March at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka Prefecture. The event was played in beautiful and rather warm spring weather with Mt. Fuji visible on many holes during the day.

38 players participated in the competition (17 from FCCJ, 21 from SCCJ), including one guests. Notable was that 28 of the players were Japanese, 70% which is the highest ever!

The Finnish Chamber won now for the fifth time in a row, beating the SCCJ by a fairly large margin, 81.1 versus 83.7 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ has eight more wins than the SCCJ, 20 against 12. Individual winner was Hiroaki Sugawara (FCCJ) with a net 65 and he also took the FCCJ Golf Cup.

For a report from the event, click links at right!
Tuesday, 2 April
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 20th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held

on Tuesday, 2 April, 2019 at 17.00
at the Embassy of Finland,, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, 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 by Minister-Counsellor Juha Niemi.

This is a member only event and the 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 links at right, no later than Wednesday, 27 March.
Wednesday, 10 April - Joint Nordic Event organized by FCCJ

On Wednesday, 10 April the FCCJ will organize in cooperation with Finnair a Joint Nordic Breakfast Meeting with one of the most prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Topi Manner, the new President & CEO of Finnair as our speaker.

Mr. Manner will talk about Finnair's Asia strategy: future steps.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 10 April, 09.00-10:30
Venue: Imperial Hotel, Ran Room, Main Building 2F [MAP]
Cost:Members 5,000 yen, Guests 7,000 yen
Registration:by by Friday, 5 April

About Topi Manner
  Topi Manner (MSc.Econ), born 1974, was appointed Finnair CEO as of January 1, 2019. Manner has a long career in management positions at Nordea, the largest financial group in the Nordic countries, and since 2016 he has worked as a member of Nordea's Group Executive Management and as Head of Personal Banking.

About Finnair
  Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than 12 million passengers annually. Finnair's extensive network connects 19 cities in Asia and 8 cities in North America with over 100 destinations in Europe.

The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, was the first European airline to fly the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and it is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past nine years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld®, the alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.

We collect the fee at the hotel and provide you with an invoice. Please let us know if you want to be invoiced instead. Note that we have to invoice the fee for cancellations after Friday, 5 April and "no-shows".

To register, click links at right!
FEEL FINLAND - Finnish culture, traditions and fun for everyone at the Embassy compound

Embassy of Finland in Tokyo will open its doors to the general public for the first time on Sunday, 14 April to celebrate the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland. Visitors will be able to enjoy Finnish culture, tradition and fun within the Embassy compound. Pre-registration starts from the below link on March 25th. Children are most welcome to attend our family event!

The admission-free event is co-organized by the Embassy of Finland, the Finnish Institute in Japan, Business Finland and the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan. The event opens at 10:30, and closes at 17:00. There will be outdoor programs starting at 11:00 and 14:00, along with indoor workshops, exhibitions and sauna "löyly" experience. Also tastes of Finnish food and beverages and design products will be on sale.

There will be demonstrations of ikebana and Nordic flower arrangement, virtual (VR) tour of Helsinki, Finland's first motorcycle racing World Champion "Flying Finn" Jarno Saarinen's exhibition, experiencing food prepared by Finnish chef, and much more!

Event though the event is free for all, pre-registration is required due to space limitations and security requirements. Registration will start next week at:

Wednesday, 17 April - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC
Vranken Pommery - The wine market in Japan

CLIC is a loose organization of 11 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan created 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, Greek, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

Vranken-Pommery Monopole is the second largest Champagne group. With wineries in Champagne, Provence, Camargue and Douro, it is one of Europe's leading winegrowers. Its brand portfolio includes the leading Champagne brands (VRANKEN, POMMERY, HEIDSIECK & CO MONOPOLE and CHAMPAGNE CHARLES LAFITTE), the ROZES and SAO PEDRO ports and TERRAS DO GRIFO Douro wine brands, the Sable de Camargue DOMAINE ROYAL DE JARRAS rosé wines and Côtes de Provence CHATEAU LA GORDONNE.

At the 7th CLIC Event Mr. Ken Moroi, CEO of Vranken Pommery Japan Co., Ltd., will reveal the secrets behind their success in Japan and share his views on the future of the wine market.

Date & Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Belgium, 5-4, Nibancho, Chiyoda-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members 5,000 yen, others 7,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 11 April

About Ken Moroi

  A French and Japanese, Ken Moroi was born in Paris and received a Master Degree in Japanese Language and International Trade at Paris IX university. Moroi moved to Japan in 2004 to open the branch of Vranken-Pommery Monopole. He is now in charge of the Asia-Pacific Region since 2016, based in Japan where he offices as president of Vranken-Pommery Japan KK.

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!
News from Finland

Finland: Still the happiest country in the world (says UN report)

The UN's seventh annual World Happiness Report ranks the countries of the world on "how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be".

Finland has once again been ranked as the happiest country in the world.

The Nordic nation received the accolade for the second year in succession in the annual survey of global happiness from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Finland beat out 155 other countries for the title in the 2019 report, released Wednesday. The report states that global data on national happiness and evidence from the emerging science of happiness shows that "the quality of people's lives can be coherently, reliably, and validly assessed by a variety of subjective well-being measures, collectively referred to as 'happiness.'"

The annual report is based on survey results from the preceding three years, although the surveys are not arranged in every country in the assessment on an annual basis.

Finland's result in the 2019 ranking is encouraging, as its position is now even farther ahead of the second-ranked country, Denmark - leaving no doubt about its first-place position on the list. Finland's happiness has been rising slowly but steadily since 2014, the report says.

Some of the factors going into the assessment include gross domestic product per capita, healthy life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom to make life choices, and perceptions of corruption.
Grin of the Week

Some professions
  • A psychologist is a man who watches everyone else when a beautiful girl enters the room.
  • A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.
  • A schoolteacher is a disillusioned woman who used to think she liked children.
  • A consultant is someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time.
  • A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in a way that you will look forward to the trip.
  • Have a nice weekend &
    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 62 corporate members, 19 individual and two special members.