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  ISSUE 25/2015 22 October 2015  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We had an educating and entertaining Club Evening with a theme - "Working for a Finnish Company" on Tuesday at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, find out more below!

This is also the final reminder for the FCCJ Onomichi Tour on Friday 6 and Saturday, 7 November. We still have one slot available on the tour. If you are interested, read more below.

The 28th edition of the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence survey is ongoing. If you are at a Finnish affiliated company and have not yet participated in the survey, do so by clicking banner at right. The survey, run by FCCJ, is very simple, we do not ask for any "hard data", just your opinions, so it should not take more than 3-4 minutes to complete!
Dead-line is on Friday, 30 October.

The registration for the Scandinavian Christmas Ball, held on Wednesday, 16 December at Westin Tokyo Hotel, is ongoing, click banner below to find out more!

This week we have a new edition of Aoyama View, this time titled: "New Ministers, New Trade Deals, All Political Play".

Click banner at right for interesting reading - mainly on current affairs in Japanese politics but also for insights to the trade agreements.

Report from the event "Working for a Finnish Company"

On Tuesday, 20 October we organized a networking party with a theme, "Working for a Finnish Company" at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka. We had three Japanese, who have all been working for a fairly long time for Finnish companies in Tokyo, making short introductions on how and why they came to join a Finnish company, what are the challenges and what are the benefits and/or disadvantages compared to working for a Japanese company. The presenters were: Hiroaki Nagahara, Director Sales, Finnair, Akiko Ando, Office Manager, UPM-Kymmene Japan and Hiroaki Sakurai, National Sales Manager, Vaisala K.K.

After the presentations, Tokiko Horiuchi, who has worked for Finnish companies both in Finland and Japan will make some commentary from a cultural perspective.

The 29 participants enjoyed delicious food, plenty of drinks and a lot of networking.

For more about the event, click link at right.

FCCJ will organize a special tour Friday, 6 to Saturday, 7 November to Onomochi city in Hiroshima prefecture.

For Japanese, Onomichi is perhaps best known for a famous 1950's movie - Tokyo Story. But it has also much else, i.e. a mega solar farm (which is the main reason for the tour) run by one of our member companies, many shipyards, etc.

Departure from Tokyo by Shinkansen will be in the morning of Friday, 6 November. The program on Friday will include visits to the Solar Farm, a Fish farm and dockyard, and also a lunch with Onomichi Mayor Hiratani and a networking reception with Onomichi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

On Saturday we provide two options - either a full day fishing tour or a sight-seeing tour in and around Onomichi.

For more information and to sign up, please click link at right. Note that the tour is limited to 12 participants and we have two slots left. So register now if you would like to join!
Friday, 13 November - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Autumn 2015

The 27th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 13 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 five times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:24 and the cost is 18,000 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.
News from Finland

Finnair to Open Route to Fukuoka in 2016

Finnair has announced it will launch a new route to Fukuoka on Japan's southern island of Kyushu in May 2016. The service to Fukuoka makes Finnair the only European airline to operate to four different cities in Japan - Finnair currently offers daily connections to Tokyo Narita, Nagoya and Osaka.

Finnair will start flying to Fukuoka, Japan in May 2016. Fukuoka is one of the largest cities in Japan. Besides being a multicultural metropolis and an important trade city, Fukuoka offers warm weather, rich history, architecture, art, shopping and cuisine, attracting visitors from all over Europe. The service to Fukuoka is part of the joint business between Finnair, British Airways and Japan Airlines, which enables offering more connections and flexibility for the airlines' customers in traffic between Japan and Europe.

Grin of the Week

It's good to be a man, because:
  1. Your last name stays put.
  2. The garage is all yours.
  3. Wedding plans takes care of themselves.
  4. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
  5. Mechanics will tell you the truth.
  6. Wrinkles add character.
  7. Wedding dress - $5000, tux rental - $100.
  8. People never stare at your chest when you are talking to them.
  9. Phone conversations are over 30 seconds flat.
  10. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
Thanks to IS for this contribution! This is part one, more in next bulletin...
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.