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  ISSUE 25/2018 22 October 2018 

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

November is going to be a very busy month for us as we will have five events, most ever for one month in our almost 20 years history. But hope there will be then something of interest for all!

We start off on Thursday, 1 November a luncheon with a prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Kjell Forsén, President and CEO of Vaisala Oyj. For details, read below!

This is soon followed by a Joint Nordic Pre-Opening Tour to Metsä Village in Hanno on Monday, 5 November, more about this below!

Then on Thursday, 22 November we have the traditional Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge, the 33rd Stora Enso Cup at G.C. Narita Hightree in Chiba pref.. Normally this event has been played on Friday's, but as Friday 23rd is a public holiday, we instead have it on Thursday.
More about this event also below!

In planning are two additional events, one a Joint Nordic event with Spotify and B&O on the future of music distribution on 21 November and the other a CLIC event with Lindt, a leading Swiss chocolate company, tentatively on 29 November. I will have more information about these in coming bulletins.

Thursday, 1 November - FCCJ Business Luncheon

FCCJ will organize a Business Luncheon on Tuesday, 1 November with a prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Kjell Forsén, President and CEO of Vaisala Oyj.

The theme of Mr. Forsén's presentation is:
"Vaisala and its contribution to combat effects of climate change and extreme weather".

Date & Time: Thursday, 1 November, 12:00-14.00
Venue: Hotel Okura Tokyo, Kensington Terrace, South Wing 12F [MAP]
Cost:Members 7,000 yen, Guests 9,000 yen
Registration:by Tuesday, 30 October

About Kjell Forsén
President & CEO, Vaisala Group 2006-

Born 1958, Finnish citizen, Lic.Sc. (Technology)
  • Chairman of Vaisala Management Group 2006-

  • Employment History
  • Ericsson, several managerial positions within the company, both in Finland and abroad 1986-2006
  • President of Ericsson Finland 2003-2006

  • Positions of Trust
  • JMC Council Center, Member of the Council
  • Valamo Foundation, Member of the Council

  • About Vaisala Oyj
    We have two global business areas that develop, manufacture and market innovative products and services for environmental and industrial measurement.

    Innovation and technology are cornerstones for Vaisala's success and we keep advancing the art of environmental observations. Technological innovation is in our DNA, and want and need to be at the cutting edge of development, to find new solutions to customer needs in demanding applications.

    We invest 11.9% of our net sales in R&D and our pride is our state of the art in-house cleanroom, sensor production, manufacturing and science-based technology leadership.

    We are headquartered in Finland and employ approximately 1,600 professionals worldwide and are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

    Please click link at right to register. Please note that we will collect the fee at the venue and provide you with a receipt. Cancellations after registration dead-line and no-shows will be invoiced.
    Monday, 5 November - FCCJ Special Event

    FCCJ organizes, in cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers, a Pre-Opening Tour to Metsä Village in Hanno, Saitama prefecture on Monday, 5 November. Metsä Village, officially open 9 November, is the first phase of the Moomin Theme Park, the second phase, Moomin Valley Park, will open on 16 March 2019.

    Date & Time:Monday, 5 November, 15:30-20.30
    Official program starts 16:15 at Hanno station.
    Place: Metsä Village, Miyazawa-ko, Hanno, Saitama pref. [MAP]
    Cost:6,000 yen (collected at the venue unless otherwise agreed)
    Incl. bus from/to Hanno station, dinner with free drinks, train at own expense
    Registration:by Friday, 26 October (due to space restrictions, members only)

    Program: (note: train to/from Hanno by your own arrangement and cost, you can use other options)
       15:00 Depart Ikebukuro station by Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Chichibu 21 Red Arrow
       16:09Arrival at Hanno station
       16:15 Meet in front of Hanno station, transport to Miyazawa-ko by bus (2.4 km)
       16:30 Welcome & introduction: Robert Hirst, Representative Director, Moomin Monogatari, Ltd.
       16:45 Guided tour around Metsä Village and a view of Moomin Valley Park (under construction)
       17:20Free time for shopping, etc.
       18:00 Dinner at main restaurant
       19:10 Bus to Hanno station
       19:36 Depart Hanno station by Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Musashi 46 Red Arrow
       20:16Arrival at Ikebukuro station

    Please note that we will collect the fee at the venue (unless otherwise agreed) and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

    To register, click link at right!
    Thursday, 22 November - Stora Enso Cup
    Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2017

    The 33rd Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - will be played on Thursday, 22 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.. At the same time SCCJ members also play for the SCCJ Autumn Golf Cup.

    The venue this time is Golf Club Narita Hightree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 8:45 and the cost is 17,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

    Please click link at right for more information and to sign up.
    News from Finland

    Finnish company turns used batteries into fertilizer

    Finnish company Tracegrow has created a method for extracting substances inside used alkaline batteries that can be repurposed and used in farming, specifically for enriching soil and and creating fertilizers to promote the growth of food crops.

    Alkaline batteries are stored in different parts of Europe and many end up in garbage dumps. Often batteries are sent to smelters, where the zinc can be extracted, but a large part of the rest of the used battery goes unused.

    Tracegrow's solution is to utilise about 80 percent of alkaline battery trace elements for new use.

    Their first production facility opened in the summer in Kärsämäki, and the company's goal is a turnover of more than 100 million euros in the next couple of years.

    Though there are other companies in the world working in the same field, there hasn't been enough benefitting of batteries in this way internationally. Finland has a high level of expertise in chemistry, which is needed in the development and innovation in this type of work.

    While the common currency seems to have harmonised pricing within the eurozone, particularly as inflation has run up prices in southern and eastern European states, many consumer goods are still more expensive in Finland.
    Grin of the Week

    Smart kid - or...?

    The child was a typical four-year-old girl - cute, inquisitive, bright as a new penny. When she expressed difficulty in grasping the concept of marriage, her father decided to pull out his wedding photo album, thinking visual images would help.

    One page after another, he pointed out the bride arriving at the church, the entrance, the wedding ceremony, the recessional, the reception, etc.

    "Now do you understand?" he asked.

    "I think so," she said, "is that when mommy came to work for us?"
    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.