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  ISSUE 2/2018 23 January 2018 
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Hope you have had a great holiday season and have charged your batteries for the challenges in the year of the Dog!

This is the final call for our first event in 2018, the traditional "Shinnenkai" (New Year) Club Evening at the Scandinavian Center on Wednesday, 31 January. We are almost fully booked but can still accommodate a few, so sign up soon!
More details below.

For February we have confirmed Team Building event in the form of a Bowling Competition on Monday, 26 February. It is the fifth year FCCJ participates in this event organized by the Swedish Chamber. More about the event below!

Our "Aoyama View" columnist used the snowy weather yesterday to create a new contribution, this time titled "Moomin crisis, panda frenzy and Olympics turned into political farce".

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Wednesday, 31 January - FCCJ Club Evening
FCCJ Sinnenkai Party at the Sandinavian Center

Our first event in 2018 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 31 January. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by food and drinks!

Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari will brief us on the Embassy's activities in 2018 and Pekka Laitinen will inform us of the newly established Business Finland which was created on 1 January through the merger of Finpro and Tekes.

We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

Date & Time:Wednesday, 31 January, 18:30-21:00
Place: Scandinavian Center
2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Including buffet and free flowing drinks
Registration:by Monday, 29 January

Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

Click link at right to sign-up for the event.
Tuesday, 28 February - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition
Team up for Bowling!

It's time to bond up with your colleagues and friends for fun!

Professional bowlers, beginners are equally most welcome! It is a team competition, each team consists of four player and each player play two games. Make your own team with your colleagues and business partners, spouses are very welcome!
Individual members are of course also welcome and will play in teams set up by FCCJ.

Date & Time:Monday, 26 February, 19:30 - 22:30
Venue: Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center (Annex Tower)
4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato-ku Tel: 03-5421-7875 [MAP]
Closest station: JR Shinagawa Station (6 min)
Cost:7,500 yen/person (incl. 2 games play fee, party fee afterwards)
Registration:by Friday, 16 February

If you cannot make your own team you could also register individually and we will make a team for you. Bowling balls are provided and you can rent bowling shoes (300 yen) so no special equipment needed!

Note: For the awards ceremony, your prize contribution will be much appreciated! (4 prizes / team). It could be your company's novelties or anything. Just something simple.
News from Finland

OP: Bullish prognosis for Finnish economy in 2018

One of Finland's biggest financial groups, OP, has raised its outlook for the Finnish economy this year. OP predicts that GDP will grow by 3.3 percent this year. In November the bank had forecast growth of three percent for 2018.

OP paints an optimistic picture of rising employment spurring further private consumption. It predicts that 30,000 people will join the workforce, pushing the unemployment rate down. The financial group says that government may come close to achieving its target of 72 percent employment next year. It also predicts that current accounts and public finances will nearly balance out in 2019.

"The favourable economic climate will keep consumer confidence high," economist Henna Mikkonen said in a statement. "Inflation will rise, but purchasing power will improve nevertheless. The saving ratio will remain low with brisker demand for loans and owner-occupied homes."

However, OP expects growth to slow to 2.3 percent next year.

"Even though growth is decelerating next year, this does not mean that we will have reached the peak of the cycle. Growth is faster than its anticipated long-term average and the unemployment rate will continue to fall," says chief economist Reijo Heiskanen.
Grin of the Week

Sounds familiar guys...

A woman noticed her husband standing on the bathroom scale, sucking in his stomach. "Ha! Thatfs not going to help," she said.

"Sure, it does," he said. "It's the only way I can see the numbers."
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.