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  ISSUE 17/2015 23 July 2015  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The FCCJ Office is back in business after our early summer break, timely back for the hot and humid Tokyo...;-)

We have three events decided for the start of the autumn season. The Yakatabune Cruise on Thursday, 27 August, a luncheon meeting with Amer Sports Japan President Hiroshi Kishino on Tuesday, 15 September and the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup on Friday, 9 October. Below more on these!
Please note that if you plan to join the Yakatabune cruise, sign up soon before we run out of space, seats are limited!

This week we also have a new edition in the Aoyama View column, this time titled: ""Greece, China, EU, Japan: looking for the lost reality ".

Click banner at right for a timely and opinionated updates!

Thursday, 27 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last five year's cruises we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Thursday, 27 August.

We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style.

Date & Time:Thursday, 27 August , 18.30-21:00
Embarkation: Funayado Miuraya, 1-1-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku , Tokyo
Cost:10,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 21 August

We expect the event to be sold out this year as well, so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click link at right.

Tuesday, 15 September
FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

Our next luncheon meeting will held on Tuesday, 15 September when we have Mr. Hiroshi Kishino, President of Amer Sports Japan, Inc. as our speaker.

The title of Mr. Kishino's presentation will be announced later.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 15 September , 12.00-14:00
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Drawing Room, 2F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 10 September

About Hiroshi Kishino
Hiroshi Kishino (55) graduated from Aoyama Gakuin Univeristy in 1982 and joined Salomon Sports Sales Co., Ltd. the same year. In 2000 he became Sales Department Deputy Director and in 2002 Sales General Manager at the company.

Mr. Kishino joined Amer Sports in 2003 where he has held several positions in the Atomic and Salomon Divisions. He was apponted President of Amer Sports Japan, Inc. from 1 January 2014.

About Amer Sports
Amer Sports, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, is a sporting goods company with internationally recognized brands including Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc'teryx, Mavic, Suunto and Precor.

Amer Sports sells its products to trade customers (including sporting goods chains, specialty retailers, mass merchants, fitness clubs and distributors) and directly to consumers through brand stores, factory outlets, and e-commerce. In December 2014 the Amer Sports sales network covered 34 countries.

In 2014, Amer Sports net sales totaled EUR 2,228.7 million. At the end of the year, the company's market capitalization was EUR 1,880.7 million and the Group employed 7,630 people. Amer Sports shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Friday, 11 September and "no-shows".
To register, click link at right.

Friday, 9 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Cole Haan Cup 2015

We are pleased to announce that the global lifestyle brand Cole Haan has signed up as co-title sponsor with Mercedes-Benz for the event from 2015. Consequently the event has been re-branded and is now the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup,

The 2015 event will be played on Friday, 9 October, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force and Mercedes Benz Japan and Cole Haan Japan are working hard to make the event a memorable one for all participants. Also this year we will have an After-Party held on Wednesday, 14 October at Mercedes-Benz Connection. Free for the players and their significant other.

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Toshiba to sell 120bn yen stake in Kone Corporation

Toshiba said Wednesday that it will sell a stake of 4.6% in Finland's Kone, a major player in the global elevator and escalator market.

The Japanese electronics company has not disclosed the value of the sell-off. However, the shares are estimated to be worth slightly more than 120 billion yen ($957 million), based on the Finnish company's market capitalization in Europe. The book value is believed to be 5.5 billion yen or so, meaning Toshiba stands to reap a significant profit.

Toshiba, which is grappling with a massive accounting scandal, is looking to sell assets to improve its financial health.

According to Kone Corporation, this has no effect on the strategic alliance between KONE and TELC. KONE continues as a shareholder of Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation (TELC) with a 19.9% stake in the company's share capital.

Grin of the Week

Self-confident chauvinist...

When a car skidded on wet pavement and struck a telephone pole, several bystanders ran over to help the driver.

A women was the first to reach the victim, but a man rushed in and pushed her aside.
'Step aside, lady,' he barked. 'I've taken a course in first-aid!'

The women watched for a few minutes, then tapped him on the shoulder.
'Pardon me,' she said. 'But when you get to the part about calling a doctor, I'm right here.'
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 650 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.