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  ISSUE 30/2017 23 October 2017 
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We had a very interesting and enjoyable CLIC event with Nespresso on Thursday, 19 October with 110 participants from 9 chambers. Read the report below.

The Finland's 100 Anniversary Business Reception at the Embassy on Wednesday, 1 November has already over 150 participants signed up but we still have a few slots left. If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, you need to do so by Friday 27th, that's a hard dead-line!
More information below.

The following event is the Stora Enso Cup - a team competition between FCCJ and SCCJ golfers - on Friday, 17 November. More information below!

With just 1.5 months left is time to start planning for the social highlight of the year for the Nordic chambers, the 25th Scandinavian Christmas Ball held on Thursday, 7 December!
Registration is ongoing and already 40% of the seats are taken. Click banner above for more.

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has again provided a new article. This time titled "Power play in Japan and elsewhere - some potentially serious, some not ".

This time much is focused on the Japanese elections but also some other global politics. Click banner at right to find out more!

Report from the Joint Networking Event by CLIC on Thursday, 19 October

CLIC (Creative Linking of International Chambers) is a loose organization of 9 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, the Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

"Nespresso - Conquering Japan with the Ultimate Coffee Experience"

The fifth event held at the Swedish Embassy where Mr. Alexander Schoenegger, President & Representative Director, Nestle Nespresso Japan KK, revealed the secrets behind Nespresso's success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the coffee market.

At the event, attended by 110 members and guest from 9 chambers, participants could enjoyed in addition to an engaging presentation also authentic Swiss food and a lot of networking.

For a report from the event, click link at right!
Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - FCCJ Special Event
Finland's 100th Anniversary Business Reception

As part of the Centenary of Finland's Independence celebrations in Japan, the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and the Embassy of Finland organize a Business Reception at the Embassy on Wednesday, 1 November from 18:30-21:00.

The reception is hosted by Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari and will focus on business and trade relations between Finland and Japan. At the reception we can also enjoy entertainment from Finland and Finnish food and drinks. Confirmed entertainment so far include the "We Love Finland" DJ show guiding you through a prime selection of the first 100 years of Finnish music with visuals on a large screen.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 1 November, 18.30-21:00
Venue:Embassy of Finland, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members and their guests 6,000 yen, others 8,000 yen (if space available)
Registration:by Friday, 27 October

To register, please click link at right!
Friday, 17 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2017

The 31st Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - is played on Friday, 17 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 8:40 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. On the page you also see who has already signed up.

Tuesday, 28 November - Finnish Tango Association of Japan Event

The Finnish Tango Association of Japan (Japanin Suomi-Tango Yhdistys) will be holding a Finnish Tango in Tokyo event to commemorate the Centenary of Finland's Independence.

     Date & Time: Tuesday, 28 November, 19:00 - 20:45
     Venue: Akasaka Kumin Center Hall
     Admission: FREE

The Finnish Tango Association of Japan is the first organization established in Japan for the purpose of promoting Finland's dance culture in Japan.

Recently in Japan, there is so much interest in Finland that it could be referred to as a Finnish boom. However, there are still various aspects of Finland that are still virtually unknown in Japan.

The Finnish dance culture, as represented by Lavatanssi, is one such aspect, but it is a dance culture with characteristics that make it relatively approachable and easy to accept for Japanese people. We believe that by introducing Finland's dance culture to Japan, and getting more people interested in it, it has the potential to grow into a new conduit between Finland and Japan. Cultural interest can trigger various personal exchanges which, when activated, may even lead to economic effects in the future.

Tango was introduced to Finland around 100 years ago. The history of tango evolving into its unique form of Finnish Tango in Finland overlaps almost perfectly with the history of Finland since its independence. Nothing would be more wonderful than to be able create an opportunity to introduce Finland's dance culture to Japan to celebrate this milestone of 100 years. We hope that many of you will join us there.

Please click links at right for more information.
JMEC Business Training Program
Looking for Fresh Idas and a Business Plan for your Market Entry, New Product or Business Expansion?

Are you a business owner looking for a business plan tailored to the Japanese market? If so, take part in the Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC)!

As a JMEC Project Client, you can receive a professional business plan developed by some of Japan's brightest up-and-coming business leaders for a fraction of the cost of hiring outside consultants. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the JMEC homepage where you also find the application form.

JMEC is also calling for individuals to join the program as JMEC Participants and be part of the business plan creation process. This MBA-style program includes classroom training as well as hands-on business plan writing experience. Go to to learn more and apply.
Application dead-line 31 October!

Established in 1993 and supported by 18 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan, JMEC is a non-profit business training program for mid career business professionals, who research and write professional business plans in teams to help companies enter or expand their business in Japan.

FCCJ is a proud sponsor of JMEC and encourages our members and the greater business community to get involved.

Nokia and Sendai join to improve safety and security of residents, bolster local businesses

Nokia and the City of Sendai have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to deliver technology solutions for local businesses as they recover from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, while contributing to improvements in the quality of life for citizens. The agreement covers public safety management, including disaster recovery, activities to improve the safety and security of local citizens, and the testing and development of Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and 5G applications within the city.

The memorandum will establish Nokia as a long-term strategic partner to the city, which continues to recover from the major natural disasters of 2011. The two parties plan to stage a joint disaster exercise in 2018, and will collaborate further on public safety innovation and development. Nokia will also offer its Nokia Innovation Platform and other innovation programs to universities and startups in Sendai to help the city to establish a local ecosystem and support business opportunities outside of Japan. Finally, Nokia and Sendai will co-establish a test bed for MEC and 5G applications to accelerate related use cases.

The first joint activity will be to show public safety solutions such as the Nokia Ultra Compact Network, Nokia Group Communications push-to-talk and push-to-video application with ruggedized devices, as well as a drone at the International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) 2017 to be hosted in Sendai on 25-27 November.

The partnership between Nokia and the City of Sendai builds on the strong ties the city has with Finland through working on many healthcare projects since 2003; Sendai also has cooperated with the Finnish city of Oulu since 2005 on projects including gaming.
Grin of the Week

Take the medicin

A woman had some problems, so she went to her doctor of twenty years. They had the following conversation:

Dr.: Take the red pill after breakfast with one glass of water.
Woman: OK.

Dr: Take the blue pill after lunch with two glasses of water.
Woman: OK.

Dr.: Take the yellow pill after dinner with three glasses of water.
After giving these instructions to the woman, she asks, "Can you tell me what's wrong with me doctor?

Dr.: Yeah. You do not drink enough water.
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.