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  ISSUE 6/2017 24 February 2017 
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The first Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening organized by the Swedish Chamber on Tuesday, 21 February, themed Cybersecurity - The Two-Edged Sword of Social Media , was a success, at least based on the very active interaction between the panelists and audience. Read the report below.

We will have two events in March, the second Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening on Thursday, 16th and then an event for our younger (under 35...) members, a Young Professionals Networking Party on Thursday the 30th, organized by the British chamber in cooperation with 14 other foreign chambers in Japan, incl. FCCJ. Read more about these below!

Again this week we have a new contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View", titled "Populism, Ignorance and Isolationism Leads to Mayhem and Mess ".

Click banner at right for a insightful update on current Japanese and international affairs!

Report from Joint Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening on Tue. 21 February

Did you know that just a simple thing like connecting your smartphone to an open and free WiFi point to check in at your Facebook account could be the opportunity for an attacker to get in and start messing around with your corporate computer system!

There are a number of simple things to watch out for that can be a major threat to your private and corporate cybersecurity if not properly handled. Keiron Cashell from SCCJ corporate member GPlus Media, and Keith Martin and Antti Tuomi from FCCJ corporate member F-Secure shared their experiences and expertise to identify possible dangers and discuss what companies, and individuals, can and should do to protect themselves - both preemptively and in a damage control scenario.

There was plenty of time for questions and discussions, mingle and networking with drinks and some food. The event was attended by 30 members from four Nordic Chambers, 7 from FCCJ.

For more about the event, click link at right!
Thursday, 16 March - Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening organized by the SCCJ
The second Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening has this time the theme "Designing a Sucessful Interview Process".

A panel of experienced recruiters, i.e. Oscar Lundin from EnWorld, Karim Hakam from Morgan McKinley, and Johan Larsson from Robert Walters, will again be sharing their recruiting and hiring experiences, this time on the very difficult subject: "How to structure and organise the candidate interview process to make sure you get not just A Person for the job but the Right Person for the job?"

We are also inviting an experienced HR Director from a SCCJ corporate member company (name to be announced soon) who will start up the Knowledge Evening by sharing findings and things to consider based on own experiences.

And there will be plenty of time for questions and discussions, and mingle and networking with drinks and some food before the seminar starts, all of which is the core of a Knowledge Evening.

Details:
 
Date & Time:Thursday, 16 March, 18.30-20:30
Place: Embassy of Sweden
1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members 3,000 yen, others 4,000 yen
Registration:by by Tuesday, 14 March

To register, please click link at right. We collect the fee at the venue. Note that we have to invoice the fee for cancellations after 14 March and "no-shows".
Thursday, 30 March - Joint Chamber Event organized by the BCCJ
Join us for the first Joint Young Professionals Networking Event hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ), in association with fourteen other Chambers of Commerce in Japan.

Enjoy sweeping city views from the 36th floor of the ANA InterContinental as we take exclusive use of MIXX Bar for an informal networking evening with Tokyo's brightest and best young professionals.

Make friends, make valuable new connections and enjoy an evening of friendly exchange over free-flow drinks and food, and gain insights and advice from other chamber members on how to navigate the diverse opportunities and transitions you currently face in your career. Bring plenty of business cards and be prepared to expand your network. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please note this event is for FCCJ members and their guests 35 years old or younger. Places are very limited to please book early.

Details:
 
Date & Time:Thursday, 30 March, 19.00-21:00
Place: ANA InterContinental Tokyo, MIXX Bar, 36F [MAP]
Cost:Members 5,000 yen, others 7,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 24 March

To register, please click link at right. We collect the fee at the venue. Note that we have to invoice the fee for cancellations after 24 March and "no-shows".
Friday, 19 May - Concert and Reception at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

As part of the Centenary of Finlandfs Independence celebrations in Japan, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, will tour Japan in May. The concert program includes representative works by the national composer Jean Sibelius. Also a collection of Moomin artworks by Tove Jansson from the Tampere Moomin Museum will be displayed in the concert venues.

The Embassy of Finland and FCCJ will jointly organize a reception hosted by H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari after the first concert on Friday, 19 May at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno. The concert starts at 19:00 and the reception will follow immediately after, at around 21:00 in the foyer of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

Thanks to the bulk discount on tickets we have got from the organizers and support from the Embassy for the reception, we are able to offer you a reasonable package price for the Concert (SS seats, the most premium) and Reception; 13,500 yen per person (regular price for SS seat is 12,000 yen).

We hope you would take this unique opportunity to invite guest (clients, partners, etc.) and staff to this event. Note that due to space restrictions at the reception, we limit the number of persons to 100, on first come - first served basis. So please make your reservation early! Note that you can make a tentatve reservation now to secure your seats and confirm the number later.

For more about the concert and to reseve tickets already now, please click links below!
Renewable solutions showcased by Stora Enso at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti

Stora Enso has brought a wide range of renewable products to the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland, in order to contribute to a sustainable event. The company has been working in close cooperation with the Lahti2017 organisers to promote the use of renewable raw materials and sustainable solutions. Stora Enso is the presenting sponsor of the games, which opened today.

"The Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti are a great opportunity for Stora Enso to show how everything that is made with fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow," says Karl-Henrik Sundström, Stora Ensofs CEO. "Sports events are great experiences. As shown in a recent survey, the events would be even more satisfying if spectators know that they are sustainably organised. Renewable wood-based materials are one of the key solutions that can reduce the carbon footprint of any event."

"Using renewable materials for packaging, biomaterials, wood products and paper in the games is a good start, but beyond that we see even greater opportunities with creating sustainable events. Trees absorb carbon dioxide during their lifetime, and products made from wood provide low-carbon alternatives to many products made from non-renewable materials. At Stora Enso, we are constantly innovating and developing new solutions made of wood," adds Sundström.

The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships will run from 22 February to 5 March 2017 in Lahti, Finland.

News from Finland

Environment Minister: Finland carbon neutral by 2045

Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen says that Nordic countries should be world leaders in climate policy. He says Finland could reach its Paris Climate Agreement goals well ahead of schedule and be carbon-neutral by the year 2045. Environmental organisations and the Green Party disagree with the proposal.

Last November, governments throughout the world signed on to the Paris climate accord to try and get a grip on their carbon emissions. The agreement was ratified by 132 countries, Finland among them.

Now, Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen claims the government could reach its target of becoming carbon neutral even earlier than the agreement estimates.

Tiilikainen holds that Finland could meet the goals by the year 2045, meaning that the country would have a quarter of a century to achieve its goal after the Paris Agreement's country-specific measures are set to begin in 2020.

"Sweden has a similar schedule," the minister says. "The Nordic countries could well develop their carbon neutrality together."

Technically carbon neutrality means cutting CO2 emissions so that they are absorbed by the country's abundant natural forests.

Green Party chair Ville Niinistö doesn't buy the government's line. His party has criticised the government's climate-change-averting measures for being halting at best - and says logging could even endanger Finland's forests' role as a major carbon 'sink'.

"The government's plans to fell some 80 million cubic metres of trees every year represent not just steps but leaps backward in Finnish climate policy," Niinistö says. "They endanger natural diversity, weaken the natural states of valuable forests, gnaw away at nature tourism and the recreational use of natural spaces."

Tiilikainen defends the tree-felling plan for its assumed positive effects on employment and export gains, and says the decreased carbon sinks can be replenished in time.

Figures from the Finnish Environment Institute and the Natural Resources Institute suggest that logging will effectively nullify Finland's emissions cuts - Paris agreement or no Paris agreement.
Grin of the Week

Perhaps not the right teacher...

The teacher asked little Johnny if he knows his numbers.

"Yes," he said. "I do. My father taught me." "Good. What comes after three." "Four," answers the boy.

"What comes after six?" "Seven."

"Very good," says the teacher. "Your dad did a good job. What comes after ten?"

"A Jack."

Have a nice weelend &
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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