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  ISSUE 16/2015 24 June 2015  
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The FCCJ Office will take a rather early summer break so note that we will be closed from Friday (26th) afternoon until Wednesday, 15 July. I will read my emails occasionally, but please do not expect an immediate response. Thank you for your understanding!

We have three events fixed 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 the Yakatabune and golf event, more aboiut the luncheon after our holiday!

This week we also have a fresh edition in the Aoyama View column, this time titled: ""World No.1 City? The Difficulty of Passing New Laws, the Easiness of Spending a Lot ".

Click banner at right for a timely update, and many opinions!

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.

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

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.

The registration for the event has now been opened. The participation fees are a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,700 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, for a total of 24,700 yen. Note that bus transportation is free for the 40 first to sign-up for it.

Sponsoring the event
If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Your contribution could be either money or goods/services. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services).

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

Threat to Finland?

Ilta-Sanomat has a double page spread on the ongoing controversy surrounding Russian purchases of real estate in Finland. The paper asked experts from Estonia and Sweden about the topic, and they got the answer that of course, they are a threat.

"The general Estonian opinion is that old EU and Nato countries have up to now been a little too relaxed or even naive about Russia," said Martin Hurt from the ICDS think tank, which is funded by the Estonian Defence Ministry.

The issue is on the agenda as the new finns Party Defence Minister has said he will act - and the paper reckons it's high time.

"The Russian general staff certainly has lots of military plans for Finland," said Tomas Ries, the rector of the Swedish defence university. That doesn't mean that they're going to attack, but the plans are ready.

Grin of the Week

Who's the real boss?

A henpecked husband was advised by a psychiatrist to assert himself. "You don't have to let your wife bully you," he said. "Go home and show her you're the boss."

The husband decided to take the doctor's advice. He went home, slammed the door, shook his fist in his wife's face, and growled, "From now on you're taking orders from me. I want my supper right now, and when you get it on the table, go upstairs and lay out my clothes. Tonight I am going out with the boys. You are going to stay at home where you belong. Another thing, you know who is going to tie my bow tie?"

"I certainly do," said his wife calmly, "the undertaker."
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.