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  ISSUE 11/2016 25 April 2016  

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The Stora Enso Cup - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - was played on Friday at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West. The 34 participants had a beautiful and very enjoyable day at the foot of Mt. Fuji. Read the report below!

The next event is a Joint Nordic Business Luncheon, organized by the Swedish Chamber, with SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson on Thursday, 28 April. We still have a couple of slots, but if you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, do so soonest. More about this also below!

In May we will have a high-level dinner on Thursday 19th with Mr. Olli Rehn, Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland and his Business Delegation. Details below.

In this bulleting I also have more information about our Karuizawa Tour, which, surprisingly to some, have a lot of past and current connections to Finland. Read more below!

This week we have a new contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View", this time titled: "Dramatic Giant Quake, Business Slowdown, Election Mode in Politics ".

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SCCJ wins back the Stora Enso Cup!

The 28th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 22 April at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka Prefecture. The event was played very nice and warm spring weather with Mt. Fuji visible close-by on many holes in the morning.

34 players participated in the competition (19 from FCCJ, 15 from SCCJ), including two guests. Notable was that 22 of the players were Japanese.

After the Finnish Chamber had won the previous event in November, the Swedish Chamber got now a sweet revenge, beating the FCCJ by a clear margin, 1 stroke, 80.7 versus 81.7 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ still has six more wins than the SCCJ, 17 against 11.

For more about the event and many images, click link at right!
Thursday, 28 April
A New Normal - From Red to Black Numbers

"New Aircrafts, New Routes, New Technology, New Services"

SAS is full speed ahead into a New Normal with new aircrafts, new routes, new technology, and not the least new services. And things have taken off in a very encouraging manner with SAS reporting a dramatic turn from red to black numbers in its most recent year-end report.

In connection with celebration of 65 years of service between Japan and Scandinavia, Mr. Rickard Gustafson, the President & CEO SAS Group, will be in Tokyo and will give the members of the Nordic Chambers a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from him about the strategies and stages of implementation for SAS evolution into a New Normal.

Date & Time: Thursday, 28 April, 12:00-14:00
Place: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) [MAP]
Cost:Members: 6,500 yen, non-members: 8,500 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday, 26 April

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.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
Thursday, 19 May

On the occasion of the visit to Japan by Mr. Olli Rehn, Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland, FCCJ will organize, in cooperation with Finpro and the Embassy of Finland, a dinner on Thursday, 19 May. He will give a brief overview of the current economic climate in Finland. Minister Rehn is accompanies by a Business Delegation which will also participate in the dinner.

The Embassy and Finpro have also invited representatives from a prominent Japanse business organisation, details will be provided later when confirmed.

After the presentations we will enjoy the dinner, during which some FCCJ members will give their views on operating in Japan. Towards the end of the dinner we will have a Q&A session.

Note that due to space restrictions, this is a member only event.

Date & Time: Thursday, 19 May, 19:30-22:00 (T.B.C.)
Place: The Tokyo Club, 1-9-14, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:9,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 13 May

About Minister Olli Rehn
Olli Rehn is the Minister of Economic Affairs in Juha Sipilä's cabinet since 29 May 2015. Previously, he served as European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro of the European Commission from 2009 to 2014 and the European Commissioner for Enlargement from 2004 to 2010.

Member of Parliament, 1991-1995, 2015 to present and Member of European Parliament, 1995-1996, 2014-2015. Rehn is a member of the Centre Party of Finland.

Born in Mikkeli in 1962, Rehn studied economics, international relations, and journalism at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in the United States. He gained a master's degree in political science from the University of Helsinki in 1989, and a D.Phil. from St. Antony's College, Oxford in 1996 on the subject of "Corporatism and Industrial Competitiveness in Small European States"

Please note that we will invoice the fee in advance upon your registration.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
Friday, 11 - Saturday 12 June

An Opportunity to Experience Another Side of Japan

"Resort Living, Networking and Golf or Sightseeing & Shopping"

FCCJ will organize a tour to Karuizawa on Friday, 11 - Saturday 12 June. Departure from Tokyo, either by car or Shinkansen will be in the morning of Friday, 10 June. There are three options for transportation; a) by your own car, b) co-ride in someone else’s car (we coordinate) or b) if you prefer or there is not room in the cars, go by Shinkansen.

The program on Friday will include a lunch with the Mayor of Karuizawa, visits to Honka and Guest House (Rantasalmi) model houses and prominent projects of theirs. In the evening we will have a BBQ dinner by campsite fire at Sweet Grass. to which we plan to invite some locals. Overnight accommodation is mainly in the cottages at Sweet Grass, but for those who want to be a bit adventurous, camping is an option.

On Saturday we have two options - either golf (Karuizawa 72 Minami Course) or a sight-seeing tour, with or without shopping at the Prince Shopping Plaza. We will return to Tokyo on Saturday, 11 June in the evening by cars or Shinkansen.

For more information and to register, click link at right.
News from Finland

Professor: Russian energy dependence risky

The EU intends to decrease its dependence on importing energy, particularly from Russia. But Finland's projected increasing reliance on Russian gas and uranium has prompted some to say the situation could become risky if relations deteriorate with the country's superpower neighbour.

One EU country, the former Soviet state of Lithuania, has made great strides in shedding its dependence on Russian energy.

"History has taught us that there is nothing good to be dependent on Russia, economically or politically," Lithuania's Minister of Energy Rokas Masiulis said. "Russia uses energy as a political tool."

Finland relies on Russia for 50 percent of its energy needs and when the new nuclear power facility in Pyhajoki is complete, the need for more Russian-sourced uranium will only increase.

Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, professor of export and energy policy at the University of Helsinki says that Finland has tightly bound itself to Russian energy over the past several decades. He said those policies are integral components of the goodwill between the two countries. In other words, Finland has had a different relationship with Russia than its neighbour across the Baltic Sea, Lithuania.
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.