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  ISSUE 5/2018 26 February 2018 
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Finally I am able to confirm our main event for March, a Breakfast Meeting with Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo on Thursday, 15 March. Finnair is already the biggest (by number of flights) European airline flying to Japan but come and hear how they plan to further develop their services to make your travel to Finland and Europe even more convenient and comfortable. Read more about the event below and sign-up soon!

In this bulletin I also have information about two events in April, the Annual General Assembly held on Tuesday, 3 April at the Embassy and the Stora Enso Cup - the Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge on Friday, 13 April at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka pref. Read more about these below!

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has provided another contribution about the Olympics, this time titled "Korean Olympics: sports shine, politics stink".

Click banner at right to get a great summary of the PyeongChang Olympics, much from a Japanese perspective.

Thursday, 15 March - Joint Nordic Event organized by FCCJ

On Thursday, 15 March the FCCJ will organize in cooperation with Finnair a Joint Nordic Breakfast Meeting with one of the most prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Pekka Vauramo, the President & CEO of Finnair as our speaker.

Mr. Vauramo will talk about Finnair's Asia strategy: future steps.

Date & Time:Thursday, 15 March, 09.00-10:30
Venue: Imperial Hotel, Mai Room, Main Building 3F [MAP]
Cost:Members 5,000 yen, Guests 7,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 12 March

About Pekka Vauramo
  Mr. Varamo, born in 1957, took up the position as CEO of Finnair Plc. on 1 June 2013.
Before joining Finnair he was based in Hong Kong since 2010 working as COO of the MacGregor Business Area of Cargotec, a Finnish cargo and load handling company. Since 2007 he has served in various positions at Cargotec, such as head of Cargotec's MacGregor Business, deputy CEO of Cargotec as well as head of the Kalmar Business Unit. Mr. Vauramo started his managerial career at Sandvik, a Swedish mining and construction company, where he worked from 1985 to 2007. Vauramo holds a M.Sc. (mining) degree from Helsinki University of Technology.

About Finnair
  Finnair is one of the most innovative, safest and longest-operating airlines in the world. The airline specialises in flights between Asia and Europe, and its vision is to be the number one airline in the Nordic countries and the most desired option in Asian traffic. Finnair also strives to be among the three largest operators in transit traffic between Asia and Europe involving transfers during the trip. The growing Asian markets, fast flight connections and competitiveness form the foundation of Finnair's growth strategy.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Tuesday 13 March and "no-shows".

To register, click links at right!
Tuesday, 3 April
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 19th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held

on Tuesday, 3 April, 2017 at 17.00
at the Embassy of Finland,, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]

The General Assembly will handle matters according to Article 10 in the Articles of Association.

After the Assembly (at 18:00) we will have a dinner.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member. If space available, additional representatives from member companies can be accepted, but will charged 7,000 yen per person. To register, please click link at right, no later than Tuesday, 27 March.
Friday, 13 April - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Spring 2018

The 30th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 13 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..

The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture, which has been the venue for the event seven times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:32 and the cost is 18,040 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

Please click link at right for more information.
News from Finland

Finnish state to sell off iconic booze brand

The Finnish state-owned alcoholic drinks maker Altia, whose biggest brand is Koskenkorva vodka, announced on Friday that it plans to list its shares on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

Altia, which is fully owned by the Finnish state, is largely known for its Koskenkorva vodka, which is distilled in the village of Koskenkorva in Ostrobothnia.

"The Finnish general public has an opportunity to own a piece of a growth story based on domestic raw materials," said Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintila, referring to Altia's use of Finnish barley at its Koskenkorva plant. The flotation is part of the government's plan to sell shares in state-owned businesses.

Meanwhile, Altia's CEO Pekka Tennila said that listing the shares would enable strategic flexibility and bring "opportunities to develop the drinking culture in a responsible manner."

Even after the public offering Finland would continue as a significant shareholder in Altia. At least a third of the company's shares would remain in state ownership.

The company, whose other products include Renault and Larsen cognacs and Chill Out wines, has 700 employees.
Grin of the Week

A solution to Japan's low birth rate?

A little town had a high birth rate that had attracted the attention of the sociologists at the state university. They wrote a grant proposal; got a huge chunk of money; hired a few additional sociologists, anthropologist and a family planning and birth control specialist; moved to town; rented offices.

While the staff was busy getting ready for their big research effort, the project director decided to go to the local drugstore for a cup of coffee. He sat down at the counter, ordered his coffee, and while he was drinking it, he told the druggist what his purpose was in town, then asked him if he had any idea why the birth rate was so high.

"Sure," said the druggist. "Every morning the six o'clock train comes through here and blows for the crossing. It wakes everybody up, and, well, it's too late to go back to sleep, and it's too early to get up."
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 62 corporate members, 18 individual and two special members.