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  ISSUE 8/2018 26 March 2018 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This is the last reminder for our Annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 3 April at the Embassy. If you are a member and have not signed up yet, do so before tomorrow evening if you plan to attend!
See more information below.

The following event is the Stora Enso Cup - the Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge on Friday, 13 April at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka pref. We have already 31 players registered but still room for some more. Details below!

Our first event in May the comprehensive Team Finland Seminar regarding the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU Delegation to Japan EPA specialists Marjut Hannonen and Mervi Kahlos on Tuesday, 8 May at the Embassy, starting at 16:00 followed by a networking reception. Details in next bulletin!

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has provided a new contribution, this time titled "Trump Unchained and Abelympics - Can PM Make the Party?".

Click banner at right for great read on current political and trade issues, but also on what makes Finns happy!

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 hosted by Minister-Counsellor Juha Niemi.

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 and to sign up.
News from Finland

Nordea bans investment funds from buying Facebook shares

Nordea has temporarily banned the purchase of Facebook shares after revelations that it had indirectly shared millions of Facebook users' data with a Donald Trump-linked analytics firm.

"We are now putting the brakes on", said Katarina Hammar from Nordea's responsible investments unit.

Nordea funds have been barred from buying Facebook shares for three months, but retain the right to sell them.

At the moment, only one of Nordea's funds owns Facebook shares. That fund invests in companies that meet standards on human rights, environmental protection and employee rights, according to the fund manager's assessment. In that fund, Facebook shares make up under 2 percent of the portfolio.

Facebook recently landed in hot water after revelations that data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, which has ties to President Trump's election campaign, acquired and used data from 50 million Facebook users without their consent.
Grin of the Week

The Old Sea Captain

An old sea captain with one wooden leg, one hook replacing a missing hand, and one missing eye goes into a bar.

The sailor sitting next to him says, "You're really in bad shape. What happened to your leg?"
"I fell overboard," says the Captain, "and before my mates could pull me aboard, a shark bit it off."

"Terrible," says the sailor. "And what happened to your hand?"
"We attacked a man-o'-war," says the Captain, "and one of the attackees chopped it off with a saber."

"Awful," says the sailor. "And how did you lose your eye?"
"Seagull droppings," says the Captain.

"Amazing," says the sailor. "I didn't know seagull droppings could put your eye out."
"Can't," says the Captain. "But it was my first day with the hook."
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.