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  ISSUE 11/2018 26 April 2018 
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Ahead of the Golden Week in Japan, this is the last reminder for our next event is the 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 cocktail. Read more below.

In the plans is an event late May, more about that in next issues, but for June we have confirmed the Joint Chambers Summer Cocktail on Thu. 7 June, read more below.

The second FCCJ Fishing Tour on Sat. 23 June. As we have limited space on the fishing tour, better sign up early. To do so, and for more information, click here.

We are currently running the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence survey on behalf of all foreign chambers in Japan. I have sent out the survey announcement to our Finnish affiliated companies, but if you missed it and have not yet participated in the survey, click here.

Also this time we have a new contribution from our "Aoyama View" columnist, This time titled "Political spectacle approaches grand finale - people's trust sinking ever lower".
Click banner for a great insight in the current political issues in Japan and globally!

Team Finland organizes on Tuesday, 8 May a seminar on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The landmark agreement will pave the way for significant market opportunities in a new joint free trade zone consisting of 630 million people with strong purchasing power, accounting for nearly one third of global GDP.

Join us for the seminar to find out how your company can benefit from the agreement and what you need to be aware of to fully utilize its impact on your business. We will have two experts on the agreement from the Trade and Economic Section of the EU Delegation to Japan, Ms. Marjut Hannonen, Minister-Counsellor, Head of Trade and Economic Section and Ms. Mervi Kahlos, Counsellor.

The seminar is followed by a Networking Cocktail from 17:30.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 8 May, 16.00-20:00
Seminar 16.00-17:30, Networking Coctail 17:30 -
Venue: Embassy of Finland, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Free of charge
Registration:by Wednesday, 1 May

For more information, incl. the full program, and to register, click link below!
Note that this is a members only event.
One of the most popular joint chamber functions of the year, this party attracts more than 300 business people from different chambers, for an evening of great food, drink, fun and networking at Roppongi Hills Club!

Do register soon for this event, as tickets will sell out quickly!

This event is organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan with support from more than 10 other foreign Chambers in Tokyo. Joint chamber events are a fantastic opportunity for members and friends of participating chambers to make new contacts, and grow their networks

  Date & Time:Thursday, 7 June, 18.30-21:00
 Venue: Roppongi Hills Club, 51F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku [MAP]
  Cost:Members 8,500 yen, others 10,000 yen
  Registration:by Monday, 28 May

Food and Drink: Buffet meal with free-flowing beverages including wine, beer, soft drinks, and cocktails are available on cash bar.

To sign-up, please click link at right!
Wednesday, 30 May: BLCCJ Seminar
Delighting Customers in Japan XVII

Japan is known as one of the most challenging markets in the world. Whether your business is start-up, long-established, or somewhere in between, you are probably confronted daily with the issue "how to delight customers?"

Because there is not a single answer to this very fascinating question, the Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BLCCJ) launched in 2001 "Delighting Customers in Japan", an annual seminar where a number of top executives share their ideas and experiences about the challenges of succeeding in this perplexing market.

Following the great success of the event formula, the BLCCJ is very pleased to organize the 17th edition in 2018, where we will welcome again 3 distinguished speakers who will share with us their strategies, experiences and insights regarding their businesses in Japan:

  • Dr. Florian Kohlbacher, Director, Economist Corporate Netw. North Asia, The Economist Group
  • Mr. Teddy Lee, Chairman, Yokohama Chinatown Development Association
  • Mr. Shigeru Takagaki, President and Representative Director, Delvaus Japan K.K.

  • Details:
      Date & Time:Wednesday, 30 May, 18.30-21:00
     Venue: BNP Paribas offices, GranTokyo North Tower, Marunouchi [MAP]
      Cost:Members 5,000 yen, Guests 7,000 yen
      Registration:by Thursday, 24 May

    The seminar will be followed by an open panel discussion with Q&A, and by a networking cocktail from 20:00 onwards. We hope you can join us.

    For more information, incl. speakers' profiles and registration, click link below!
    News from Finland

    Finnair posts first-quarter profits, plans 15% capacity boost

    Finnair has posted its 14th consecutive quarter of growth, with a profit of nearly four million euros from January through March.

    The airlinefs comparable operating result swung to a profit of 3.9 million euros. During the same period of last year it lost nine million euros.

    The flag carrier has remained mostly profitable since late 2016, following an era of losses.

    Pekka Vauramo, who took over as CEO in mid-2013, said he was pleased with the latest stats, as the early part of the year is usually the weakest. Analysts surveyed by Reuters had expected an operating loss of 2.7 million.

    "For the first time in ten years we achieved a profitable comparable operating result in the first quarter, carrying a record three million passengers as well as expanding capacity by nearly one fifth in a quarter that is traditionally the weakest for us," said Vauramo. Analysts surveyed by Reuters had expected an operating loss of 2.7 million.

    Tougher competition seen on Asian and American routes
    Fuel costs, including hedging results and emissions-trading costs, rose by 14 percent. Most of that was due to volume growth, but emission-trading costs was the fastest-growing item in the category. Analysts surveyed by Reuters had expected an operating loss of 2.7 million.

    Finnair expects international air travel to grow briskly this year, with increasing competition on routes linking Europe with both Asia and North America. Finnair plans to boost its capacity by more than 15 percent this year, and to carry nearly three million passengers.
    Grin of the Week

    Communicate your thoughts?

    A little girl and a little boy were at day care one day. The girl approaches the boy and says, "Hey Tommy, wanna play house?"

    He says, "Sure! What do you want me to do?"
    The girl replies, "I want you to communicate your thoughts."

    "Communicate my thoughts?" said a bewildered Tommy. "I have no idea what that means."

    The little girl smirks and says, "Perfect. You can be the husband."
    For my readers in Japan, hope you enjoy the Golden Week and for all
    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.