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  ISSUE 20/2017 26 June 2017 
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This is the last reminder Club Evening on Thursday (29 June) where ARQIS Law Foreign Office will brief us on legal issues in Japan. Read more below and if you plan to participate, sign up at latest on Wednesday, if you have not done it yet!

After the summer break, our first event is the traditional Yakatabune event, the "Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise" on Friday, 25 August.

For our golfers who have not yet signed up for the Mercedes-Benz Cole Haan Cup on Friday, 6 October; sign up soon if you plan to participate, see below! The event is still more than 3 months away but after just one week of registration, more than 60% of the 144 slots are taken.

Before leaving for his summer sojourn to Finland our "Aoyama View" columnist made a new contribution, this time titled "Anniversaries and Memories: Finland, Japan, USA". Much about Finland's 100 year of independence and what has happened in that period, but also about current political issues in Japan. Click banner at right to find out more!

Thursday, 29 June - FCCJ Club Evening

Our next Club Evening, held on Thursday, 29 June at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, is a networking event with the theme, "How to Tackle Legal Issues Foreign Companies Face in Japan".

Ulrich Kirchhoff and Tobias Schiebe, Foreign Attorneys-at-Law/Legal, at one of our newest member company, ARQIS Foreign Law Office, and their Japanese colleague Takashi Yoneyama from TMI Associates will give us an insight in how to solve legal issues that foreign companies operating in Japan might face as well as an update on the current legal developments companies in Japan need to know (data protection, labor law, etc.).

They will also explain their "Members-for-members" free first consultation service for FCCJ members!

Date & Time:Thursday, 29 June, 18.30-21:00
Venue: Scandinavian Center, 2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Including buffet and free flowing drinks
Registration:by Tuesday, 27 June

About ARQIS Foreign Law Office
  ARQIS Foreign Law Office is the Tokyo office of an originally German-based law firm with offices in Munich and Dusseldorf. The Tokyo office is operating as a joint enterprise with the Japanese law firm TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan. Since more than 20 years ARQIS/TMI is particularly serving European investors to Japan in all areas of corporate and commercial law, M&A, labor law, data protection, anti-trust and competition law, dispute resolution, litigation and negotiation support.
For more, go to:

To register, click link at right. 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.
Friday, 25 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last seven 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 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 25 August. Thanks to our sponsors, the participation fee for members and their guests is substantially subsidized.

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. For images from last year's event, click here.

Date & Time:Friday, 25 August, 18.30-21:00
Embarkation: Funayado Miuraya, 1-1-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku , Tokyo
Cost:9,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 18 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 links at right.
Friday, 6 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Cole Haan Cup 2016 - Registration Open!

We are pleased to announce that the 15th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup, will be played on Friday, 6 October, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force, 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 Thursday, 12 October at Mercedes-Benz Connection. Free for the players and their significant other.

The registration for the event has now been opened. The player registration fee is 3,000 yen and is non-refundable, the remaining participation fee is 21,700 yen and paid directly to the Club after play. The total fee of 24,700 yen covers, the green fee, caddie, lunch, beverages, buffet at the awards reception, and fantastic prizes.

It is important that you sign-up early because we expect this yearfs event, as last year, will be fully booked well in advance of the registration dead-line. Note that bus transportation is free for the 40 first to sign-up for it.

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
Revised Data Protection Law in Japan

The revised Act on the Protection of Personal Information in Japan, effective as of 30 May 2017, sets new standards for the handling of personal information in Japan. The enclosed special newsletter shall serve as a cautionary reminder of the changed legal environment and provides an overview of measures business operators need to consider if not already taken.

Please do not hesitate to contact ARQIS (Mr Kirchhoff or Mr Schiebe) under if you have any questions in this respect.
News from Finland

Toyota makes an investment into Finland

Finnish MaaS Global, the developer of the concept of Mobility as a Service (MaaS), has raised over 10 million euros in a recent funding round.

The round was led by Toyota Financial Services of Japan and its insurance partner Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Company. The investment matches both companiesf aim to make mobility services a part of their business as interest in car ownership declines in big cities.

gWe are very pleased to partner with MaaS Global and work together on the development of multi-modal mobility solutions,h says Riki Inuzuka, CEO of Toyota Financial Services. gThe vision and business model of MaaS Global marries with Toyotafs strategic objective to serve the mobility needs of our current and future customers.h

With the investment, MaaS Globalfs Whim app will scale its services to international MaaS markets. The app was recently launched in Helsinki, and this year it will also go live in the West Midlands in the UK and in the Amsterdam area in the Netherlands. In the next five years, the company intends to expand its services to all forms of transport worldwide.

gCooperation with one of the best-known brands in the world is extremely positive news for us,h notes Sampo Hietanen, founder and CEO of MaaS Global. gToyotafs global network, high-quality R&D and genuinely customer-oriented culture will give our company a strong lead as it grows towards being the largest player in its sector.h

MaaS Global, being the worldfs first mobility operator, was established in April 2015. The Whim app enables users to plan journeys and purchase various mobility services through a single service.
Grin of the Week

Catching all

A man was speeding down the highway, feeling secure among cars all traveling at the same speed. However, as they passed a speed trap, he got nailed with an infrared speed detector and was pulled over.

The officer handed him the citation and was about to walk away when the man asked, "Officer, I know I was speeding, but I don't think it's fair - there were plenty of other cars around me who were going just as fast, so why did *I* get the ticket?"

"Ever go fishing?" the policeman suddenly asked the man.

"Ummm, yeah..." the man replied.

The officer grinned and added, "Do you ever catch all the fish?"
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.