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  ISSUE 23/2016 26 September 2016 

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This is the final reminder for our next event on Wednesday, when we will have a Club Evening with the theme "Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes", details below.

The following event is the traditional European Joint Networking Party on Tuesday, 11 October, organized by the French Chamber. Details regarding that also below.

In October we also have the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup on Friday, 7 October, but unfortunately it is completely fully booked and with a rather long waiting list, so we have closed the registrations.

November is our month of Nordic cooperation and Stora Enso (our latest Premium member). First we will organize a Joint Nordic Business Luncheon on Tuesday, 1 November with one of the most prominent Nordic business leaders, Mr. Karl-Henrik Sundstrom, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stora Enso Oyj. Then on Friday, 11 November we play the golf match against the Swedish chamber, the 29th Stora Enso Cup.

And, the Nordic cooperation continues in December when the social highlight of the year for the chambers, the Scandinavian Christmas Ball is held on Wednesday 7th!
More about these events in my coming bulletins!

Our productive Aoyama View columnist has also this week crafted a new contrubution, this time titled: "In autumn downpours, Japan's wheels are slipping".

Click banner at right for a good update on recent global and national issues, also some positive ones!

Wednesday, 28 September - FCCJ Networking Event

Our next Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 28 September at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, is a networking party with a theme, "Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes".

We will have three presenters from Finns involved in the Japanese retail business who will give their views on retailing in Japan and perhaps what makes it different from what it is in Finland.

  • Arto Lindblom, Professor, Marketing, Aalto University

  • Teemu Eskelinen, Rakuten Inc., EC Consultant, Wine & Alcohol Category Group, East Japan Food & Drink Section, E-commerce Company

  • Laura Kopilow, Rakuten Inc., Campaign Manager at Ad Solutions Business

  • Arto Lindblom has studied in depth the strategies, processes and management systems in retailing also in Japan in his research project "Global marketplaces and ecosystems in retailing" funded by Tekes.

    Date & Time:Wednesday, 28 September, 18:30-21:00
    Place: 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 noon on Tuesday, 29 September

    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.
    Tuesday, 11 October - European Chamber Event organized by the French Chamber
    European Joint Networking Party

    Mix and mingle with fellow Europeans in the lavish interior of the Galaxy Room of the ANA InterContinental! Attracting a crowd of more than 200 guests every year, it is the must-attend event for networking with business people from all over Europe.

    The Austrian, Belgian-Luxembourgish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers as well as the Tokyo Chamber will be represented.

    Come prepared with your business cards: meet new contacts, develop business leads and catch up with friends and business partners! A delightful and festive evening featuring fine food and wines courtesy of Baron Philippe de Rothschild awaits you.

    We are looking forward to welcoming you and your colleagues or friends, so be sure to confirm your attendance quickly as tickets sell fast!

    Organized by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan
    Co-organized by the Tokyo CCI and 11 European Chambers in Japan.

    Date & Time:Tuesday, 11 October, 19.00-21:00
    Venue: ANA InterContinental , Galaxy Room B1F [MAP]
    Cost:8,000 yen for FCCJ members, non-members 10,000 yen
    Registration:by Tuesday, 4 October
    (Cancellation after this date or no show will be fully charged)

    The European Chambers and the Tokyo Chamber are looking forward to welcoming you and your colleagues or friends, so be sure to confirm your attendance quickly as tickets sell fast!
    Please click link at right to register.

    News from Finland

    Metsa Fibre plant to meet new demand, make electricity

    In an increasingly paper-free world some may have thought that the Finnish paper products industry's days were numbered. But the people behind Metsa Fibre's new pulp facility that's under construction in aanekoski say demand for their products is increasing - and that the facility will produce the equivalent of 2.5 percent of Finland's energy.

    The company Metsa Fibre is investing heavily in a new facility in the town of Aanekoski which - when completed - will produce not only wood by-products but also generate the equivalent to 2.5 percent of Finland's energy needs.

    Two-thirds of the construction of Metsa Fibres' giant complex in aanekoski is already complete. The new facility will give the company a needed boost to meet increased worldwide demand for pulp materials, but also other materials.

    "Pulp is our main product, because global demand for it goes up about one to one and a half percent every year," Camilla Wikström, the construction project's chief says.

    In its promotion Metsa Group is trying to underscore the modern, innovative technologies at the new plant. Rather than using the more outdated term 'pulp mill,' Metsa is calling the new fibre facility a bio-product plant.
    Grin of the Week

    Unexpected diagnosis...

    A woman had some problems, so she went to her doctor of twenty years. They had the following conversation:
    Dr.: Take the red pill after breakfast with one glass of water. Woman: OK.

    Dr: Take the blue pill after lunch with two glasses of water. Woman: OK.

    Dr.: Take the yellow pill after dinner with three glasses of water. After giving these instructions to the woman, she asks, "Can you tell me what's wrong with me doctor?
    Dr.: Yeah. You do not drink enough water.
    Have a goo week &
    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.