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  ISSUE 28/2017 26 September 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

When we are soon into October, it is time to start planning for the social highlight of the year for the Nordic chambers, the Scandinavian Christmas Ball held on Thursday, 7 December!
Registration for the event has now been opened. Click banner above for more.

We will have two events in October in addition to the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup on 6 October, which is fully booked - first the CLIC event with Nespresso on Thursday, 19 October and then on Thursday, 26 October the European Joint Chamber Networking Party, more about those below.

On Wednesday, 1 November we organize in cooperation with the Embassy the second part of Finland's 100 Anniversary celebrations a Business Reception at the Embassy. Please note that the registration dead-line is 13 October, more information below.

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has provided a new article. This time titled "North Korea boost Abe popularity - opportunity to extend his rule ".

More on the North Korea issue but also Japanese politics and trade issues, plus some sports of course. Click banner at right to find out more!

Thursday, 19 October - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC
Nespresso - Conquering Japan with the Ultimate Coffee Experience

CLIC is an organization of 9 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan for the purpose of organizing innovative networking events to enable trading of ideas between the members of the participating chambers.

CLIC consists of the Austrian Business Council, Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned premium coffee. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 62 countries and has more than 10,500 employees.

At the 5th CLIC Event Mr. Alexander Schoenegger, President & Representative Director, Nestle Nespresso Japan KK, will reveal the secrets behind Nespresso's success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the coffee market.
Date & Time:Thursday, 19 October, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Sweden, 1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, others 6,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 16 October

About Alexander Schoenegger

Alex Schoenegger was born in 1970 in Vienna, Austria and graduated from WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) in 1995. He has also earned a Master of Science degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1994. He speaks English, French, German, and Greek.

Alex has spent his professional career at Nestle in various business divisions, such as Nestle Professional, Nestle Waters and Nespresso. Before taking up his current position at Nespresso in Tokyo in September 2014, he served 3.5 years as Market Director Benelux, from 2007 to 2011 as Market Director Asian Region in Singapore and from 2005 to 2007 as International Channel Manager at the company headquarters.

To register, please click link at right!!
Thursday, 26 October - European Chamber Event organized by the French Chamber
European Joint Networking Party

The French Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the newest edition of its traditional European Joint Chamber Networking Party. 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 one-of-a-kind event will be held Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the MIXX Bar & Lounge, offering a dynamic setting for networking with a stunning view of Tokyo's skyscrapers from the 36th floor of the ANA Intercontinental Hotel. An evening of networking with fine food and free-flow wine courtesy of Baron Philippe de Rothschild awaits you.

You will be able to meet members of the Belgian-Luxembourg, British, Dutch, Finnish, French, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Swiss Chambers as well as the Tokyo Chamber.

We look forward to welcoming you, your colleagues, partners and friends! Come enjoy the most diverse evening of the year and build a network of contacts all over Europe!

Organized by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan.
Co-organized by the Tokyo CCI and 10 European Chambers in Japan.

Date & Time:Thursday, 26 October, 19.00-21:00
Venue: ANA InterContinental , 36F, MIXX Bar & Lounge [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen for FCCJ members, non-members 9,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 16 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!

To register, please click link at right!
Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - FCCJ Special Event
Finland's 100th Anniversary Business Reception

As part of the Centenary of Finland's Independence celebrations in Japan, the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and the Embassy of Finland organize a Business Reception at the Embassy on Wednesday, 1 November from 18:30-21:00.

The reception is hosted by Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari and will focus on business and trade relations between Finland and Japan. At the reception we can also enjoy entertainment from Finland and Finnish food and drinks. Confirmed entertainment so far include the "We Love Finland" DJ show guiding you through a prime selection of the first 100 years of Finnish music with visuals on a large screen.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 1 November, 18.30-21:00
Venue:Embassy of Finland, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members and their guests 6,000 yen, others 8,000 yen (if space available)
Registration:by Friday, 13 October

To register, please click link at right! If you are interested to become one of the supporters of this event (see current below), contact me.
Restart of the EBC Human Resources Committee

The European Business Council (EBC) has for a long time had a Human Resources Committee. Unfortunately with the departure of the previous Human Resources Committee chairman this committee has become dormant. We would therefore very much like to re-start the HR Committee. Previously, the efforts of the committee were aimed largely at visa policies, with the successful result that today there is no need for a re-entry permit except in some very limited cases, and the former three-year limit on work visas has been extended to five years.

However, many EBC members now have various programmes for diversification and inclusion. In parallel to this the Japanese Government is also allocating considerable resources to change the Japanese labour market from several aspects. The Japanese Government has just set up a 13-member group to discuss "revolution in human resources development" and we would like to be in a position to respond to the panel's interim report scheduled for the end of this year.

For these reasons, we would like to call for a kick-off meeting inviting all EBC members and Chamber Colleagues who might be interested in joining this committee and working on this broader range of issues. This meeting would be a perfect opportunity for you to let us know of your opinions and also to take a lead in the EBC's HR related policy to make certain that it is useful for you.

The EBC is therefore inviting interest parties to an exploratory meeting on 11 October from 9:00-10:00 at the EBC office.

Please register for the meeting at

News from Finland

Aktia Bank shutting 10 branches, cutting 100 jobs

Finnish bank Aktia has announced that it is cutting staff by 100 people and shutting 10 of its branches around the country. The bank said employer-employee negotiations about the restructuring plans wrapped up on Monday.

Aktia said that after codetermination talks at Aktia Bank and Aktia Life Insurance, 260 positions were eliminated while 160 new posts were created, resulting in 100 employees losing their jobs.

The bank said it is merging office branches at Espoo centre, Espoonlahti, east Helsinki, Kannelmäki, Bromarv, Tenala, Kerava, Solf, Oravais and Nykarleby with nearby branches.

The changes at Aktia will be carried out in stages, the bank said, and the affected branch offices would close during this year.

The bank said 10 branches would serve as competence centres in the future: Karjaa, Espoo Tapiola, Helsinki Kolme Seppää, Vantaa Tikkurila, Porvoo, Turku, Tampere, Pietarsaari, Vaasa Torikonttori and Oulu.

The bank also announced that it is rebranding their branches as customer service units.
Grin of the Week

Silent treatment contest

A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight.. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, "Please wake me at 5:00 AM." He left it where he knew she would find it.

The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 7:00 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed.

The paper said, "It is 5:00 AM. Wake up."

Men are not equipped for this kind of contest.
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.