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  ISSUE 10/2017 27 March 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We have had some rainy and cold days in Tokyo so even though the Meteorological Agency has declared that the cherry blossom has officially begun, I have not seen much yet and I am a bit doubtful if the peak would occur this weekend as the Agency predicts. Millions of people across the country look forward to the annual event, holding hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) parties underneath the trees in parks. But for many perhaps the drinks are more important than the cherry-blossom...

This is the last reminder of our Annual General Assembly held on Monday, 3 April at The Tokyo Club. If you are a FCCJ member and have not yet signed up, do so at latest on Thursday! Details below.

Then follows the Stora-Enso Cup of Friday, 21 April. We have already 18 players signed up for the FCCJ team but there is space for more. Read more below!

In this bulletin I also have more information about Slush Tokyo, including several Nordic side events held on the day before (28th) the main event on 29 and 30 March.

Our columnist in "Aoyama View" has spent the cold and rainy weather wisely and has made new contribution, titled "Questions Unanswered, Unasked - Lifestyle and Surveys Bring Light".

Click banner at right to untangle a wide variety of issues - from politics and money to lifestyle, culture and sports.

Monday, 3 April
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 18th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held

on Monday, 3 April, 2017 at 17.00
at the Tokyo Club,, 1-9-14, Roppongi, 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.

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 Thursday, 30 March.
Friday, 21 April - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Spring 2017

The 30th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 21 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 six 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).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Friday, 19 May - Concert and Reception at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

As part of the Centenary of Finland's Independence celebrations in Japan, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, will tour Japan in May. The concert program includes representative works by the national composer Jean Sibelius. Also a collection of Moomin artworks by Tove Jansson from the Tampere Moomin Museum will be displayed in the concert venues.

The Embassy of Finland and FCCJ will jointly organize a reception hosted by H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari after the first concert on Friday, 19 May at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno. The concert starts at 19:00 and the reception will follow immediately after, at around 21:00 in the foyer of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

Thanks to the bulk discount on tickets we have got from the organizers and support from the Embassy for the reception, we are able to offer you a reasonable package price for the Concert (SS seats, the most premium) and Reception; 13,500 yen per person (regular price for SS seat is 12,000 yen).

We hope you would take this unique opportunity to invite guest (clients, partners, etc.) and staff to this event. Note that due to space restrictions at the reception, we limit the number of persons to 100, on first come - first served basis. So please make your reservation early! Note that you can make a tentatve reservation now to secure your seats and confirm the number later.

For more about the concert and to reseve tickets already now, please click links below!
This year Slush is coming back to Tokyo on March 29 - 30, 2017, welcoming you all startups, investors, media, attendees and students. We are expecting to have 5,000 attendees including 500 startups, 200 investors from across the globe.

This year, Slush Tokyo is inviting top-tier speakers. The latest addotions to the impressive line-up include Carlos Ghosn, Chairman & CEO of Renault-Nissan Alliance and Garrett Camp, Chairman & Founder of Uber, Founder of Expa.

FCCJ members get a 15% discount on the registration fee. Please  mail me  for the discount code.

There will be a number of Nordic side events on the day before the main events, i.e.

March 28, 9:30-13:00
Japanese Market Entry Session by Hakuhodo and Reaktor at Startup Hub Tokyo. Join us for a joint event where we get to hear about the overview of the Japanese market and the best case presentations on how to enter it.
Find the invitation attached.
RSVP to the event here.

March 28 18:00
FinnCamp gathering at ØL.
RSVP to the event here.

March 28 19:00-23:00
The #NordicMade Mixer gathering at ØL by Oslo Business Region, Slush, Oslo Innovation Week and the rest of the Nordic community. Networking and mingeling promised. Letfs warm our batteries before two intensive days at Slush.
Find the invitation attached
RSVP to the event here.

News from Finland

PM Sipila "content" with Rome declaration - includes Finnish EU goals

All remaining 27 European Union countries signed an official vote of confidence in the union that leaders put their names to on Saturday, the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Finland's Prime Minister says he is happy with the contents of the declaration.

Prime Minister Juha Sipila says he is content with the declaration signed in Rome on Saturday wherein the remaining 27 EU member states committed to adhering to the union's principles for the next decade.

EU leaders signed the declaration in Rome, in the very same room where 60 years previously the Treaty of Rome was signed, creating the European Economic Community (EEC), a precursor to the European Union.

Sipila says that the three-page-long declaration includes many goals important to Finland, such as developing internal markets and defense cooperation. The declaration states that the EU will commit to "strengthening its joint defense" and better integrating its military industry.

It is likely that not all member states will go along with all of the targets presented in the declaration spanning 10 years.

"It's OK for members to go at different paces, it isn't a threat to the unity of the EU," Sipila told reporters after the signing ceremony.

In 60 years the EU has expanded from a six-country coalition to a union spanning 28 countries - 27 after Brexit.
Grin of the Week

Needs before obligation...

Psychiatrist: What is wrong with your brother?
Sister: He thinks he's a chicken.
Psychiatrist: How long has be been acting like a chicken?
Sister: Three years. We would have come in sooner, but we needed the eggs.
Have a great 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.