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  ISSUE 14/2017 27 April 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The report from the 31st Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey has just been completed. For some interesting findings, read more below.

This is the last reminder for the 4th CLIC event, organized by FCCJ and six other smaller European Chambers, on Thursday, 11 May. Takayuki Kimura, President and CEO of Volvo Car Japan, will reveal secrets behind VOLVO's success in Japan and share his views on the future of the automotive industry. More below.

On Friday, 19 May we have the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Concert with a reception hosted by Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari. We have 14 tickets left so make your reservation soon, if you have not done it yet! More below.

We had rather pleasant weather and definately a good time and great camaraderie between FCCJ and SCCJ members the at Stora Enso Cup last Friday, and, perhaps important to some, the Finnish team won after loosing out to the Swedes at the two previous events. Read the report below.

In this issue I also have more information about the Japan Day in Helsinki on 15 May. If you are based in Finland (as many of my readers are) please do not miss this opportunity. And if you are already doing business in Japan and happen to be in Finland then, join the seminar to give your views and to encourage newcomers - the Japanese market is worthwhile investing in!
Check out for more towards the bottom.

Tuesday, 25 April - The 31st Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey
'Pretty Smooth Sailing – with some Challenges in the Environment'

The Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) has been conducting Business Confidence surveys online twice a year since 2002 among foreign-affiliated companies in Japan. This, the 31st, survey was conducted between April 12 and 21, 2017, and received 296 valid responses from members of 19 (record number) foreign chambers of commerce and business organizations.

Across the board, this survey shows further improved sentiments compared to the previous survey conducted in October 2016. The views on the Japanese economy remain positive and exceeded the results in the Octobersurvey by 30-40%. Also the reported and expected sales and profitability estimates remain positive and on 20-35% higher levels than in the October.

The optimism reflected in the company performance data also clearly show that the strategies of the foreign-affiliated companies in Japan continue to be bullish. 77% (72% in the October survey) are looking for further growth and 19% are expecting to sustain their current level. Only 2% is planning to downsize and 1% of the respondents are considering withdrawing from Japan.

The survey, which is run by FCCJ on behalf of the foreign chambers in Japan, had this time two alternating questions, one regarding hiring policies, the other about Brexit and the failed TPP.

For the full report click link at right!
Thursday, 11 May - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC:

CLIC is an organization of 8 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, the Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic,
Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

Establishing a Swedish Premium Brand in Japan

Volvo Car Corporation is a Swedish luxury vehicle manufacturer established in 1927 and headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since 2010 it has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Geely of China.

At the 4th CLIC Event Mr. Takayuki Kimura, President and CEO of Volvo Car Japan, will reveal the secrets behind VOLVO's success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the automotive industry.

Date & Time:Thursday, 11 May, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Belgium, 5-4, Nibancho, Chiyoda-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, others 6,000 yen
Registration:by Tuesday, 28 April

About Takayuki Kimura

Takayuki Kimura was born in 1965 and graduated with MBA from University of North Carolina in 2003, and with BS Degree in Material Science and Engineering from Osaka University in 1987.

He has started his career at Toyota Motor Corp, and experienced in product planning and sales, including brand building of Lexus in Japan. After worked as CEO of Nissan Asia Pacific and Nissan Indonesia, joined Volvo Car Japan as CEO in 2014. He is a licence holder of Wine Expert, and Professional Guide in English.

To register, click link at right. Please note that we will invoice the fee as we are not allowed to collect money at the Belgian Embassy. Cancellations after 28 April and no-shows will be charged.
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.

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 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. We have 14 tickets with reception left.

For more about the concert and to reseve tickets, please click links at right!
Friday, 21 April - SCCJ-FCCJ Golf Challenge
FCCJ wins back the Stora Enso Cup!

he 30th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 21 April at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka Prefecture. The event was played in nice and rather warm spring weather although clouds covered Mt. Fuji most of the day.

32 players participated in the competition (21 from FCCJ, 11 from SCCJ), including two guests. Notable was that 18 of the players were Japanese.

After the Swedish Chamber had won the two previous events, the Finnish Chamber got now a sweet revenge, beating the SCCJ by the closest margin possible, 82.1 versus 82.2 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ has six more wins than the SCCJ, 18 against 12.

Individual winner was Johan Westblad (SCCJ) with a net 72. Best FCCJ golfer, taking the FCCJ Golf Cup, was Joni Santala with a net 74.

For full report with a lot of pictures, click link at right.
Saturday, 3 June - FCCJ Special Event

FCCJ is making its first dedicated fishing tour on Saturday, 3 June. Come and enjoy fishing in hopefully nice weather, a lot of fish and definitely in good company! We will be catching Aji (horse mackerel) and according to our expert you should catch many, tens....
We tour will start from Kurihama, behind Yokosuka.

Thanks to the support of MOS Tax Corporation, the fee for the tour is only 8,000 yen for FCCJ members. The fee includes the fishing, fishing rod, bait as well as lunch and drinks onboard.

The fishing company Kurihama Kurokawa Honke's web site is here.

We have 15 slots and we will be sold out so sign up early!
Non-members will only be accepted after registration dead-line if space is available.

Date & Time:Saturday, 3 June, 8.00-15:00
Port: Kurihama, Kanagawa Pref. [MAP]
Cost:Members 8,000 yen, others 12,000 yen (if space available)
Registration:by Friday, 19 May

The tour starts at 8:00 and you can go there by train, Keikyu line from Shinagawa at 6.37 arriving at Keikyu Kurihama at 7:36 (59 mins). From the station we can arrange transportation to the port, 7-8 mins. by car. Some will go by car so we can also do some ride-sharing.
Note that the cost for transportation to/from Kurihama is not included in the fee.

To register, click link at right. Please note that we will invoice the fee in advance. Cancellations after 19 May and no-shows will be charged.
Monday, 15 May - Team Finland Event
Japan Day in Helsinki - Let your business rise with the rising sun

JETRO and Finpro organize a Japan Day in Helsinki on Monday 15, May in Helsinki in co-operation with Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Embassy of Finland in Japan, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland and Tekes.

You have a unique opportunity to network with Japanese and Finnish business professionals with whom you can spar your plans to start or expand your business in/to/from Japan.

You can also hear from inspiring high-level speakers from Japanese and Finnish companies about business opportunities, success stories and challenges.
Both Mr. Jota Yamamoto, Ambassador of Japan to Finland and Mr. Jukka Siukosaari, Ambassador of Finland to Japan will attend and Reaktor, Murata Electronics and NAPA will present case studies. JETRO and Finpro will introduce business opportunities and their support networks.

For more about the event and to register, please click link at right!
News from Finland

Cabinet aims to boost employment, exports and security in next 2 years

The Finnish government has unveiled measures it says will raise the employment rate while maintaining fiscal discipline and beefing up security. The blueprint comes as the three-party coalition marks the midway point of its four-year legislative term. At least some new jobs will be opening up in the cabinet itself.

Prime Minister Juha Sipila's three-party coalition government announced a raft of ambitious plans for the second half of its legislative term late Tuesday. Cabinet members had just emerged from a two-day midterm conference weighing the efficacy of measures imposed since they took office in late May, 2015.

According to the premier, the main target is cutting unemployment, primarily by reducing incentives to remain outside of the workforce.

One of the prime ways of tackling this, according to the government's proposal, would be lowering fees for early childhood learning and hiring more staff for daycare centres, Sipilä told reporters late in the evening at his official residence, Kesäranta.

Daycare costs would be waived altogether for some 7,000 low-income families, while others would see fees drop. The maximum monthly fee is now 290 euros a month per child.

Jobseekers to be "activated"
The cabinet has set an ambitious target of 72 percent employment, up from last year's average of 68.7 percent.

To do so, it aims to encourage people to move to where work is available through various incentives. TE employment offices will get an extra 50 million euros to help "activate" unemployed people, while there will be slightly tighter restrictions on jobless benefits for those who are not categorised as "actively" looking for work.

If the plan is approved by Parliament, there will also be better unemployment and sick-leave benefits for the self-employed, and clearer rules on so-called "zero-hour contracts" that do not guarantee any minimum number of working hours. Other steps are aimed at helping entrepreneurs who declare bankruptcy.
Grin of the Week

Accurate troubleshooting?

WIFE: "There's trouble with the car. It has water in the carburettor."
HUSBAND: "Water in the carburettor? That's ridiculous."
WIFE: "I tell you the car has water in the carburettor."
HUSBAND: "You don't even know what a carburettor is. I'll check it out. Where's the car?"
WIFE: "In the pool."
I wish my readers in Japan a nice Golden 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.