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  ISSUE 13/2015 27 May 2015  
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This is a reminder of our three events in June, before the summer break!

The first is a luncheon meeting on Monday, 1 June when we have Mr. Roleff Kråkström, Managing Director, Moomin Characters Ltd. as our guest speaker. If you have not yet signed-up, do so soon, dead-line is tomorrow Thursday!

Soon after that, on Thursday, 11 June, we have the 3rd CLIC Networking Event. This time the speaker is Steen Kokkenborg (Representative Director and Vice President) of Lego Japan, and the third event, on Tuesday, 23 June, is organized by the Belgian Luxembourg Chamber: "Delighting Customers in Japan XIV".

Read more about all of these below!

Monday, 1 June - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Roleff Kråkström, Managing Director, Moomin Characters Ltd.

Our next luncheon meeting will held on Monday, 1 June when we have Mr. Roleff Kråkström, Managing Director, Moomin Characters Ltd. as our guest speaker.
The theme of Mr. Kråkström's presentation is: "The Moomin Story in Japan: A lot of hard work, but also some good luck".

Date & Time:Monday, 1 June, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace, South Wing 10F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 28 May

About Roleff Kråkström
Roleff Kråkström has been the Managing Director of Moomin Characters Ltd. since 2008. Previosuly he worked as Marketing Director at WSOY, Finland's largest publisher.

About Moomin Characters Ltd.
Moomin Characters Ltd is the official body responsible for Moomin copyright supervision. Its operations are based on selling licenses and on finding partners that are number one in their field. Every product and concept is carefully examined. With a few exceptions, the company tries to use Tove Jansson's original illustrations.

Moomin has become a world-wide brand with more than 450 licensees world-wide. All of the Moominvalley characters are globally registered trademarks.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Friday, 29 May and "no-shows".

To sign-up, click link at right! To check who has already registered, click here.

Thursday, 11 June - 3rd Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC:
LEGO - Conquering Japan, Brick by Brick
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO brick, it is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials.

At the 3rd CLIC Event Mr. Steen Kokkenborg, the Representative Director and Vice President of Lego Japan, will share with us the LEGO Journey in the Japanese market.

Date & Time:Thursday, 11 June, 19:00 - 21:00
Venue: Embassy of Sweden, Exhibition Hall
1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, non-members 5,000 yen (incl. buffet and free drinks - beer, wine, soft drinks)
Registration:by Monday, 8 June

About Steen Kokkenborg

Steen Lauge Kokkenborg was born in 1962 and graduated with a Master of Science degree in International Trade from Odense University in 1985. He joined the LEGO Group after his graduation as Research Executive and has served in numerous positions in sales, marketing, product management and as an executive at LEGO in Denmark, Korea and now Japan. Before he took up his position in Tokyo in March 2013 he served for almost three years as Country Manager for LEGO Korea.

For more about the event and to register, click links at right.

Tuesday, 23 June: BLCCJ Seminar
Delighting Customers in Japan XIV

Japan is known as one of the most challenging markets in the world. Whether your business is start-up, long-established, or somewhere in between, you are probably confronted daily with the issue "how to delight customers?"

Because there is not a single answer to this very fascinating question, the Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BLCCJ) launched in 2001 "Delighting Customers in Japan", an annual seminar where a number of top executives share their ideas and experiences about the challenges of succeeding in this perplexing market.

Following the great success of the event formula, the BLCCJ is very pleased to organize the 14th edition in 2015, where we will welcome again 3 distinguished speakers who will share with us their strategies, experiences and insights regarding their businesses in Japan:
  • Mr. Per RASMUSSEN, Managing Director, GROUPE SEB JAPAN

  • Details:
      Date & Time:Tuesday, 23 June, 18.30-21:00
     Venue: BNP Paribas offices, GranTokyo North Tower, Marunouchi [MAP]
      Cost:Members 5,800 yen, Guests 6,800 yen
      Registration:by Thursday, 18 June

    The seminar will be followed by an open panel discussion with Q&A, and by a networking cocktail from 20:00 onwards. We hope you can join us.
    For more information and registration, click link at right!

    News from Finland

    PM-designate: Wrangling over, everything is settled

    Finland's next government is set to announce its programme on Wednesday after the Finns Party, Centre and National Coalition agreed policy lines and the allocation of ministerial posts. The agreement was announced via PM-designate Juha Sipila's Twitter feed.

    Finland is to get a new government. That's the conclusion from a Tweet by Centre Party leader Juha Sipila on Tuesday evening, which indicated that 'everything is settled'.

    Sipila, Finns Party leader Timo Soini and NCP chair Alexander Stubb had been locked in talks on Tuesday in an effort to settle the allocation of ministerial posts. They had agreed that the Centre would have more ministerial posts than the others, and on the number of ministers, but did not reveal their decisions.

    The troika of party leaders are due to unveil their government programme at a press conference scheduled for 2pm on Wednesday. Before that the parties' rank and file MPs have to either approve or reject the government programme.

    Grin of the Week

    What's a Breathalyzer?

    "Shhaaayyy, buddy, what's a 'Breathalyzer'?" asked one drunk to his friend at the next barstool.

    "Well, I'd have to say it's a bag that tells you when you've drunk way too much," answered the equally wasted gent.

    "Ah hell, whaddya know? I've been married to one of those for years and years now!"
    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 650 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.