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  ISSUE 23/2017 27 July 2017 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Finally a rather cool and pleasant day in Tokyo after a few weeks of hot humidity. Better enjoy while it lasts!

But unfortunately the Joint Nordic Beer Garden Evening next week Tuesday was more popular than what we expected, so it was sold out on Monday, we currently have even about 20 on the waiting list. But for sure we will do this again and then reserve much more seats than the 60 we have this time.

But we still have seats at our following happening, the Yakatabune event, the "Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise" on Friday, 25 August. But time to sign up before we run out of slots. More information below.

Also at the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup on 6 October the European Team has been sold out for over a month. But the good news for our golfers who did not make if for this event that we have decided the date for the next Stora Enso Cup - the Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge. It will be played on Friday 17 November at G.C. Narita Hightree in Chiba prefecture. To find out more and to sign-up already now, click here!

Before moving for a few weeks to cool Karuizawa, our "Aoyama View" columnist made a new contribution. This time the column is titled "Forests, floods, fish and consumer prices - stories too good and data too bad to be true ".
Click banner at right to find out more!

Friday, 25 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last seven year's cruises we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 25 August. Thanks to our sponsors, the participation fee for members and their guests is substantially subsidized.

We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style. For images from last year's event, click here.

Date & Time:Friday, 25 August, 18.30-21:00
Embarkation:Funayado Miuraya, 1-1-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku , Tokyo
Cost:9,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 18 August

We expect the event to be sold out this year as well, so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click links at right.
Production of EBC's Year 2017 White Paper
- Request for Sponsorship & Pre-Orders

The EBC White Paper continues to be at the forefront of trade policy discussions with both the Japanese and European Authorities and is the most tangible product of our committees' year-long deliberations and advocacy activities. We are now seeking sponsors for the 2017 edition of this important document.

Release of this year's report will be especially critical as its release is expected to coincide with the conclusion of negotiations for an EU-Japan FTA/EPA. It is essential for EBC committees to continue applying pressure on both authorities through this report. Negotiated items must be implemented. The many issues not included in the FTA and new issues must be addressed.

The full range of sposnorship categories are as follows: Pinnacle Sponsors (500,000 yen), Gold-Star Sponsors (250,000 yen), Blue-Star Sponsors (150,000 yen), Special Sponsors (100,000 yen) or Sponsors (50,000 yen).

The EBC will also take advance orders for the white papers at 5,000 yen for one set (1 English and 1 Japanese version per set). Companies placing advance orders will be listed in the white paper as Supporters.

Please click links at right for more information and to sign-up as sponsor or make advance orders.
News from Finland

Posti stops regular mail deliveries on Tuesdays
Helsinki, July 25 (YLE)
Finland's national postal service Posti has announced that it has stopped delivering letters, adverts and magazines on Tuesdays - but will continue deliveries of some newspapers, packages, express mail and laboratory shipments on Tuesdays. The changes come about a month after Finnish lawmakers voted to approve reforms to the Postal Act.

Posti said that Tuesdays are commonly the day of the week with the least amount of regular mail and said it was reducing deliveries in order to avoid rising distribution costs.

Newspapers still delivered on Tuesdays
Early Tuesday morning newspaper deliveries will also continue, the company said. Letters and packages that require signatures can still be picked up at Posti locations on Tuesdays as usual.

The company says that the changes are in line with the Postal Act. Last month Finnish lawmakers approved reforms to the Postal Act which allows for mail to be delivered only three days per week.
Grin of the Week

Question of the day...

If a man says something in the middle of a forest, and there is no women around to hear him, is he still wrong?
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.