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  ISSUE 3/2016 28 January 2016  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This is the last reminder for the Joint Team Building event in the form of a Bowling Competition with the other Nordic Chambers, on Thursday, 4 February. If you plan to attend, please sign-up today, or at latest tomorrow! Details below.

On Friday, 19 February we will hear about the current status of the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement at a Joint Nordic Business Business Luncheon organized by FCCJ. More information below.

Our next Club Evening with a theme, this time "Successful New Finnish Buisnesse in Japan" will be held on Thursday, 3 March. More information in my next bulletin but mark the date in your calendar already now.

Also this week we have a new contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View", titled: ABE: The Reality Behind All That Talk. As the title suggests, this time it spins mainly around Japanese politics, economy and business,

Click banner at right for an interesting read!

 
Thursday, 4 February - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition

Here is the sports event you all have been waiting for!
-What better way than to start the year by bonding with your colleagues and friends?!

Professional bowlers, beginners are equally most welcome! It is a team competition, each team consists of four player and each player play two games. Make your own team with your colleagues and business partners, spouses are very welcome! Individual members are of course also welcome and will play in teams set up by FCCJ.

Details:
Date & Time:Thursday, 4 February, 19.00-22:00
Venue: Tokyo Port Bowl in Shibaura
1-13-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku (near JR Tamachi Station) [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen/person (incl. 2 games play fee, party fee afterwards)
Registration:by Thursday, 28 January

If you cannot make your own team you could also register individually and we will make a team for you.

Note: For award ceremony, your prize contribution will be much appreciated! (4 prizes a team)



Friday, 19 February - Joint Nordic Business Luncheon organized by FCCJ
"EU Japan FTA - current status, opportunities and challenges"


At the Joint Nordic Business Luncheon on Friday, 19 February we will have Mr. Timo Hammarén, Head of Trade and Economic Section - Minister-Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to Japan as our guest speaker.

Mr. Hammarén has been heavily involved in the ongoing EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement negotiations and the theme of his presentation is: EU Japan FTA - current status, opportunities and challenges.

Details:

Date & Time: Friday, 19 February, 12:00-14:00
Place: Hotel Okura, Mayfair (South Wing 12F) [MAP]
Cost:Members: 6,000 yen, non-members: 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday, 16 February

About Timo Hammarén
Timo Hammarén was born in Helsinki in 1969 in Finland and earned a Master's dregree in Business Administration from University of Tampere in 1993 and in Law from the University of Helsinki in 2005.

In April 1996 he joined the European Commission in Brussels and served as the Head of Trade and Economic Department at the European Commission Delegation to Ukraine from 2002 to 2006 and at the European Union Delegation to Russia from 2006 to 2011. From 2011 he was the Russia trade policy coordinator at the European Commission until he took up his current position in Tokyo in November 2013.

To register, click link at right. Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

Friday, 13 - Saturday 14 May, Makuhari Messe, Chiba
SLUSH ASIA 2016


On 13-14th May, Slush Asia brings together people with big dreams and determination from all over the world. Originally from Finland, Slush has grown to become one of the world's largest startup events and has made a second home in Asia. The goal of the event is to build a startup ecosystem that supports future leaders across the globe and to ignite an entrepreneurial spirit in Asian youth through talks by experienced entrepreneurs and the game changers.

While exploring the dialogue between technology and mankind, this year's Slush Asia will include talks from prominent entrepreneurs about their contribution to the discussion, both hopes and fears. Paralleling to the talks, a pitch contest of 100 startups, and a demo area showcasing emerging products/services will take place.

Early Bird registrations end on 1 March. For more information and to sign up with the early bird discount, click link at right
News from Finland

Finns optimistic about economy

Consumer confidence is up, according to Statistics Finland's most recent survey. More than a third of Finnish residents believe that the domestic economy will grow this year -- in December only a quarter were so optimistic.

For a change, consumer confidence has improved. The Consumer Confidence Indicator (CCI) is at 8.2 in January 2016 compared with 2.4 in December 2015.

The findings are based on Statistics Finland's Consumer Survey, for which 1,240 residents of Finland were interviewed between January 4 and 19.

According to the survey, many people expressed an interest in consumer purchases over saving money for the first time in a long time.

In January, residents of the Greater Helsinki area expressed a more optimistic view of the Finnish economy than those living in other parts of the country. Throughout Finland, high-level salaried employees were more optimistic than pensioners, who held a more negative view about future economic development.


Grin of the Week

Technological breakthrough

Scientists at Canon have created a camera with a shutter speed so fast, they can now photograph a woman with her mouth shut.
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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send it to: fccj@gol.com

ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
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.