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  ISSUE 5/201928 February 2019 
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New FCCJ Executive Director and Office

The Board of Directors of FCCJ has appointed Mr. Antti Kunnas (33) new Executive Director of FCCJ. He will succeed Mr. Clas Bystedt who is retiring on 31 March after serving the Chamber for 20 years.

Antti, who has lived in Japan for 8 years and is fluent in Japanese, will start at FCCJ on 1 March and work one month in parallel with Clas to ensure a smooth transition. Antti will take responsibility for the operations after the Annual General Assembly on 2 April 2019.

With the new Executive Director, FCCJ will have its office within the Finnish Institute at the Embassy. This will ensure an even closer cooperation with our Team Finland partners, the Embassy, Business Finland and the Institute.

This is the final reminder for our next event, the Pre-Opening Tour to the Moomin Valley Park in Hanno, Saitama pref. on Thursday, 7 March. Join us for a preview of the full Moomin theme park to be officially opened on 16 March. We still have some slots left, sign-up latest tomorrow Friday. Read more below!

In March we also have two other events, the Stora Enso Cup on Friday, 15 March, followed soon thereafter on Monday, 18 March with another "sporting event", the Team Building Bowling Competition, organized by the Swedish chamber. Read more about these two below!

April is going to be a busy month with four events already confirmed, starting with the Annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 2 April and followed by a Breakfast Meeting with the new Finnair CEO Topi Manner on Wednesday, 10 April. More about these as well as the other April events in coming bulletins.

We have a new contribution this week our "Aoyama View" columnist, this time titled: "Finland's onmarch continue, Japanese companies awash in cash but Prime Minister's headaches grow".

Click banner at right for interesting read on a wide variety of issues!

Thursday, 7 March 2019 - FCCJ Special Event

FCCJ organizes, in cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers, a Pre-Opening Tour to Moomin Valley Park in Hanno, Saitama prefecture on Thursday, 7 March. Moomin Valley Park, to be opened on Saturday, 16 March, is the second phase of the Metsä Project. The first phase, Metsä Village opened on 10 November 2018.

Date & Time:Thursday, 7 March , 14:30-20.30
Official program starts 15:15 at Hanno station.
Place: Moomin Valley Park, Miyazawa-ko, Hanno, Saitama pref. [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, others 9,000 yen
(collected at the venue unless otherwise agreed)
Incl. bus from Hanno station, dinner with free drinks, train at own expense
Registration:by Friday, 1 March

For the full program and to sign up, click links at right!
Friday, 15 March - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Spring 2019

The 34th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 15 March 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 seven times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:30 and the cost is 18,090 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

Please click link at right for more information and to sign up, by tomorrow Friday!
Monday, 18 March - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition
It's time to bond up with your colleagues and friends for fun
We have found a new venue with everything we need under one roof.

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!

Date & Time:Monday, 18 March, 19:00 - 22:30
Venue: Sasazuka Bowl
1-57-10 Sasazuka, Shibuya-ku Tel: 03-5421-7875 [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen/person (2 games play, food & drinks included)
Registration:by Friday, 8 March

Note: For the awards ceremony, your prize contribution will be much appreciated! (4 prizes / team). It could be your company's novelties or anything. Just something simple.
News from Finland

35,000 more employed than one year ago

Finland's employment rate in January continued to top 70 percent.

Statistics Finland reports that the number of employed people was 35,000 higher in January 2019 than one year ago.

Adjusted for seasonal and random variation, Finland's employment rate in January was 72.6 percent. In December, it stood at 72.5 percent.

The current government's target of an employment rate of over 72 percent was first hit in November of last year and has remained above that level since.

This means that in January nearly 2.6 million people were employed.

Taking into consideration seasonal and random variation, the unemployment rate was 6.4 percent. At the end of 2018, that rate was 6.6 percent, already then a 10-year low. The number of unemployed persons in January was 181,000, which was 57,000 lower than one year ago.

Youth employment improved slightly with the adjusted unemployment rate for people in the 15-24 year-old age group at 15.7 percent, down from 15.9 percent in December.
Grin of the Week

Smart little girl

A little girl asked her mother for a dollar to give to an old lady in the park.. Her mother was touched by the child's kindness and gave her the required sum.

"There you are, my dear," said the mother. "But, tell me, isn't the lady able to work any more?"

"Oh yes," came the reply. "She sells candy."
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 62 corporate members, 19 individual and two special members.