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  ISSUE 17/2018 28 June 2018 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We had an enjoyable 2nd FCCJ Fishing Tour last Saturday. We got so much fish that we finished the tour one hour early. Read the report below!

On Tuesday, 31 July there will be a joint chambers Young Professionals Networking Party organized by the French Chamber. The "Young Professionals" events are mainly targeted for those under 35 years of age, but we will not check your age at the reception.... Read more below.

The autumn season starts off with our traditional Yakatabune (river boat) Cruise on Friday, 31 August. Mark this in your calendar and if you are interested to know more, click here!

Note that the FCCJ office will be closed from 29 June to 19 July.
(I will read mails occasionally, so apologize for any delay in my responses)

Report From the 2nd FCCJ Fishing Tour
On Saturday, 3 June FCCJ organized its second fishing tour, starting from Kurihama port, ca 20 km south of Yokohama. The fishing grounds where 15-30 min. from the port and the tour lasted for 6 hours.

The 8 participants could exiting fishing, catching close to 200 fish, mainly "aji" (horse mackerel), but also a few "saba" (mackerel) and some unidentified species. The weather was good for fishing with very low winds and overcast. Some light drizzle in the afternoon did not spoil the event.

Sponsoring by MOS Tax Corporation made the trip affordable and Yoshinori Sano was instrumental in organizing the tour and his fishing experience was very valuable as most of the participants had little experience of deep sea fishing.

For a report from the event, click link at right.
Tuesday, 31 July - Young Professionals Networking Party

The French Chamber's Young Professionals Committee is excited to announce the 2018 summer edition of its very popular event Young Professionals Networking Party on July 31, with the collaboration this year of twelve foreign Chambers of commerce.

The luxurious VILLA TOKYO in Roppongi will be ours for an evening of networking in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy free-flow drinks and a buffet in this beautiful international club equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system. It will be a great opportunity to strengthen relationships, meet new faces, and have fun in a unique location with music selected by a DJ.

This event is for all, members or non-members of the participating foreign chambers of commerce.

Joint networking events fill up fast and space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon. Please note this event mainly targets young professionals under 35 years of age.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 31 July, 19.00-20:00
Venue: V1LLA TOKYO, 7-13-7 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members 5,000 yen, others 7,000 yen
(free-flow beer and wine, buffet)
Registration:by Tuesday, 24 July

To to register, click link at right.
Monday, 15 October - Information from the EU Delegation to Japan
European Innovation Day 2018

The EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk, a service of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation,, and EURAXESS Japan will jointly organise on 15 October an innovation-related event: the European Innovation Day 2018.

The event will be held at the Delegation of the EU to Japan, and we are hoping to involve several European researchers and companies, as well as Scientific Attaches and presentations of various European countries innovation landscapes.

Ideally, this would include several European companies looking to enter the Japanese market or interact with research institutions; or to present a collaboration/investment/market entry success story (5-10 minutes/country + networking during evening reception).

For more information and to register your interest, please contact Mr. Matei Borc at the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.
Production of EBC's Year 2018 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 2018 edition of this important document.

Release of this year's report is especially critical as it will be published just a short time before the EU-Japan EPA comes into force. It is essential for EBC committees to continue applying pressure on both authorities through this report to ensure through close monitoring that agreed items are in fact implemented. To further improve the business environment, the many issues not included in the EPA and new emerging issues must also 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

Fortum wraps up 3.7bn-euro purchase of German power firm Uniper

Finnish energy giant Fortum said Tuesday that it had purchased 47.35 percent of Uniper and could increase its shareholding to 50 percent.

The completion of Fortum's takeover bid for the German fossil-fuel energy company Uniper gives the Finnish company a 47.35 percent stake in the firm, along with 47.12 percent of voting rights.

In a release issued Tuesday, Fortum said that it had paid a total of 3.7 billion euros in a cash deal for all of the shares up for sale.

The transaction followed a green light from the European Commission and Russia's anti-monopoly authority. The company said that it has clearance to purchase up to 50 percent of Uniper in accordance with a limitation set by Russian regulators, and indicated that it may follow through to further secure its voting position in future Uniper annual general meetings.

Uniper has a subsidiary in Russia, Unipro, whose core business is electricity production from gas and coal.
Grin of the Week

Old age does not come alone...

Two really old guys decided they would go out and try to play a round of golf together.

They get on the first tee and the first old guy says to the second, "My eyesight isn't what it used to be. Can you watch my ball for me?".

The second guy says, "Sure! I see fine. Go ahead and hit."
So the first old man steps up to the tee and really hits it. He turns to his buddy and says, "Did you see it?".

"Sure!", says his buddy.
"Where did it go?", the first guy asks.
The second old man thinks for a minute and says, "I can't remember."
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, 18 individual and two special members.