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  ISSUE 23/2014 28 October 2014  
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Our next event is the second joint CLIC (consisting of 7 smaller Northern European Chambers) evening event on Wednesday, 5 November. Read more about this below and sign-up at latest tomorrow!

We have two other events in November, the European Chambers Cocktail on Wednesday 26th (more in my next bulletin) and Stora Enso Cup, the golf competition between the FCCJ and SCCJ, on Friday, 28 November. Read more about that below.

We also keep promoting the Scandinavian Christmas Ball on Friday, 12 December. To sign-up as participant or sponsor, visit the Xmas Ball Web Site!

The 26th edition of the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence survey is ongoing. If you are at a Finnish affiliated company and have not yet participated in the survey, do so by clicking banner at right. Dead-line is on Friday.

Also in this issue we have a contribution from Timo Varhama in his column "Aoyama View". This time titled: Money Scandals with Ministers, Economy and Reforms Bogged Down - Abenomics is Facing Demise, Internal Political Commotion Gains Again.
The title says it all so click banner to know more!

Friday, 17 October - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Report from the Luncheon with Mr. Shinichi Koizumi, Toray Industries, Inc.

On Friday, 17 October we had a luncheon meeting with Mr. Shinichi Koizumi, Senior Advisor to the Chairman (Former Executive Vice President), Toray Industries, Inc.. The theme of Mr. Koizumi's presentation was: "Advanced Materials can change the World - Providing Solutions to Global Agenda- "

Mr. Koizumi started his presentation by giving an outline of Toray Industries, Inc. and then explained about Toray's development of advanced materials for a sustainable future and solutions by carbon fiber composites. He also gave an outline of Abenomics and concluded with an insight into Toray's future directions. His presentation was followed by an active Q&A session.

At the end of the luncheon, Dr. Harry Linnarinne (former Head of Finpro Tokyo) gave a brief report on a survey he has done on the Competitiveness of Finnish Export Industry. The luncheon, held at Grand Hyatt Tokyo, was attended by 23 members.

For more about the event, click link at right.

Wednesday, 5 November - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC:
COCA-COLA - Thirst for Innovation!

Receive insights in one of the world's biggest companies: the Coca-Cola Company.

At our second CLIC event, Mr. Bjorn Jensen, the SVP of Strategy & Insights at Coca-Cola Japan Ltd, will share with us the Coca-Cola Journey in the Japanese market.

"A new perspective on your bottle of Coke from a strategic and marketing point of view"

Date & Time:Wednesday, 5 November, 19:00 - 21:00
(Doors open at 18:30)
Venue:Oakwood Premier, Tokyo Midtown
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, non-members 8,000 yen
- Including buffet and two drinks
- Additional drinks at 500 yen from cash bar
Registrations:by Wednesday, 29 October

About Bjorn Jensen

Mr. Bjorn Jensen is the SVP Strategy & Insights at Coca-Cola Japan Ltd with a broad cross functional experience from finance, strategic planning, customer and commercial marketing and general management across more than 25 markets in Europe and the Asia Pacific through his 22 year long career with Coca-Cola.

For more about the event and to register, click link at right.
Friday, 28 November - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Autumn 2014

The 25th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 28 November 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 four times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:24 and the cost is 18,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Monday, 17 November - Tokyo Metropolitan Government Seminar
Invest Tokyo Seminar

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is pleased to invite you to the Invest Tokyo Seminar to be held on November 17th, 2014. At this seminar, we will introduce the services and incentives available for foreign companies planning to set up and develop business in the Special Zone for Asian Headquarters.

There are numerous business opportunities you can find in Tokyo as it prepares through the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Now is the perfect time to bring your business to Tokyo.

Date:   Monday, 17 November
Time:  15:00 - 17:25
Place:  Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49F (Roppongi Acedemy Hills)
Admission Free

For more about the eventseminar and to register, click link at right.
News from Finland

Consumers, businesses still mostly downbeat on the economy

Consumers' expectations for the Finnish economy improved ever so slightly from September, plagued by the lingering shadow of the threat of unemployment, reports Statistics Finland. The main private sector business lobby also reported a sustained poor outlook for the economy, in spite of a slight uptick in confidence in some industrial sectors.

October's consumer barometer reveals precious little change in confidence in the economy since the indicator slipped into negative territory in September (-0.7), down from a positive 2.2 in August. Confidence recovered only slightly to reach 0.4 in October, Statistics Finland said Monday.

Consumer confidence came in at 3.8 last October while the long term average looks distant at 11.9.

Business confidence struggling to recover
Meanwhile the main private sector business lobby the EK said Monday that its confidence indicators were still in the red, although there were some positive signs in October.

The Confederation of Finnish Industries EK noted that there were still no signs of sustainable recovery in the economy in October.

According to chief economist Penna Urrila, indicators showed a consistent downward trend during the course of 2014 and were now weaker than at the beginning of the year.

In spite of the gloomy outlook, there was a slight uptick in confidence in some sectors. Industry leaders for example registered a confidence factor of -7, up from -11 in September.

Grin of the Week

Hunting Flies

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.
"What are you doing?" She asked.
"Hunting Flies" He responded.

"Oh. Killing any?" She asked.
"Yep, 3 males, 2 Females," he replied.

Intrigued, she asked. "How can you tell?"
He responded, "3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."
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.