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  ISSUE 34/2017 28 November 2017 
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A final reminder for the 25th Scandinavian Christmas Ball held on Thursday, 7 December at The Westin Tokyo Hotel. Registration dead-line is Thursday night.
Don't miss out on this great event with a five course dinner accompanied by fine wines and plenty of other drinks, exciting entertainment and chances to win a lot of great prizes and ending with dancing to live music.
Click banner above for more information and to sign-up!

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has again provided a new article. This time titled "Foolish things sell in retail, but sports are to be serious ".

This time no politics but a lot about business and sports, mainly current issues within sumo. Click banner at right to find out more!

Report from the EU Luncheon with Governow Koike on Thursday, 22 November
The French Chamber oraganized in cooperation with 13 other European Chambers a luncheon Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Wednesday, 22 November.

In her presentation, Governor Koike shared with us her plans for the capital ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paraolympic Games, and her visions on making the city a global hub post-2020 under the theme "A Sustainable Tokyo for 2020 and Beyond".
She conluded her presentatioon with the slogan "Let's Make Tokyo Great Again".
The event, attended by 300 members from the 14 chambers, ended with a lively Q&A seesion where Governor Koike gave extensive responses to questions regarding passive smoking, gender equality and access support for foreign SME companies.
For more images from the event, click link at right.
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 - Club Evening
FCCJ Sinnenkai Party at the Sandinavian Center

Our first event in 2017 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 31 January. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by food and drinks!

Pekka Laitinen will inform us of the newly established Business Finland which will be created on 1 January through the merger of Finpro and Tekes.

We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

Details:

 
Date & Time:Wednesday, 31 January, 18:30-21:00
Place: Scandinavian Center
2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Including buffet and free flowing drinks
Registration:by Monday, 29 January

More about Scandinavian Center: www.scandihub.com/

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.

Click link at right to sign-up for the event.
News from Finland

Aktia ups estimate for Finnish growth this year, warns of slower times ahead

A leading Finnish bank has slightly raised its forecasts for economic growth this year and next, but says job creation and consumption will remain sluggish.

One of Finland's biggest banks, Aktia, has raised its estimate of the nation's GDP for this year to 3.1 percent. However it predicts that pace to slow to 2.6 percent next year and 2.2 percent in 2019.

"Everything points toward 2017 becoming an economically good year in historic terms," Aktia's chief economist Heidi Schauman said on Monday.

She notes that the bank upgraded its forecast for next year, as it expects positive developments to consumption, investments and foreign trade to continue.

Aktia expects the employment rate to improve further, but not sufficiently in the bank's view, which it says dampens the consumption outlook. The number of people with jobs is not rising hand-in-hand with the employment rate, it notes, as the working-age population is shrinking.

Last week, Statistics Finland said that the jobless rate dropped in October to 7.3 percent, compared with 8.1 percent a year earlier and eight percent in September. The employment rate meanwhile stood at 70 percent.
Grin of the Week

Descriptions of some professions
  1. A psychologist is a man who watches everyone else when a beautiful girl enters the room.
  2. A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.
  3. A schoolteacher is a disillusioned woman who used to think she liked children.
  4. A consultant is someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time.
  5. A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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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.