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  ISSUE 6/2016 29 February 2016  

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

This is the last reminder for Club Evening with a theme, this time "New Successful Finnish Businesses in Japan" on Thursday, 3 March. If you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, please do so at latest tomorrow Tuesday. More information below.

In this bulletin I also have information about the EU Chambers Luncheon with Tokyo Governor Masuzoe on Tuesday, 29 March. More about this event also below!

For April we have three events confirmed:
  • Tuesday, 5 April - FCCJ Annual General Assembly
  • Friday, 22 April - Stora Enso Cup - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
  • Thursday, 28 April - Joint Nordic Business Luncheon with Rickard Gustafson, President &
         CEO, SAS Group, organized by SCCJ

  • I will have more information on these in coming bulletins but mark in your calendar those which would be of interest to you!

    Our columnist in "Aoyama View" has again produced a new article for this weeks bulletin, titled: A Dig Deeper into Politics: Ignorance, Camouflage, Chicanery.
    Click banner at right for timely review of (mainly) political events in Japan and globally!

    Report from the Joint Nordic Business Luncheon on Friday, 19 February

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

    Mr. Hammaren 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.

    In his presentation Mr. Hammaren pointed out the potential gains from a free trade agreement, both the EU and Japan. Potentially it could create 420,000 new jobs in Europe, increase EU exports to Japan by 32.7% and Japanese exports to the EU by 23.5%,

    The negotiations are making steady progress and if everything goes according to plans, an agreement could be reached as early as in the autumn this year.

    The event, held at Hotel Okura, was attended by 29 members from four chambers (FCCJ, SCCJ, DCCJ and NCCJ).

    For a full report, including Mr. Hammaren's presentation, click link below!

    Thursday, 3 March - FCCJ Networking Event

    Our next Club Evening, held on Thursday, 3 March at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, is a networking party with a theme, "New Sucessful Finnish Companies in Japan.".

    We will have three presenters from new, or relatively new, Finnish companies on the Japanese market who will give us a better understanding of their activities and the challenges facing new companies entering the Japanese market.


  • Aki Saarinen, Representative Director, Principal Architect, Reaktor Japan K.K.

  • Masao Ohata, Representative, Enevo Japan

  • Miika Lipiäinen, CEO, Kyrö Distillery Company

  • We will also have an opprotunity to taste Kyrö Distillery's award winning Gin & Tonic!

    Date & Time:Thursday, 3 March, 18:30-21:00
    Place: Scandinavian Center 3F, 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 Tuesday, 1 March

    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.

    Thursday, 29 March - EU Chambers Luncheon with Tokyo Governor

    FCCJ is collaborating with the EU Chambers in inviting Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe for a Luncheon where the Governor will share his ambitions for making Tokyo a vibrant business and investment hub on the road to 2020 - and beyond.

    Topics will include:
    - plans for Tokyo to become the most business-friendly city in the world
    - strengthening of the city as a global financial centre
    - vision for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

    This event will be held in collaboration with the following 13 European: Chambers: Austrian, British, Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Netherlands, Norwegian and Swedish with a support by European Business Council and Philips Japan. We expect about 200 participants so it is a great opportunity for networking as well!

    Date & Time:Tuesday, 29 March, 11:00-13:00 NOTE TIME
    Place: Hilton Tokyo, 4F Kiku Room, 6-6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku [MAP]
    Cost:Members: 8,000 yen, non-members: 10,000 yen (collected at the door)
    Registration:by Thursday, 24 March (note that we have a quota of 15 so sign up early)

    About Governor Masuzoe
    Born in 1948, in Fukuoka Prefecture. Graduated from the University of Tokyo, 1971, Faculty of Law. 1979 - 1989: Associate Professor of Political Science & History, University of Tokyo; 1989 2007: Director, Masuzoe Institute of Political Economy; 2001 2013: Member of the House of Councilors; 2007 2009: Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare; February 2014 - : Governor of Tokyo.

    To register, click link at right. Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Cancellations after 13:00 on 25 March and no-shows will be invoiced.

    Tuesday, 29 March - Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association Event
    Gala Concert and Dinner at Meiji Kinenkan
    Hosted by Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association
    Coordinated by Japan Finland Contemporary Music Society
    Supported by the Embassy of Finland

    Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association is holding the 8th "Gala Finland Night" as follows. H.I.H. Princess Takamado will be present. Please enjoy contemporary Finnish music followed by a superb Japanese dinner.

    Date & Time:Tuesday, 29 March, 18:00 -
    Place: Meiji Kinenkan, "FUJI" [MAP]
    Cost:20,000 yen (including Concert, Drink & Dinner)
    Registration:by Friday, 18 March

    Performing Artist (for profiles, click link below):
  • Haruyo Nishizawa (Clarinetist)
  • Kyoko Fukushi (Piano)
  • Kuniyoshi Sugawara(Shakuhachi)
  • Noriko Hirata(Shamisen)
  • Chieko Fukunaga(Koto)
  • Nobutaka Yoshizawa(Jushichigen)

  • For more information and to register, directly with the Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association, click link at right.

    News from Finland

    Negotiators optimistic about revived labour accord talks

    Labour union and employer group representatives have again sat down at the table together to try and negotiate an accord. The government has decided to make the labour market more flexible in an effort to increase Finland's competitiveness abroad, but talks to get the country's strong unions and business lobbies on board failed four times in 2015. Now the groups are full of hope that an agreement will be approved of, maybe even by tomorrow.

    Lauri Lyly of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK and Antti Palola of the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees STTK arrived at the Confederation of Finnish Industries headquarters in central Helsinki to begin the talks on February 28.

    Finland's top labour union representatives arrived at the Confederation of Finnish Industries headquarters on Sunday afternoon ready to get down to business.

    "Things are looking good. Let's see if we can reach a solution," said Lauri Lyly, head of Finland's one million member strong blue-collar union confederation SAK.

    He said several things are still open to negotiations, local agreements' terms and conditions regarding wages and working times are a particular concern.

    "If everything falls into place and we make some progress, I wouldn't rule out reaching an accord already by tomorrow," he said.

    Grin of the Week

    Don't argue with my husband when...

    A police officer pulled a car over and told the man driving that he was going 70 kph in a 50 kph zone.

    "I was only going 50!" the driver protested.
    "Not according to my radar," the officer said.

    "Yes, I was!" the man shouted back.
    "No you weren't!" the officer said.

    With that, the man's wife leaned toward the window and said, 'Officer, I should warn you not to argue with my husband when he's been drinking."
    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 64 corporate members, 12 individual and one special member.