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  ISSUE 8/201929 March 2019 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This is my final e-mail bulletin as the Executive Director of FCCJ.
My successor, Antti Kunnas, will formally take over at the Annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 2 April. I will support him until we leave Japan on 17 April and also remotely after that.
Please note the new contact information below.
Executive Director: Antti Kunnas
Address: 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, TOKYO 106-8561
(inside the Embassy of Finland)
Mobile: 080-7650-3225    Fax: 03-5447-6041

If you want to reach me, Clas Bystedt, after 17 April, use this email:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members and readers of this bulletin for a great, and for me a much rewarding, cooperation and friendship over the 20 years I have been in charge of the chamber. I am confident that Antti will be successful in taking over running the chamber and bring new young vigor and vitality. He will naturally also keep you abreast of what is happening in and around the chambers with bulletins like this.

Our next event (members only) is the Annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 2 April at the Embassy of Finland. The dead-line for registration has already passed, but if some of our members have forgotten to register, we can still take a few if you sign up today.
For details and to check if you have signed-up, go here!

The next event is a Breakfast Meeting with the new Finnair CEO Topi Manner on Wednesday, 10 April. There are two more events in April - the FEEL FINLAND Open Day at the Embassy on Sunday, 14 April organized by Team Finland, which unfortunately is fully booked, and a CLIC event on Wednesday, 17 April. Details about these below.

We have a new contribution this week from our "Aoyama View" columnist, this time titled: "Japan's Best Kept Secret and Legacy of Heisei Time".

Click banner at right for a great review on Japan since the start of the Showa era (in 1925) until today on the eve of moving into a new era after Heisei.

Wednesday, 10 April - Joint Nordic Event organized by FCCJ

On Wednesday, 10 April the FCCJ will organize in cooperation with Finnair a Joint Nordic Breakfast Meeting with one of the most prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Topi Manner, the new President & CEO of Finnair as our speaker.

Mr. Manner will talk about Finnair's Asia strategy: future steps.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 10 April, 09.00-10:30
Venue: Imperial Hotel, Ran Room, Main Building 2F [MAP]
Cost:Members 5,000 yen, Guests 7,000 yen
Registration:by by Friday, 5 April

About Topi Manner
  Topi Manner (MSc.Econ), born 1974, was appointed Finnair CEO as of January 1, 2019. Manner has a long career in management positions at Nordea, the largest financial group in the Nordic countries, and since 2016 he has worked as a member of Nordea's Group Executive Management and as Head of Personal Banking.

About Finnair
  Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than 12 million passengers annually. Finnair's extensive network connects 19 cities in Asia and 8 cities in North America with over 100 destinations in Europe.

The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, was the first European airline to fly the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and it is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past nine years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld®, the alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.

We collect the fee at the hotel and provide you with an invoice. Please let us know if you want to be invoiced instead. Note that we have to invoice the fee for cancellations after Friday, 5 April and "no-shows".

To register, click links at right!
FEEL FINLAND - Finnish culture, traditions and fun for everyone at the Embassy compound

Unfortunately the event is currently fully booked!

Embassy of Finland in Tokyo will open its doors to the general public for the first time on Sunday, 14 April to celebrate the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland. Visitors will be able to enjoy Finnish culture, tradition and fun within the Embassy compound.

The admission-free event is co-organized by the Embassy of Finland, the Finnish Institute in Japan, Business Finland and the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan. The event opens at 10:30, and closes at 17:00. There will be outdoor programs starting at 11:00 and 14:00, along with indoor workshops, exhibitions and sauna "löyly" experience. Also tastes of Finnish food and beverages and design products will be on sale.

There will be demonstrations of ikebana and Nordic flower arrangement, virtual (VR) tour of Helsinki, Finland's first motorcycle racing World Champion "Flying Finn" Jarno Saarinen's exhibition, experiencing food prepared by Finnish chef, and much more!

Wednesday, 17 April - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC
Vranken Pommery - The wine market in Japan

CLIC is a loose organization of 11 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan created for the purpose of organizing innovative networking events to enable trading of ideas between the members of the participating chambers.

CLIC consists of the Austrian Business Council, Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

Vranken-Pommery Monopole is the second largest Champagne group. With wineries in Champagne, Provence, Camargue and Douro, it is one of Europe's leading winegrowers. Its brand portfolio includes the leading Champagne brands (VRANKEN, POMMERY, HEIDSIECK & CO MONOPOLE and CHAMPAGNE CHARLES LAFITTE), the ROZES and SAO PEDRO ports and TERRAS DO GRIFO Douro wine brands, the Sable de Camargue DOMAINE ROYAL DE JARRAS rosé wines and Côtes de Provence CHATEAU LA GORDONNE.

At the 7th CLIC Event Mr. Ken Moroi, CEO of Vranken Pommery Japan Co., Ltd., will reveal the secrets behind their success in Japan and share his views on the future of the wine market.

Date & Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Belgium, 5-4, Nibancho, Chiyoda-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members 5,000 yen, others 7,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 11 April

About Ken Moroi

  A French and Japanese, Ken Moroi was born in Paris and received a Master Degree in Japanese Language and International Trade at Paris IX university. Moroi moved to Japan in 2004 to open the branch of Vranken-Pommery Monopole. He is now in charge of the Asia-Pacific Region since 2016, based in Japan where he offices as president of Vranken-Pommery Japan KK.

Andre has also served on the Executive Committee of SCCIJ and Executive Operating Board of the European Business Council (EBC)

To register, please click link at right!
News from Finland

Labour shortages striking more sectors, says ministry

There is a shortage of skilled workers in a growing number of professions in Finland, the Ministry of Employment and the Economy said on Thursday. According to its figures, there are particularly staffing shortfalls in some health and social service positions, with a big need for personnel in other jobs in the sector.

The biggest need is for audiologists and speech therapists, followed by cleaners and then doctors, early childhood educators, social workers, counselors and nursing associates. Companies are also looking for contact centre salespeople, cooks as well as machine tool setters and operators in the metals industry.

The data indicates that there was a shortage of qualified workers in 54 occupations as of the start of this year. That is a sharp jump from the corresponding figures of 39 professions early last year and 24 in January 2017.

The survey of 200 occupations was released as part of the Occupational Barometer, which is also available in English. It reflects estimates by regional TE employment offices of the short-term outlook for key occupations and workforce availability in various parts of the country.
Grin of the Week

Horse call

This man was sitting quietly reading his paper one morning, peacefully enjoying himself, when his wife sneaks up behind him and wacks him on the back of his head with a huge frying pan.

Man: "What was that for?"
Wife: "What was that piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name Marylou written on it?"
Man: "Oh honey, remember two weeks ago when I went to the horse races? Marylou was the name of one of the horses I bet on."
The wife looked all satisfied and goes off to work around the house.

Three days later he is once again sitting in his chair reading and she repeats the frying pan swatting.
Man: "What the hell was that for this time?"
Wife: "Your horse called."
Have a nice weekend &
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.