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  ISSUE 26/2017 29 August 2017 
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We have had a most enjoyable Yakatabune event last Friday, attended by 50 members and their guests who could enjoy good food, enough ;-) drinks and a lot of mingling with old and new friends. Read the report below.

As we for some "technical reasons" will take a late summer holiday from 8 to 20 September we do not have any "own" FCCJ events in September. But instead we offer three interesting events organized by our fellow European chambers (Swiss, German and Belgium-Luxembourg) that are open to our members at member rates. Read more below if you are interested in the FIFA Scandal, ecommerce in Japan or shaping Europe for tomorrow.

We will have three events in October and November, which will keep us busy when we are back. Check our  Event Calendar for details.

Back in Tokyo and busy following current events in Japan and globally, our "Aoyama View" columnist has made a new contribution. This time the column is titled "From North Korea's missiles to Turku Terror and US Navy Mishaps".
Click banner at right to find out more!

Report from the FCCJ Yakatabune Event on Friday, 25 August

The Chamber started off the autumn season in style and with some great fun with the 8th Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 25 August.

Also this year the Yakatabune boat departed from Asakusabashi touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise we enjoyed a great Japanese sashimi-tempura dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style. The boat made stops at Odaiba and close to the Tokyo Skytree. Before returning to Asakusabashi we had lotteries for prizes from the sponsors.

The event, held in nice and very warm summer weather, attracted 50 participants and made affordable by the support of our sponsors, Finnair and Finn Tour.

For a report from the event with a lot of pictures, click links at right.
Thursday, 7 September - SCCIJ September Luncheon
The Impact of FIFA Scandal on the Sports World

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Haas, Professor of Law &
Dr. Stephan Netzle, Lecturer, University of Zurich

The presentation will address the events that led to the FIFA Scandal. How have the FIFA and the various state authorities reacted? How did the FIFA Scandal influence the world of sports? The IOC and the international sports organizations are now eager to introduce education tools, reporting mechanisms and ethic codes in order to prevent unethical behavior, to identify integrity issues at an early stage and to impose tough sanctions when such issues must be adjudicated.
Date & Time:Thursday, 7 September, 12.00-14:00
Venue:ANA InterContinental Tokyo, GLORY B1F (Map)
Fee:Members 6,500 yen, others 7,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 31 August


Professor Ulrich Haas is professor of law at the University of Zurich. Sports law as well as arbitration law are two of his major fields of research. He also acts as a practitioner in these fields of law. He is a frequently appointed arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. He was CAS-arbitrator at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Dr. Stephan Netzle studied law at the Universities of Zurich and Virginia (USA). In 2008, he founded TIMES Attorneys. He is a renowned sports law expert and was a judge with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) from 1991 until 2010. He served as an arbitrator at the Olympic Games in Sydney and Beijing. He is a lecturer on international arbitration at the University of Zurich. He participated in two Olympic Games (1980 and 1984) as an athlete and became world champion in rowing 1982.

For more information and registration (directly with the Swiss Chamber) click link below!
Friday, 15 September - Joint German Chamber and EBC Luncheon Event
e-commerce in Japan: Market trends and what you need to do to get ahead

Speaker: Ms. Neta Gefen Hahne
Online and Omnichannel Director at Estee Lauder Group Companies (ELGC) For a detailed CV, please see here.

The German Chamber organizes this special event in cooperation with the European Business Council (EBC) and its Retail & Wholesale Committee. It is open to all member companies of European Chambers of Commerce & Industry in Japan.
Date & Time:Friday, 15 September, 12.00-14:00
Venue:ANA InterContinental Tokyo, GLORY B1F (Map)
Member fee:7,000 yen (will be invoiced upon registration)
Registration:by Friday, 8 September

About the event:
Do you know what the current online retail market standard is like in Japan? Do you have the vision and the tools to compete? As e-commerce becomes increasingly important worldwide, there are still companies that are in deep denial. One fact remains clear: e-commerce will become Japan's single largest retail channel within the next 5 years. Neta Gefen Hahne, Online and Omnichannel Director at Estee Lauder Group Companies (ELGC) will draw on her nearly 20 years of experience in the online and ecommerce space and will in-depth and with practical take-a-ways introduce/discuss the following 3 topics:
    1. Ecommerce trends in Japan 2017
    2. Designing a successful ecommerce strategy - the importance of the Omni-channel customer
    3. Practical tips on how to improve your ecommerce business

For more information and registration (directly with the German Chamber) click link below!
Friday, 29 September - BLCCJ Breakfast Meeting with Mr. Bruno Colmant
"Shaping Europe for Tomorrow. Together. When challenges become opportunities."

Speaker: Mr. Bruno Colmant, Head of Macro Research and Executive Board Member at Bank Degroof Petercam

The European Union is at a crossroad on its path to economic and political unification following the Brexit and the US election: the time has come to rethink the European union. In the frame of a political renewal, a new Europe must, and will, find a new political spirit leading to more political, budgetary and monetary cogency and strength. Mr Colmant will share with us his analysis and outlook for the European Union of tomorrow.
Date & Time:Friday, 29 September, 08.30-10:00
Venue:The Peninsula Tokyo , Sky Room, 24F
Fee:Members 5,000 yen, others 6,500 yen
Registration:by Friday, 22 September

About Mr. Bruno Colmant
Bruno Colmant is Head of Macro Research and Executive Board Member at Bank Degroof Petercam. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master Degree in applied economics from the Solvay Business School Economics and Management (ULB). He also holds a Master of Sciences in Business Administration from the Purdue University (USA) and a Master in Fiscal Sciences (ICHEC-ESSF). He is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy.

He began his career at Arthur Andersen, Dewaay and Sofina, was Managing Director at ING (1996-2006), Cabinet Head of the Belgian Finance Ministry (2006-2007), CEO of the Brussels Stock Exchange, Member of the Management Committee of NYSE Euronext and Chairman and CEO of Euronext Brussels (2007-2009) and Deputy CEO at AGEAS (2009-2011). From 2001 throughout 2016, he has been a Partner of the consulting firm Roland Berger and an economic advisor to the AGEAS CEO.

For more information and registration (directly with the BLCCJ) click link below!
JMEC Business Training Program
Looking for Fresh Idas and a Business Plan for your Market Entry, New Product or Business Expansion?

Are you a business owner looking for a business plan tailored to the Japanese market? If so, take part in the Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC)!

As a JMEC Project Client, you can receive a professional business plan developed by some of Japan's brightest up-and-coming business leaders for a fraction of the cost of hiring outside consultants. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the JMEC homepage where you also find the application form.

JMEC is also calling for individuals to join the program as JMEC Participants and be part of the business plan creation process. This MBA-style program includes classroom training as well as hands-on business plan writing experience. Go to to learn more and apply.

Established in 1993 and supported by 18 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan, JMEC is a non-profit business training program for mid career business professionals, who research and write professional business plans in teams to help companies enter or expand their business in Japan.

FCCJ is a proud sponsor of JMEC and encourages our members and the greater business community to get involved.

News from Finland

When Donald met Sauli

Sauli Niinistö's trip to meet Donald Trump dominates the media on Tuesday morning, with Finnish journalists working feverishly through the night to cover Niinistö's time at the White House. The consensus was broadly that the Finnish president did very well indeed, holding his own in discussions with his US counterpart.

Turun Sanomat took a look at the content of their discussions, noting that Niinistö brought up climate change and particularly the issue of black carbon in the Arctic. In the press conference it appeared that Trump had said the US would halve emissions of black carbon but, noted TS, he did not at any point use the words 'climate change'.

Finnish media were also somewhat perplexed by the 45th president of the USA declaring that Finland was buying F18 fighter jets from Boeing. This has been a protracted, difficult procurement process, and there is no certainty at all that Finland will actually order the planes from Boeing. That claim was quickly denied by Niinistö via Trump's preferred medium, Twitter: "The news about purchasing f-18 fighter jets is fake".

Twitter also went wild over the memorable moment when Trump confused two female Finnish journalists: Yle's Paula Vilén and the Finnish news agency STT's Maria Annala.

All in all, Finns were pleased and proud of their president even if, as Aamulehti complained, American journalists weren't interested in Finland as they were more focused on pressing news topics (like the flooding in Texas and the pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio).

Ilta-Sanomat reported Foreign policy expert Mika Aaltola's comment that many Americans would probably be glad to swap their head of state with Finland--a claim with some foundation, if reaction on social media is anything to go by.

Iltalehti decribed the visit as a 'great success', while Ilta-Sanomat's comment piece said Niinistö did good--but Trump's 'scary side' must have also brought a bit of a cold sweat at times.
Grin of the Week

A Smart Cop

A police officer jumps into his squad car and calls the station.

"I have an interesting case here," he says. "A woman shot her husband for stepping on the floor she just mopped."

"Have you arrested her?" asks the sergeant.

"No, not yet. The floor is still wet."
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.