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  ISSUE 26/2018 29 October 2018 

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This is the final call for our two next events, the luncheon on Thursday, 1 November with a prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Kjell Forsén, President and CEO of Vaisala Oyj and the Joint Nordic Pre-Opening Tour to Metsä Village in Hanno on Monday, 5 November. Note that as we still have space, also guests are welcome!
Find out more about these below!

On Thursday, 22 November we have the traditional Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge, the 33rd Stora Enso Cup at G.C. Narita Hightree in Chiba pref.. Normally this event has been played on Friday's, but as Friday 23rd is a public holiday, we instead have it on Thursday.
More about this event also below!

We have two additional events in November, one a Joint Nordic event with Spotify and B&O on the future of music distribution on Wednesday, 21 November and the other a CLIC event with Lindt, a leading Swiss chocolate company, on Wednesday, 28 November. I will have more information about these in coming bulletins.

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has made a new and enlightening contribution, this time titled "Towards better world? Circular economy, collaboration with China".

Click banner at right for insights in what has happened in and around Japan, from Meiji Restoration to Halloween!

Thursday, 1 November - FCCJ Business Luncheon

FCCJ will organize a Business Luncheon on Tuesday, 1 November with a prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Kjell Forsén, President and CEO of Vaisala Oyj.

The theme of Mr. Forsén's presentation is:
"Vaisala and its contribution to combat effects of climate change and extreme weather".

Date & Time: Thursday, 1 November, 12:00-14.00
Venue: Hotel Okura Tokyo, Kensington Terrace, South Wing 12F [MAP]
Cost:Members 7,000 yen, Guests 9,000 yen
Registration:by Tuesday, 30 October

About Kjell Forsén
President & CEO, Vaisala Group 2006-

Born 1958, Finnish citizen, Lic.Sc. (Technology)
  • Chairman of Vaisala Management Group 2006-

  • Employment History
  • Ericsson, several managerial positions within the company, both in Finland and abroad 1986-2006
  • President of Ericsson Finland 2003-2006

  • Positions of Trust
  • JMC Council Center, Member of the Council
  • Valamo Foundation, Member of the Council

  • About Vaisala Oyj
    We have two global business areas that develop, manufacture and market innovative products and services for environmental and industrial measurement.

    Innovation and technology are cornerstones for Vaisala's success and we keep advancing the art of environmental observations. Technological innovation is in our DNA, and want and need to be at the cutting edge of development, to find new solutions to customer needs in demanding applications.

    We invest 11.9% of our net sales in R&D and our pride is our state of the art in-house cleanroom, sensor production, manufacturing and science-based technology leadership.

    We are headquartered in Finland and employ approximately 1,600 professionals worldwide and are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

    Please click link at right to register. Please note that we will collect the fee at the venue and provide you with a receipt. Cancellations after registration dead-line and no-shows will be invoiced.
    Monday, 5 November - FCCJ Special Event

    FCCJ organizes, in cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers, a Pre-Opening Tour to Metsä Village in Hanno, Saitama prefecture on Monday, 5 November. Metsä Village, officially open 9 November, is the first phase of the Moomin Theme Park, the second phase, Moomin Valley Park, will open on 16 March 2019.

    Date & Time:Monday, 5 November, 15:30-20.30
    Official program starts 16:15 at Hanno station.
    Place: Metsä Village, Miyazawa-ko, Hanno, Saitama pref. [MAP]
    Cost:6,000 yen (collected at the venue unless otherwise agreed)
    Incl. bus from/to Hanno station, dinner with free drinks, train at own expense
    Registration:by Thursday, 1 November

    Program: (note: train to/from Hanno by your own arrangement and cost, you can use other options)
       15:00 Depart Ikebukuro station by Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Chichibu 21 Red Arrow
       16:09Arrival at Hanno station
       16:15 Meet in front of Hanno station, transport to Miyazawa-ko by bus (2.4 km)
       16:30 Welcome & introduction: Robert Hirst, Representative Director, Moomin Monogatari, Ltd.
       16:45 Guided tour around Metsä Village and a view of Moomin Valley Park (under construction)
       17:20Free time for shopping, etc.
       18:00 Dinner at main restaurant
       19:10 Bus to Hanno station
       19:36 Depart Hanno station by Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Musashi 46 Red Arrow
       20:16Arrival at Ikebukuro station

    Please note that we will collect the fee at the venue (unless otherwise agreed) and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

    To register, click link at right!
    Thursday, 22 November - Stora Enso Cup
    Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2017

    The 33rd Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - will be played on Thursday, 22 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.. At the same time SCCJ members also play for the SCCJ Autumn Golf Cup.

    The venue this time is Golf Club Narita Hightree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 8:45 and the cost is 17,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

    Please click link at right for more information and to sign up.
    News from Finland

    Peak-performing Terrafame mine starts construction of battery chemicals plant

    Building has begun on a new nickel and cobalt sulphate refining plant in Sotkamo that is expected to bring 150 new jobs and 200 million euros in added turnover.

    The Terrafame mining company announced on Thursday that it would begin foundation work on a battery chemicals plant. Located in the north-eastern Finland town of Sotkamo, Terrafame says the plant will expand the multi-metal mine's operations and bring increased profitability.

    The plant will improve the refining capabilities of the mine, as there is a growing market for materials used in the manufacture of electric and hybrid motor batteries (EVBs). Specifically, it will further process Terrafamefs current main product of nickel-cobalt sulphide into nickel sulphate and cobalt sulphate, both of which are used in lithium-ion batteries.

    200 million euros in added turnover projected
    Terrafame reports that a significant share of their nickel and cobalt sulphate production is already being allocated to manufacturing EVB chemicals, so building their own refining plant would bring them "closer to end users".

    The mining company will apply for an environmental permit for the battery chemicals plant early next year. The mine reports that it has already entered into major technology agreements with the key equipment suppliers. The Sweco engineering company, headquartered in Stockholm, has been commissioned to lead the design and build.

    If all goes according to plan, construction will be completed by the end of 2020, and commercial production would begin in early 2021.
    Grin of the Week

    The Difference Between Sin and Mistake

    The girl knelt in the confessional and said, "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned."

    "What is it, child?"

    "Father, I have committed the sin of vanity. Twice a day I gaze at myself in the mirror and tell myself how beautiful I am."

    The priest turned, took a good look at the girl, and said, "My dear, I have good news. That isn't a sin... it's simply a mistake."
    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.