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  ISSUE 9/2016 30 March 2016  

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

The joint EU Chambers Luncheon with Tokyo Governor Masuzoe yesterday was a success with 200 participants. The Governor made a very engaging and outspoken speech (in English) and answered questions very frankly. Read more about the event below.

The FCCJ Annual General Assembly and Dinner is held on Tuesday, 5 April. Note that this is a member only event. More information about the event below. Note that the registration dead-line is tomorrow Thursday!

On Friday, 22 April we play the Stora Enso Cup - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West. The course is quite high up so we could still expect some cherry blossom then and a great Mt. Fuji view! Read more below.

Our third event in April is a Joint Nordic Business Luncheon, organized by the Swedish Chamber, with SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson on Thursday, 28 April. More about this in my next bulletin.

Report from the EU Chambers Luncheon with Governor Yoichi Masuzoe

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

In his engaging presentation, Governor Masuzoe touched upon subjects like plans for Tokyo to become the most business-friendly city in the world, strengthening of the city as a global financial center and his vision for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This event was attended by 200 members from Austrian, British, Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Netherlands, Norwegian, Polish and Swedish chambers with support by European Business Council and Philips Japan. FCCJ had 10 attendees.

For a report from the event, click link at right!
Tuesday, 5 April - Members Only Event
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 17th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held at the

       Embassy of Finland on

       Tuesday, 5 April, 2016 at 17.00

       Registration dead-line: Thursday, 31 March

The Assembly will handle matters according to Article 10 in the Articles of Association of the FCCJ.

Dinner at 18:00
After the Assembly we will have a buffet dinner hosted by Ambassador Manu Virtamo.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member. A dditional representatives from member companies can be accepted, but will charged 7,000 yen per person.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right Note that registration dead-line is tomorrow Thursday! To check who have signed up, click here.
Friday, 22 April - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Spring 2016

The 28th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 22 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..

The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture, which has been the venue for the event six times in the past. First tee-off is at 22 April and the cost is 18,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
News from Finland

Data show slight uptick in consumer confidence in March

Consumer confidence increased to reach 10.4 on the index in March, compared to 7.7 in February and 8.2 in January. According to Statistics Finland, while consumers remained guarded about the economy and their personal finances, they were slightly more optimistic than in February.

Consumer confidence increased to reach 10.4 on the index in March, compared to 7.7 in February and 8.2 in January. According to Statistics Finland, while consumers remained guarded about the economy and their personal finances, they were a bit more optimistic about the employment situation in March than they had been in previous months.

Statistics Finland's survey of some 1,296 Finnish residents between March 1 and 17 revealed that while consumer views of their personal finances remained unchanged between February and March, while their outlook for the economy improved slightly. Overall however they remained cautious on both fronts.

Consumers interviewed were somewhat more upbeat about the employment situation and even more so about their own prospects for saving compared to February. At the same time, the survey indicated that many respondents favoured the idea of drawing down a loan and purchasing durable goods rather than saving.
Grin of the Week

President Obama's visit to Cuba

A tourist from the United States of America is at a resturant in Havana. He tells the waiter that the USA is the best country in the world because of the freedoms it has.

He says, "Take Freedom of Speech for example. I could stand in front of the White House in Washington D.C. and yell 'President Obama is a bastard!' and nothing would be done to me."

The Cuban waiter replies, "We have that same freedom in Cuba. I could stand in front of El Capital and yell the same thing and nothing would be done to me too!"
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.