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  ISSUE 14/2016 30 May 2016; 

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The Buffet Dinner on Tuesday, 7 June with Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of Nokia Corporation and Founder & Chairman of F-Secure Corporation is now almost fully booked but will can still accommodate a few so if you would like to participate and have not yet signed up, do so soon, at latest tomorrow Tuesday. See details below.

Our Karuizawa Tour, Fri. 10 - Sat. 11 June, we will have now 20 participants signed-up, but we can take a few more, so if you have not yet registered, do so at latest on Wednesday, which is our "hard" dead-line. Read more about the tour below!

I have now details about our last event before the summer break - the Joint Chamber Summer Reception organized by the Canadian Chamber on Thursday, 23 June. Read more below!

For those who like planning well in advance... As in previous years, we start the autumn season with our traditional Yakatabune event, the "Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise" on Friday, 26 August.
Mark this in your calendar and if you want to know more, click here!

Shuttling between Tokyo, Finland and Karuizawa, our columnist in "Aoyama View" has found time to write a new contribution, this time titled: "Obama is a Class Act, G7 Meeting was for Japanese Audience". Click banner at right to get a insight on recent events in Japan, also with some reflections from his trip to Finland.

Tuesday, 7 June - Buffet Reception with Risto Siilasmaa

In close cooperation with F-Secure we organize a buffet reception on Tuesday, 7 June with one of the most prominent business leaders in Finland, Mr. Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of Nokia Corporation and Founder & Chairman of F-Secure Corporation.

We will start the event with a presentation by Mr. Siilasmaa on the current state and outlook for the Finnish ICT sector in general and the companies he is involved in. Then we will enjoy a buffet dinner during which you will have ample opportunities to talk with Mr. Siilasmaa and representatives from many prominent Japanese companies invited by F-Secure.

Date & Time: Tuesday, 7 June, 18:30-21:00
Place: The Tokyo Club, 1-9-14, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members 8,000 yen, Guests 10,000 yen
Registration:by Tuesday, 31 May

About Risto Siilasmaa
  Risto Siilasmaa was born in 1966 and graduated from Helsinki University of Technology with a M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. He is married with 3 children.

After being appointed chairman of Nokia in May 2012, Risto Siilasmaa has led the company in one of the most successful corporate transformations ever. Through four transactions that he orchestrated - the purchase of complete ownership of NSN, the sale of the handset business to Microsoft, the sale of the Nokia mapping business and the recently announced acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent - Nokia has transformed from a bankruptcy candidate to a successful global technology leader. This is reflected in Nokia's value which has gone up fivefold over roughly three years. Even more revealingly, the enterprise value has grown from a low of less than 1.5 billion euros soon after Siilasmaa started as chairman to well over 20 billion euros in early 2015.

The transformation of Nokia has also included Siilasmaa renewing the board and the management. Only one management team member remains from the old team. Siilasmaa has often stated that all the atoms in Nokia have been changed but the spirit of the 150 year old company lives on.

Risto founded F-Secure in 1988, took the company public in 1999 and worked as president and CEO until November 2006. Since then Risto has been the Chairman of the Board.

F-Secure is the global leader in providing security as a service through operators. F-Secure has 20 offices globally with over 940 employees.

After stepping down from F-Secure's CEO Risto became an active angel investor and has made numerous investments in Finnish and international startups. He has at times served on the boards of some of these companies.

Please note that we will invoice the fee in advance upon your registration.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
Friday, 10 - Saturday 11 June

An Opportunity to Experience Another Side of Japan

"Resort Living, Networking and Golf or Sightseeing & Shopping"

FCCJ will organize a tour to Karuizawa on Friday, 10 - Saturday 11 June. Departure from Tokyo, either by car or Shinkansen will be in the morning of Friday, 10 June. There are three options for transportation; a) by your own car, b) co-ride in someone else's car (we coordinate) or b) if you prefer or there is not room in the cars, go by Shinkansen.

The program on Friday will include a lunch with the Mayor of Karuizawa, visits to Honka and Guest House (Rantasalmi) model houses and prominent projects of theirs. In the evening we will have a BBQ dinner by campsite fire at Sweet Grass. to which we plan to invite some locals. Overnight accommodation is mainly in the cottages at Sweet Grass, but for those who want to be a bit adventurous, camping is an option.

On Saturday we have two options - either golf (Karuizawa 72 Minami Course) or a sight-seeing tour, with or without shopping at the Prince Shopping Plaza. We will return to Tokyo on Saturday, 11 June in the evening by cars or Shinkansen.

For more information and to register, click link at right.
Thursday, 23 June - Joint Chamber event organized by CCCJ
Summer networking at its finest!

One of the most popular joint chamber functions of the year, this party attracts a crowd of just about 340 business people from several chambers, for an evening of great food, drink, fun and networking. Do register soon for this event, as it is expected to be sold out quickly!

Date & Time:Thursday, 23 June , 18:30-20:30 (entrance open 18:15)
Place: Embassy of Canada, 7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members 8,500 yen, Guests 12,000 yen (buffet and 'nomihoudai')
Registration:by Thursday, 16 June

Please kindly bring your photo ID with you which may be requested to be produced at the Embassy's guard's station for security purpose.

This event is organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan with support from about 10 other foreign Chambers in Tokyo. Participating Chambers : Austrian Business Council, Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan, British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce, Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan and Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan

Joint chamber events are a fantastic opportunity for members and friends of participating chambers to make new contacts, and grow their networks.

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.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
Wednesday, 15 June: BLCCJ Seminar
Delighting Customers in Japan XV

Japan is known as one of the most challenging markets in the world. Whether your business is start-up, long-established, or somewhere in between, you are probably confronted daily with the issue "how to delight customers?"

Because there is not a single answer to this very fascinating question, the Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BLCCJ) launched in 2001 "Delighting Customers in Japan", an annual seminar where a number of top executives share their ideas and experiences about the challenges of succeeding in this perplexing market.

Following the great success of the event formula, the BLCCJ is very pleased to organize the 15th edition in 2016, where we will welcome again 3 distinguished speakers who will share with us their strategies, experiences and insights regarding their businesses in Japan:

  • Mr. Peter KRONSCHNABL, President and CEO, BMW GROUP JAPAN
  • Mr. Alexandre JAMES, President & Representative Director,ST DUPONT
  • Jan DE BOCK, Managing Partner, TRAINSPOT KK (Belgian Beer Weekend Festivals)

  • Details:
      Date & Time:Wednesday, 15 June, 18.30-21:00
    (registration from 18:00, networking cocktail from 20:00 to 21:00)
     Venue: BNP Paribas offices, GranTokyo North Tower, Marunouchi [MAP]
      Cost:Members 5,000 yen, Guests 6,000 yen
      Registration:by Friday, 10 June

    The seminar will be followed by an open panel discussion with Q&A, and by a networking cocktail from 20:00 onwards. We hope you can join us.

    For more information and registration, directly with the BLCCJ, click link at below!

    News from Finland

    New eco-friendly public sauna opens in Helsinki

    Finland's capital city has a new feather in its cap, as the striking new Löyly public sauna complex opened its doors this week in the seaside district of Hernesaari. The new venue is easily the showiest of Helsinki's public saunas, with three different saunas to choose from, a spacious and sleek restaurant/cafe and several terrace areas for lounging.

    Löyly (the Finnish word for the steam that comes when you throw water to the hot stones in sauna) is the city of Helsinki's brainchild, designed to instil a sense of community and attract tourists to try the unique sauna experience. The project prioritized environmental sustainability from the start.

    "All of the timber used to build the structure was FSC certified. The terraces are protected by a 'flutter' of wooden slats that provides visual privacy and shelter from the sun,"A says Ville Hara of Avanto Architects Ltd, the firm that designed the complex.

    Löyly was quietly opened on Monday, May 23, without media attention. The project's main investors, actor Jasper Pääkkönen and MP Antero Vartia, say they want to keep their 6-million-euro venue free of any elite stigma, to ensure that as many people as possible will enjoy Helsinki's newest hotspot.

    Two of Löyly's saunas, a traditional smoke sauna and a wood-burning sauna, are open to the public daily from 13:00 to 22:00, except on Tuesdays when it opens later, at 16:00. A third, smaller wood-fired sauna is also available for exclusive hire. The admission fee for a two-hour sauna visit is 19 euros. The price includes a towel, seat liner and shampoo and shower gel. A fee of 10 euros per hour is added for any additional hours.
    Grin of the Week

    Everything has its price...

    A middle-aged very rich guy is out to dinner with his wife to celebrate her fortieth birthday.

    He says, "So what would you like, Julie? A Ferrari? A sable coat? A diamond necklace?"

    Julie says, "Bernie, I want a divorce."

    Bernie says, "I wasn't planning on spending that much."
    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.