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  ISSUE 17/2017 30 May 2017 
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The Tampere Philharmonic Concert on Friday 19 May was very well received and the reception held afterwards was a success, attended by about 140 people, including 105 FCCJ members and their guests. Read the report below.

Our next event is the fishing tour coming Saturday (3 June). It is basically sold out but we might be able to squeeze in one or two more if you are interested to join. If so, sign up now! For more details, read below.

The last event before our summer break is a Club Evening on Thursday, 29 June where ARQIS Law Foreign Office will brief us on legal issues in Japan. Read more below.

This week a new contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View", titled "Taormina to Tokyo: Heavyweights and fashionable ladies ".

This time we make a wide tour around the globe regarding a wide variety of issues. Click banner at right for an interesting read!

Report from the Finland 100th Anniversary Event on Friday, 19 May
Tampere Philharmonic Concert and Reception at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan "

As part of the Centenary of Finland's Independence celebrations in Japan, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, tour Japan in May. The concert program includes representative works by the national composer Jean Sibelius.

The Embassy of Finland and FCCJ jointly organized a reception hosted by H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari after the first concert on Friday, 19 May at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno.

The reception was attended by 140 persons, including 105 FCCJ members and their guests. The conductor of the orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali (pictured above with Ambassador Siukosaari), also attended the reception and made a very nice speech.

For a report from the event, click links at right!
Saturday, 3 June - FCCJ Special Event

FCCJ is making its first dedicated fishing tour on Saturday, 3 June. Come and enjoy fishing in hopefully nice weather, a lot of fish and definitely in good company! We will be catching Aji (horse mackerel) and according to our expert you should catch many, tens....
We tour will start from Kurihama, behind Yokosuka.

Thanks to the support of MOS Tax Corporation, the fee for the tour is only 8,000 yen for FCCJ members. The fee includes the fishing, fishing rod, bait as well as lunch and drinks onboard.

The fishing company Kurihama Kurokawa Honke's web site is here.

We have 15 slots and we will be sold out so sign up early!
Non-members will only be accepted after registration dead-line if space is available.

Date & Time:Saturday, 3 June, 8.00-15:00
Port: Kurihama, Kanagawa Pref. [MAP]
Cost:Members 8,000 yen, others 12,000 yen (if space available)
Registration:by Friday, 19 May

The tour starts at 8:00 and you can go there by train, Keikyu line from Shinagawa at 6.37 arriving at Keikyu Kurihama at 7:36 (59 mins). From the station we can arrange transportation to the port, 7-8 mins. by car. Some will go by car so we can also do some ride-sharing.
Note that the cost for transportation to/from Kurihama is not included in the fee.

To register, click link at right. Please note that we will invoice the fee in advance. Cancellations after 19 May and no-shows will be charged.
Thursday, 29 June - FCCJ Club Evening

Our next Club Evening, held on Thursday, 29 June at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, is a networking event with the theme, "How to Tackle Legal Issues Foreign Companies Face in Japan".

Ulrich Kirchhoff and Tobias Schiebe, Foreign Attorneys-at-Law/Legal, at one of our newest member company, ARQIS Foreign Law Office, and their Japanese colleague Takashi Yoneyama from TMI Associates will give us an insight in how to solve legal issues that foreign companies operating in Japan might face as well as an update on the current legal developments companies in Japan need to know (data protection, labor law, etc.).

They will also explain their "Members-for-members" free first consultation service for FCCJ members!

Date & Time:Thursday, 29 June, 18.30-21:00
Venue: Scandinavian Center, 2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:>Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Including buffet and free flowing drinks
Registration:by Tuesday, 27 June

About ARQIS Foreign Law Office
  ARQIS Foreign Law Office is the Tokyo office of an originally German-based law firm with offices in Munich and Dusseldorf. The Tokyo office is operating as a joint enterprise with the Japanese law firm TMI Associates, one of the five largest law firms in Japan. Since more than 20 years ARQIS/TMI is particularly serving European investors to Japan in all areas of corporate and commercial law, M&A, labor law, data protection, anti-trust and competition law, dispute resolution, litigation and negotiation support.
For more, go to:

To register, click link at right. 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.
Thursday, 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 16th edition in 2017, where we will welcome again 3 distinguished speakers who will share with us their strategies, experiences and insights regarding their businesses in Japan:

  • Mr. Yuzo KANO, Co-Founder and CEO, BITFLYER, INC.
  • Mr. Vincent NELIAS, Managing Director, SWAROVSKI JAPAN LTD.

  • Details:
      Date & Time:Thursday, 15 June, 18.30-21:00
     Venue: BNP Paribas offices, GranTokyo North Tower, Marunouchi [MAP]
      Cost:Members 5,000 yen, Guests 6,000 yen
      Registration:by Friday, 9 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, incl. speakers' profiles and registration, click link below!
    Jun.22, Jul.1, Jul.29, Sep.3, Oct.1, Nov.26
    GAS - Global Agenda Seminar Series

    GAS (Global Agenda Seminar) series, a study opportunity to cultivate global business skills, was launched in 2010 by Prof. Yoko Ishikura and Roppongi Academyhills. The founders wish for all the participants to have the chance to think globally, to participate in English, and to create strategic proposals.

    FCCJ is one of the project client of the GAS 2017.

    The instructor of the course is Prof. Yoko Ishikura, who currently serves as an independent consultant in the area of global strategy, competitiveness and global talent. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council and also a non-executive director of Nissin Foods Holdings, Sojitz Corporation, and Shiseido Company, Limited. Previously, Prof. Ishikura was a manager at McKinsey & Company Inc., a professor at the School of International Politics, Economics and Business at Aoyama Gakuin University (Japan), a professor at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University (Japan) and a professor at the Graduate School of Media Design at Keio University (Japan)

    For more about the seminar and and application, please click link at right!
    JETRO Business Environment Survey Request

    JETRO conducts a survey every year on the obstacles you face in Japan and the attractiveness of Japan you feel for the purpose to improve the business environment in Japan.

    The results of this year's survey will be drawn up as "JETRO Invest Japan Report 2017" and be utilized as a source of policy proposals to the government for more attractive business environment.

    We appreciate it if you could take the time to complete the survey at the URL below. (It will take about 15 minutes)

    Note: This survey is designed for foreign-affiliated companies (which receive a certain amount of investment from foreign companies, such as Japanese subsidiary, branch office, or representative office of foreign companies). If your parent company is not a foreign company, or your company was founded in Japan by foreign entrepreneurs (as a Japanese company), please refrain from participating in the survey.

    Click links below for the survey (please submit by 21 June 2017)
    English version     

    We plan to publish "JETRO Invest Japan Report 2017" in November. We would like to send you the report after completion, so please could you answer your company's address in the last part of the survey if you wish to receive the report.

    News from Finland

    Consumer confidence in Finland hits new record high

    Consumer confidence in the country in May broke an all-time high, according to fresh figures from Statistic Finland. The figure is the highest it's been since 1995. The statistics talliers attributed the boost to consumers thinking that unemployment is on the way down, and improved possibilities for households to put away money.

    The consumer confidence indicator (CCI) in May reached a record level of 24.1, compared to 21.5 a month ago, according to Statistics Finland.

    Consumer confidence in May was strongest in the capital region and in northern Finland. Salaried workers were most optimistic, while pensioners and the unemployed had the gloomiest expectations about the economy, according to Statistics Finland.

    However, the agency said, consumer views about their own finances weakened slightly and their expectations about the Finnish economy remained virtually unchanged compared to the previous month.

    During the month of May just over half of consumers in Finland, some 52 percent, said they think Finland's economy will improve over the next year, while nine percent said the economy would likely worsen. Those same projections a year ago in May were 39 percent and 22 percent, respectively.
    Grin of the Week

    Little boy asks the President

    Little Boy: Mr. President, what will it be like when "Make America Great Again" has been perfected?

    President: Everyone will have what he needs.

    Little Boy: But what if there is a shortage of meat?

    President: There will be a sign in the butcher shop saying, "No one needs meat today."
    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.