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  ISSUE 20/2016 31 August 2016 

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We had again an enjoyable Yakatabune cruise on Friday night in beautiful weather, although still a bit hot. Fortunately, there were enough drinks to quench the thirst... Read the report below.

Our next event is the study tour with BBQ dinner to the site of the coming Moomin Theme Park in Hanno, Saitama perf., on Tuesday, 13 September. More information below.

On Wednesday, 28 September we will have a Club Evening with the theme "Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes", details regarding that also below.

Our columnist in "Aoyama View" has enjoyed his summer break and contributed with a long article, this time titled: "IT'S NOT SUPER MARIO, IT'S SUPER ABE! -- AND SUPER JAPAN! ". Needless to say, much about the Olympics, the past and the coming.
Click banner at right for insights also into other issues!

Report from the FCCJ Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 26 August

The Chamber started off the autumn season in style and with some great fun with the 7th Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 26 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 Sky Tree. Before the return to Asakusabashi we had lotteries for prizes from the sponsors.

The event, held in nice and very summer weather, attracted 54 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.
Tuesday, 13 September - FCCJ Special Event

On Tuesday, 13 September we will have a unique opportunity to find out more about "METSÄ"-project and the Moomin Theme Park plans. The construction work at Lake Miyazawa in Hanno city, Saitama prefecture, is expected to start soon.

We will meet up at the City Hall of Hanno where we will be briefed by Hanno City Mayor Masaru Okubo after which Robert Hirst, Chairman of Fintech Global Inc., FCCJ member and the major investor behind the project, will explain about plans for the theme park. Thereafter we will visit the site at Lake Miyazawa for a guided tour to see how the Moomin Theme Park would look like. The tour will end with a BBQ Dinner at "River Ranta".

Date & Time:Tuesday, 13 September, 15:00-19:00
Meeting place: Hanno City Office, 1-1 Namiyanagi, Hanno, Saitama Prefecture [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen (collected at the venue unless otherwise agreed)
  • Including tour arrangements, BBQ dinner & free flowing drinks
  • Excluding transport to and from Hanno (use train or own car)
  • Registration:by Wednesday, 7 September

    Program & Transportation:
    13:52By Train
    Depart Shinjuku station by Chuo Line, change at Haijima for Hachiko line, arrive at Higashi Hanno station 14:50. 5 min. walk to city hall.
    ca 13:20By Car
    Depart central Tokyo (time depends on your location), take Kan-etsu and Ken-o expressways to Sayama-Hidaka I.C., from there 5 km to city office.
    15:00 Meet at Hanno City Hall
  • Presentation by Masaru Okubo, Mayor of Hanno City
  • Presentation by Robert Hirst, Chairman of Fintech Global, Inc.
  • (depart 15:45)
    16:00Guided tour of Lake Miyazawa (depart 16:40)
    17:00BBQ Dinner at "River Ranta"
    19:00End of event, return to Tokyo

    To register, click link at right. 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.
    Wednesday, 28 September - FCCJ Networking Event

    Our next Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 28 September at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka, is a networking party with a theme, "Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes".

    We will have three presenters from Finns involved in the Japanese retail business who will give their views on retailing in Japan and perhaps what makes it different from what it is in Finland.

  • Oskari Hämäläinen, Fast Retailing (Uniqlo),
          Integration & Career Development

  • Teemu Eskelinen, Rakuten Inc., Rakuten Ichiba Business,
          Gourmet Category Group, Electronic Commerce Consultant

  • Laura Kopilow, Rakuten Inc., Campaign Manager at Ad Solutions

  • In addition, we will have commentary from Arto Lindblom, Professor, Marketing at Aalto University, who has studied in depth the strategies, processes and management systems in retailing also in Japan in his research project "Global marketplaces and ecosystems in retailing" funded by Tekes.

    Date & Time:Wednesday, 28 September, 18:30-21:00
    Place: 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 Monday, 26 September

    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.
    JMEC Business Training Program
    Need a Business Plan?

    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

    Report: Russia now a greater threat to Finland

    Russia represents a greater threat to Finland, according to a new report out on Tuesday. The Finnish Institute of Foreign Affairs says that Finnish decision-makers have to be alert to Russia's use of energy policy in geo-politics, and the lack of western-style market mechanisms in Russia.

    The Finnish Institute for Foreign Affairs (UPI) says that Russia's new posture in foreign affairs means Finland needs better crisis readiness.

    Energy policy is a concern, according to the report, with Russian and Finnish interpretations of the Fennovoima nuclear power project diverging significantly - Russian policy in several countries has been to try and create dependencies.

    The Fennovoima nuclear power plant to be constructed in Pyhajoki on Finland's west coast will be built by a consortium in which the Russian state-owned nuclear contractor Rosatom is both a part-owner and the main supplier of the facility.
    Grin of the Week

    What's the best thing about turning 65?

    No more calls from investment advisors or life insurance salesmen.
    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.