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Tuesday, 7 June Dinnner with Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of Nokia and Chairman & Founder of F-Secure
Time: 18:30-21:00
Venue: The Tokyo Club, Roppongi
Fee: 8,000 yen (members only)
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Fri. 10 - Sat. 11 June FCCJ Karuizawa Tour
Resort Living, Networking and Golf or Sightseeing & Shopping
Fee: 22,000 yen (excl. transport to/from Karuizawa)
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 Thursday, 19 May
Dinner with Minister Rehn, Business Delegation and Keizai Doyukai
On the occasion of the visit to Japan by Dr. Olli Rehn, Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland, FCCJ organized, in cooperation with Finpro and the Embassy of Finland, a dinner on Thursday, 19 May. Minister Rehn was accompanied by a large Business Delegation which also participates in the dinner. The Embassy and Finpro had also invited representatives from Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives).

Before the start of the dinner three FCCJ members, Jan Grönblad/Vaisala, Aki Saarinen/Reaktor and Masao Ohata/Enevo gave their views on operating in Japan. During the dinner, Minister Rehn and Keyzai Doyukai Vice Chair Izumi Kobayashi and Committee Chair Yukio Tada gave short presentations on the cooperation between Japan and Finland. The event ended with a Q&A session, free networking and closing remarks by Ambassador Manu Virtamo.

The dinner was attended by 20 FCCJ members, 12 from the Minister's Delegation, 24 from the Business Delegation and 8 from Keizai Doyukai.

For a report from the event, click here

Thursday, 28 April - Joint Nordic Business Luncheon organized by SCCJ
Rickard Gustafsson, CEO, SAS Group
In connection with celebration of 65 years of service between Japan and Scandinavia, Mr. Rickard Gustafson, President & CEO SAS Group, was in Tokyo and gave the members of the Nordic Chambers a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from him about the strategies and stages of implementation for SAS evolution into a New Normal.

In his presentation Mr. Gustafsson gave an insight in the development of the SAS business in Japan since they started in 1951 as the first European airline to fly to Japan. Then it too 63 hours and cost the equivalent of about 10,000 USD.

He also explained about the turnaround of SAS since 2012 when it was on the verge of bankruptcy to show a healthy profit last year. SA is also expanding in Asia, for Japan the priority is to get a slot at Narita in 2019 when new slots become available there.

For a report from the event, attended by 52 members from the five Nordic Chambers and representatives for the press, click here

 Wednesday, 27 April - The 29th Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey
'Choppy Waters for Economy - Businesses Steam Ahead'
The Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) has been conducting Business Confidence surveys online twice a year since 2002 among foreign-affiliated companies in Japan. This, the 29th, survey was conducted between April 12 and 22, 2016, and received 303 valid responses, an increase of 26% from the previous survey, from members of 17 foreign chambers of commerce and business organizations.

The views on the Japanese economy are mixed and the expected growth is lower than in the previous survey in October 2015. The reported and expected sales and profitability estimates remain positive and almost on similar levels to those in the October survey.

Although this survey shows that the sentiments regarding the Japanese economy are less positive than in the Spring 2015 survey, both the reported and forecasted performance figures for the companies were more positive than in the previous survey.

The relative optimism reflected in the company performance data also clearly show that the strategies of the foreign-affiliated companies in Japan continue to be bullish. 78% (75% in the October survey) are looking for further growth and 19% (21% in October) are expecting to sustain their current level. Only 3% is planning to downsize and only one of the respondents are considering withdrawing from Japan.

The survey, which is run by FCCJ on behalf of the foreign chambers in Japan, had this time two alternating questions, one regarding Daycare issues, the other about salary increases this year.

For the full report, click here

 Friday, 22 April - SCCJ-FCCJ Golf Challenge
SCCJ wins back the Stora Enso Cup!

The 28th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 22 April at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka Prefecture. The event was played very nice and warm spring weather with Mt. Fuji visible close-by on many holes in the morning.

34 players participated in the competition (19 from FCCJ, 15 from SCCJ), including two guests. Notable was that 22 of the players were Japanese.

After the Finnish Chamber had won the previous event in November, the Swedish Chamber got now a sweet revenge, beating the FCCJ by a clear margin, 1 stroke, 80.7 versus 81.7 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ still has six more wins than the SCCJ, 17 against 11.

For full report with a lot of pictures click here

 Wednesday, 20 April - FCCJ Special Event
Dinner with Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo
On Wednesday, 20 April some senior FCCJ members had the opportunity to hear the latest news about Finnair from its CEO Pekka Vauramo. Mr. Vauramo was in Japan for the official inauguration of the new Fukuoka route, commencing on the 8 of May. He was accompanied by Finnair SVP for Communication and Corporate Responsibility, Arja Suominen.

During the dinner Mr. Vauramo and Ms. Suominen got updates on current affairs and Finland image in Japan from representatives from the Embassy and Finpro. FCCJ President Pekka Laitinen gave an overview of the Finnish businesses in Japan and Board of Trustees member Timo Varhama talked about Japanese politics and Abenomics.

For more images from the event, held at the Embassy and hosted by Ambassador Manu Virtamo, click here

 Tuesday, 5 April
The 17th FCCJ Annual General Assembly
The 17th FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Tuesday, 5 April at the Embassy of Finland attended by 45 chamber members and members of its Board of Trustees.

The assembly approved the activity and fiscal reports for the fiscal year 2015 ending 31 March and approved activity plans and budget for the fiscal year that started 1 April. After the General Assembly the new Board of Directors had its first meeting and re-elected Pekka Laitinen as President of FCCJ. Masaoki Fujita was re-elected as Vice President and Jan Grönblad was elected new Vice President.

After the assembly, Ambassador Manu Virtamo hosted a buffet dinner. During the dinner a lot of active discussions took place between the members.

For more about the general assembly and many images, click here

Tuesday, 29 March - Joint EU Chambers Event organized by the British Chamber
Luncheon with Tokyo 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 more images from the event, click here

 Thursday, 10 March - FCCJ Special Event
Dinner with Business Delegation from Finland
On Thursday, 10 March FCCJ organized in cooperation with Finpro a 'Working Dinner' for part of the Business Delegation accompanying Finland's President Sauli Niinistö on his official visit to Japan.

Four Japanese guests had been invited, two from Marubeni, one from JETRO and one from INCJ (Innovation Network Corporation of Japan) to provide insight in the possibilities of cooperation in Japan and third countries.

Seven Business Delegation members participated together with 13 representatives from FCCJ. After two short presentations by JETRO and Invest in Finland, there were very active discussions around the tables and in the Q&A session.

For more images from the event, held at the prestigious Kojunsha Club in Ginza, click here

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