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Wednesday, 25 January FCCJ Shinnekai Club Evening
Venue: Scandinavian Center, Akasaka
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Tuesday, 28 February Joint Nordic Team Building Event - Bowling Competition
Venue: Tokyo Port Bowl in Shibaura
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 Wednesday, 7 December - Joint Nordic Chamber Event
A Successful 24th Scandinavian Christmas Ball!
The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Joint Christmas Ball was held on Wednesday, 7 December 2016 at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel in Ebisu, where the party has been held also in 2005-2009 and 2011-2015. The party was attended by 277 members and guests from the five Nordic Chambers of Commerce in Japan. By chambers the SCCJ had 146 participants, DCCJ 31, FCCJ 50, ISCCJ 28 and NCCJ 22.

The ball started with greetings from the organizing committee, followed by a Lucia procession and a much appreciated gospel performance by the Tokyo Baptist Church Choir. Santa paid a visit to the Ball, assisting in the many lotteries and doing a "photo session" with a large number of participants.

The evening was ended off with a lot of dancing until midnight, first by "Abban", a ABBA tribute band in Tokyo and then to the tunes of Brad and the Hitmen, our favorite band for more than 10 years (since 2003).

For more about the Ball, and a lot of images, go to the Ball web site

 Thursday 24 November - FCCJ Supported Event
Waste Management Day in Miyoshi, Saitama Pref.

On Thursday, 24 November FCCJ members were invited to a Waste Management Day in Miyoshi, Saitama Pref. organized by Ishizaka Construction Waste Recycling Plant in cooperation with a visiting delegation from the Lahti Business Region.

The program started with a tour of the Ishizuka state-of-the-art building waste recycling plant followed by a lunch at the Kunugi no mori Plaza. The afternoon seminar was opened by Ms. Noriko Ishizuka, President of Ishizuka Sangyo Co., Ltd. followed by a greeting and recap of the Finnish waste management policy by H.E. Mr. Jukka Siukosaari, Ambassador of Finland to Japan.

In the presentation of the Lahti Municipal Waste Management System, Mr. Jari Parkkonen, Regional Mayor spoke about the origins of success for the "Cleantech City", Mr. Isto Vanhatalo, Business Development Manager, LADEC, about "Everything To Be Reused", daily operations in the Lahti Cluster and Ms. Heidi Freundlich of Lahti University of Applied Sciences about Cleantech and Learning. FCCJ President Pekka Laitinen concluded the seminar with a pitch for the Cleantech Venture Day in Lahti.

For full report from the event, attended by more than 40 persons, click here

 Friday, 11 November - SCCJ-FCCJ Golf Challenge
FCCJ takes back the Stora Enso Cup!

Stora Enso Japan's Atsushi Yamazaki (right) presents the trophy to FCCJ Vice President Masaoki Fujita, Sakari Romu (2nd best net) and Joni Santala.

The 29th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 11 November at Golf Club Narita Hightree in Chiba Prefecture. After a rainy first 5 holes the weather improved and the players could enjoy a beautiful and very colorful course.

31 players participated in the competition (19 from FCCJ, 12 from SCCJ). Notable was that 21 of the players were Japanese.

After the Swedish Chamber had won the previous event in April, the Finnish Chamber got now revenge, beating the SCCJ by a fairly clear margin, 2.7 strokes, 91.42 versus 94.16 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ has seven more wins than the SCCJ, 18 against 11.

For a full report from the event, click here

Tuesday, 1 November - Joint Nordic Business Luncheon
Karl-Henrik Sundström, Chief Executive Officer, Stora Enso Oyj
FCCJ organized in cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers a Business Luncheon on Tuesday, 1 November with one of the most prominent Nordic business leaders, Mr. Karl-Henrik Sundström, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stora Enso Oyj.

The theme of Mr. Sundström's was: "Stora Enso's transformation into a renewable materials company".

In his presentaion, Mr. Sundström first gave a background to Stora Enso which was created in 1998 through a merger between Stora Koppaberg AB of Sweden and Enso Oy of Finland. Then he explained about the wide range of products the company produces and its transformation to a renewable materials company and finally about Stora Enso's business in Japan, which started already 40 years ago and today amounts to about 300 mill. euro.

The event, attended by 46 members from three Nordic chambers, ended with a lively Q&A session and a video of Stora Enso's transformation.

For a full report from the event, click here

 Monday, 31 October - The 30th Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey
'Looking for directions – but growth both in economy and business'
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 30th, survey was conducted between October 18 and 28, 2016, and received 288 valid responses from members of 13 foreign chambers of commerce and business organizations

The views on the Japanese economy have slightly improved and the expected growth is higher, but only marginally, than in the previous survey in April 2016. The reported and expected sales and profitability estimates remain positive but on lower levels to those reported in the April survey.

e company performance data reflected a slightly decreased growth, it is still obvious that the strategies of the foreign-affiliated companies in Japan continue to be bullish. 72% (78% in the April survey) are looking for further growth and 26% (19% in April) are expecting to sustain their current level. Only 1% is planning to downsize and only one of the 288 respondents are considering withdrawing from Japan.

For a full report of the survey, which is run by FCCJ on behalf of the foreign chambers in Japan. click here

Tuesday, 11 October - Joint Chambers Event organized by the French Chamber
The 6th European Joint Networking Party
About 250 members and guest from 13 European Chambers and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a delightful evening at the ANA InterContinental Hotel on Tuesday, 11 October.

The event gave the participants an opportunity to meet new contacts, develop business leads and catch up with friends and business partners. The evening featured drinks, a delicious buffet and networking.

The event was organized by the CCIFJ (French) and co-organized by European Chambers in Japan: Austrian, Belgian-Luxembourg, British, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Irish, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers as well as the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce. 6 members from the FCCJ participated.

For more images from the event, click here

Friday, 7 October - North America- Europe Golf Challenge
The European Team takes the 14th Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup!
After a defeat to the North American Team last year, the European Team managed to take back the trophy at the 14th Cup played on Friday, 7 October at Atsugi Kokusai C.C. in Kanagawa Prefecture. The Europeans scored 75.90 versus North Americans' 76.98, counted on the average of the 80% best net. The North American team still hold the edge in the history of the competition with nine wins to Europe's five.

Played in beautiful, sunny autumn weather, the event attracted a record 151 players, 75 for the Europeans (incl. 23 from FCCJ), 76 for the North-Americans, which meant we had to use three extra groups from the planned two groups per hole in the shotgun start, which presented a logistical challenge, but the pace of play was generally smooth and the game finished on schedule.

Dean Rogers (NA) was the best golfer, winning both the best gross 72 and best net, 69.6). The best female golfer was Yumiko Akasaka (NA) with a net 73.5.

For more about the event, click here

 Wednesday, 28 September - FCCJ Club Evening
"Retailing in Japan by Finnish Eyes"

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

We had three presenters from Finns involved in the Japanese retail business, Arto Lindblom, Professor, Marketing, Aalto University, Teemu Eskelinen and Laura Kopilow, Rakuten, who will give their views on retailing in Japan and perhaps what makes it different from what it is in Finland.

Arto Lindblom 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.

The presentations were very well received and attracted a lot of questions and discussions. After the presentations the 26 participants enjoyed free flowing drinks and a buffet, as well as good company and a lot of networking.

For full report with more pictures click here

 Tuesday, 13 September - FCCJ Special Event
FCCJ Hanno Tour - visiting the site of the Moomin Theme Park

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

The Tour began at City Office of Hanno where we were 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, explained about plans for the theme park. After that we visited the site at Lake Miyazawa for a guided tour to see how the Moomin Theme Park would look like. Because of the rainy weather, the BBQ Dinner at "River Ranta" was moved to a "regular dinner" at Hotel Heritage.

14 FCCJ members participated, most notably the new Ambassador (Designate) Jukka Siukosaari who took up his position 1 September. In addition, 6 persons from Fintech Global/Moomin Monogatari and 14 representatives from Hanno City participated.

For full report with a lot of pictures click here

Friday, 26 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise
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 gall-you-can-eat & drinkh 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 here

Thursday, 23 June - Networking Event organized by CCCJ
Joint Chamber Summer Reception
On Thursday, 23 June one of the most popular joint chamber functions of the year, the Joint Chamber Summer Reception attracted a crowd of about 260 business people from 12 chambers, for an evening of great food, drink, fun and networking.

This event was organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan with support and participants from: Chamber of Commerce in Japan, 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.

For more pcitures from the event, click here

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