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  ISSUE 9/20195 April 2019 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

My name is Antti Kunnas and this is my first e-mail bulletin as the Executive Director of FCCJ.

First of all, I hope you have noted our changes on contact information as well, as below.
Executive Director: Antti Kunnas
Address: 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, TOKYO 106-8561
(inside the Embassy of Finland)
Mobile: 080-7650-3225    Fax: 03-5447-6041

In the coming months we will have several renewals at the chamber, we already moved to a new office but in addition to that we will be launching our new webpage and we will also renew our e-mail bulletin so stay tuned! Before we launch those two, see our coming events below.

Our next event is the Breakfast Meeting with the new Finnair CEO Topi Manner on Wednesday, 10 April. The registration dead-line is today so sign up soon. If you are unsure if you have done so already, check here.

The FEEL FINLAND Open Day at the Embassy on Sunday, 14 April organized by Team Finland is unfortunately fully booked. The following is an event organized by CLIC on Wednesday, 17 April. Details about this below.

Report from the FCCJ Annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 2 April

The 20th FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Tuesday, 2 April 2019 at the Embassy of Finland attended by 46 chamber members.

The Assembly handled matters according to Article 10 in the Articles of Association, approving the activity and fiscal reports for the fiscal year 2018 ending 31 March 2019 and approved activity plans and budget and membership fees for the fiscal year that started 1 April (see last page). Membership fees remain unchanged, 150,000 yen for corporate, 75,000 for associate corporate and 20.000 yen for individual.

Two new Board members were elected, Yoshihiko Onishi, Wärtsilä Japan Co., Ltd. and Yuko Ota, MOS Tax Corporation. The auditors for fiscal year 2019 are Kazuhiro Yanai (Outokumpu K.K.) and Timo Varhama (Vision Hunters, Ltd.). The Board re-elected Masaoki Fujita (Coil Center Fujita Co., Ltd.) as President and the three Vice Presidents, Tuomo Kuuppo (Stora Enso Japan K.K.), Hiroaki Nagahara (Finnair) and Veli Solehmainen (Vaisala K.K.).

After the assembly Minister-Counsellor Juha Niemi presented the the Insignia of the Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland to the outgoing Executive Director Clas Bystedt, after which the members enjoyed a buffet dinner hosted by Juha Niemi, when a lot of active discussions took place between the members.

For a full report from the general assembly, please click link at right.

Wednesday, 10 April - Joint Nordic Event organized by FCCJ

On Wednesday, 10 April the FCCJ will organize in cooperation with Finnair a Joint Nordic Breakfast Meeting with one of the most prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Topi Manner, the new President & CEO of Finnair as our speaker.

Mr. Manner will talk about Finnair's Asia strategy: future steps.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 10 April, 09.00-10:30
Venue: Imperial Hotel, Ran Room, Main Building 2F [MAP]
Cost:Members 5,000 yen, Guests 7,000 yen
Registration:by by Friday, 5 April

About Topi Manner
  Topi Manner (MSc.Econ), born 1974, was appointed Finnair CEO as of January 1, 2019. Manner has a long career in management positions at Nordea, the largest financial group in the Nordic countries, and since 2016 he has worked as a member of Nordea's Group Executive Management and as Head of Personal Banking.

About Finnair
  Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than 12 million passengers annually. Finnair's extensive network connects 19 cities in Asia and 8 cities in North America with over 100 destinations in Europe.

The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, was the first European airline to fly the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and it is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past nine years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld®, the alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.

We collect the fee at the hotel and provide you with an invoice. Please let us know if you want to be invoiced instead. Note that we have to invoice the fee for cancellations after Friday, 5 April and "no-shows".

To register, click links at right!
Wednesday, 17 April - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC
Vranken Pommery - The wine market in Japan

CLIC is a loose organization of 11 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan created for the purpose of organizing innovative networking events to enable trading of ideas between the members of the participating chambers.

CLIC consists of the Austrian Business Council, Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

Vranken-Pommery Monopole is the second largest Champagne group. With wineries in Champagne, Provence, Camargue and Douro, it is one of Europe's leading winegrowers. Its brand portfolio includes the leading Champagne brands (VRANKEN, POMMERY, HEIDSIECK & CO MONOPOLE and CHAMPAGNE CHARLES LAFITTE), the ROZES and SAO PEDRO ports and TERRAS DO GRIFO Douro wine brands, the Sable de Camargue DOMAINE ROYAL DE JARRAS rosé wines and Côtes de Provence CHATEAU LA GORDONNE.

At the 7th CLIC Event Mr. Ken Moroi, CEO of Vranken Pommery Japan Co., Ltd., will reveal the secrets behind their success in Japan and share his views on the future of the wine market.

Date & Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Belgium, 5-4, Nibancho, Chiyoda-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members 5,000 yen, others 7,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 11 April

About Ken Moroi

  A French and Japanese, Ken Moroi was born in Paris and received a Master Degree in Japanese Language and International Trade at Paris IX university. Moroi moved to Japan in 2004 to open the branch of Vranken-Pommery Monopole. He is now in charge of the Asia-Pacific Region since 2016, based in Japan where he offices as president of Vranken-Pommery Japan KK.

Andre has also served on the Executive Committee of SCCIJ and Executive Operating Board of the European Business Council (EBC)

To register, please click link at right!
News from Finland

Finance Ministry predicts economic slowdown, presses for more structural reforms

The ministry says the next government should stimulate the economy, as annual growth is set to drop below 1.5 percent.

Finland's ministry of finance has raised its forecast for the Finnish economy to 1.7 percent growth in 2019. The ministry said the growth will be sustained by domestic demand, as private consumption will continue to swell.

"A higher employment rate and accelerating growth in earnings will sustain the growth of disposable income. Modest inflation will contribute to continued rapid growth in real income," the forecast says.

Finance ministry employees nevertheless predict a slowdown in the next few years to an annual growth rate of less than 1.5 percent.

Finnish economic growth is held back by an international environment that the finance ministry describes as more challenging than in the past. By 2022-23, the ministry forecasts that economic growth in Finland will fall to under one percentage point.

Balanced books by 2020
The finance ministry predicts that the balance of general government finances will be restored at the turn of the decade, although central and local government will remain in deficit.

It forecasts that public finances will start to deteriorate again in the early 2020s, however, as consolidation measures come to an end and economic growth slows further.
Have a nice weekend &
Best regards

Antti Kunnas
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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 60 corporate members, 18 individual and two special members.