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  ISSUE 3/20196 February 2019 
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The 1st of February 2019 was a historic day in the relations between Japan and the Eu when the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) entered into force. Trade relations between the two economies will forever be changed. This will create one of the worldLs largest trade zone covering over 600 million people and nearly a third of global GDP and it is the biggest agreement ever negotiated by the EU.
You find more information about the agreement here. For those who read Finnish, click here for summaries from Finland's perspective.

Our next event is the Pre-Opening to the Moomin Valley Park in Hanno, Saitama pref. on Thursday, 7 March and then followed by the Stora Enso Cup on Friday, 15 March. Read more about these events below!

Again this week our "Aoyama View" columnist has provided a new contribution, this titled: "Celebrity Cheers Boost Sales, Olympic Fever Gets a "Dent" and Government Data Doubted".

Click banner at right for a great update on a wide variety of issues!

Report from the Shinenkai Party at FCCJ Office on Wedensday, 30 January

On Wednesday, 30 January we had our first event in 2019, the traditional Shinnenkai (New Year) Party at the FCCJ Office in Shimomeguro, which is also the home office of the Executive Director Clas Bystedt who is retiring at the end of the current fiscal year on 31 March 2019, when the FCCJ Office will move to the Embassy of Finland.

The 28 participants enjoyed this "house cooling party" and could find out how the FCCJ has operated for 20 years, with food and a plenty of drinks and a lot of networking.

For more about the event, click links at right!
Thursday, 7 March 2019 - FCCJ Special Event

FCCJ organizes, in cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers, a Pre-Opening Tour to Moomin Valley Park in Hanno, Saitama prefecture on Thursday, 7 March. Moomin Valley Park, to be opened on Saturday, 16 March, is the second phase of the Metsä Project. The first phase, Metsä Village opened on 10 November 2018.

Date & Time:Thursday, 7 March , 14:30-20.30
Official program starts 15:15 at Hanno station.
Place: Moomin Valley Park, Miyazawa-ko, Hanno, Saitama pref. [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, others 9,000 yen
(collected at the venue unless otherwise agreed)
Incl. bus from Hanno station, dinner with free drinks, train at own expense
Registration:by Friday, 22 February

For the full program and to sign up, click links at right!
Friday, 15 March - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Spring 2019

The 34th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 15 March for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..

The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture, which has been the venue for the event seven times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:30 and the cost is 18,090 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

Please click link at right for more information and to sign up.
Friday, 1 February - Sunday, 17 February
Moi! Hokuo Finland Fair DAIKANYAMA FINstyle

Come and experience Finnish lifestyle, design and food at the trendsetter lifestyle bookstore Daikanyama T-site!

The fair held 1.-17. February (17 days) at Daikanyama T-site (17-5 Sarugakucho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan)

  • Finnish design sold at the venue
  • Finnish salmon soup and craft gin served at the café
  • 4 talk events about Finnish lifestyle and the movie Snow Flower

  • The event website in Japanese is here. For an english version of the program, click here.

    Data Protection Update January 2019

    As of 23 January 2019, Japan and the EU have formally adopted their reciprocal adequacy decision on each other's data protection framework. The mutual recognition creates the world's largest area of safe data flow and further business opportunities between Japan and the EU. We would like to highlight some aspects of the reciprocal adequacy decision which companies should be aware of.

    Click links at right for a concise summary newsletter from our member company ARQIS Foreign Law Office. Feel free to contat them for further information.
    Finnish-Japanese Looking for Internship in Japan Summer 2019

    My name is Kai Ukonmaanaho, a student at the University of Surrey in the UK studying Economics, currently doing one-year internship in SMBC Europe in London as a part of my degree (graduating July 2020). I am Finnish-Japanese by birth, fluent in Japanese, Finnish and English and have lived in Japan, Finland, China and now in the UK.

    I did my first internship in Tokyo in summer of 2017. Now I am looking for another internship in Tokyo between June - September 2019, and I am flexible with the length of internship. My interest lies in the financial industry, sports industry and consulting, as well as creating business opportunities between Japanese and Finnish firms.

    I will be staying in Tokyo at my family's accommodation and can take care of practical arrangements by myself.

    For Mr. Ukonmaa's CV, click link at rieght.
    News from Finland

    Finland's pulp industry showing record results

    Global megatrends are expected to provide Finland's thriving pulp production sector with a buffer against future recessions. The pulp industry has been thriving for the past decade. Prices, production volumes and exports have all shown a steady rise.

    The contrast with the previous decade is striking. Between 1999 and 2008 the pulp market seesawed up and down. During that period, production in Finland showed three clear rises and falls.

    The deepest plunge was 2009 when a global recession dragged the sector down. Preliminary figures and growth estimates indicate that last year's output matched the record level of 8 million tons set in 2006. In 2017 Finland produced 7.7 million tons of pulp.

    Transitioning away from paper
    The back story on this decade of steady growth is that less pulp is going to the paper industry, a sector that is traditionally sensitive to economic fluctuations.

    "Nowadays, pulp is increasingly used in consumer packaging, industrial packaging and also in new products in the bio-based economy, none of which are so susceptible to big variations in the economy," says Stora Enso CFO Seppo Parvi.

    "In 2006, 70 percent of Stora Enso's volume of business was still [coming] from paper operations. Now that figure is only 30 percent," Parvi points out.
    Grin of the Week

    Perhaps not that great grades...

    SYLVIA: Dad, can you write in the dark?
    FATHER: I think so. What do you want me to write?
    SYLVIA: Your name on this report card.
    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 62 corporate members, 19 individual and two special members.