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  ISSUE 1/201916 January 2019 

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Hope you have had a great holiday season and have charged your batteries for the challenges in the year of the Boar!

Our first event in 2019 is the traditional "Shinnenkai" (New Year) Club Evening at the FCCJ Office on Wednesday, 30 January, see more details below. We only have a few slots left so if you plan to attend and have not yet signed up, do so now. Note that due to space restrictions, this is a member only event.

In this issue we have the first publicly available information on an exciting project, the Experience Finland Pavilion at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The project will be officially unveiled in Finland on 23 January but find out details of the project below already now.

We are working on our event in February, but we have confirmed one event for March, the Stora Enso Cup which spring edition is played one month earlier this year, on Friday, 15 March. Read more below!

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has provided his first article for the new year, simply titled: "New Year News Review".

Click banner at right to find out what we can expect from 2019 from a Finnish, Japanese and global perspective!

Wednesday, 30 January 2019
FCCJ Shinnenkai (New Year's) Party

Note: The event is now fully booked!

The traditional FCCJ Shinnenkai (New Year's) Party is this time held at the FCCJ office in Shimomeguro. This 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.

Join us for this "house cooling party" and find out how the FCCJ has operated for 20 years, enjoy some food and a plenty of drinks (there are a lot of old bottles that need to be emptied...).

Note: Due to space restrictions, this is a members only event.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 18.30 - 21:00
Venue: FCCJ Office, Forest View Meguro 101, 5-11-17, Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku  [MAP]
Cost:3,000 yen (members only)
Registration:by Friday, 25 January

Please note that we will collect the fee of 3,000 yen at the venue and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the fee for cancellations later than Friday, 25 January and "no-shows".

To sign up, click links at right! Sign up soon because maximum capacity is 25.
Experience Finland Pavilion at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Business Finland will build an Experience Finland Pavilion for the 2020 summer Olympics and Paralympics in the heart of Tokyo, on the premises of the Embassy of Finland.

The pavilion will operate as official National Hospitality House during the Olympics and Paralympics for Finnish teams, hosting delegations for Finnish government, Finnish Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee, top athletes, Team Finland local contacts as well as tourists.

Business Finland offers the opportunity to become Experience Finland pavilion partner to grow business and create and deepen relations to customers and stakeholders: possibility to organize own events and use the pavilion until the end of 2020.

For a project presentation and to find out how you could benefit from the project, CLICK HERE!

Project Presentation Event in Finland on Wednesday, 23 January

The project will be officially unvieled on Wednesday, 23 January, 15.30-16.30 at the Metsä Group Auditorium, Revontulenpuisto 2, Espoo, Finland  [MAP]

To find out more about this event (held in Finnish) and to sign up, CLICK HERE!.

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 9:32 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.
News from Finland

Finnair opens new route to Sapporo for winter 2019/2020

As part of its growth strategy, Finnair will open a new route for the winter 2019/2020 season to Sapporo, Japan. Finnair will fly the new route from Dec 15 to 27 March with two weekly frequencies. Sapporo is well known as a great winter and skiing destination offering stunning landscapes and fantastic winter-themed activities in a traditional Japanese setting. Sapporo will be Finnair's fifth destination in Japan, in addition to Tokyo Narita, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.

"Japan is a key market for us, and we are excited about adding Sapporo to our network" says Christian Lesjak, Senior Vice President, Network and Resource Management. "Finnair is the only European airline to fly a scheduled route to Sapporo, and with five key Japanese cities in our network, we are now the largest European carrier flying to Japan."
Grin of the Week

Job Application Challenges

The toughest part of applying for a new job is having to explain why you're no longer at your previous one. Here are rationalizations from cover letters that did no one any good:

"My boss thought I could do better elsewhere."

"The company made me a scapegoat, just like my three previous employers."

"Note: Please don't misconstrue my 14 jobs as 'job hopping.' I have never quit a job."

"Responsibilities make me nervous."
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.