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Sat. 3 June FCCJ Fishing Tour supported by MOS Tax Corporation
Port: Kurihama, Kanagawa Pref. [MAP]
Fee: Members 8,000 yen, others 12,000 yen (if space available)
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Thursday, 15 June Delighting Customers in Japan XVI
Organized by the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber
Venue: BNP Paribas offices, GranTokyo North Tower, Marunouchi [MAP]
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
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 Friday, 19 May - Finland 100th Anniversary Event
Tampere Philharmonic Concert and Reception at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
As part of the Centenary of Finland's Independence celebrations in Japan, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, tour Japan in May. The concert program includes representative works by the national composer Jean Sibelius.

The Embassy of Finland and FCCJ jointly organized a reception hosted by H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari after the first concert on Friday, 19 May at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno.

The reception was attended by 140 persons, including 105 FCCJ members and their guests. The conductor of the orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali (pictured above with Ambassador Siukosaari), also attended the reception and made a very nice speech.

For a report from the event, click here

 Thursday, 11 May - Joint Networking Event by CLIC
Takayuki Kimura: "Establishing a Swedish Premium Brand in Japan "
CLIC (Creative Linking of International Chambers) is a loose organization of 8 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, the Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

The fourth event was a joint Chambers' Networking evening where we had Mr. Takayuki Kimura, President and CEO of Volvo Car Japan, as our guest speaker. The theme of his presentation was "Establishing a Swedish Premium Brand in Japan". Mr. Kimura revealed the secrets behind VOLVO's success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the automotive industry. His presentation ended with a very active Q&A session.

For a report from the event, with over 100 participants from 7 chambers, click here

 Tuesday, 25 April - The 31st Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey
'Pretty Smooth Sailing – with some Challenges in the Environment'
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 31st, survey was conducted between April 12 and 21, 2017, and received 296 valid responses from members of 19 (record number) foreign chambers of commerce and business organizations.

Across the board, this survey shows further improved sentiments compared to the previous survey conducted in October 2016. The respondents remain more positive about the Japanese economy, for the next 6 months it is expected to continue to grow - the index, on a scale from +2 (strong improvement) to -2 (strong decline) - was now +0.40, compared to +0.10 in October. Looking 12 months ahead, the respondents see a further growth, and on a higher lower level forecasted in the previous survey. The index was now +0.55, compared to +0.27 in the previous survey.

The reported performance of the companies continued to improve and on a clearly higher level than in the October survey. The index for reported sales performance in the past six months was now +0.70 compared to +0.34 the previous survey. Also the profitability growth increased, now +0.66 now compared to +0.38 in October.

In the sales forecast for the coming six months the respondents were also more optimistic than in October, the index was now +0.87 (previous survey +0.63). The forecast for profitability also grew slightly stronger than in the October survey, from +0.54 to +0.75.

The optimism reflected in the company performance data also clearly show that the strategies of the foreign-affiliated companies in Japan continue to be bullish. 77% (72% in the October survey) are looking for further growth and 19% are expecting to sustain their current level. Only 2% is planning to downsize and 1% 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 hiring policies, the other about Brexit and the failed TPP.

For the full report, click here

 Friday, 21 April - SCCJ-FCCJ Golf Challenge
FCCJ wins back the Stora Enso Cup!

The 30th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 21 April at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka Prefecture. The event was played in nice and rather warm spring weather although clouds covered Mt. Fuji most of the day.

32 players participated in the competition (21 from FCCJ, 11 from SCCJ), including two guests. Notable was that 18 of the players were Japanese.

After the Swedish Chamber had won the two previous events, the Finnish Chamber got now a sweet revenge, beating the SCCJ by the closest margin possible, 82.1 versus 82.2 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ has six more wins than the SCCJ, 18 against 12.

Individual winner was Johan Westblad (SCCJ) with a net 72. Best FCCJ golfer, taking the FCCJ Golf Cup, was Joni Santala with a net 74.

For full report with a lot of pictures click here

 Monday, 3 April - FCCJ Annual General Assembly
Masaoki Fujita new President of the FCCJ
The 18th FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Monday, 3 April 2017 at the Tokyo Club attended by 36 chamber members.

As Pekka Laitinen, the FCCJ President for the past two years will take up a position at Finpro/Finland Trade Center, he had to resign from his post and Masaoki Fujita, President of Coil Center Fujita Co., Ltd., was elected new President, the first Japanese to hold the position.

The Board also elected three new Vice Presidents, Tuomo Kuuppo, Hiroaki Nagahara and Veli Solehmainen.

The assembly approved the activity and fiscal reports for the fiscal year 2016 ending 31 March 2017 and approved activity plans and budget and membership fees for the fiscal year that started 1 April.

After the assembly the members enjoyed a dinner when a lot of active discussions took place between the members.

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

 Thursday, 16 March - Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening organized by the SCCJ
Designing a Sucessful Interview Process

The second joint Knowledge Evening was held on Thursday, 16 March at the Swedish Embassy.

Alex Bruehlman, Leadership & Talent Manager at IKEA Japan, was the Keynote Speaker, together with the panel of experienced recruiters, i.e. Oscar Lundin from EnWorld, Karim Hakam from Morgan McKinley, and Johan Larsson from Robert Walters, shared their recruiting and hiring experiences, this time on the very difficult subject: "How to structure and organise the candidate interview process to make sure you get not just A Person for the job but the Right Person for the job?"

After the presentations there was plenty of time for questions and discussions, mingle and networking with drinks and some food. The event was attended by 31 members from the Nordic Chambers, 8 from FCCJ.

For full report with more pictures click here

Tuesday, 28 February - Joint Nordic Team Building Event
Bowling Competition
Members of the Swedish and Finnish Chambers held a joint teambuilding event in the form of a Bowling competition on Tuesday, 28 February at Tokyo Port Bowl. The event was organized by the Swedish Chamber ((SCCJ) which has organized similar events for many years. This was the fourth time the FCCJ took part.

The 76 participants (19 teams) enjoyed two round of play and a networking party with food and drinks afterwards. The FCCJ had 4 participants.

For more photos from the event, click here!

 Tuesday, 21 February - Joint Nordic Knowledge Evening organized by the SCCJ
Cyber Security and the Double-Edged Sword of Social Media

Did you know that just a simple thing like connecting your smartphone to an open and free WiFi point to check in at your Facebook account could be the opportunity for an attacker to get in and start messing around with your corporate computer system!

There are a number of simple things to watch out for that can be a major threat to your private and corporate cybersecurity if not properly handled. Kieron Cashell from SCCJ corporate member GPlus Media, and Keith Martin and Antti Tuomi from FCCJ corporate member F-Secure shared their experiences and expertise to identify possible dangers and discuss what companies, and individuals, can and should do to protect themselves - both preemptively and in a damage control scenario.

There was plenty of time for questions and discussions, mingle and networking with drinks and some food.

The event was attended by 30 members from four Nordic Chambers, 7 from FCCJ.

For full report with more pictures click here

 Wednesday, 25 January - FCCJ Club Evening
Shinnenkai Party at the Scandinavian Center
On Wednesday, 25 January we had our first event in 2017, a Club Evening & Shinnenkai (New Year) Party at the Scandinavian Center / Moomin Kindergarten in Akasaka.

FCCJ President Pekka Laitinen wished Happy New Year and gave some welcome remarks after which Masahiro Kimura explained about the Finnish beer and other drinks that Finpro donated to the party.

H.E. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari gave us his impressions of his first 5 months in Japan and what activities are planned for Finland's 100 Anniversary in 2017. We also heard from Teppo Turkki, Councellor for Science, Technology and Innovation and representing Tekes and Sitra in Japan on his activities.

The 34 participants enjoyed delicious food, plenty of drinks and a lot of networking.

For more about the event, click here

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