Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan Newsletter

New FCCJ Executive Director and Office

The Board of Directors of FCCJ has appointed Mr. Antti Kunnas (33) new Executive Director of FCCJ. He will succeed Mr. Clas Bystedt who is retiring on 31 March after serving the Chamber for 20 years.

Antti, who has lived in Japan for 8 years and is fluent in Japanese, will start at FCCJ on 1 March and work one month in parallel with Clas to ensure a smooth transition. Antti will take responsibility for the operations after the Annual General Assembly on 2 April 2019.

With the new Executive Director, FCCJ will have its office within the Finnish Institute at the Embassy. This will ensure an even closer cooperation with our Team Finland partners, the Embassy, Business Finland and the Institute.

This is the final reminder for our next event, the Pre-Opening Tour to the Moomin Valley Park in Hanno, Saitama pref. on Thursday, 7 March. Join us for a preview of the full Moomin theme park to be officially opened on 16 March. We still have some slots left, sign-up latest tomorrow Friday. Read more below!

In March we also have two other events, the Stora Enso Cup on Friday, 15 March, followed soon thereafter on Monday, 18 March with another "sporting event", the Team Building Bowling Competition, organized by the Swedish chamber. Read more about these two below!

April is going to be a busy month with four events already confirmed, starting with the Annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 2 April and followed by a Breakfast Meeting with the new Finnair CEO Topi Manner on Wednesday, 10 April. More about these as well as the other April events in coming bulletins.

We have a new contribution this week our "Aoyama View" columnist, this titled: "Europe attracts, Brexit bites - consumers rule Japan".

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Read more here.