Annual report / Vuosikertomus

THE FINNISH-JAPANESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
ANNUAL REPORT 2017

ACTIVITIES

The activity year was the 36th year in the history of the Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce.

The Annual Meeting
15.5. the Annual Meeting was held. Items according to the rules of the Chamber of Commerce were treated.
Keynote speaker after the annual meeting was H.E. Mr. Jukka Siukosaari, Ambassador of Finland in Tokyo. There were 25 participants in the Annual Meeting.

Events
8.3. Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce organized a luncheon meeting at WTC Helsinki. Keynote speaker of the event was Mr. Markku Kivinen, Professor, Director of the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies – The Aleksanteri Institute. Mr. Kivinen spoke about the Russian domestic and foreign policy – effects on Finland’s and Japan’s economy.

4.4. Breakfast meeting with guest speaker Sari Arho Havrén, Consul (Innovation) Tekes. Co-organized by Hongkong, China, Japan, Korea, Asean and India Trade Associations.

15.5. JETRO, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Business Finland and Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce organized a Japan Day in Helsinki. Guest speakers:
-H.E. Mr. Jota Yamamoto, Embassy of Japan in Helsinki
-Mr. Kentaro Kata, JETRO
-Mr. Marko Salonen, Finpro Japan
-Mr. Tuomas Routto, Reaktor
-Mr. Ilmo Kuutti, NAPA Group
-Mr. Yuichiro Hayata, Murata Electronics Oy
-H.E. Mr. Jukka Siukosaari, Embassy of Finland in Tokyo.
A panel discussion “How to make successful market entry”, moderated by Mr. Jukka Viitanen, Resolute HQ Inc., was organized during the seminar. Panelists were: Mr. Yuichiro Hayata, Murata Electonics Oy; Mr. Ilmo Kuutti, NAPA Group and Ms. Kanae Kubota, Link-Motion.
There where nearly 190 participants at the seminar.

30.8. Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Finnair, Japan Airlines and the Embassy of Japan organized the traditional Japan Golf Day Tournament in Nordcenter Golf in Åminnefors.
Winner of the tournament was Mr. Juha Pitkänen and winner of the special prize competition, closest to pin, was Ms. Katariina Poutiainen.
There were 25 participants in the Japan Golf Tournament.
The prize giving event of the Japan Golf was organized on 20.9. at Restaurant Kamome.

23.11. Little Christmas event of the six Asia and Australia trade associations. Guest speakers Mr. Johnny Åkerholm, economic policy adviser, Finland Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Ilkka Saarinen, deputy director general, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, discussed about the global economy and free trade agreements.
There were some 70 participants.

29.11. Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with JETRO and Finpro organized a special pre-SLUSH Japan event: Japan-Finland Gateway for Open Innovation Meetup. Finnish and Japanese business representatives and SLUSH participants from Japan were invited to this networking event.
There were some 120 participants.

Other activities
In the end of 2017 the Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Helsinki (FJCC), and the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) agreed on more closer cooperation and communication. Reciprocal visitor membership was introduced: members of FJCC can participate events arranged by FCCJ and vice versa, and news published in FCCJ News and Bulletins will be distributed to FJCC members. Membership and member obligations remain unchanged.

BOARD

The board of the Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce had four meetings; 8.3., 8.6., 11.9. and 16.11.2017.

Chairman
Juha Pitkänen DF Green Oy
Vice-Chairman
Petteri Kostermaa Kostermaa Consulting Oy
Members
Yuichiro Hayata Murata Electronics Oy
Reijo Munther Tekes
Tomoaki Nakano Japan Airlines Co. Ltd
Pasi Nopanen Finpro Oy
Seppo Rantanen Asahi Partners Oy
Risto Salo Faros Finland Oy
Lauri Tierala Finnair Oyj.

AUDITORS AND VICE AUDITORS

As auditors elected by the Annual General Meeting were Mr. Timo Jalamo, Nordea Bank AB (publ), Suomen sivuliike and Mr. Juha Vuopio, Nordea Bank AB (publ), Suomen sivuliike. Vice Auditors were Mr. Jaakko Ahtiluoto, private member, and Mr. Esko Ahokas, private member.

SECRETARIAT

Ms. Hanna-Leena Harma, Adviser, Finland Chamber of Commerce, was the Secretary of the Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce.

Contact address:
The Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce
(Suomalais-Japanilainen kauppakamari)
c/o Finland Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1000
00101 HELSINKI
Tel. 09-4242 6228
E-mail hanna-leena.harma@chamber.fi
www.kauppayhdistys.fi

MEMBERS

By the end of the activity year there were 62 corporate members and 26 private members and two honorary members.

FINANCE

The activities of the Chamber of Commerce were financed through membership fees.
In 2017 the total of membership fees was 9.710,- euros. Corporate membership fee was 150,- euros and private membership fee was 40,- euros.

Deficit of the activity year was -488,65 euros. Own capital at the end of the activity year was 27.809,23 euros.

Helsinki, March 2018
BOARD