Team Finland Japan Day 15.5.2017

Team Finland Japan Day was organized on May 15th 2017 in Helsinki.

Event materials, presentation slides and video, can be found: http://event.finpro.fi/japanday/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=

Japan Day was organized JETRO and Finpro in co-operation with the following partners:
Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce
Embassy of Finland in Japan
Embassy of Japan in Finland
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation


Business opportunities in Japan


21 of December, 2016
Daisaku Yukita (Deputy Director General, JETRO London)

There is no better time to be looking to expand your business in Japan. The spotlight has been shining on Japan thanks to some positive changes such as re-evaluation of the Japanese market and expanded business opportunities as well as the government’s effort for attracting foreign investments in Japan.

Allures of Japan;

For foreign companies, the greatest appeal in doing business in Japan has been its “huge sophisticated market” with consumers and clients demanding high quality products and services.  Japan is now being recognised as a “trend setter” in the sense that success in Japan leads to success in Asian and global markets. Japan also has a great appeal as an innovation hub. In addition to “Made in Japan”, we are seeing the idea of “Developed in Japan”.

Japan enjoys its stable and convenient business infrastructure and Japan’s business environment is regarded as the most sophisticated in the world. No one doubts that Japan provides a safe and comfortable community infrastructure. International companies praise Japan’s security, hospitality, beautiful nature and delicious & healthy cuisine.

Structural Reforms;

The improvement of several economic indices shows that Abenomics, the economic policy of Prime Minister Abe, has proven to be a game-changer. The government of Japan is trying to make Japan the most business-friendly country in the world.

Corporate tax reduction, strengthening of corporate governance and other measures to improve the business environment, and regulatory reforms in pharmaceutical, medical equipment, energy and other fields are consistently expanding business opportunities in Japan.

The negotiation on the EPA between EU and Japan is expected to be concluded and Japan has the potential to become a node of multiple economic integration areas.

Key figures; 

“High business cost” used to be the biggest obstacle in Japan, but foreign business executives claimed these days that it is no longer a big problem. In addition to business costs coming down in comparison with other large cities in Asia, Japan’s reputation as a product development and R & D centre is also rising through collaboration with Japanese companies and research institutions in recognition of the research and technology capabilities and reliable IPR protection in the country.

The government of Japan outlined its target of increasing inward foreign direct investment stock to 35 trillion yen by 2020, and reached 24.4 trillion yen renewing the historical high at the end of 2015.

Japan is becoming a popular destination for tourists as well. The number of foreign visitors to Japan in 2015 reached an all-time high.

Aside from these figures, Tokyo’s successful bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 means that there are more opportunities than ever for companies across all sectors.

What JETRO can offer

The Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) is a Japanese government agency which is working with Finnish companies to assist them in entering the Japanese market. Finland is covered from the London office where consultancy services are offered free of charge. For companies who are considering setting up a base across Japan, JETRO is offering market information, free temporary office space as well as consultations with experts who can make the setting up process as quick and smooth as possible.

We firmly believe that now is a very exciting time to be considering the Japanese market. Through our free support services, Finnish companies can expect to smoothly set up in the market quickly, and have all of the information on hand to make it a successful venture.

Daisaku Yukita (Deputy Director General, JETRO London)


Frequent visitors can now use automated immigration gates at airports

Japan Times 1.11.2016

The Justice Ministry launched a new program Tuesday to allow repeat visitors to Japan to complete the immigration entry process at unmanned gates, a move aimed at cutting wait times.

Under the Trusted Traveler Program, the Immigration Bureau now lets low-risk travelers — such as foreign nationals who come to Japan often on business — use automated gates for short-term stays.

Automated gates are already in use at four major airports — Narita, Haneda, Chubu Centrair and Kansai. But they had only been available for Japanese nationals and foreign residents of Japan who pre-registered. The new initiative opens the gate for frequent visitors, a Justice Ministry official said Tuesday.

An applicant must meet certain requirements to register as a trusted traveler, including being employed full time at a public or private organization for a year and having visited Japan at least twice within the 12-month period prior to arrival.

Read the full article and more information how to entered into to the program: http://bit.ly/2fgFtnH


Ambassador Siukosaari presenting his credentials to His Majesty the Emperor

Embassy of Finland in Tokyo
News 21.9.2016

Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari attended the Ceremony of the Presentation of Credentials as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Finland to Japan on September 20. Even the drizzling rain did not dampen the festive occasion, as 6 diplomats accompanied the Ambassador to the Imperial Palace in elegant burgundy horse carriages with golden wheels. ”The ceremony was absolutely beautiful, riding to the Palace in a horse carriage built more than 100 years ago just for Ambassadors,” said Ambassador Siukosaari. ”The Palace itself, with its simplicity and humbleness, left a strong impression on me.”

Japan’s long tradition and immense history have been sources of admiration for Ambassador Siukosaari. ”Japan has always been my dream destination,” he says, now setting foot as a diplomat on his 4th continent and 6th country at the age of 50. His previous post was in South America, as Ambassador of Finland to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Japan is his first Asian country, and he eagerly welcomes the new change.

Ambassador Siukosaari has firm grounds to start on, with the image of Finland exceptionally good in Japan. The impressions the Japanese have of Finland and the Finns- be it the Moomins, design, education, start-up culture, childcare services- all are positive. ”I would like to use this positive image to expand new areas, to increase new business contacts and promote investment and trade in both ways, and not just one-way,” he says. Businesses he has in mind are as tourism, food industry and Arctic cooperation, as Finland prepares to be the Chairman of the Arctic Council in 2017. These conform to the joint statement of strategic partnership issued by President Niinistö and Prime Minister Abe this March, which referred to closer cooperation in the areas of the economy, science and technology. Mutual co-operation will be important as Finland and Japan together approach the upcoming 100th Anniversary of diplomatic relationship in 2019.

Read the full article: http://www.finland.or.jp/public/default.aspx?contentid=351786&nodeid=41206&contentlan=2&culture=en-US


Presidentti Niinistö tapasi pääministeri Aben ja keisari Akihiton Tokiossa

Tasavallan presidentti Sauli Niinistö teki puolisonsa Jenni Haukion kanssa virallisen vierailun Japaniin 8.-11. maaliskuuta 2016. Vierailu alkoi Kiotosta, ja Tokion osuudella mukana olivat maatalous- ja ympäristöministeri Kimmo Tiilikainen sekä suomalaisen yritysjohtajien valtuuskunta.

Torstaina 10. maaliskuuta presidenttipari tapasi Japanin keisari Akihiton ja keisarinna Michikon Tokion keisarillisessa palatsissa. Myöhemmin torstaina presidentin vierailu huipentui virallisiin keskusteluihin Japanin pääministerin Shinzo Aben kanssa.

Kohti strategista kumppanuutta
Presidentti Niinistö ja pääministeri Abe antoivat tapaamisen päätteeksi yhteisen julkilausuman, jossa johtajat totesivat Japanin ja Suomen rakentavan uutta strategista kumppanuutta. Yhteistyön odotetaan tiivistyvän niin politiikan ja talouden kuin teknologian ja kansalaisyhteiskunnan piirissä.  Taloudessa Japani on Suomelle yksi keskeisimmistä kumppanimaista EU:n ulkopuolella ja merkittävä investoija. Lisää yhteistyömahdollisuuksia on esimerkiksi metsäteollisuudessa, energiasektorilla ja ydinturvallisuudessa sekä ICT-aloilla.

Myös tiheät suorat lentoyhteydet maiden välillä sekä lisääntyvä matkailu ja kulttuuriyhteistyö lähentävät maiden välisiä suhteita entisestään. Tapaamisessa päämiehet keskustelivat myös turvallisuuspoliittisen yhteistyön vahvistamisesta.
business seminar

Uusia mahdollisuuksia yrityksille
Keskiviikkona 9. maaliskuuta presidentti Niinistö avasi Japanin parlamentissa järjestetyn Suomen ja Japanin taloussuhteita ja strategista kumppanuutta koskevan seminaarin. Mahdollisina tulevaisuuden yhteistyöaloina Niinistö mainitsi puheessaan arktisen yhteistyön sekä kaupungistumisen, missä Japani on globaali edelläkävijä. ”Älykkäät kaupungit sekä julkinen liikenne, puhdas energia, vesi- ja jätehuolto ja sosiaalipalvelut ovat aloja, joissa Suomella ja Japanilla on erityisosaamista.”

Artikkeli luettavissa kokonaisuudessaan: http://www.finland.or.jp/public/default.aspx?contentid=343012&nodeid=41206&contentlan=1&culture=fi-FI