Joint Chamber Events

【Joint Event Report】Pre-Opening Tour To Moomin Valley Park

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Pre-Opening Tour To Moomin Valley Park

On Thursday March 7th we joined the Finish Chamber of Commerce on a Pre-Opening tour to the Moomin Valley Park in Hanno, Saitama prefecture. Moomin Valley Park, to be opened on Saturday, 16 March, is the second phase of the Metsä Project. The first phase, Metsä Village opened on 10 November 2018. Along with members of the other Nordic Chambers we got a guided tour around the Moomin Valley Park led by Robert Hirst, the Representative Director of Moomin Monogatari, Ltd..

Participants from NCCJ with the Representative Director of Moomin Monogatari, Ltd., Mr. Robert Hirst

Participants from NCCJ with the Representative Director of Moomin Monogatari, Ltd., Mr. Robert Hirst

After the tour we had a dinner together inside the Metsä Village, where our participating Corporate Members also had the opportunity to talk with the park’s management regarding possibilities for future collaboration.
It can be mentioned that Tove Jansson, the author of the Moomin books, was herself a Swedish-speaking Finn, and thus a great symbol for Nordic cross-border collaboration. And indeed, the Metsä Village represents all the Nordic countries: At the village there’s even a Norwegian-inspired bar named “Utepils”! We hope that Moomin Monogatari, Ltd. will succeed in attracting even more interest to the Nordic region in Japan, and that there will be more opportunities for Norwegian companies to cooperate on the Metsä Project in the future.

You can visit the official site of the park here:
https://metsa-hanno.com/moominvalleypark/

【Event Report】NCCJ - NJS Julefest Christmas Party

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In cooperation with the Norway-Japan Society (NJS), we at NCCJ launched our very first Norwegian julefest (Christmas Party) on Wednesday, December 5th. The julefest took place at Fuglen Asakusa, and we could enjoy a pleasant evening together surrounded by elegant Norwegian vintage design, nostalgic Christmas music, and a beautiful Christmas tree.
The event was well attended, with around 80 participants representing both Norwegian-related business and social communities. Norwegian cuisine including salmon, waffles, and julegrøt (Christmas porridge) was on the menu, and participants got a small Christmas gift each. On the entertainment side, we had Håvard Remm who moved us all with his magnificent poems, and Maria Bue Kessel who warmed our hearts with her mellifluous Christmas Acapella.

The evening was rounded off with a Christmas lottery, where the lucky winners got to choose from an assortment of gifts, including Norwegian salmon, tickets to the Munch Exhibition in Ueno, a bottle of the internationally awarded Bareksten gin, Freia Kong Haakon Norwegian's Best Chocolate Assortment, the Norwegian favorite cheese brunost, and Norwegian cod, to mention a few.

We would like to thank Fuglen Asakusa for their hospitality at the event, and for creating such a lovely Christmas atmosphere for us. As our final event of 2018 we also want to thank all of you for your help and support in the year that passed, and hope to see you again for new and exciting events in the year to come.

Christmas Drinks prepared by Fuglen Asakusa

Christmas Drinks prepared by Fuglen Asakusa

【CLIC Event Report】Lindt – Chocolate in Japan is not just Valentine’s Day

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CLIC is an organization of 9 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan for the purpose of organizing innovative networking events to enable trading of ideas between the members of the participating chambers. You can read more about CLIC 【HERE】

The event was attended by 75 members and guests from the CLIC Chambers.

The event was attended by 75 members and guests from the CLIC Chambers.

At the 6th CLIC Event on Wednesday, 28 November, Mr. Andre Zimmermann, Representative Director, Lindt & Sprungli Japan Co., Ltd., revealed the secrets behind their success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the chocolate market. 

After the presentations and a lively Q&A session the 75 participants from the CLIC chambers could enjoy drinks and food and a lot of networking. 

Representatives of the CLIC Chambers introduce themselves; on stage Leon Esben Ota (DCCJ), behind from left: Marin Koos (SCCJ), Arnold Ackerer (ABC), Sophie Bocklandt (BLCCJ), Jorg van Leeuwen (NeCCJ), Anette Yamamoto-Hansen (NCCJ) and Lilo Schneider (SCCIJ). The last, Clas Bystedt (FCCJ) behind the camera.

Representatives of the CLIC Chambers introduce themselves; on stage Leon Esben Ota (DCCJ), behind from left: Marin Koos (SCCJ), Arnold Ackerer (ABC), Sophie Bocklandt (BLCCJ), Jorg van Leeuwen (NeCCJ), Anette Yamamoto-Hansen (NCCJ) and Lilo Schneider (SCCIJ). The last, Clas Bystedt (FCCJ) behind the camera.

【Event Report: Nordic Chambers】 Spotify and Bang & Olufsen; The Future of Music Consumption

Organizers and speakers lined up.

Organizers and speakers lined up.

The Nordic Chambers organized on Wednesday, 21 November an event with Spotify and Bang & Olufsen titled: "The Future of Music Consumption". 

Henrik Johansson, Director, Spotify Japan and Shin Iwanaga, President and Representative Director, Bang & Olufsen Japan presented their companies and how they see the future of distributing and consuming music. 

After the presentations and a Q&A session the 55 participants from the five chambers could enjoy drinks and food and a lot of networking.