[Joint Chamber Event] 4th Inter-Chamber Ski Race
8:30 AM08:30

[Joint Chamber Event] 4th Inter-Chamber Ski Race

4th Inter-Chamber Ski Race

-January 26th (Place: NAGANO)

Once again, the Austrian Business Chamber (ABC) invites us to come join their Inter-Chamber Ski Race held in Nagano this upcoming January. Ski, snow, fun, race, family and friends – key words for the great mixture we had at our 3rd Inter-Chamber Ski Race in 2018. Now we are ready to start registration for the 2019 edition.


When: Race day: January 26th (Saturday)
*We recommend staying from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th
Race start will be 9.30am, registration and pick-up of numbers starts at 8.30am Evening/Award Party will start at 6.00pm
Where: Nagano【INFO
Cost: Race:
JPY 2,500 per adult, JPY 1,250 for minors under 20
Award Party:
JPY 5,500 for participants over 12yo, JPY 2,500 for children up to 12 years, free for children under 3yo
Register: By January 13, 2019 [Sign up through ABC'S event page]

Deadline: January 13, 2019

Hotel bookings:
Please book your own hotel! We have gathered a list of hotels in Hakuba. Please find HERE for the Hotellist.
Due to an upturn in the ski industry and interest from tourists, the weekends are usually well booked. Therefore, please book early!

Transport to the location:
Please choose your own modes of transport. The following public transport are working well in our experience:
– Shinkansen to Nagano Station, then switch to Highway Bus, approx. 2 ½ to 3 hours
Highway buses from Nagano station depart every hour. Take the East Exit at Nagano station and get on Hakuba bound buses at bus stop no. 6.
The Bus stop in Happo-one, Hakuba, is about 5min walk to the hotel

– Super Azusa Chuo limited express train directly to Hakuba station, approx. 4 hours
After arrival at Hakuba station you best take a taxi to your hotel or ask the hotel how to go there (approx. 10min by car)

– Highway Bus from Shinjuku to Happo-one, approx. 4,5 hours
Cost conscious solution with approx. JPY 9,000 go and return

Ski equipment:
If you have no ski equipment, no worries! There are plenty of rental shops in Hakuba. We recommend the Head Sports Station ( http://head-sportsstation.jp/hakuba/).


You can sign up for the event through ABC’s homepage

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NCCJ New Year Club Evening at Andy's
7:00 PM19:00

NCCJ New Year Club Evening at Andy's

New Year Club Evening at Andy's


Come join us as we kick off the new year on the third Tuesday in January with the first NCCJ Club Evening of 2019!

This popular event is back on the agenda after a long break. Not only is this a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and acquaintances, but also to make new connections within your industry.

We are pleased to announce that our previous ED, Michal Berg, will be present, so this is also a good opportunity to catch up with him and hear more about his recent activities at Innovation Norway.

The event will take place at Andy's Shin-hinomoto, also known as “Andy’s“. Their venue is conveniently located close to Hibiya/Yurakucho station, comfortably nestled beneath the Yamanote-line railroad tracks, and is famous for its informal and friendly atmosphere with excellent seafood.


When: January 22nd (19:00-21:00)
Where: Andy's Shin Hinomoto (酒処 ANDY'S 新日の基)【MAP
Cost: 5,400 yen
Register: By January 18th, 2019 through the below form

The Norwegian Club Evening is an informal gathering for members and friends of the NCCJ.
Please register through the form below within Friday January 18th.

Can’t make it this time? Check out the list of upcoming Club Evenings here

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Norwegian Julefest Christmas Party  - A NCCJ-NJS Collaboration
7:00 PM19:00

Norwegian Julefest Christmas Party - A NCCJ-NJS Collaboration


Norwegian Julefest at Fuglen Asakusa

-December 5th (19:00 - 21:00)

It is our pleasure to announce that in cooperation with the Norway-Japan Society (NJS), we will launch our first Norwegian julefest (Christmas Party) on Wednesday, December 5th. The event will take place at Fuglen Asakusa, so you can look forward to a pleasant evening with julestemning (Christmas spirit) in the elegant surroundings of Norwegian vintage design. Norwegian Christmas porridge (grøt) and salmon is on the menu, along with a lottery where you can win exciting prizes.


When: Wednesday, 5 December , 19:00-21.00 
Where: Fuglen Asakusa  【MAP
Cost: ★Early bird prices (Register by November 25)
Members 4,000 yen
Guests 5,000 yen
★Last Minute Price: 6,000 yen

★Registered and Paid in advance through Peatrix: 6,000 yen

*1 drink from Fuglen is included in the price. Norwegian salmon, Christmas porridge and various snacks will also be served
Register: By Monday, 3 December [Sign up below]
We will collect the fee at the venue. Note that we will charge cancellations after 2 December and no-shows.
Various julefest items that will be given out at the event

Various julefest items that will be given out at the event


Håvard Rem

Håvard Rem

Poetry Reading in Norwegian and Japanese
The Norwegian poet Håvard Rem from Oslo and the Japanese translator Tomoko Yamada from Tokyo will recite some of Rem’s short poems in Norwegian and Japanese. His poems are published in Russian, Arabic, Italian and Japanese, and used as lyrics by among others a-ha, Morten Harket, Vamp and Kaizers Orchestra. His recital includes the song “A Kind of Christmas Card” which won him and Morten Harket the title “Record of the year 1995” at the Norwegian Grammy Awards Spellemanprisen.

Maria Bue Kessel

Maria Bue Kessel

Christmas Accapella
Maria Bue Kessel is a Norwegian musician born and raised in Osaka. She is a classical pianist as well as a singer. In November 2017 she represented Norway in the Japanese singing competition «Nodojiman the World». She is now studying piano performance at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, and is regularly giving concerts in both Norway and Japan.

Who else is coming?

You can check out the list of registered participants here. Note that the list only gets updated once a day. If you don’t want your name on the list, please let us know upon registration using the “message” field.


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Do you have any ideas for content at the event or otherwise want to sponsor/contribute?
Please contact us at office@nccj.or.jp

The event is sponsored by:

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[CLIC] Lindt – Chocolate in Japan is not just Valentine’s Day
7:00 PM19:00

[CLIC] Lindt – Chocolate in Japan is not just Valentine’s Day


CLIC is a loose organization of 9 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, Belgian-Luxembourg, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers.

Wednesday, 28 November  - Joint Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC:

Lindt – Chocolate in Japan is not just Valentine’s Day


Lindt & Sprüngli is a Swiss chocolate manufacturer and recognized as leader in the market for premium chocolate, offering a large selection of products around the world. During 175 years it has become known as one of the most innovative and creative companies making premium chocolate under the key brand Lindt, but also under Ghirardelli, Hofbauer, Küfferle, Caffarel and 2014 Russell Stover.

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


Date & Time        Wednesday, 28 November, 19:00 – 21:00
(registration opens at 18:30)
Venue:                  Embassy of Sweden, Club Room (B1)  MAP
Cost:                    Members 4,000 yen, others 6,000 yen, incl. buffet & drinks (beer,
wine, soft drinks)
Registrations:       By 26 November

For Registration:
Please register no later than 26th November through the form at the bottom. We will collect the fee at the venue. Note that we will charge cancellations after 22 November and no-shows.


About Andre Zimmermann
A Swiss national, Mr. Andre Zimmermann has spent most of his career in Japan starting in 1989 as Managing Director for Telekurs Financial. After serving as Senior Representative for LocationSwitzerland SECO 2005-2007 and as Managing Director for MATISA Japan from 2007 until he took up his current position at Representative Director, Lindt & Sprungli Japan Co., Ltd. In 2010.

Andre has also served on the Executive Committee of SCCIJ and Executive Operating Board of the European Business Council (EBC)




Register here:

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7:00 PM19:00

[Nordic Chambers] Spotify and Bang & Olufsen; The Future of Music Consumption


The Nordic Chambers proudly invites you for an evening with two iconic companies shaping the way we consume music.




Henrik Johansson
Director, Spotify Japan

Henrik has been with Spotify for the past 6 years managing teams responsible for the user experience, commercial research and innovation. 

Last year he relocated from Stockholm to Japan to run the Premium Business unit, responsible for paid subscriber and revenue growth. Before joining Spotify Henrik spent 10 years working for various Japanese firms in roles spanning marketing, business development and product design. 

Besides his current work at Spotify he also produces and performs experimental electronic music.


Shin Iwanaga
President and Representative Director, Bang & Olufsen Japan

After graduating from Department of Economicsat Yamaguchi University in March 1997, Mr. Iwanaga joined Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd. 

After working as a merchandiser at TSUTAYA stores, in April 2007 he took up the position as Executive Officer at Virgin Mega Stores Japan. In 2009 he participated in Daikanyama T - SITE development project. After that he participated in the remodel project of TSUTAYA TOKYO ROPPONGI from 2012. After working as a director of music, Mr. Iwanaga transferred to B's International, Bang & Olufsen's Japan import agency and was in charge of Bang & Olufsen's new Futako-Tamagawa and Umeda stores. 

In November 2016 he became President of B's International Co., Ltd., the position he holds today.

Date:   Wednesday November 21th, 2018
Time:   19:00 - 21:00 (Registration opens at 18:30)
Venue: Embassy of Sweden, Club Room (Apartment entrance) 

 1-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku  
Closest station: Kamiyacho (Hibiya line) or Roppongi-Itchome (Namboku line)       

Cost:    3,000/person JPY (NCCJ Members & guests) 
            4,000/person JPY (Non-members)
            (Wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks will be served together with light snacks. )

Registration:  Through the below form.

Registration deadline: Registrations and cancellations before Nov 16th 


Embassy of Sweden, Club Room (Apartment entrance)
Japan, 〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi, 1 Chome−10−3−100
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Please note that the event is fully booked.

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[Nordic Chambers] Pre-Opening Tour to Metsä Village (outside Moomin Theme Park)
3:30 PM15:30

[Nordic Chambers] Pre-Opening Tour to Metsä Village (outside Moomin Theme Park)


The Nordic Chambers organize a Pre-Opening Tour to Metsä Village in Hanno, Saitama prefecture on Monday, 5 November. Metsä Village, officially open 9 November, is the first phase of the Moomin Theme Park, the second phase, Moomin Valley Park, will open on 16 March 2019. 


Date & Time: Monday, 5 November, 15:30-20.30 
Official program starts 16:15 at Hanno station.
Place: Metsä Village, Miyazawa-ko, Hanno, Saitama pref. [MAP]
Cost: 6,000 yen (collected at the venue unless otherwise agreed)
Incl. bus from/to Hanno station, dinner with free drinks, train at own expense 
Registration: by Friday, 26 October (due to space restrictions, members only) 

(note: train to/from Hanno by your own arrangement and cost, you can use other options)

15:00 Depart Ikebukuro station by Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Chichibu 21 Red Arrow    
16:09 Arrival at Hanno station   
16:15 Meet in front of Hanno station, transport to Miyazawa-ko by bus (2.4 km)   
16:30 Welcome & introduction: Robert Hirst, Representative Director, Moomin Monogatari, Ltd.    
16:45 Guided tour around Metsä Village and a view of Moomin Valley Park (under construction)   
17:20 Free time for shopping, etc.   
18:00 Dinner at main restaurant   
19:10 Bus to Hanno station   
19:36 Depart Hanno station by Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Musashi 46 Red Arrow    
20:16 Arrival at Ikebukuro station

Please note that we will collect the fee at the venue (unless otherwise agreed) and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

For Registration: Click here
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