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Friday, 15 September 2017 09:23

Information from EBC

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Dear EBC Committee members and chamber colleagues,

I hope this finds you all well.

The EBC has for a long time had a Human Resources Committee. 
Unfortunately with the departure of the previous Human Resources Committee chairman this committee has become dormant. We would therefore very much like to re-start the HR Committee. Previously, the efforts of the committee were aimed largely at visa policies, with the successful result that today there is no need for a re-entry permit except in some very limited cases, and the former three-year limit on work visas has been extended to five years.

However, many EBC members now have various programmes for diversification and inclusion. In parallel to this the Japanese Government is also allocating considerable resources to change the Japanese labour market from several aspects. The Japanese Government has just set up a 13-member group to discuss "revolution in human resources development" and we would like to be in a position to respond to the panel's interim report scheduled for the end of this year. 

For these reasons, we would like to call for a kick-off meeting inviting all EBC members and Chamber Colleagues who might be interested in joining this committee and working on this broader range of issues. This meeting would be a perfect opportunity for you to let us know of your opinions and also to take a lead in the EBC's HR related policy to make certain that it is useful for you.

The EBC is therefore inviting interest parties to an exploratory meeting on 11 October from 9:00-10:00 at the EBC office.

Please register for the meeting at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Best regards,
EBC Secretariat


Monday, 29 May 2017 07:00

Mr Martin Koos appointed new General Manager, Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan

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We are pleased to announce that Mr Martin Koos has been appointed as General Manager of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, effective June 12th, 2017.

 Martin started his career as an advertising and PR consultant based in Stockholm. After relocating to Tokyo in 2007 he joined the Investment Office (Invest Sweden) at Embassy of Sweden working with investment promotion, supporting Japanese companies finding business opportunities in Sweden. Since 2013 Martin has been working for the Commercial Office (Business Sweden) supporting Swedish companies with business development in Japan. Mr. Koos was born in Höganäs, southern Sweden and speaks fluent Japanese. 

His background and experience will be a great asset to further develop the Chamber.


We wish Martin success in his new position.

Hand-over from present GM Hans Rhodiner, who will return to Sweden during June, will already start in May.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank Hans for his significant contribution to the Chamber, and wish him all the very best for his future in Sweden.


Tokyo May 9, 2017


Thomas Östergren

Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan


Friday, 03 March 2017 11:41

10 Checkpoints for Safer Surfing on the Internet


Mr. Keith Martin and Antti Tuomi of FCCJ corporate member F-Secure has put together 10 crucial checkpoints for Safer Surfing on the Internet. Save yourself and your organisation a lot of unpleasant experiences by regularily going through this list taking the actions recommended. 

1.Strong Passwords. Set a strong and unique password for each of your accounts. If you reuse the same password, one breach could mean all your accounts get breached. For more about strong passwords, look here: https://www.howtogeek.com/195430/how-to-create-a-strong-password-and-remember-it/ And use a password manager such as RoboForm orThese allow you to generate very strong passwords for all your accounts, which are protected by one very strong password you must remember. 

2.Two-Factor Authentication. If you MUST reuse passwords, enable 2 factor authentication when available (typically a code is sent to your phone which must be entered before logging in to confirm it is you). 

3.Get a New Identity. When giving security questions, use fake ones. These days, it is too easy to find your mother’s maiden name, the name of your childhood best friend, the street where you grew up, etc. Have a standard set of fake answers you can remember. 

4.Backup! Always backup your data. With a backup, even if you become victim of ransomware (software that encrypts your hard drive, and holds the key “ransom” until you pay the criminals off), you can simply restore your data rather than paying the ransom. 

5.Be Suspicious. Always look at ANY Email asking you to log into something with caution. Right click the Email address to ensure it is coming from the correct domain. Check any links to ensure they are taking you to the actual site. When in doubt, don’t click. The more urgent the mail sounds (your account may have been hacked!), the more suspicious you should become. 

6.Protect yourself. Install an antivirus on your PC. F-Secure Safe is a fine option, but many others are good as well. 

7.Beware of Free WiFi. Fake open WiFi (WiFi where you don’t have to login to use it) hotspots are an easy way for hackers to grab your user names, passwords, etc. There is a good video we created about the dangers here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyNjyTiIRvI 

8.Stay Up-To-Date. Update your OS and software. Approximately 80% of all viruses are rendered useless by having up-to-date patches on your operating system and applications, which include regular security patches. Best option is to have these updates occur automatically. 

9.Login Notifications. This feature will notify you by text or Email if your account has been logged into from an unfamiliar location. Enable it wherever it is available. 

10.Set a PIN. You should of course always set up a PIN (even better, require your fingerprint) to unlock your phone. But you should go a step further and set up a PIN on your SIM card as well. Why? Because without one, all a person needs to do is take out your SIM and put it in another phone, and they can get access to all sorts of data that can compromise your various

SCCJ Secretariat

Monday, 26 December 2016 00:00

SCCJ is looking for a General Manager

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SCCJ is recruiting a new General Manager 

(Revised Deadline for Application)

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (SCCJ) was established in 1992 to promote Sweden-related business in Japan. We actively support the Swedish business community by helping them build long-lasting business relationships in Japan and by advocating Swedish industry, technology and management culture.

The Board of Directors of SCCJ is now recruiting a General Manager to manage the daily operations of the SCCJ office and all the chamber’s activities.


What we are looking for:

  1. lA permanent or long-term resident in Japan.
  2. lFluency in both written and spoken English and Japanese. Knowledge of some Swedish can be advantageous but is not a requirement.
  3. lKnowledge of, and interest in, Japanese-Swedish business.
  4. lAbility to independently manage the administration of SCCJ’s office while at the same time be able to arrange management-level meetings with member firms and other stakeholders, including other chambers of commerce, Business Swede, the European Business Council, the Embassy of Sweden, etc.
  5. lA professional business person with experience with experience in commerce and industry in Japan and/or overseas
  6. lAn excellent communicator, representing the SCCJ at events and functions
  7. lHave a flair for marketing and attention to detail.



The GM will be in charge of the daily operations of the SCCJ. The main areas of responsibility include:

  1. lEvents – organise and manage regular events for members.
  2. lCommunications – produce and manage SCCJ’s newsletters, website, social media, etc.
  3. lSponsorship sales – for events, newsletters, website, reports, etc.
  4. lFinancial administration – manage budgets, invoicing, accounting, bank transfers, etc.
  5. lMaintain membership database.
  6. lMember recruitment – retain members and recruit new members.
  7. lManage and coordinate committees and relationships with our stakeholders – our members, but also other chambers, the European Business Council, the Embassy of Sweden, etc.
  8. lCoordinate information and reporting for board meetings and general assemblies.
  9. lHelp manage projects to advance the SCCJ forward
  10. lRegularly get feedback from members regarding services and activities that SCCJ provides
  11. lBenchmark SCCJ offerings with other organisationz
  12. lDevelop new services and activities to suit the needs of the members
  13. lAble to develop contact networks among member companies, members, industrial and commercial pertners

To apply for this position, please email a CV and a cover letter in English introducing yourself and explaining why you can be the person to lead the SCCJ office.

Please email your application as soon as possible or January 13th 2017 at the latest to SCCJ Chairman Thomas Ostergren at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 26 December 2016 00:00

Now Open and available for booking - Scandinavian Modern Setsuin Resort House in Niseko

 Now Open and Available for Booking - Scandinavian Modern Setsuin (雪蔭) Resort House in Niseko


SETSU-IN is a three-bedroom chalet located just minutes from scenic Niseko-Hanazono's base and chair lifts, designed in contemporary Japanese style with a streak of Zen and tea-ceremony aesthetics – plus, of course, all the modern amenities and comforts. 

SETSU-IN is a project by Scandinavian Modern, an SCCJ member company otherwise known for Scandinavian style office design and relocation projects. Founder and CEO Tokiko Okabe fell in love with Niseko many years ago, and started thinking about expending her business into real estate. SETSU-IN has a hotel license and is fully equipped to house groups of up to six to eight people. Check out some very inviting photos HERE.

SETSU-IN is now available for booking and throughout the 2017 winter season. 

A special offer for SCCJ members (with family and friends) is available.

Powder to the people

Set on 1600 m² of land, SETSU-IN is beautifully located in the North Hills area of Hanazono. The house opens onto a creek and a forest, private from the neighbors. The other side faces the east ridge of Mt. Annupuri, so popular for backcountry riding. The Hanazono Winter Resort is just a few minutes away by car or 10-15 minutes on foot. 

SETSU-IN has three bedrooms and a large kitchen/dining room with a five-meter-high ceiling. There is also a smaller library/study room, as well as a 30-m² loft. There is a heated space for skis, boots, skiwear, and other equipment, plus garage and laundry room. The master bedroom looks into a tranquil nakaniwa (a Japanese style courtyard), and during the winter you can watch the snowflakes serenely pile up from your bed. Total living area is 260 m². 

SETSU-IN is designed by renowned architect Makoto Nakayama, the creative mind behind many outstanding buildings in Niseko and around Japan, including the spectacularly beautiful hotel Zaborin, also in Hanazono. 

The house is very comfortable for six people. Six adults with a few children also work well. Extra foldable beds and futons are available upon request. Living in Hanazono requires access to a car, and SETSU-IN comes with a car for six adults with skis or snowboards.

Floor plan and more information are available at http://niseko-setsuin.com. Here you can also learn the story behind the name. In Japanese HERE

SETSU-IN is managed by Taiga Projects in Niseko, who specializes in boutique alpine properties. Please follow the link on the Reservation page on the site above, to see rates and availability. Please talk to Keith Rodgers or Masaki Konagai at Taiga Projects (contact info on the web site) and mention SCCJ for a special 5% discount on the rent (except during Christmas and the Chinese New Year.)  You can also contact Tokiko Okabe at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, 09 January 2014 13:06

Signing of the Protocol Amending Tax Convention with Sweden

On December 5, the Protocol Amending the Convention between Japan and Sweden for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income was signed in Stockholm between Mr. Seiji Morimoto, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Sweden and Mr. Mikael Lundholm, State Secretary to the Minister for Finance of the kingdom of Sweden.


For further information, please visit the official press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, HERE. (In Japanese)

Friday, 10 May 2013 12:59

Sweden National Day: Message from the Ambassador in The Japan Times.

As customary, The Japan Times will publish an article by the Swedish Ambassador: Mr Lars Vargö, in connection with the Swedish National Day, June 6th. The Article will be aimed at promoting mutual goodwill between Japan and Sweden through establishiment of firm and friendly ties in such fields as trade and culture.

Please feel free to contact The Japan Times, Ms. Mika Yuasa, if your company would like to advertise in connection with the article.

The Japan Times
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Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:32

New guideline for disaster evacuation

Here is the details of "The new guideline for disaster evacuation" (Japanese only)

Here is the summary of the new guideline for disaster evacuation in English

  • Make sure you are in a safe place and do not try to go home immediately
  • Prepare options in advance to contact your family in case of disaster
  • The new guidelines states that you should prepare 3 days foods and drinks for all your employees
  • Prepare options in advance to contact your employees


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