Greeting by the Chairman
Dear SCCJ Members,
It is a pleasure to write to you as the newly appointed Chairman of the SCCJ. I would like begin by thanking you all for your confidence, and by assuring you that I will do my utmost to bring value to your membership and help you tap the many business opportunities that exist in this vibrant market.
“Sweden” is a powerful brand in Japan that has many positive associations – innovation, environmental thinking, gender equality, work-life balance, to name a few. The SCCJ’s fundamental task is to promote commerce between Japan and Sweden by leveraging this brand.
We have an important role to play. As a non-profit organization, we complement the functions of the Swedish Trade & Invest Council (Business Sweden) by providing a framework for networking and informal exchange of insights and experience, and by being a valuable community for support, inspiration and enjoyment for all of our members. We work in close cooperation with the Swedish Embassy and the related offices in various ways, thereby promoting the Swedish brand in business and cultural contexts.
Our motto is “by the members, for the members.” We take pride in being easily accessible, and continuously organize a wide range of activities, business- related as well as social, to help you build and strengthen your network in Japan. Please keep an eye out for these events on our homepage and in our newsletter, and do join if you have the time. There are so many business opportunities out there for Swedish and Japanese companies to explore together. The SCCJ’s job is to help you find them and grab them!
In closing, I would like to encourage you, Dear Member, to get in touch if you have feedback, ideas for events or website contents, or any questions about doing business in Japan. We are here for you, and look forward to receiving your suggestions for how we can support you better.
Thomas Östergren, Chairman of the SCCJ