FCCJ ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY 31 MARCH 2004
The changes in the board where partly caused by the Articles of Association of the Chamber, which limits the term of board members to a maximum of six years. As five of the board members where elected when the chamber was founded in 1999, this would have meant that half of the board would have had to resign next year. To avoid such a dramatic change at the next assembly, the decision was made in the board to make half of the rotation now. Both Mr. Varhama and Mr. Yoshida will remain involved in the chambers as members of the committees, and Mr. Varhama will also act as a liaison between the board and the Board of Trustees, to better utilize their vast experience, knowledge and network.

The meeting also confirmed the election of three new members to the Board of Trustees; Norimasa Hasegawa, former Ambassador of Japan to Finland, Kanji Ohashi, President of Mori Hospitality Corporation/Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Isao Nishimura, President of Nishimura & Associates and FCCJ auditor in 2003. As new auditors were elected Takashi Tsubaki, President of Finn Corporation/Finn Tour and Eero Tammila, Director Sales Japan and Korea, Finnair.

The General Assembly also approved the activity and financial reports for fiscal 2003 as well as activity plan and budget for 2004.
The membership fees remain unchanged, 150,000 yen for corporate members and 20,000 yen for individual members.

IMAGES FROM THE ASSEMBLY
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Can we be sure that the you guys can handle this?
From left: Ambassador Eero Salovaara, former Vice President Hirokuni Yoshida and former President Timo Varhama.
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Also the audience seems to have some concern...
From left: Mikko Koivistoinen, Metso Automation, Jani Maki-Mantila, Vaisala K.K., Pertti Huitu, Commissioner General for the Nordic Pavilion at EXPO 2005 AICHI, Jari Seilonen, Finpro and Erik Ullner, EBC Vice Chairman.
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All smiles - of course they will!
Left new President Mika Mäkinen
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...and now the audience seems to agree!
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Is this how succession is handled in FCCJ?
No, Mika Mäkinen jus asks for support from the "old guard".
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Ambassador Salovaara, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, with two new members of his board, Kanji Ohashi (left) and Isao Nishimura.
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Thomas Hietto (left) and Juhana Häkkänen cannot hide the great pleasure of being elected members of the FCCJ Board!
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Enjoying the delicious buffet prepare by the Embassy's chef, Ari Lepistö.
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Mika Mäkinen with Yukio Sakurai, member of the Board of Trustees.
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From left, Eero Tammila (new auditor), a visiting opera singer Jyrki Korhonen and Erik Ullner.
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Mika Mäkinen's new cabinet. From left: Juhana Häkkänen, Marko Saarelainen, Erik Ullner, Mäkinen, Kaj Forsell, Yoshinori Sano and Thomas Hietto. Missing Shigeyoshi Noto (Vice President), Eero Ala-Jääski, Olli Juvonen and Heikki Tenhunen.
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