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 FCCJ Annual General Assembly 3 April 2008

Event Report
The ninth annual general assembly handled matters according to our Arcticles of Association. The reports from 2007 and activity plans and budget for 2008 were approved. The membership fees remain unchanged; 150,000 yen for corporate members, 75,000 yen for associate corporate and 20,000 yen for individual members.

Four board members up for re-election (Mika Mäkinen, Veli-Matti Lahti, Seppo Rantanen and Hiroaki Fujita were re-elected for another 2 year term and Masaoki Fujita of Coil Center Fujita was elected as new board member. For a full lits of board members, click here.

One board of trustees member up for re-lection, Kensei Hasegawa, was elected for another 5 year term. Elected auditors for 2008 were Kazuki Yamamoto of Finland Japan Trading and Pertti Mero of Finnair.

The assembly approved a small change in Article 8 of the Arcticles of Association; the President of the chamber has now a one year term (previously two).

After the assembly Ambassador Jorma Julin gave a brief update on current affairs in the relations between Finland and Japan, followed by a dinner with the chamber's Board of Trustees. To enable members to meet as many of the trustees as possible during the dinner, they switched seats twice in a well orchestrated manner.

The event was attended by 45 members.

Images from the event

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FCCJ President Mika Mäkinen (front) leads the preceedings at the assembly.
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The new board getting organized after the assembly.
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FCCJ Vice President Hirokuni Yoshida (left) and new board member Masaoki Fujita.
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FCCJ President Mika Mäkinen bows for the new Vice President Marko Saarelainen.
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Ambassador Jorma Julin makes his presentation.
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FCCJ President Mika Mäkinen makes announcement about the board.....
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...and introduces the new Vice President Marko Saarelainen as his potential successor next year.
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The dinner was attended by 41 members.
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Ambassador Julin welcomes the participants to the table(s)
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At the top table, from left; the Honorable Mr. Marutei Tsurunen, Member of the House of Counsillors, Ambassador Julin, Mika Mäkinen, Kiyomi Hashizume, Atsushi Hoshi. Back to camera, Marko Saarelainen.
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Lively discussions; Seppo Rantanen and Megumi Nawata.
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From left: Rantanen, Nawata, Yukio Sakurai, Tuomas Tiirinki, Erik Ullner and back to camera, Mikko Koivistoinen.
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From left: Quentin O'Mahoney, Isao Nishimura, Mika Kouhia and Jukka Viitanen.
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From left: Timo Varhama, Kazuki Yamamoto, Kanji Ohashi, Veli-Matti-Lahti, back to camera Hiroaki Sugawara.
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From left: Sirkku Sakane, Taiji Watanabe, Teruhisa Koizumi, Shigeyoshi Noto (hidden), back to camera Juha Niemi and Osamu Hoshino.
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From left: Kaj Forsell, Tuomo Kuuppo, Isamu Maeda, Koji Noda, Yoshinori Sano, back to camera Pekka Laitinen.
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Cheers! From left Hirokuni Yoshida, Masaoki Fujita, Takaaki Satake, Fang He, Yasuji Ishigaki , back to camera Samuli Pahkala.
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Marutei Tsurunen and Mika Mäkinen listens to some interesting story by Ambassador Julin.
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Quentin O'Mahoney, Isao Nishimura and Mika Kouhia
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Osamu Hoshino, Juha Niemi, Sirkku Sakane, Taiji Watanabe, Teruhisa Koizumi, back to camera Shigeyoshi Noto.
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The first table rotation.
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New faces and a new 'meishi-kokan'.
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Ambassador Julin discusses with Osamu Hoshino and Hirokuni Yoshida.
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Isamu Maeda has something to tell to Koji Noda and Yoshinori Sano.
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From left; Yasuji Ishigaki, Koji Noda, Hirokuni Yoshida and Tuomo Kuuppo.
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Kaj Forsell, Teruhisa Koizumi and Isamu Maeda.
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Tuomas Tiirinki, Isao Nishimura, Megumi Nawata, Jukka Viitanen, back to camera Mikko Koivistonen.
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Masaoki Fujita, Fang He and Samuli Pahkala have reached the top table.
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Masaoki Fujita, Yukio Sakurai, Fang He and Erik Ullner.
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Juha Niemi and Chiemi Takeuchi discuss.
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Mika Mäkinen thanks the participant for a very active participation and lively discussions.
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Ambassador Julin makes closing remarks.
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