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 FCCJ Annual General Assembly 7 April 2009

Event Report
The tenth Annual General Assembly handled matters according to our Articles of Association. The reports from 2008 and activity plans and budget for 2009 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.

Pekka Laitinen, Chief Representative, NorthStar Corporate Finance was elected new board member. The six board members (Tuomo Kuuppo, Shigeyoshi Noto, Samuli Pahkala, Marko Saarelainen, Yoshinori Sano and Hirokuni Yoshida, whose term ended where re-elected for another two years.
For a list of board members in 2009, click here.

In the Board of Trustees Yukichi Nakamura, COO, Forest Product Division, Marubeni Corporation replaces Toshinori Umezawa, also of Marubeni Corporation. Five Board of Trustees members up for re-election (Toshio Egawa, Yukio Sakurai, Yasuji Ishigaki, Kanji Ohashi and Isao Nishimura) were elected for another 5 year term.
The auditors for 2008, Kazuki Yamamoto of Finland Japan Trading and Pertti Mero of Finnair Cargo, were re-elected for 2009.

After the General Assembly the new Board had it's first meeting and elected Marko Saarelainen to the President of FCCJ. Hirokuni Yoshida continues as Vice President.

After the formal proceedings 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.

The event was attended by 47 members.

Images from the event

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Members getting ready for the meeting to start.
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FCCJ President Mika Mäkinen acting as chairman of the meeting decides that it is time to start. Shigeyoshi Noto, Board member, assists with Japanese translations.
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Newly elected board member Pekka Laitinen introduces himself.
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New Board of Trustees member Yukichi Nakamura bows to the audience.
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Erik Ullner presents some news from the EBC.
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Auditor Pertti Mero reads the auditors' statement.
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The newly elected board at its first meeting.
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Kaj Forsell and newly elected board member Pekka Laitinen.
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Hiroaki Sugawara, Shigeyoshi Noto and Marko Saarelainen.
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Tuomo Kuuppo, Seppo Rantanen and Yoshinori Sano.
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Mika Mäkinen confirms the election of the new President.
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And congratulates Marko Saarelainen for his appointment.
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The new board poses for a photo.
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The audience is waiting the outcome of the board meeting.
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FCCJ President Mika Mäkinen makes announcement about his resignation as President.
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And introduces the new President Marko Saarelainen.
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Cheers!
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Marko Saarelainen makes his first speech as FCCJ President.
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Ambassador Jorma Julin makes his presentation.
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The 47 partiicpants listening.
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First toast at the top table.
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'Meishi-kokan', Timo Varhama and Ari Vehkamäki.
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Mikko Koivistoinen and Jani Mäki-Mantila.
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Koji Noda and Takeshi Yokoyama.
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Takaaki Satake and Taiji Watanabe.
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Yasuji Ishigaki and Hisako Noto.
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Heikki Mäkipää and Mitsuo Okabe.
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Kim Knudsen and Isamu Maeda.
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Ari Vehkamäki and Toshio Egawa.
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Timo Varhama and Sirkku Sakane.
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Mika Mäkinen and Marko Saarelainen.
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Newly elected Board of Trustees member Yukichi Nakamura with Ambassador Julin.
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Keiji Ueda with Takao Hashimoto.
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Erik Ullner and Seppo Rantanen.
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Jukka Viitanen and Yukio Sakurai.
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Yoshinori Sano and Takaaki Satake.
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Hitotaka Sakurada with Yukichi Nakamura.
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Ambassador Julin and Mitsutoshi Kera.
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Jan Wahlberg and Tuomo Kuuppo.
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Kanji Ohashi and Pertti Mero.
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Kaj Forsell and Atsushi Hoshi.
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Ambassador Julin makes closing remarks.
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Marko Saarelainen thanks the ambassador and the participants.
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Applauds from the audience!
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