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 FCCJ Annual General Assembly - 3 April 2013

Event Report
The fourteenth Annual General Assembly handled matters according to our Articles of Association. The reports from 2012 and activity plans and budget for 2013 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.

Six board members, Tuomo Kuuppo, Stora Enso Japan K.K., Pekka Laitinen, Septem Partners, Shigeyoshi Noto, Foresight Marketing, Marko Saarelainen, Honka Japan Inc., Yoshinori Sano, MOS Tax Corporation and Hirokuni Yoshida, Outokumpu K.K., whose term ended were re-elected for another two year term.
For a list of board members in 2013, click here.

Board of Trustees member Kensei Hasegawa who was up for re-election was elected for another 5 year term.
Auditors in 2013 are Takeshi Yokoyama, Finnair Cargo and Mika Kouhia, Ekahau Inc..

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

The meeting was concluded by a presentation of the Team Finland by Jukka Pajarinen.

Ambassador Gustafsson hosted the buffet dinner for the 43 members participating in the event. He gave an overview of hisfour years in Japan, as he will take up the Ambassador position in Beijing from the autumn.

Images from the event

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FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen opens the proceedings.
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Auditor Kauko Laitinen reads the auditors' statement for the assembly.
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Newly elected auditors Mika Kouhia and Takeshi Yokoyama stand up to introduce themselves to the assembly.
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Jukka Pajarinen presents the Team Finland.
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Jukka Pajarinen
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After the assembly the board meets to elect President and Vice-President.
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Marko Saarelainen opens the meeting.
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Marko Saarelainen thanks for the support in re-relcting him as President of the chamber.
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Hirokuni Yoshida was re-elected as Vice President.
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The Official Board of Directors photo:
Seated from left: Marko Saarelainen and Hirokuni Yoshida. Standing from left: Marko Salonen, Yasuyuki Oda, Pekka Laitinen, Yoshinori Sano, Shigeyoshi Noto, JP Takala, Veli Solehmainen, Sakari Romu, Masaoki Fujita and Hiroaki Sugawara.
Missing: Tuomo Kuuppo
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Ambassador Jari Gustafsson congratulating the re-elected President.
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Some drinks and networking before moving to the dinner tables.
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Marutei Tsurunen discusses with the Ambassador. Left Yasuji Ishigaki, center Isamu Maeda.
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Tatsunosuke Tominaga, the sucessor to Timo Varhama (center) at UPM-Kymmene Japan introducs himself to the FCCJ President.
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Board members Hirokuni Yoshida, Yasuyuki Oda and Hiroaki Sugawara share some good stories.
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Mika Kouhia, Masahiro Nakayama and Erik Ullner.
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Mitsutoshi Kera and Takahiko Nakada.
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Yasuji Ishigaki, Paul Rajesh, Haruko Hashimoto and Marutei Tsurunen.
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Marko Saarelainen, Veli Solehmainen, Pekka Laitinen and Ambassador Gustafsson.
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Ambassador Gustafsson wishes welcome to tables.
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Marko Saarelainen proposes a toast.
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Marko Saarelainen thanks the members for their support in 2012.
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Ambassador Jari Gustafsson commenting on his four years in Japan.
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Michio Imai follows the Ambassador's explanations.
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Nice dinner!
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Shinji Kimura, Mitsuo Okabe and Hiroaki Sugawara.
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Jukka Tuomisto and Yoshinori Sano.
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Takahiko Nakada, Keiji Ueda, Hirokuni Yoshida and Katsumi Kitamura.
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Tomokazu Kobayashi and Koji Noda.
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Marko Salonen, Takeshi Yokoyama and Sakari Romu.
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JP Takala, Masaoki Fujita and Mitsutoshi Kera.
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Haruko Hashimoto and Antti Sonninen.
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Hiroshi Maeda and Kimio Hashida.
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Masahiro Nakayama and Atsushi Odaira.
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Jukka Pajarinen, Erik Ullner and Timo Varhama.
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Timo Varhama, Tatsunosuke Tominaga and Shigeyoshi Noto.
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Marutei Tsurunen had to leave a bit early due to other committments.
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At the top table: Ambassador Gustafsson, Michio Imai, Marko Saarelainen, Pekka Laitinen and Hitoshi Honda.
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Kauko Laitinen, Isamu Maeda, Yasuji Ishigaki, Veli Solehmainen and Yasuyuki Oda.
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Coming towards the closing of the dinner.
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FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen makes some closing remarks.
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