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 FCCJ Annual General Assembly - 8 April 2015

Event Report

The sixteenth FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Wednesday, 8 April at the Embassy of Finland attended by a record 53 chamber members and members of its Board of Trustees. The Assembly handled matters according to our Articles of Association. The reports from 2014 and activity plans and budget for 2015 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.

There were some significant changes in the Board of Directors as five new members were elected, Tatsunosuke Tominaga, President, UPM-Kymmene Japan KK, Henrik Eklund, General Manager, Wärtsilä Japan Ltd., Hiroaki Nagahara, Director Sales, Finnair Japan, Mari Takaba, Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Nokia Networks Japan and Petteri Niska, President, Outokumpu K.K.

For a list of board members in 2015, click here.

Board of Trustees members Timo Varhama, Kazuki Yamamoto and Hitoshi Honda, who were up for re-election were elected for another 5 year term. New Board of Trustees members are three former board members, Hirokuni Yoshida, Sakari Romu, and Shigeyoshi Noto.

Auditors in 2015 are Jussi Salmela and Tomokazu Kobayashi.

After the General Assembly the new Board of Directors had it's first meeting and elected Pekka Laitinen, Resident Partner of Septem Partners in Tokyo, as the new President of FCCJ. Fprmer President Marko Saarelainen and Masaoki Fujita were elected Vice Presidents.

Ambassador Manu Virtamo hosted the buffet dinner for the participats in the assembly.

Images from the event

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The meeting room at the Embassy was filled to its capacity.
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FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen opens the proceedings.
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New individual member Antti Kunnas introduces himself.
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New individual member Miikka Lehtonen introduces himself.
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Norio Tomida from Japanese Society Finland/Tokyokan in Helsinki.
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Dr. Akira Hirasawa has recently returned from Finland after 3.5 years at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland.
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The auditors Shunsuke Yoshizawa and Henrik Eklund read the auditors' statement.
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After the assembly the board meets to elect President and Vice-Presidents.
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The FCCJ Board is almost too big for this table...
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Marko Saarelainen congratulates newly elected President Pekka Laitinen.
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Pekka Laitinen thanks for the support by the board.
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The new Vice Presidents Marko Saarelainen and Masaoki Fujita.
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The Official Board of Directors photo:
From left: Hiroaki Sugawara, Tuomo Kuuppo, Hiroaki Nagahara, Marko Salonen, Yoshinori Sano, Mari Takaba, Marko Saarelainen, Pekka Laitinen, Masaoki Fujita, Jan Gröblad, Henrik Eklund and Tatsunosuke Tominaga.
Missing: Petteri Niska
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Ambassador Manu Virtamo with new Board of Trustees Member Hirokuni Yoshida and new Vice President Masaoki Fujita.
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Participants enjoy cocktails before the buffet dinner.
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New Board of Trustees Member Sakari Romu discuss with Kimio Hashida, as senior Board of Trustees member. Bottom-right new Board member Mari Takaba.
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Outgoing President Marko Saarelainen adresses the members.
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Marko Saarelainen getting sentimental?
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Members take it seriously too...
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Marko Saarelainen introduces the new President Pekka Laitinen.
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Pekka Laitinen receives a board with plates of all FCCJ Presidents since 1999 from Marko Saarelainen, board sponsored by Honka Japan.
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New FCCJ President Pekka Laitinen adresses the members.
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Ambassador Manu Virtamo addresses the general assembly participants.
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Outgoing and incoming Presidents with Ambassador Virtamo.
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Marko Saarelainen with Michio Imai and Setsuo Suzuki of Valmet K.K. Suzuki is the newly appointed President of the company.
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Time for something to eat!
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Board of Trustees members Taiji Watanabe and Hirokuni Yoshida first in line.
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Plenty of very delicious food.
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Shigeyoshi Noto with Marko Salonen.
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Hiroaki Sugawara and Masahiro Nakayama.
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Shinji Ushiro (center) with his guests Norio Tomida (left) and Dr. Akira Hirasawa.
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Some discussing, some picking up more food.
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The participating ladies in discussion, from left Haruko Hashimoto, Mari Takaba and Barbara Zamora-Vaataja.
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Marko Saarelainen shows former FCCJ President Timo Varhama the Presidents' board.
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Jan Grönblad and Antti Kunnas.
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The senior Board of Trustees members Kimio Hashida, Isamu Maeda and Yasuji Ishigaki discuss weth new BoT member Hirokuni Yoshida (back to camera) and board member Yoshinori Sano.
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The auditors from 2015, Jussi Salmela and Tomokazu Kobayashi.
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Masao Ohata discusses with Tatsunosuke Tominaga and Timo Varhama.
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Two former Ambassadors of Japan to Finland, Yasuji Ishigaki (left) and Hitoshi Honda.
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New Corporate Member Robert Hirst (FinTech Global Inc.) with Marko Saarelainen.
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Keiji Ueda, Setsuo Suzuki and Mitsuo Okabe enjoying food and drinks.
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Hiroaki Sugawara, Masaoki Fujita, Shigeyoshi Noto, Tetsuro Wakiya and Yasunobu Kanai.
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Antti Kunnas, Jan Grönblad, Ville Väätäjä and Marko Salonen.
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Dr. Akira Hirasawa with Hitoshi Honda, perhaps sharing memories from Finland...
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Masaoki Fujita, Erik Ullner and Tetsuro Wakiya.
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Masaoki Fujita told a good story to Shigeyoshi Noto and Haruko Hashimoto.
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Pekka Laitinen, Ambassador Virtamo and Marko Saarelainen and Ville Väätäjä.
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Rounding off the evening by tasting an exclusive Finnish beer. From left: Jan Grönblad, Ambassador Virtamo, Marko Saarelainen and Ville Väätäjä.
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