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  FCCJ Annual General Assembly - 5 April 2016

Event Report

The 17th FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Tuesday, 5 April at the Embassy of Finland attended by 45 chamber members and members of its Board of Trustees. The Assembly handled matters according to our Articles of Association. The reports from 2015 and activity plans and budget for 2016 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 notable changes in the Board of Directors as three new members were elected, Matti Ranta, Head of Technology Center, Nokia Networks, Aki Saarinen, Representative Director & Principal Architect, Reaktor Japan KK and Björn Ullbro, Service Unit Director, East Asia, Wärtsilä Japan Ltd.

For a list of board members in 2016, click here.

Board of Trustees members Kimio Hashida and Erik Ullner, who were up for re-election were elected for another 5 year term.

Auditors in 2016 are Barbara Zamora-Vaataja and Masao Ohata.

After the General Assembly the new Board of Directors had its first meeting and re-elected Pekka Laitinen as President of FCCJ. Masaoki Fujita was re-elected as Vice President and Jan Grönblad was elected new Vice President.

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

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The start of the Annual General Assembly.
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FCCJ President Pekka Laitinen making opening remarks.
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Erik Ullner, EBC Executive Operating Board member and treasurer, explains the plans for the new EBC.
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Jussi Salmela reads the auditors' statement.
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New FCCJ Board member Matti Ranta.
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New FCCJ Board member Björn Ullbro.
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FCCJ Auditors for 2016: Barbara Zamora-Väätäjä and Masao Ohata.
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Members follow the proceedings.
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The new Board had its first meeting immediately after the General Assembly to relect President and Vice Presidents.
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Pekka Laitinen was re-elected President for his second year.
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Re-elected Vice President Masaoki Fujita (center) with Tatsunosuke Tominaga (left) and Yoshinori Sano.
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New Vice President Jan Grönblad (left) with Marko Salonen.
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From left: Yoshinori Sano, Hiroaki Sugawara, Tuomo Kuuppo, Hiroaki Nagahara and Pekka Laitinen.
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The Official Board Photo.
Seated from left: Vice President Masaoki Fujita, Presdient Pekka Laitinen and Vice President Jan Grönblad.
Standing from left: Hiroaki Sugawara, Yoshinori Sano, Tuomo Kuuppo, Hiroaki Nagahara, Matti Ranta (new), Marko Salonen, Tatsunosuke Tominaga and Björn Ullbro (new).
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Hitoshi Honda, Kazuki Yamamoto, Isamu Maeda and Keiji Ueda.
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Shigeyoshi Noto and Haruko Hashimoto.
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Mitsuo Okabe and Kimio Hashida.
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Tuomo Kuuppo, Jussi Salmela and Erik Ullner.
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Vice Presidents Masaoki Fujita and Jan Grönblad.
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Travel heavyweights: Takeshi Yokoyama, Hiroaki Nagahara and Hiroaki Sugawara.
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The participants listening to speeches.
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Ambassador Manu Virtamo greets the assembly participants.
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Re-elected President Pekka Laitinen introduces the Vice Presidents Masaoki Fujita and Jan Grönblad.
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Kampai!
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Time to have someting to eat!
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Isamu Maeda, Shinji Ushiro and Kimio Hashida fill their plates.
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Antti Kunnas needs something to drink...
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Takashi Hoshino, Masao Ohata, Jouni Lainen and Mikko Koivistoinen.
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Erik Ullner, Mika Mäkinen, Yoshinori Sano and Hiroaki Sugawara.
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Pekka Laitinen, Atsushi Ueda and Timo Varhama.
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New FCCJ Board members Björn Ullbro, Matti Ranta and Aki Saarinen.
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FCCJ Auditors for 2016: Masao Ohata and Barbara Zamora-Väätäjä.
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Jussi Salmela and Robert Hirst discuss something serious?
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Jan Grönblad and Tuomo Kuuppo enjoying food and drinks.
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Björn Ullbro discusses with Marko Salonen, behind Shigeyoshi Noto and Yasunobu Kanai.
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Isamo Maeda makes a point to Haruko Hashimoto.
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Hiroaki Nagahara with Miia Rantanen of Embassy of Finland.
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Ambassador Virtamo (right) with Antti Kunnas (left) and Jan Grönblad.
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Enjoying food and drinks outdoors, with some cherry trees nearby.
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Former and current boss of UPM Japan, Timo Varhama and Tatsunosuke Tominaga have some private discussions.
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New FCCJ Board members Björn Ullbro, Matti Ranta and Aki Saarinen.
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Former Ambassador of Japan to Finland Hitoshi Honda discusses with Ambassador Virtamo.
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From left: Tetsuro Wakiya, Yasunobu Kanai and Takeshi Yokoyama.
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Jan Grönblad of Vaisala discusses with Shinji Ushiro, former head of Murata Finland their common past. Vaisala used to own VTI which was later bought by Murata.
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'One for the road', Keiji Ueda (left) and Taiji Watanabe.
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