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  FCCJ Annual General Assembly - 3 April 2017

Event Report

The 18th FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Monday, 3 April 2017 at the Tokyo Club attended by 36 chamber members.

Masaoki Fujita (President, Coil Center Fujita Co., Ltd.) was elected new President, the first Japanese to hold the position. Fujita has been a board member since 2008 and Vice President since 2015.

The Board also elected three new Vice Presidents, Tuomo Kuuppo (Stora Enso Japan K.K.), Hiroaki Nagahara (Finnair) and Veli Solehmainen (Vaisala K.K.).

The Assembly handled matters according to our Articles of Association. The reports from 2016 and activity plans and budget for 2017 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.

One new member was elected to the Board of Directors, Erik Ullner (EU Japan Consulting & Associates Co. Ltd.). He has also served on the Board of Directors 2004 -2006 and Board of Trustees 2006-2017.

For a list of board members in 2017, click here.

Auditors in 2017 are Anni Hayashi (Vitra Co., Ltd.) and Robert Hirst (FinTech Global Inc.).

The assembly also approved a change in the Articles of Association to eliminate the Board of Trustees and instead the current Board of Trustees members would be invited to become Honorary Members of FCCJ.

After the assembly the members enjoyed a dinner when a lot of active discussions took place between the members.

Images from the event
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FCCJ Board members Hiroaki Nagahara and Matti Ranta discussing before start of the assembly.
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Atsushi Ueda studying the meeting docusments while new FCCJ Vice Presidents Veli Solehmainen and Tuomo Kuuppo discussing.
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New member Tobias Schiebe, FCCJ Board member Björn Ullbro and outgoing President Pekka Laitinen discussing.
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Two senior members, Taiji Watanabe and Isamu Maeda.
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FCCJ Auditors for 2016: Barbara Zamora-Väätäjä and Masao Ohata checking the documents before start of the assembly.
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FCCJ's outgoing President Pekka Laitinen making opening remarks.
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The start of the Annual General Assembly, held at The Tokyo Club.
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Erik Ullner, EBC Executive Operating Board member and treasurer, explains the plans for the new EBC.
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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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FCCJ Auditors for 2016: Barbara Zamora-Väätäjä and Masao Ohata.
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Auditor for 2017, Pobert Hirst.
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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, outgoing President congratulates newly elected President Masaoki Fujita.
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The Official Board Photo.
From left: New Vice Presidents Tuomo Kuuppo and Veli Solehmainen, Petteri Niska, Yoshinori Sano, Björn Ullbro, outgoing President Pekka Laitinen, New President Masaoki Fujita, New Vice President Hiroaki Nagahara, Matti Ranta and new board member Erik Ullner.
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Outgoing President Pekka Laitinen announces the board's elections.
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Pekka Laitinen congratulates Masaoki Fujita.
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Pekka Laitinen presents the Presidents' Board to Masaoki Fujita.
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Masaoki Fujita with the Presidents' Board.
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Pekka Laitinen thanks the members for their support during his two years Presidency and asks for their full support to the new President.
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From bottom left: Erik Ullner, Hitoshi Honda, Masaoki Fukita, Pekka Laitinen, Jun Hirst and Matti Ranta.
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Masaoki Fujita and Pekka Laitinen.
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From bottom left: Tetsuro Urabe, Atsushi Ueda, Petter Niska, Tobias Schiebe, Yasunobu Kanai and Tetsuro Wakiya.
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From bottom left: Keiji Ueda, Hideo Okada, Taiji Watanabem Yasuji Ishigaki, Hirokuni Yoshida, Isamu Maeda and Hisanori Ogawa.
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From bottom left: Timo Varhama, Kanji Ohashi, Mika Mäkinen, Björn Ullbro, Yoshinori Sano and Robert Hirst.
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New Vice Presidents Veli Solehmainen and Hiroaki Nagahara with Masao Ohata.
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Barbara Zamora Väätäjä relaxing after having fulfilled her auditor's duties.
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Former Ambassador to Finland, Yasuji Ishigali, congratulates the new President Masaoki Fujita.
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Former FCCJ President (2001-2003) Timo Varhama makes closing remarks.
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...thanking the outgoing President and congratulating the new.
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The assembly and dinner comes to an end.
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