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  FCCJ Annual General Assembly - 2 April 2019

Event Report

The 20th FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Tuesday, 2 April 2019 at the Embassy of Finland attended by 46 chamber members.

The Assembly handled matters according to Article 10 in the Articles of Association, approving the activity and fiscal reports for the fiscal year 2018 ending 31 March 2019 and approved activity plans and budget and membership fees for the fiscal year that started 1 April (see last page). Membership fees remain unchanged, 150,000 yen for corporate, 75,000 for associate corporate and 20.000 yen for individual.

Two new Board members were elected, Yoshihiko Onishi, Wärtsilä Japan Co., Ltd. and Yuko Ota, MOS Tax Corporation. The auditors for fiscal year 2019 are Kazuhiro Yanai (Outokumpu K.K.) and Timo Varhama (Vision Hunters, Ltd.). The Board re-elected Masaoki Fujita (Coil Center Fujita Co., Ltd.) as President and the three Vice Presidents, Tuomo Kuuppo (Stora Enso Japan K.K.), Hiroaki Nagahara (Finnair) and Veli Solehmainen (Vaisala K.K.).

After the assembly Minister-Counsellor Juha Niemi presented the the Insignia of the Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland to the outgoing Executive Director Clas Bystedt, after which the members enjoyed a buffet dinner hosted by Juha Niemi, when a lot of active discussions took place between the members.

Images from the event
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About to start the assembly, Masaoki Fujita and Erik Ullner checking time.
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FCCJ President Masaoki Fujita opens the meeting, assisted by incoming Executive Director Antti Kunnas.
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Erik Ullner, EBC Executive Operating Board member and treasurer, explains the plans for the new EBC.
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Timo Varhama proposes chairman and secretary for the assembly.
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The auditors for fiscal year 2018, Yuko Ota and Akaki Kuumeri, read the auditors' statement.
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Yuko Ota, MOS Tax Corporation, had to stand up once more - as newly elected board member.
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The second new board member, Yoshihiko Onishi, Wartsila Japan Ltd., introduces himself.
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The board members gather for a short meeting to elect President, Vice Presidents and Treasurer.
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The Official Board Photo.
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Minister-Counsellor Juha Niemi wishes welcome to the Embassy.
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Minister-Counsellor Juha Niemi.
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FCCJ President Masaoki Fujita reports from the board meeting and his re-election and introduces the new Executive Director, Antti Kunnas.
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Minister-Counsellor Juha Niemi presented the the Insignia of the Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland to the outgoing Executive Director Clas Bystedt.
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FCCJ President Masaoki Fujita with Clas Bystedt.
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Finally time for some food!
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The buffet table from the other end.
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Robert Hirst and Ulrich Kirchhoff happy with their food selection.
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Akaki Kuumari, Mikko Koivistoinen and Mika Kouhia enjoying the food.
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The smoked salmon was popular, to the extent that Masaoki Fijuta had to take a photo.
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Mika Mäkinen and Isamu Maeda remembering the (good...) old times.
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Jussi Salmela explaining someting surprising to Akiko Ando. Waitress don't want to get involved...
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Board member Tatsunosuke Tominaga and Vice President Hiroaki Nagahara enjoying the wines.
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Katsumi Kitamura greeting Erik Ullner while Atsushi Ueda is looking on.
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First time participants Takuya Takasawa and Manabu Mimbuta of Enevo Japan.
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Shinji Ushiro, Kazuhiro Yanai and Hirokuni Yoshida with FCCJ President Masaoki Fujita.
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One of the most senior members and former FCCJ President and newly elected Auditor, Timo Varhama, with the newest member, Mika Lindroos.
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Shigeyoshi Noto, Takeshi Yokoyama, Yoshinori Sano, outgoing Executive Director Clas Bystedt and retiring assistant Yoko Marukawa (not retiring as his wife...).
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Board member Ami Wiljanen, Vice President Hiroaki Nagahara with Katsumi Kitamura.
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Colleagues at UPM almost 20 years ago, Akiko Ando and Minister-Counsellor Juha Niemi.
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New board member Yoshihiko Onishi discussing with FCCJ Vice President Veli Solehmainen.
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One for the road; Shigeyoshi Noto and Takeshi Yokoyama.
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