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  ISSUE 4/2013 1 February 2013  
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Already into February and finally a bit warmer weather finally in Tokyo.
Some notes before the weekend; we have still slots available for our Diet Tour and lunch with Marutei Tsurunen on 22 February, so sign up unless you have not done so already. But before that, on the 14th, our sister Nordic Chambers organize a Business Luncheon with SAS Executive Vice President Eivind Roald to which they have also invited FCCJ members.
Read more about those events below.

We are working on our event in March and will soon fix the date for the Annual General Assembly held early April. But one coming event that is already fixed is the Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between FCCJ and SCCJ. It will be held on Friday, 19 April at a new venue, G.C. Narita Hightree in Chiba. So if you are a golfer, mark this in your calendar!

Friday, 22 February - FCCJ Special Event
Tour of the Diet and Lunch with Marutei Tsurunen

In February we have a rather exclusive event, a visit and tour of the Japanese Parliament (Diet), including a lunch with Mr. Marutei Tsurunen, Member of the House of Counsillors

We will first have a lunch at the Councillors office building where Mr. Tsurunen will brief us on the parliament and current issues. After the lunch we will have the tour of the Diet which takes about 60 minutes.

Note that we will meet up at 11:45 in the lobby of the Diet members' building (Giin-kaikan), see map.

Date & Time: Friday, 22 February, 11:45-14:00
Place: The Diet, Members' office building (Sangiin Giin-kaikan)
2-1-1, Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members: 3,000 yen, non-members: 4,000 yen
Registration:by Monday 18 February

Please note that we will collect the fee at the venue and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right. Note that we can take 32 persons, so sign up soon! To check who has already registered, click here.

Thursday, 14 Febnuary - Joint Scandinavian Chamber Event
Business Luncheon with SAS Executive Vice President Eivind Roald

The Swedish, Danish and Norwegian Chambers of Commerce in Japan organize jointly a Business Luncheon with SAS Executive Vice President Eivind Roald and invite FCCJ members to this event. The theme of his presentation is
"How to strengthen SAS brand through innovation".

Learning from experience. Learn first-hand experience from Mr. Eivind Roald how SAS found itself in an increasingly fierce Scandinavian market. Especially in Norway, SAS is forced to compete on terms given by the Low Cost Carriers bringing prices down to an unrealistic, and for SAS, a non-sustainable level. Listen to how competition and crisis are bringing forth changes and innovation which today is driving the airline towards gaining back the competitive edge over its competitors.

Bringing in outside innovation. Taking up the position as EVP Sales & Marketing in April 2012, Mr. Roald with his extensive background from outside of the aviation industry will share his view on SAS, the challenges ahead and his ideas on what is needed to keep SAS ahead of the competitors.

Date & Time: Thursday, 14 February, 12:00-14:00
Place: Tokyo American Club, Manhattan 3 Room
2-1-2, Azabudai Minato, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:5,000 yen (paid at the door)
Registration:by Monday 11 February

For more information and registration (directly to the Norwegian Chamber), click link below.

Team Finland In Japan

The Team Finland network promotes Finland's external economic relations and country brand, the internationalisation of Finnish companies as well as foreign investment directed at Finland. Its aim is to intensify cooperation between Finnish players in these sectors.

The core of the Team Finland network consists of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Culture, as well as the publicly funded organisations and overseas networks whose performance they oversee. The Team Finland network is steered by the Government. More than 70 local teams around the world handle its activities abroad.

Fundamental changes in the global economy have led to a situation in which the well-being of Finns depends ever more strongly on matters outside Finland's borders. We must be able to influence the operating environment abroad, and to support the making of choices abroad that are advantageous to us. We can accomplish this best through cooperation.

For more information from the Embassy's web site, click link at right.

News from Finland

CEO Mika Vehviläinen to leave Finnair

Finnair CEO Mika Vehviläinen has announced he will resign from Finnair as of February 28 to become the CEO of Cargotec.

"It has been a great experience to head Finnair and to take part in the enormous transformation that the aviation business is currently undergoing. I have enjoyed leading the change at Finnair and I have had the privilege to work with an excellent team - even if there have been some tough moments as well. Together with the entire Finnair team, during the past three years we have managed to implement several changes, some of them difficult, and improve Finnair's competitiveness. I believe now is a good time to leave Finnair in the hands of my future successor. The company is heading towards a positive financial result and we are in a better position to build the kind of Finnair that upcoming major investments require," says Mika Vehviläinen.

Finnair Board of Directors has appointed Ville Iho, Chief Operating Officer of Finnair, to be deputy CEO and lead Finnair until the new CEO has been appointed. Mr. Iho has a broad and long experience at Finnair, having worked in the company since 1998 and in the executive board since 2009. Finnair Board of Directors has already started the search for the CEO.

Grin of the Week

How the "fairy tale" stories begin...

A little girl asked her father; "Daddy? Do all Fairy Tales begin with Once Upon A Time?"

He replied; "No, there is a whole series of Fairy Tales that begin with 'If Elected I promise...'"
Have a great weekend and
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 650 recipients among its members and related organizations.

FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchange between Japan and Finland and has today 64 corporate members, 12 individual and one special member.