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  ISSUE 18/2010 1 September 2010  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Going into September let's hope that we would get some cooler weather...
This summer has been extraordinary hot, during my 22 years in Japan haven't experienced anything like it before, more than two months constantly with temperatures around 35, and only very few days (2...3) with some rain. Heard that this has been the hottest summer in Tokyo since 1947 (wasn't here then...)

But despite the hot weather, we are in full swing, 55 of us enjoying a Yakatabune cruise last Thursday (read more below), and hopefully many of you would grasp the occasion to network with other European businesses in Japan at the Joint European Cocktail party at Ritz-Carlton on Tuesday, 14 September (for more, read second item below).

Our Japan veteran in Finnish business on Aoyama dori. although being busy doubling as Frank Sinatra at our Yakatabune cruise, has taken time to make a new contribution in the column "Aoyama View", this time titled "Summer fun ends, autumn troubles wait". Click banner at right to read the column!

  Report from the Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Yakatabune Cruise

The Chamber strated off the Autumn season in style and with some great fun with the Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Thursday, 26 August.

We had chartered our own Yakatabune boat which departed from at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise we enjoyed great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" .

The event was sold out with 55 participants and made affordable by the support of our sponsors, Finnair and Honka Japan.

For a lot of pictures from the event, click link at right.

Tuesday, 14 September - Joint Event organized by the French Chamber
European Chambers Cocktail Party at The Ritz-Carlton

A delightful evening awaits you at Ritz-Carlton! This prestigious venue will host the premiére European Chambers cocktails for an "after summer party".

Come prepared with your business cards: meet new contacts, develop business leads and catch up with friends and business partners! The evening will feature drinks, hors d'oeuvres and networking to celebrate the rentrée.

European Chambers would like to thank Mazars Japan for it generous donation for the wine served at this event.

Organized by CCIFJ (French), in cooperation with ABC (Austrian), BCCJ (British), BLCCJ (Belgian-Luxembourg), DCCJ (Danish), DIHKJ (German), FCCJ (Finish), IJCC (Irish), ICCJ (Italian), NCCJ (Dutch),, SCCIJ (Swiss) and SCCJ (Swedish). With the kind support of European Business Council in Japan.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 14 September , 18.30-21:00
Place: The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, 2F Ballroom [MAP}
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
Registration:first dead-line Monday, 6 September
(Cancellation after this date or no show will be fully charged)

European Chambers are looking forward to welcoming you and your friends so be sure to reply and confirm your attendance by clicking link at right!

Friday, 1 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2010

The 8th Annual North America-Europe Golf Challenge - now renamed the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup - will be played on Friday 1 October at the same venue in previous years, Atsugi Kokusai C.C. As always we expect to have approximately 72 players on both teams.

Registration for players
If you plan to participate in the event and have not yet signed-up, please do so soon to ensure your slot. Registration dead-line is Friday, 17 September.
The participation fees are same as last year, i.e. a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,000 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, for a total of 24,000 yen

Sponsoring the event
If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Sponsors who sign up now will have the additional benefit of getting an almost full one year exposure on the web site (until we open the 2011 site). For more details, see the web site.

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
Thursday, 16 September - Invitation to Seminar on Promotion of Foreign Investment
ACCESS TO SUCCESS - Doing Business from Kobe

JETRO Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, City of Kobe, the Hyogo Economic Development Center and Kobe City Industrial Promotion Foundation will organize "Promotion Seminar to invite Foreign-Affiliated Companies" on Thursday, 16 September, 16:30-19:30, at JETRO in Tokyo.

In this seminar, they introduce the superior working and living environment in Hyogo-Kobe area and our support menu to help your business. Also companies with experience in Hyogo-Kobe will give a testimonial speech.

A reception will follow the seminar which will also provide you an opportunity to discuss questions with our speakers and also to meet and exchange information with other participants.

For more information and registration form, click link at right.

Finland Feature in Pretty Style Magazine

Pretty Style Magazine December issue has a special Finland feature and the magazine are looking for potential advertisers. The magazine is printed on Finnish paper, that's one reason why we promote it...

The 20 page feature will include Helsinki and Lapland, Nordic Design, Aurora & Santa Claus. Pretty Style is targeting young women, i.e. exactly the type who are interested in Finland travel and slow lifestyle products.

For more information and advertising rates, please click link at right.
Sorry, all information in Japanese only.

News from Finland

June import and export value up by a quarter

The Finnish National Board of Customs on Tuesday reported that the value of both exports and imports has increased by a quarter in June, compared to figures from the previous year.

Exports increased to 4.7 billion euros while imports increased to 4.4 billion.

The metal and forestry industries boosted exports, even though figures in the electricity and electronics industries continued to fall.

The value of metal industry products exported rose by 42 per cent compared to the corresponding period one year ago.

Crude oil and metals, in addition to the basic chemical industry products caused imports to increase. Compared to last year, the number of imported cars also increased.

Sweden has become Finland's most important export country while Russia has become the most important import country.

Grin of the Week

One way to break the bad news

Some of the most tactful people on Earth are English. One office supervisor called a secretary in to give her the bad news that she was being fired. He started the conversation with:
"Miss Smythe, I really don't know how we're going to get along without you, but starting Monday, we're going to try.
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 62 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.