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  ISSUE 22/2013 1 October 2013 2013  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We had a very well attended and interesting luncheon meeting last week Wednesday with the new Finnair CEO, Pekka Vauramo. This was organized in cooperation with the other Nordic chambers. Read more about the event below.

We play the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup, the golf challenge between European and North American chambers, on Friday. The event is fully booked with 148 players. But if you missed out on this, you have another chance at the Stora Enso Cup (competition between FCCJ and SCCJ) on Friday, 22 November. More below.

Even though it is still some time to Christmas, it is time to start planning for the social highlight of the Nordic chambers in Japan, the Christmas extravaganza which this year has been renamed Scandinavian Christmas Ball. Find out more below!

Our semi-retired papers salesman Timo Varhama, shuttling between Tokyo and Karuizawa, has written a new contribution in his column Aoyama View titled "Boats, birds, airplanes and movies ".
Click banner at right for interesting reading!

Report from the Nordic Luncheon Meeting with Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo

At the Joint Nordic Luncheon Meeting meeting on Wednesday, 25 September, which FCCJ organized in cooperation with four other Nordic chambers, we had again a prominent guest speaker, the CEO of Finnair, Pekka Vauramo.

The theme of Mr. Vauramo's presentation was Finnair's Asia strategy: future steps. He pointed out the huge importance of the decision to start the Tokyo route in 1983, which was then considered as a big risk and it took several years for the route to become profitable but it paved the way for future expansion in Japan and subsequently in other parts of Asia. The Asian market is now second to Finnair, only the domestic Finnish market is bigger. Mr. Vauramo stated that without the success in Asia, Finnair would today be a completely different, much, much smaller company.

The meeting, held at Grand Hyatt Tokyo, was attended by 49 members and guest from four Nordic Chambers, FCCJ, SCCJ, DCCJ and NCCJ.

For a report from the luncheon, click links at right

Friday, 22 April - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Autumn 2013

The 23rd Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 22 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..

The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture, which has been the venue for the event four times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:24 and the cost is 17,500 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Friday, 13 December - The Social Highlight of the Year for the Nordic Chambers

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Ball, is this year held on Friday, 13 December at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel.

This is the 21st event and the party committee is working on an exciting program with great food and drinks. Don't miss out on this opportunity to join one of the best parties in town for a very reasonable cost, taking into account what it includes!

Registration Open!
The registration for the party has now been opened. Please sign up soon to secure your seats! Sign-ups are on a first-come, first serve basis, although sponsors are guaranteed seats (Gold and Silver sponsors can reserve full tables).

Sponsor Recruiting
Currently we are recruiting sponsors and advertisers for the party. To get maximum benefit and exposure for your contribution, sign up soon. Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable as it has been throughout the years, for a reasonable cost of participation.

To sign-up as participant or sponsor, click link at right.

Saturday 5 - Wednesday 9 October
Finland Film Festival 2013

The Finland Film Festival celebrates its 5th anniversary this year.
The program includes five movies.

” Road North iTie Pohjoiseenj@
    Directed by Mika Kaurismäki (110min.^2012^digital)

” Miss Blue Jeans iMiss Farkku-Suomij@
    Directed by Matti Kinnunen (89min./2012/digital)

” 21 Ways to Ruin A Marriage i21 Tapaa Pilata Avioliitto@j
    Directed by Johanna Vuoksenmaa (89min.^2013^digital)

” The Disciple iLärjungenj
    Directed by Ulrika Bengts (89min./2013/digital)

” Things We Do for Love iKaikella Rakkaudellaj
    Directed by Matti Iäs (95min/2013/digital)

Tickets: 1,500 yen
All films have original Finnish audio and are subtitled in Japanese.
Venue: TOHO Cinemas Roppongi, Tokyo

Please click link at right for more information and schedule.
JMEC Business Training Program
JMEC 20 Information Sessions

The JMEC 20 Program is gaining momentum as we have had over 80 bright and energetic attendees at our information sessions and applications are rolling in.

A reminder that if you or someone you know someone who can benefit from the program, please join us tomorrow;
Thursday, October 2nd @ 19:00-21:00

Our next session will be:
Thursday, October 10th @ 19:00-21:00

Sessions are held at the offices of Entrepreneur Group for Growing Japan (EGG) at the Shin Marunouchi Building 10F.

In addition to information on the JMEC 20 program, drinks are served at each session. Attendance is free of charge, but we kindly ask people to register in advance on the registrations links provided below.

Please click link at right for more information.
News from Finland

Marimekko ends cooperation with designer Kristina Isola

On the heels of the ongoing Marimekko plagiarism scandal, the Finnish design firm has announced that it will no longer work with Isola.

Marimekko announced today that it will no longer work with designer Kristina Isola, who in May admitted to copying her "Forest Dwellers" print directly from a work by Ukrainian artist Maria Primatshenko.

In May, it was revealed that Isola had copied her "Forest Dwellers" print directly from a work by Ukrainian artist Maria Primatshenko.

Following futher copying allegations against other Marimekko designers, CEO Mika Ihamuotila announced today that the company will no longer work with Isola.

Grin of the Week

The price you pay for indiscretion

A man has six children and is very proud of his achievement. He is so proud of himself that he starts calling his wife "Mother of Six" in spite of her objections.

One night they go to a party. The man decides that it's time to go home, and wants to find out if his wife is ready to leave as well. He shouts at the top of his voice, "Shall we go home, Mother of Six?"

His wife, irritated by her husband's lack of discretion shouts back, "Anytime you're ready, Father of Four!"
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.