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  ISSUE 31/2011 1 December 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Going into December I guess everyone is busy with "bonenkai" (year-end) parties in Japan and "pikkujoulu" (little Christmas) celebrations in Finland. Both are similar occasions in the sense that they include a fair amount of drinking, although the brands may vary...

To combine the best of both worlds you should join the Scandinavian Christmas Party held on Friday, 9 December. The official registration dead-line for the party is tomorrow, Friday! In case you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, do it soon!
Read more below.

Report from luncheon with JP Takala, Nokia Siemens Networks Japan

At our November luncheon meeting on on Tuesday the 29th, JP Takala, Head of R&D at Nokia Siemens Networks Japan Corp. gave us an insight in NSN business globally and in Japan, especially focusing on its new strategy recently brought up. The theme of Mr. Takala's presentation was "Putting Mobile Broadband and Services at the hearth of our strategies". The three pillars of new strategies are Focus, Innovation and Quality.

NSN is the global leader in mobile broadband, it is currently no. 3 in Japan, and interestingly, Japan is one of the most important markets for the company.

At the end of his presentation JP also explained about their actions immediately after the 3/11 disaster, when a large number of their base-stations were either damaged or completely been swept away.

For a report from the meeting, please click link at right.

Friday, 9 December
The 19th Scandinavian Christmas Party

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, is this year held on Friday, 9 December at the The Westin Tokyo Hotel.

To sign-up as participants and/or sponsor go to the web site for the party. To secure your seat(s), register now, the official registration dead-line is tomorrw Friday!

We are still recruiting more sponsors for the party. 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.

As an added bonus for Gold and Silver sponsors who reserve full tables we will put your logo sign on your table (instead of table number).

News from Finland

Finnish consumer and business confidence remains weak

Statistics Finland said in a statement Monday that its consumer confidence indicator had scored +1.5 points in November versus +1.3 points the month before and +20.8 points in the year-ago period.

The long-term average of the indicator is +13.1. points.

The Confederation of Industries said in a separate statement that its business confidence indicator had fallen to -10 points in November from a revised October figure of -7 points.

Grin of the Week

How kids interpret things

When the schoolbus driver stopped to pick up little five year old Chris for preschool, he noticed an older woman hugging him as he left the house.

"Is that your grandmother?" I asked Chris when he boarded.

"Yes," Chris said. "She's come to visit us for Christmas." "How nice," I said. "Where does she live?"

"At the airport," Chris replied. "Whenever we want her we just go out there and get her."
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.