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  ISSUE 18/2014 2 September 2014  
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We started our autumn season with our traditional Yakatabune Cruise last Friday. The 75 participants thoroughly enjoyed the event with plenty of good food, free-flowing drinks some interactive program and nice views of Tokyo at night. Read more below!

The following event is held on Thursday, 18 September in the evening at Nokia in Roppongi Hills when JP Takala is talking about the "New Nokia", read more below. Note that number of participants is limited and more than half of the seats are already taken so sign up soon if you plan to attend and have not yet signed up!

Although it is still a pretty long time to Christmas, please mark in your calendar Friday, 12 December when the Scandinavian Christmas Ball is held. We will start taking registrations already next week and will have more information in my next bulletin. But if you want to know already now what it is all about, go to the Christmas Ball web site.

Our columnist Timo Varhama, shuttling between Tokyo and Karuizawa has again provided us with a new column of "Aoyama View". This time titled: Bad News and Panic in the Park, Putin Planes over Moomin Island? .

Click banner for an excellent update on recent events in Japan and the rest of the world!

Friday 29 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Cruise

Friday 29 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event The Chamber started off the autumn season in style and with some great fun with the 4th Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday 29, August.

Also this year we had a big Yakatabune boat. It departed from Asakusabashi touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise we enjoyed a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style. New this year was karaoke performances from many of the participants, the best of which got nice prizes.

The event attracted 75 participants and made affordable by the support of our sponsors, Finnair and Honka Japan.

Please click links at right for a report with a lot of images!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Our next event will be held in the evening of Thursday, 18 September when Mr. JP Takala, VP of Japan Region, Nokia Networks, NOKIA, will speak about the "New NOKIA". After his presentation we will have a networking cocktail at the NOKIA premises in Roppongi Hills Mori Tower.

Date & Time:Thursday, 18 September , 18:30-21:00
Venue: NOKIA, Nokia Networks, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 25F
Cost:members only - free (courtesy of NOKIA)
Registration:by Monday, 15 September

NOKIA is a leader in the fields of network infrastructure, location-based services and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, and with operations around the world, NOKIA invests in the technologies of the future.

Today, NOKIA has three businesses: Nokia Networks, its network infrastructure business; HERE, its location intelligence business; and Nokia Technologies, which is focused on technology development and intellectual property rights activities. Through these businesses, NOKIA has a global presence, employing around 55,000 people.

Until recently, NOKIA also was a key participant in the mobile devices market through its Devices & Services business. In September 2013, NOKIA announced an agreement with Microsoft whereby it would sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft. The transaction was completed on April 25, 2014.

To register, click link at right. Note that due to space limitations this is a member-only event and we have to limit to two representative per company/organization.

Friday, 10 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2014

The 12th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2014, will be played on Friday, 10 October, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force is working hard to make this event as successful as previous years' events. While are playing at the same Club, this year we have a change and will play half of the East Course (9 holes-same as before) and half of the West Course (the second 9-holes), as the East Course's back 9 are under re-construction.

Also this year we will have an After-Party, free for all players with their significant other at the Mercedes-Benz Connection near Tokyo Midtown on Thursday, 16 October at 19:00.

The participation fees are a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,700 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, for a total of 24,700 yen. Note that bus transportation is free for the 40 first to sign-up for it.

Sponsoring the event
If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Your contribution could be either money or goods/services. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services).

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
FCCJ News - August 2014

The August issue of our printed newsletter "fccj news has been mailed to our members.

This issue contains stories about the The Prince Villa Karuizawa by Honka, the Finnish decoration received by our board member Yoshinori Sano, presentation of new members as well as an interesting article from our President Marko Saarelainen in the "from the boardroom" column titled: "Back in Japan - is Japan back?". It also has information about the Scandinavian Christmas Ball as well as our event calendar for the reminder of 2014.

Please click link at right for a pdf version of the newsletter.
News from Finland

Researcher: Finland faces mass unemployment

The autumn will be even bleaker than the summer in terms of unemployment, according to employment experts. Firms are no longer simply putting employees on furlough, but are more eager to terminate their agreements outright. One researcher says that the situation can now be described as mass unemployment.

Springtime economic news seemed to show signs of improvement, as export markets saw an upward turn and employment figures looked hopeful for the first time in years.

But autumn is now to bring with it a new bout of bleakness in the job market.

"Looking at all these recent employer-employee chats and the slow-down in economic growth, I'm sorry to say that we have a very difficult autumn ahead of us," says CEO Pasi Holm from Pellervo Economic Research PTT. "The number of employed will decrease and unemployment will rise."

Major Finnish companies like Itella, Fazer, VTT, Sanoma, Valio, DNA and the Radiation and Nuclear Sagety Authority (STUK) have all announced recent layoffs or codetermination talks.

Grin of the Week

Bad Driver?

A truck driver stopped at a roadside diner for lunch and ordered a cheeseburger, coffee and a slice of apple pie. As he was about to eat, three bikers walked in.

One grabbed the trucker's cheeseburger and took a huge bite from it. The second one drank the trucker's coffee, and the third wolfed down his apple pie. The truck driver didn't say a word as he paid the waitress and left.

As the waitress walked up, one of the motorcyclists growled, "He ain't much of a man, is he?"

"He's not much of a driver, either," the waitress replied. "He just backed his 18-wheeler over three motorcycles.".
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.