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  ISSUE 8/2014 3 April 2014  
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We had a good Annual General Assembly on Tuesday, attended by a record number of members. No dramatic changes, business as usual as Marko Saarelainen now became the longest serving FCCJ President, starting his 6th term at the helm of the chamber.
Read more about the assembly below.

This is the last reminder for the Stora Enso Cup, our golf event with the Swedish chamber, on Friday, 11 April. If you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, please do so before tomorrow (Friday) evening. Details below!

Also in our April calendar is a Joint European Chamber Networking event with the new EBC Chairman Danny Risberg on Wed. 23 April at 19:00. More about this also below.

We have also a new column in "Aoyama View", this time its covers a wide array of recent events from lost air planes to whaling verdicts, foreign politics, consumer concerns, deregulation and Tokyo development for 2020, not forgetting some colorful scandals.
Click banner at right for another great read!

 
Report from the FCCJ Annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The fifteenth FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Tuesday, 1 April at the Embassy of Finland attended by 46 chamber members and members of its Board of Trustees.


The assembly approved the activity and fiscal reports for the fiscal year 2013 ending 31 March and approved activity plans and budget for the new fiscal year starting 1 April.

After the assembly, Ambassador Manu Virtamo hosted a buffet dinner. During the dinner a lot of active discussions took place between the members.

For more about the general assembly, click links at right!

Friday, 11 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Spring 2014

The 22nd Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - is played on Friday, 11 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..
At the same time we also play the FCCJ Cup for FCCJ members and the SCCJ Spring Cup for SCCJ members.

The venue this time is Golf Club Narita Hightree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 9:12 and the cost is 16,500 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.

Wednesday, 23 April -Joint EBC Chambers Networking Event organized by CLIC:
EBC and the Fourth Arrow

At the joint European Chambers' Networking event we will have Mr. Danny Risberg, the newly elected Chairman of the European Business Council in Japan (EBC) as our speaker. Mr. Risberg will outline the EBC and its work and explain some of the key challenges identified by the EBC in its recent report on the Japanese business environment. He will also comment on the current negotiations towards an EU-Japan Free Trade agreement.

Details:
Date & Time:Wednesday, 23 April, 19:00 - 21:00
Venue:Oakwood Premier, Tokyo Midtown
Cost:Members 5,000 yen, non-members 7,000 yen
- including buffet and one drink + sake donated by
  Daishichi Sake Brewery
- additional drinks at 500 yen from cash bar
Registrations:by Wednesday, 16 April

About Danny Risberg

Mr. Danny Risberg, CEO of Philips Electronics Japan, Ltd., has been elected Chairman of the European Business Council in Japan (EBC). Mr. Risberg has assumed the position on February 13, 2014. Chosen to lead the EBC from 2014 through 2016, Mr Risberg brings unique experience and an in-depth understanding of Japan following a long, exceptionally successful career in Japan. Mr. Risberg has worked in Japan as a senior executive for Philips Electronics for many years.
He has a long history with the EBC, having made significant contributions to the EBC as the organisation's Vice-Chairman and as a member of the EBC Board of Governors. Mr. Risberg has also served for several years as the Chairman of the EBC Medical Equipment Committee.

For more about the event and to register, click link at right.


13 - 16 May 2014 in Helsinki and St. Petersburg
Japan-Finland Business Forum 2014
- Finland as a centre of Europe and gateway to Russia -

Team Finland, the Embassy of Japan in Finland and JETRO St. Petersburg are organizing the Japan-Finland Business Forum 2014.

The booming Russian market, as well as the dynamic Northern Europe region, offers great potential for Japanese companies and investors. Finland, with the European Union's longest border with Russia, is located perfectly in this region. With long experience of doing business with Russia - particularly the north-western part of the country, including St. Petersburg - and having valuable insight, knowledge and knowhow, Finland can serve as a "gateway" or a "partner" for Japanese companies planning to enter this growing market.

This business forum will include a business seminar in Helsinki and a fact-finding mission in St. Petersburg. In addition, you will have a chance to get in touch with and build networks with Finnish and Russian companies and regional entities who have interest in future cooperation with Japanese companies.

Click links at right for more information and the registration form.

News from Finland

Solidium: Metso in good shape as independent firm

The Finnish state's investment company Solidium is not looking to sell or reduce its stake in Metso despite interest from the Scottish firm Weir. Solidium Managing Director Kari Jarvinen told Yle that Metso is a good company that has good prospects as an independent entity.

The Finnish engineering firm has undergone reorganization and lay-offs in recent years as it struggled with the difficult economic climate. The Finnish state owns 11 percent of the company through the Solidium holding company and is not keen to sell.

"At the moment there is no information about what kind of possible indications from Weir might be," said Jarvinen. "As such I can say that Metso is a good and very interesting company, it is well managed and it has good future prospects as an independent firm."

Metso confirmed on Tuesday that it had received an unsolicited approach from Weir regarding a possible takeover bid.

Grin of the Week

Dishonest John

A lawyer returns to his parked BMW to find the headlights broken and considerable damage. There's no sign of the offending vehicle but he's relieved to see that there's a note stuck under the windshield wiper.

"Sorry. I just backed into your Beemer. The witnesses who saw the accident are nodding and smiling at me because they think I'm leaving my name, address and other particulars. But I'm not."
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
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.