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  ISSUE 14/2013 3 June 2013  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

As summer is closing in, we have only one own event left before the holiday break, the luncheon meeting with Toshiba Corporation's CEO Norio Sasaki, read more below.

Our autumn season starts off in same style with great fun as in the three previous years, a Yakatabune Cruise on Thursday, 29 August. Thanks to our sponsors, the fee is reasonable and the event has a proper name, Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Cruise.
More information in my coming bulletins, but mark the date in your calendar now!
If you are not familiar with the intricacies of the Japanese language and wonder what the numbers stand for in the name of the cruise - Japanese numbers can be read in many different ways. This fact is often used to e.g. make free-dial numbers easy to remember. So the numbers in Finnair's code can be read "yo-i-koo-kuu", which means "nice/great airline" and in Honka's code "yo-i-ro-gu", i.e. "nice/great log(s)".

Please note that we will be out of the country from tomorrow afternoon until Sunday so the office will be closed then. I will read my emails intermittently, so of you e.g. register for the luncheon event, please allow for some delay in my confirmation.

Monday, 17 June - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Mr. Norio Sasaki, President & CEO, Toshiba Corporation

Our next regular luncheon meeting will be held on Monday, 17 June when we have a prominent Japanese business leader, Mr. Norio Sasaki, President & CEO, Toshiba Corporation, as our guest speaker. The tentative title of Mr. Sasaki's presentation is: "Toshiba's Contribution to Finland's Energy Challenge".

Date & Time:Monday, 17 June , 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace, South Wing 12F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 13 June

About Norio Sasaki
Mr. Sasaki was born in 1949 in Tokyo and graduated from the faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Waseda University in March 1972.

Norio Sasaki's background is in power systems and nuclear generation. He joined Toshiba Corporation’s Nuclear Plant Design and Engineering Department, Nuclear Energy Division, in April 1972, when nuclear power generation was still in its infancy in Japan. Over the course of his career, Mr. Sasaki has made significant contributions to the development of the Japanese nuclear power generation industry. He played major roles in the purchase of leading U.S. nuclear power company Westinghouse Electric in 2006.

From June 2007 to June 2009 Mr. Sasaki oversaw Toshiba Group's overall infrastructure business, a broad range of operations that includes power generation systems, transmission and distribution systems, transportation systems, elevators and escalators, water treatment systems, and medical systems.

In June 2009, Mr. Sasaki was appointed Director, Representative Executive Officer, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Toshiba Corporation.

In January 2013, Mr. Sasaki was appointed as a member of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, headed by the prime minister. Together with the Headquarters for Japan's Economic Revival, the council will play a leading role in the government's economic policy.

About Toshiba
Toshiba is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning information & communications systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems, including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.3 trillion yen (US$63 billion).

If you would like to attend, please click link below. We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Friday, 14 June and "no-shows".
To see who has already signed up, click here.

Wednesday, 19 June - BLCCJ Event
Delighting Customers in Japan XII
Japan is recognised as one of the most challenging markets in the world. Whether you are a new arrival, an “old timer”, or somewhere in between, you have the opportunity to benefit from the experiences of others who have succeeded in the 3rd largest economy in the world.

The Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan is pleased to invite you to “Delighting Customers in Japan XII”. This event is now 12 years strong and we have enjoyed many fascinating and inspiring stories about the challenges of succeeding in this perplexing market.

For the 12th edition of this event, we are again very pleased to welcome 4 distinguished speakers who will share with us their strategies, experiences and insights regarding their businesses in Japan: Mr. Bruce Goodwin, President & Representative Director, Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K..; Mr. Hideki Matsubara, President and Representative Director, Miele Japan Corp.; Mr. Philippe Jardin, Japan Country Manager, Fauchon K.K.; and Mr. Rudie Filon, Counsellor, Head of Press, Public and Cultural Affairs, Delegation of the European Union in Japan

Date & Time:Wednesday, 19 June , 17.30-20:30
Venue: Oakwood Premier Tokyo Midtown, Residents’ Lounge [MAP]
Cost:Members 5,000 yen, Guests 6,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 14 June
The seminar will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session, and by a networking cocktail from 19:30 onwards.

Please click link at right for more information and to register, directly to BLCCJ.

News from Finland

Finnish exports down one-tenth in March
Finnish companies exported just over 4.5 billion euros worth of goods in March, more than 10 percent less than the same period one year earlier.

Exports were down in almost all major sectors apart from energy products, Finnish customs revealed in its monthly reckoning of foreign trade activity. Declines in communications equipment, machinery, vehicles and metals were mainly responsible for dragging down the value of exports.

Exports in March were altogether down 12 percent on the previous year. And in 2012, exports between January and March had declined by four percent compared to the first quarter of 2011.

Customs officials say that the value of exports fell to 4.6 billion euros, not because prices were lower, but because volumes dropped. Exports to EU countries in March were down 13 percent, and declined 11 percent outside the EU.

Imports in March also declined 11 percent on the same period last year to reach 4.9 billion euros. The value of imported goods fell mostly because fewer products were bought from overseas.

At the end of March Finland had a trade deficit of 234 million euros, compared to 182 million at the end of March last year.

Grin of the Week

Not the moment to ponder about your response

An American man and his wife on vacation in the Middle-East were approached by an Arab salesman carrying belts.
After an impassioned sales talk yielded no results, he asked where they were from.

"America," the husband replied.
Looking at her dark hair and olive skin, the Arab responded. "She's not from the States."

"Yes I am." said the wife. He looked at her and asked. "Is he your husband?"
"Yes." she replied.

Turning to the husband, he offered..... "I'll give you 100 camels for her." The husband looked stunned, and there was a long silence. Finally he replied, "she's not for sale."

After the salesman left, the somewhat indignant wife asked her husband what took him so long to answer, to which the husband replied, "I was trying to figure out how to get 100 camels back home."
Have a good week and
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.