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  ISSUE 25/2012 3 October 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Last weekend was exciting for those interested in golf. On Friday we played the 10th Anniversary Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup, a team competition between the North American and European chambers and Friday through Sunday the Ryder Cup, team competition between USA and Europe was played in the U.S. The victories were shared, North America won at our event (read more below) and the Ryder Cup by the Europeans.

Regrettably we also have to share some bad news with you. FCCJ Board of Trustees member and the great supporter of FCCJ, Finland Village and Finland, Mr. Isao Nishimura passed away on 24 September at the age of 73. He will be deeply missed by all of us. We will have his obituary in our next issue of FCCJ News.

Friday 28 September - North America- Europe Golf Challenge :
The North American Team takes the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup!

The North American Team won the 10th Anniversary Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup played on Friday, 28 September at Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture. The North Americans scored 74.09 versus Europe's 74.89, counted on the average of the 80% best net scores.

Played in nice and warn weather, the tournament attracted 133 players, 68 for the North American team, 65 for the European Team, including 9 representing FCCJ..

The individual winner was Masao Tetsuya (NA) with a net 60.4 (gross 86), second Adam Rider (NA), net 69.7, gross 91 and third Hiroyuki Hosoda (NA), net 69.8, gross 94. Robert Melson (NA) had the best gross score, 73, followed by Glen Sugimoto (NA), 74 and Dean Rogers (NA), 77.

For more about the event, click link at right!

Thursday, 18 October - Networking event organized by the French Chamber
European Chambers Cocktail Party

Mix and Mingle with the German, British, French, Finish, Swiss, Austrian, Belgian, Swedish and Japanese business people! A delightful evening awaits you on 18 October with the 3rd edition of our Annual European Chambers Cocktail Party.

Come prepared with your business cards: meet new contacts, develop business leads and catch up with friends and business partners! The evening will feature drinks, hors d'oeuvres and networking to celebrate the second semester of the year.

European Chambers are looking forward to welcoming you and your friends so be sure to reply and confirm your attendance! More than 200 guests joined last year.

Organized by CCIFJ (French). Co-organized by European Chambers in Japan: DIHKJ (German), BCCJ (British), FCCJ (Finish), ABC (Austrian), BLCCJ (Belgian-Luxembourg), SCCIJ (Swiss) and SCCJ (Swedish). With the kind support of European Business Council in Japan (EBC).

Date & Time:Thursday, 18 October, 18.30-21:00
Venue: Hyatt Regency Tokyo , Crystal room [MAP}
Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 9,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 21 October
(Cancellation after this date or no show will be fully charged)

To sign-up, click link at right!
Coming Events

Most of our events for the rest of the year have been fixed.
  • Wed. 14 November: FCCJ Luncheon Meeting,
    Speaker: Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman and Representative Director, Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central)
  • Fri. 30 November: Stora Enso Cup - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
  • Fri. 7 December: Scandinavian Christmas Party at Westin Tokyo Hotel
Please mark the dates in your calendar, We will also have a Christmas Luncheon Meeting at the Embassy in the middle of December but date has not been fixed yet.
Detail information on coming events will follow in my bulletins.

Production of Year 2012 White Paper Sponsorship and Orders

We are requesting EBC members and friends to sponsor the publication as "Blue- Star Sponsors", "Special Sponsors" or "Sponsors" in return for visible acknowledgment in the 2 volumes (English and Japanese). All levels of company sponsors will have their logo or name (depending on the level of sponsorship) placed on the EBC website for 12 months.

The EBC is also taking orders for the white papers at 5,000 yen for one set (1 English and 1 Japanese version per set). The names of companies placing advance orders will also be listed as "Supporters" in the report and website as this visible support is important in authenticating and establishing credibility of the report as mentioned above.

We would appreciate your response as soon as possible to enable us to move ahead with production of the report. As always, we look forward to receiving your highly valued support of the white paper.

For details, click link at right.

News from Finland

Katainen and Hollande discuss financial transaction tax

The tax proposed by France and Germany the previous week was one of the topics discussed during Katainenfs visit to Paris on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and France's President Francois Hollande also talked about how to develop the eurozone, the European economic and financial union, as well as EU internal markets.

"I told President Hollande that the financial transaction tax advocated by France, among others, was a sensitive issue in Finland. Small movements here could cause banks to relocate their operations outside Finland, leading to increased unemployment among bank employees," Katainen said in Paris.

The two countries also agreed on a joint statement supporting more involved internal digital markets within the EU, to be sent to the EU Commission and other member states.

"We hope Brussels comes up with new, concrete proposals, which will also help Finnish innovations and brain work take flight within the EU," Katainen said.

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, 12 individual and one special member.