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  ISSUE 9/2012 4 April 2012  
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Despite very stormy weather, the FCCJ Annual General Assembly went ahead yesterday as planned, although the number of participants naturally decreased. Read more below.

In this bulletin I also have the last reminder for the EBC/Joint Chamber Sustainable Development Conference on Tuesday, 10 April. Sign up latest tomorrow if you plan to attend, details below.

Report from the 13th FCCJ General Assembly

The thirteenth FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Tuesday, 3 April at the Embassy of Finland attended by 35 chamber members and members of its Board of Trustees. Due to the anticipated strong spring storm, there were a large number of late cancellations.

Re-elected FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen greets the members after the assembly.

Three new board members were elected, Yasuyuki Oda, Kone Japan, Marko Salonen, Finpro/Finland Trade Center and JP Takala, Nokia Siemens Networks Japan Corp..

After the assembly proceedings, Ambassador Jari Gustafsson hosted a buffet dinner with a lot of active discussions between the members.

For more about the general assembly and many images, click links at right.

Tuesday, 10 April - EBC/Joint Chamber Sustainable Development Conference
"The End of Business as We Know it"
Perspectives on Sustainable Development

You are invited to a special joint chamber event designed to help us all make the shift to a sustainable world. When it comes to creating a sustainable economy, failure cannot be an option - not least for future generations. But how to build a consensus, whilst ensuring that all players, including our businesses, thrive in this new, more sustainable world?

This inaugural conference, organised by the EBC, will highlight the challenges in such critical areas as energy, food, and resources, and will offer ideas, solutions and inspiration for best managing this critical juncture. Companies, NGOs and governments all have a role to play in building a better world, and in removing any barriers to this goal.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 10 April, 14.00-19:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Akebono Room (Main Bldg. 1F) MAP
Cost: 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 5 April

Paul Roberts, author of The End of Oil and The End of Food, Taro Kono, M.P., House of Representatives, LDP, and Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, Ambassador of the EU to Japan, head a lineup of distinguished speakers who will cover many key areas that will determine the outlook for business and people's quality of life in the future.

Join this inaugural Sustainable Development Conference, organised by the European Business Council in Japan (EBC), in collaboration with other foreign chambers of commerce in Japan.

For more information and registration form, click link at right

Friday, 20 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Spring 2012

The 20th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup, is played as planned. on Friday, 20 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 is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture. First tee-off is at 8:35 and the cost is 18,500 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.
Tuesday, 17 April - Joint Chambers of Commerce Event organized by the CCCJ:
Managing the Media in a Crisis

The CCCJ has arranged for media training specialist David Wagner to deliver a thought-provoking session on what companies need to bear in mind when a crisis hits.

Issues only become crises when the media get involved - and the media have enormous power to affect the outcome of the crisis and the future of your business. Favorable media coverage can trigger positive actions among customers, investors, employees and other stakeholders. Negative exposure can inflict damage that takes years to reverse.

How can you turn the power of the media to your own advantage in a time of crisis?

In this highly interactive session, Mr. Wagner will draw on lessons from decades of experience in training executives to deal with the media in Japan. Simulating a mini-crisis, the session will highlight the importance of proper preparation and delivering media messages clearly and concisely. Video clips will be used to show how messages can alter perceptions, with positive and/or negative results.

Please join us for what promises to be a highly entertaining as well as instructive experience.

Following the seminar from 20:00 - 22:00, the CCCJ has arranged for a networking reception to be held at Roppongi Hills Club on the 51st floor, which will include a delicious spread of fine foods, all-you-can-drink beverages and a beautiful view of the Tokyo skyline to network over.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 17 April, 18:30 - 22:00
(Seminar:18:30 - 19:45, Post-Seminar Networking: 20:00 - 22:00: Networking)
Venue: Seminar - TMI Associates, 23rd Floor Roppongi Hills Mori Tower [MAP]
Post-Seminar - Roppongi Hills Club [MAP]
Cost:Members: 8,000 yen, Guests: 9,000 yen (incl. post-seminar networking event)
Seminar only: Members: 2,000 yen, Guests: 3,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 13 April

Important Security Information:
Due to security restrictions, non-registered guests will not be granted access. Please ensure you have confirmation of your/your guestfs registration. Upon arriving at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, please visit the temporary CCCJ registration desk (to the left of the main security counter) to pick up your name tag and pass, which you are required to keep with you until exiting the building.

To register, directly with the CCCJ, please click link at right.

SISU Magazine to be issued again

The "SISU" Magazine was published annually from 2000 to 2005 with the aim of appealing Finnish Business to Japanese Society. According to the requests from many people, it is going to be revived in 2012.

"SISU" is a cooperative project by the Embassy of Finland, Finpro, FCCJ and Silver Stone JP. It covers various aspects of Finland, such as History, Culture, Education, Welfare, Politics, Economy, Industry, and Tourism. By introducing the background of Finland, it aims at elevate the Image of Finnish Companies in Japan.

The completed magazine will not only be sold in the major bookstores nationwide, but also distributed for free to Japanese Prime Minister, Ministers, Local Governors, and Japan Business Federation. According to the topics, it's also to be distributed to the organizations specialized on each field.

We believe it will be a useful promotion tool of Finland to Japan, at the same time your kind support is strongly appreciated.

For more information, contact Ms. Wei Liang at Silver Stone, email or go to their web site or click links at right for the content plans.

The Embassy of Finland, Tokyo received Timanttiteko award for its work

The Embassy of Finland, Tokyo was granted Timanttiteko award for its rapid action during the crisis following the earthquake in Japan. The justifications for the award mention particularly the embassy's innovative use of social media for crisis communication and reaching the hundreds of Finns who were in the emergency areas. The award was presented during the VIRVE Day event (VIRVE authority network) on Tuesday, 20 March.

According to the award jury, the Embassy of Finland, Tokyo performed its tasks in line with advancing the strategy of securing the vital functions of society and required by a long-term crisis situation in an exemplary fashion. Provision of assistance to Finnish citizens and dissemination of information was launched immediately after the earthquake.

"Our embassies operate with limited resources and under a great pressure. The award shows that the Embassy in Tokyo succeeded in helping the Finns and ensuring efficient communications in a difficult situation. Lessons have been learned from every crisis and on the basis of those we develop our operations further," Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja commented.

Counsellor Johanna Kotkajärvi from the Embassy of Tokyo says that the embassy employees are very flattered for the recognition. "All those who participated in the management of the crisis deserve thanks, since in successful crisis management and communications the key factor is seamless cooperation between various actors both in Japan and Finland." According to Kotkajärvi, the Tokyo managements of the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation TEKES and The Finnish Institute in Japan played an important role in understanding the crisis situation. They opened up an opportunity for cooperation with experts in nuclear energy and seismology that was of great importance.

News from Finland

Foreigners' welfare benefits under scrutiny

An increasing number of foreigners are applying for public welfare assistance in Finland. Last year 5,800 foreign citizens in Helsinki alone received income support to help make ends meet.

With 1,100 beneficiaries, Estonians make up the largest foreign group on welfare. Under Finnish law, residence permits can be denied if applicants rely on public assistance for permanent income, but in practice permits are rarely turned down on such grounds. At the moment, social workers are not allowed to notify the Finnish Immigration Service or the police if a foreigner receives income support.

The city of Helsinki has asked the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health to deliver clear guidelines on the matter.

Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen is meanwhile calling for a legislative change that would provide immigration officials with names of foreigners who are repeat welfare recipients.

Grin of the Week

Flying to Frankfurt

The following is supposedly a true story, albeit very old....

The German controllers at Frankfurt Airport were a short-tempered lot. They not only expected you to know your parking location but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement another flight listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground and a British Airways 747 (radio call Speedbird 206) after landing.

Speedbird 206: "Good morning Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of the active."
Ground: "Good Morning, taxi to your gate." The British Airways 747 pulls onto the main taxiway and stops.

Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"
Speedbird 206: "Stand by, ground, I'm looking up the gate location now."

Ground (impatiently): "Speedbird 206, have you never flown to Frankfurt before?"
Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, in 1944. But I didn't stop".
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.