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  ISSUE 27/2014 4 December 2014  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We had a nice "recreation day" with the Swedish Chamber last Friday, hitting some small balls at the foot of Mt. Fuji... the 25th Stora Enso Cup. This time the Swedish Chamber came on top, deservedly, after the FCCJ had claimed victory in the five previous events. Read more below!

This is the last reminder for the Scandinavian Christmas Ball on Friday, 12 December. Now it is time to sign-up, in case you have not done so already. Registration dead-line is tomorrow Friday!
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Report from the SCCJ-FCCJ Golf Challenge on Friday, 28 November
SCCJ wins back the Stora Enso Cup!

The 25th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 28 November at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka Prefecture. The event was played quite nice autumn weather, with just a bit drizzle of rain in the afternoon, and with nice colors and Mt. Fuji visible close-by on several every holes in the morning.

33 players participated in the competition (18 from FCCJ, 15 from SCCJ), including four guests. Notable was that 23 of the players were Japanese.

After the Finnish Chamber had won the event five times in a row, the Swedish Chamber got now a sweet revenge, beating the FCCJ by a clear margin, 2.3 strokes, 78.1 versus 80.4 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ still has five more wins than the SCCJ, 15 against 10.

For a full report from the event, click link at right!

Christmas Events in Japan

There is a wide variety of Christmas themed events around Japan this month, most of them with a Scandinavian and/or Finnish touch. The Embassy of Finland web site has an excellent list of these (both in English and Japanese) so if you want to get into a Christmas mood, click links below.

News from Finland

Finnair to acquire eight additional Airbus A350 passenger planes

National carrier Finnair will utilise its option to buy eight Airbus A350 XWB passenger planes. The option to purchase the planes was included in an A350 sales order made in 2006.

The aircraft will start to arrive in Finland in the second half of 2015, with the sale bringing the number of Finnair Airbus A350 machines up to 19.

Finnair's long-haul fleet currently consists of seven Airbus A340 aircraft and eight Airbus A330 aircraft.

CEO Pekka Vauramo says the new Airbus A350s are integral to the implementation of Finnair's strategy regarding Asian routes.

"They [the Airbus A350 aircraft] will enable the significant growth of passenger and cargo traffic, offering passengers a superior travel experience and improving our cost competitiveness significantly," Vauramo says in a Finnair press release.

As Part of the deal, Finnair will sell four of its Airbus A340-300 aircraft back to Airbus in 2016 and 2017.

Grin of the Week

What might happen if you do Christmas shopping early....

It was Christmas and the judge was in a merry mood as he asked the prisoner, "What are you charged with?"

"Doing my Christmas shopping early," replied the defendant.
"That's no offence," said the judge.

"It is if you do it before the shops are open," countered the prosecutor.
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.