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  ISSUE 17/2009 5 August, 2009  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Although for those in Japan, the o'bon holiday season is still ahead, I guess most of my Finnish and other foreign readers have had their summer vacation and are back in business. For you, I hope the holiday was a good one.

We have started a new column called "Aoyama View" at our web site. The columnist is one of the founding members, a previous President of FCCJ and a "senior statesman" in the Finnish business community in Japan. He has lived and worked in Japan for over 20 years and earns his daily bread doing some serious paper business on Aoyama dori. Click banner at right to read the first column titled "Japan politics: revolution on August 30?"

  Tuesday, 25 August
FCCJ Club Evening at Moomin Bakery & Cafe

We start the autumn season with a Club Evening on Tuesday, 25 August. at the Moomin Bakery & Cafe in Tokyo Dome City La Qua, Korakuen. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by Finnish style food and drinks!
We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

This will also be an occasion for us to say thank you and sayonara to Ambassador Jorma Julin who will leave Japan at the end of August.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 25 August, 19:00-21:00
Place: Moomin Bakery & Cafe
Tokyo Dome City, LaQua 1F, 1-1-1, Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-Members: 4,500 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and light buffet
Registration:by Friday, 21 August

More about Moomin Bakery & Café:

Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

If you like to attend, please click link below.
To check who has already registered, click HERE!!
Thursday, 27 August
The Nordic Job Board Information Evening

As you are well aware, The Nordic Job Board which has recently been launched jointly with FCCJ, DCCJ and SCCJ. Read more below about the Job board further down.

To know about the project in detail, we are pleased to provide you with an opportunity to get a presentation by GPlusMedia K.K. on Thursday, August 27th at 18:30 at the Auditorium, Embassy of Sweden.

Anyone interested in this, is most welcome to attend the presentation meeting:

Date:     Thursday, 27 August
Time:     18:30 - 20:00 (Presentation by GPlusMedia K.K. followed by Q&A and networking)
Cost:      2,000 yen (for facility, refreshment and sandwiches)

To register, please click link at right.

About the Nordic Job Board
We are pleased to inform you that the Joint Nordic Job Board, a joint project by the Finnish, Swedish and Danish Chambers, has been opened.

The job board is run by GPlusMedia KK, a Tokyo-based Internet company that has operated the Ecentral job site of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) for six years, and it has now expanded its reach through a wide network of Chambers of Commerce in Japan.

Ecentral is Japan's leading job site targeting bi-lingual Japanese and foreign internationally minded professionals. Throughout its 6-year history, more than 35,000 candidates have chosen Ecentral to further their careers with top-tier companies.

As a corporate member of FCCJ you get one free posting per year for a one-month period (value 105,000 yen).

For details, see enclosed documents (links below):
1. the Ecentral double posting system document
2. the Corporate member plans rate card
3. the Ecentral price list

To visit the Job Board, please go to:

For more information, please contact Ecentral, tel. 03-5403-7782, email:
Concert: Tokyo Symphony Orchestra - FINLAND-JAPAN 90

To commemorate the 90th annniversary of the diplomatic relation between Japan and Finland, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Naoto Otomo will perform an all Sibelius programme. The highlight of the concert will be Japan premier of the original version for Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, which Sibelius composed before the 7th Symphony.

The music will be performed by Finnish renowned soloists, Juntunen (soprano), Koskela (mezzosoprano), Hostikka(tenor) and Salomaa (baritone), and Japanese soloist Ohtsuka (baritone). Tokyo Symphony Chorus will join the orchestra.

Tokyo Symphony Orchestra will go to Niigata and perform same programme on September 6.

Click links at right for details.
American Chamber Event
Summer Weekend Golf Get-a-way in Niseko, Hokkaido

The ACCJ Golf Subcommittee invites you to get away from the stress and the city with a weekend break golfing in Niseko, Hokkaido. The package includes 2 nights accommodation in the self-catered Suiboku apartments, airport transfers, transfers to and from the courses and 2 rounds of golf at Niseko Village Golf Course and Niseko Golf Course. The renowned Abucha Izakaya is located in the ground floor of the Suiboku building and Paddy McGinty's Irish bar is just across the road. The perfect 19th hole! "All of this for 21,000 yen per person!" This event is being held in collaboration with multiple chambers, providing attendees an opportunity to meet members of other foreign chambers.

DATE: Friday, August 21, evening departure (after work) from Haneda to Hokkaido's Chitose Int.;
Rounds on Saturday 8/22 and Sunday 8/23 with return to Tokyo/Haneda on Sunday evening

VENUES: Hilton's Niseko Village Course (18 holes) & the Arnold Palmer Niseko G.C. (18 holes)
ACCOMMODATION: Suiboku (2 nights)
For more details, please see: <>

Golfers of all levels welcome, so mark your calendar and bring friends!

COST**: 2 nights accommodation + 2 rounds of golf including transfers in Hokkaido just 21,000 yen - thanks to Niseko Management Service - plus your flights at appox. 44,600 yen round-trip with Skymark Airlines (22,300 yen one-way *or less* if you book soon)



For more details, please click links at right.
JFTC Essay Competition 2009

The Japan Foreign Trade Council (JFTC) is involved in a wide range of activities with the objective of contributing to the prosperity of Japanese economy and the development of international society through trade. Most importantly, JFTC functions to develop a consensus within the business community regarding various trade-related problems, and actively presents specific proposals to the government and related organizations for the solution of such problems. JFTC has been highly lauded in various quarters for its past achievements.

JFTC is sponsoring JFTC Essay Competition 2009 to encourage students, young researchers and business people to express their opinions on matters of national and international importance.

One Grand Prize of 1,000,000 yen and three Prizes for Excellence of 200,000 yen each will be awarded. In addition, the award-winners will be provided with a round trip air-ticket to Tokyo, Japan to attend the award ceremony to be held on January 8, 2010.

The subject of the essay is:
"How Should Global Capitalism be Corrected - Japan's Role and Mission"

Click link at right for details.

News from Finland

UPM-Kymmene posts EUR 26 mln pretax loss in second quarter

Finnish wood-processing group UPM-Kymmene on Tuesday reported a 26 million euro pretax loss in the second quarter, down from a 115 million euro profit in the year-ago period. However, the second quarter result improved compared to the first quarter pretax loss of 136 million euros.

Jussi Pesonen, UPM's chief executive, said the outlook remained cautious.
"Contraction of economic activity seems to have slowed and demand for our products is stabilising. In Paper, there is also some improvement in order intake. However, recession continues to have an impact on the demand for our products. Therefore, temporary production curtailments will continue", Mr Pesonen said.

Grin of the Week

Perhaps no need to worry about that...

A young soldier was making his first parachute jump.

The corporal explained the procedure "You count to ten and pull the first ripcord. If the chute doesn't open, pull the second. That should do it. Then, after you land, there'll be a truck waiting to pick you up."

The soldier checked his gear and jumped out of the plane. He counted to ten and pulled the ripcord.
The chute failed to open.
He pulled the second ripcord and the chute still didn't open. As he plummeted downward, he said, "I'll bet that goddamn truck won't be there either!"
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, 15 individual and one special member.