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  ISSUE 16/2010 5 August 2010  
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Hope you have had a nice summer break! Of course, some might still be relaxing on a cool beach somewhere, or as in the case of many Japanese, take their holiday this month during the o'bon.

The FCCJ office has also had a brief holiday but now we are back to pace, planning for our activities for the rest of the year, read more about those below!

Also the the Japan veteran in Finnish business on Aoyama dori is back from his holiday and in full swing selling paper. But he has found time for a new contribution in the column "Aoyama View" at our web site. This time the column is titled "Summer musings". Click banner at right to read the column!

  Thursday, 26 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Cruise

To start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the first and only Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Thursday, 26 August 2010!

We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashim dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style. A Yakatabune Cruise is a memorable experience as such, but we promise to have some additional attractions onboard, including lotteries from our sponsors for a lot of nice prices!

Date & Time:Thursday, 26 August , 18.30-21:00
Embarkation: Funayado Amisei, 2-1-26, Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:first dead-line Friday, 16 July

We have already 48 sign-ups, but we have a few slots left as the maximum capacity is 55.
For more information and registration form for the event, click link at right.

Tuesday, 14 September - Joint Event organized by the French Chamber
European Chambers Cocktail Party at The Ritz-Carlton

A delightful evening awaits you at Ritz-Carlton! This prestigious venue will host the premiére European Chambers cocktails for an "after summer 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 rentrée.

European Chambers would like to thank Mazars Japan for it generous donation for the wine served at this event.

Organized by CCIFJ (French), in cooperation with ABC (Austrian), BCCJ (British), BLCCJ (Belgian-Luxembourg), DCCJ (Danish), DIHKJ (German), FCCJ (Finish), IJCC (Irish), ICCJ (Italian), NCCJ (Dutch),, SCCIJ (Swiss) and SCCJ (Swedish). With the kind support of European Business Council in Japan.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 14 September , 18.30-21:00
Embarkation: The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, 2F Ballroom [MAP}
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
Registration:first dead-line Monday, 6 September
(Cancellation after this date or no show will be fully charged)

European Chambers are looking forward to welcoming you and your friends so be sure to reply and confirm your attendance by clicking link at right!

Coming Events

Most of our events for the rest of this calendar year have already been scheduled. In addition to those listed below, we still have plans to organize a luncheon meeting early November and the traditional Christmas Luncheon second week of December.

Wed. 29 September FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace
Theme: Silver Market in Japan
Speakers: Dr. Florian Kohlbacher, Head of Business and Economics Section, German Institute for Japanese Studies and Jutta Immanen-Pöyry, Head of R&D Unit, Sendai-Finland Wellbeing Center
Fri. 1 October Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup
The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Venue: Atsugi Kokusai C.C., Kanagawa Pref.
Cost: 24,000 yen
More >>
Thu. 21 October Joint Nordic Business Seminar
Organzied by the SCCJ

Time: 18:15 - 20:30
Venue: Auditorium, Embassy of Sweden
Speaker: Former Toyota Motor Executive Vice President, Yoshio Ishizaka
Fri, 19 November The 17th Stora Enso Cup
The SCCJ - FCCJ Golf Challenge
Venue: T.B.C
Cost: ca 18,000 yen
Friday, 3 December Scandinavian Christmas Party
Time: 18:30 -24:00
Venue: HAPPO-EN, Shirogane
Cost: 18,000 yen
More >>

For more information, click links at right!

News from Finland

Foreign labour divides Finnish parties -STT poll

Finnish parties are sharply divided over whether the country needs foreign labour over the next few years, a Finnish News Agency (STT) poll revealed on Wednesday.

The Social Democrats and the National Coalition party told STT that foreign labour was needed during the next legislative period but added that the amount of workers to be admitted depended on economic cycles.

By contrast, the Christian Democrats, the Left Alliance and the True Finns said Finland did not need to draw in foreign workers during the next legislative term.

Out of the major parties, the Centre party, the Green League and the Swedish People's party adopted the most careful line by saying that the need for foreign labour hinged on the economic situation.

Under Finland's current Aliens Act jobcentres are under an obligation to look into the supply of labour within Finland before recruiting abroad.

Grin of the Week

Smart Little Johnny

Little Johnny's kindergarten class was on a field trip to their local police station where they saw pictures, tacked to a bulletin board, of the 10 most wanted criminals. Johnny pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person.
"Yes," said the policeman. "The detectives want very badly to capture him."

Little Johnny asked, "Why didn't you keep him when you took his picture?"
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.