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  ISSUE 27/2013 5 December 2013   
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The social highlight for the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Ball held on Friday, 13 December at Westin Tokyo Hotel. Don't miss out on this great event, already held for the 21st time. We still have seats available but you need to sign up soon. The official registration dead-line is tomorrow Friday, but we can also accept registrations early next week.
Read more below!

Tomorrow is Finland's Independence Day so wish all Finns and friends of Finland, especially my readers in Finland who have the day off, a happy independence!

Friday, 13 December - The Social Highlight of the Year for the Nordic Chambers

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Ball, is this year held on Friday, 13 December at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel.

This is the 21st event and the ball committee has worked on an exciting program with great food and drinks. Don't miss out on this opportunity to join one of the best balls in town for a very reasonable cost, taking into account what it includes!

Registrations for the event
If you have not yet signed up, please do so soon. We still have seats available but you need to sign up by tomorrow Friday!,

Sponsor Recruiting
We are still also accepting sponsors and advertisers for the party. Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable as it has been throughout the years, for a reasonable cost of participation.

To sign-up as participant or sponsor, click link at right.

Winter Banquet from Finland - A Finnish Top Chef in Town

For three weeks starting the 3rd of December, Finnish internationally engaged top chef Petteri Luoto will serve a full course dinner at Down the Stairs, from Tuesday through Saturday, culminating on Sunday, 22 December, with a special Christmas dinner.

Each week Mr. Luoto will develop a unique theme. The restaurant, which is located in Aoyama, has a capacity of just 10-12 seats so itfs easy to book it just for your group.

For more about Petteri Luoto, click here!
Reservations only.

  • 1st week: Tue. 3 December - Sat. 7 December: One Year 'round Finland
  • 2nd week: Tue. 10 December - Sat. 14 December: Tokyo Casual Dinner
  • 3rd week: Tue. 17 December - Sat. 21 December: Tokyo Christmas on a Plate

  • Final Evening Sunday, 22 December: Special Christmas Dinner

  • For more information, click link at right!

    News from Finland

    Five reasons why the Finnish economy is bogged down

    Past recessions have come and gone, so why does it seem that the Finnish economy is now bouncing back so slowly? Experts interviewed by Yle see five main factors that are hindering growth.

    1. Exports markets still suffering
    The global economy continues to feel the effects of the financial crisis that struck in 2008.
    The United States has yet to make a recovery and economies in Finland's immediate surroundings in Europe are only creeping forward. When trading partners suffer, exports suffer. In addition, key Finnish exports are investment goods such as machinery and wood products.

    2. Faltering domestic demand
    The poor state of the economy, unemployment, and regular news of companies downsizing personnel have made the Finns cautious consumers.

    3. Loss of industrial footing
    The electronics sector driven by Nokia has all but gone flat. The country's wood processing industry is in deep trouble. The paper industry's share of GNP has slowly declined for the past decade.

    4. Aging population
    The post-war baby boom in Finland was bigger than in other European countries. Larger segments of the population are now retiring earlier than elsewhere in Europe. The population of Europe continues to expand while it started to go into decline in Finland in 2010.

    5. Poor competitiveness
    Wages and salaries in Finland are still around 10 percent higher than in its main trading partners. Major pay rises were contracted just before the downswing in the economy and before the worst effects of the 2008 international financial crisis hit. Even though the level of wages is not exceptionally high, and recent pay package increases were small, it still weakens the nation's competitive position because of lower levels of the volume of production.

    Grin of the Week

    Ever happened to you?

    The man approached the very beautiful woman in the large supermarket and asked, "You know, I've lost my wife here in the supermarket. Can you talk to me for a couple of minutes?"


    "Because every time I talk to a a beautiful woman my wife appears out of nowhere."
    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.