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  ISSUE 6/2008 6 March, 2008  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The date of our Annual General Assembly has now been confirmed to Thursday 3 April, starting at 17:00 at the Embassy of Finland. After the annual meeting proceedings we will have a dinner hosted by H.E. Ambassador Jorma Julin were members have the opportunity to discuss with our Board of Trustees members.

Invitations will be sent out to our members next week (the Annual General Assembly is a member only event).

Thursday, 13 March
FCCJ Club Evening at Moomin Bakery & Café

Our next Club Evening will be held at the Moomin Bakery & Café in Tokyo Dome City La Qua, Korakuen on Thursday, 13 March.

Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere! See details below.

Date & Time: Thursday, 13 March, 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 Monday 10 March

More about Moomin Bakery & Café: http://www.benelic.com/moomin_bc/main.html

We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse! 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 would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right!
To check who has registered, click HERE!
Friday, 11 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge 2008

The 12th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday 11 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K. Members of the Finnish Chamber will also play for the FCCJ Cup and the Swedish Chamber for their Spring Golf Cup.

This year we have a new venue; Taiheiyo Club Ichihara Course, which has been venue for Descente Classic Munsingwear Cup 2005 and many other Japan Pro Tour events.

Date & Time:Friday, 11 April 2008 (start from no. 1 and 10, first tee-off at 10:02)
Venue: Taiheiyo Club Ichihara Course
151 Okuno, Ichihara-shi, Chiba 290-0513 MAP
Cost:15,925 yen (incl. green fee, lunch with one drink and party after play) to be settled directly to the club
Registration:by Friday, 5 April, by enclosed form or mailing  mailing me 
(note: remember to give your HCP)
NOTE: we have 48 slots so sign up early, first come, first served.

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map, click link below.
Japan Times - Europe Day Special Feature

As usual, there will be special issue of the Japan Times to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Schuman Declaration on May 9, 1950. This date is regarded as the starting point of European integration and is highly significant for all Europeans. The Japan Times Special feature will include an article on EBC Chairman and articles from committees if the members support the special feature through advertising.

As in the past, the European Business Council in Japan (EBC) fully supports the efforts of The Japan Times in this endeavour and wishes the project every success. We earnestly encourage you to extend to the Japan Times, any cooperation and support possible, including the placement of an advertisement that will ensure the success of this project. We highly recommend this project as a means of demonstrating the EBC's commitment to a closer and collaborative relationship with Japan.

You will find more detailed information from the Japan Times linked below.
News from Finland

Allianz/Lisbon Council study ranks Finland first among 14 EU economies

Finland has enjoyed the most success among the European Union's 14 biggest economies in fulfilling the goals set out in the Lisbon agenda, German bancassurer Allianz and Brussels-based thinktank Lisbon Council said in a study on Monday.

The Lisbon agenda is a bundle of economic criteria deemed by the EU as decisive for success in the 21st century.

The other countries included in the study were Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Grins of the week

Respectfully Cheating

Jack and Betty are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.
"Betty, I was wondering -- have you ever cheated on me?"

"Oh Jack, why would you ask such a question now? You don't want to ask that question..."

"Yes, Betty, I really want to know. Please."

"Well, all right. Yes, 3 times."

"Three? When were they?"

"Well, Jack, remember when you were 35 years old and you really wanted to start the business on your own and no bank would give you a loan? Remember how one day the bank president himself came over to the house and signed the loan papers, no questions asked?"

"Oh, Betty, you did that for me! I respect you even more than ever, that you would do such a thing for me! So, when was number 2?"

"Well, Jack, remember when you had that last heart attack and you were needing that very tricky operation, and no surgeon would touch you? Remember how Dr. DeBakey came all the way up here, to do the surgery himself, and then you were in good shape again?"

"I can't believe it! Betty, I love that you should do such a thing for me, to save my life! I couldn't have a more wonderful wife. When was number 3?"

"Well, Jack, remember a few years ago, when you really wanted to be president of the golf club and you were 17 votes short?"

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 600 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, 16 individual and one special member.