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  ISSUE 9/2011 6 April 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

After many cancelled events in March due to the Japan disaster, the foreign chambers in Japan are doing their best to get the businesses back on normal tracks.

This month we have four events which should offer something for everyone. Read more about these below. We also start the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey on Tuesday next week (12 April) and this time we have several questions related to the disaster and its aftermath. It will be interesting to see how the foreign businesses reacted to the current situation and what they think about the future.

But now to this week's issues.

  Monday, 11 April - Members Only
FCCJ Annual General Assembly The 12th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held as originally planned at the

Embassy of Finland on

Monday, 11 April, 2011 at 17.00

The Assembly will handle matters according to Article 9 in the Articles of Association of the FCCJ.

Dinner at 18:00
After the Assembly we will have a dinner hosted by Ambassador Jari Gustafsson. At the dinner we will discuss the current issues relating to the disaster.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member.
If you would like to attend, please click link at right, at latest tomorrow Thursday!
To check who has registered, click HERE!

Thursday, 21 April - Joint European Luncheon by the Austrian Business Council
New EU Ambassador Hans Dietmar Schweissgut

This event, originally planned for 24 March has been re-scheduled for Thursday, 21 April.
Austrian Business Council organizes in cooperation with the Chambers of Commerce of Belgium-Luxembourg, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland a luncheon with Mr. Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, the new EU Ambassador to Japan, as the guest speaker.

In his speech Mr. Schweisgut will address:
  • issues related to the Japan disaster
  • issues of the future EU-Japan cooperation
  • cooperation of the EU delegation with the EBC
  • relevance of business topics for the Delegation's activities

    Date & Time:Thursday, 21 April, 12.00-14:00
    Venue: The Westin Tokyo Hotel, Kaede Room  MAP
    Cost: 6,500 yen (members), 7,500 yen (others) - collected at the door
    Registration:by Monday, 18 April

    Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, the former Ambassador of Austria to the European Union, who previously had been Austria's ambassador to Japan, is the new Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Japan.

    Mr Schweisgut assumes his post at a pivotal time in EU-Japan relations, where one of the most pressing tasks on the agenda is to map out a new bilateral framework that will succeed the Action Plan for EU-Japan Cooperation, which entered into force in 2001 and is set to expire later this year.

    If you would like to attend, please click link at right: Note that even if you registered for the original event, please re-register now.

    Friday, 22 April - Stora Enso Cup
    Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Spring 2011

    The 18th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup, is played as planned. on Friday, 22 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.. At the same time we also play the FCCJ Cup for FCCJ members and the SCCJ Spring Cup fro SCCJ members.

    We have as of now about 15 players signed up from FCCJ, so if the Swedish Chamber cancels, we might play it as our own event. So if you are interested and have not yet sign-up, do so. And if you have signed up and have changed your mind, or have an opinion on if we should play or not, mail me!

    The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture. First tee-off is at 8:42 and the cost is 18,510 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

    For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
    Wednesday, 27 April - Joint Nordic Business Luncheon organized by SCCJ
    Mr. Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO of the SAS Group

    The new President and CEO of the SAS Group, Mr. Rickard Gustafson, will visit Japan in the end of April and the SCCJ is inviting other Nordic Chambers to a business luncheon as follows:
    Date & Time:Wednesday, 27 April, 12.30-14:00
    Venue: Happo-En, Grace Room  MAP
    Cost: 6,000 yen (members), 8,000 yen (others) - collected at the door
    Registration:Tuesday, 19 April

    Rickard Gustafson joined the SAS Group on February 1st, 2011 as President and CEO. He was born in 1964 in Stockholm and has a Master in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linkoping Institute of Technology, Sweden.

    In 1989 Rickard joined Andersen Consulting with a primary focus within the financial services and consumer products industries. After seven years in the consulting business he decided in 1996 to join GE Capital in Stockholm. During his 10 years within GE, Rickard gained solid experience from several senior GE Capital leadership positions, both in Europe and the US. In early 2006 he left GE to join the Codan insurance group,

    If you would like to attend, please click link at right: Note that even if you registered for the original event, please re-register now.

    From the EBC - Japan Times Special Feature for EU DAY

    There will be special EU supplement in Monday May 9 issue of the Japan Times to mark the annual anniversary of the signing of the Schuman Declaration on May 9, 1950. The Japan Times special EU supplement will include an article on EBC Chairman and the potential for articles from committees if the members support the special feature through advertising.

    Please note in the attached material, that the Japan Times will be donating 15% of all advertising revenue from this special EU feature to the Japan Red Cross in support of the disaster relief effort.

    As in the past, the EBC fully supports the efforts of The Japan Times in this endeavour and wishes the project every success. You may be contacted by Japan Times personnel and we encourage you to extend to them 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, especially during this extremely difficult post-disaster period.

    Please click link at right for more detailed information from the Japan Times.
    Friday, 22 April
    Government Procurement Seminar for Fiscal Year 2011

    The Government Procurement Seminar for Fiscal Year 2011 is scheduled to be held on Friday, 22 April, 10:00 - 15:00 at Mita Kaigisho (2-1-8, Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo).

    Click links at right for more information on the seminar. If you wish to attend, please contact Mrs. Tomomi Mizuno of the Government Procurement Seminar Secretariat, tel. 03-5549-6914, fax. 03-5549-3201 before Friday, 15 April.
    News from Finland

    Clerical workers' strike to shut down factories

    Finnish forestry giant UPM-Kymmene predicted on Tuesday that the clerical workers walkout scheduled for Wednesday is quickly to lead to paper factories shutting down.

    According to the company, factories may need to be shut down within a few days of the walkouts beginning, and even conservative estimates place damages at millions of euros.

    Labour union Pro announced earlier the same day that the paper industry clerical workers' strike would be going ahead, as no agreement was reached in Mondays' negotiations.

    The walkouts over wage disagreements is scheduled to last two weeks from Wednesday and is directed towards the majority of UPM's operations in Finland.

    The Finnish Forestry Industries Federation also commented on the strike criticising it for pushing for benefits for the entire industry but directing the strike at just one company.

  • 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.