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  ISSUE 10/2010 6 May 2010  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Hope you had a nice and relaxing Golden Week holiday!

A quick reminder right after the holidays regarding the FCIJ Business Confidence Survey presentation luncheon on Thursday, 13 May.

The registration dead-line is tomorrow Friday! For details and to sign-up, see below!

Thursday, 13 May - Joint Foreign Chamber Luncheon
FCIJ Business Confidence Survey Presentation with Richard Jerram

Join us to see the results of the most recent Business Confidence Survey (Spring 2010) conducted by the Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ). After lunch we are delighted to present Richard Jerram who will give us his analysis and commentary on the results.

Richard Jerram is Head of Asian Economics for Macquarie Capital Securities. He has been analyzing the region for more than two decades, with a specialization on Japan, initially in Tokyo during the late 1980s bubble, followed by a period working and studying for a doctorate in London, then returning to Japan in 1996.

Richard has a BSc from University College London and an MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics. He is also a CFA charter holder.

See details below.

Date & Time:Thursday, 13 May, 12:00-14:00
Venue: Shangri-La hotel Tokyo, Ballroom (27F)    MAP
Cost:Members: 6,500 yen, others: 8,000 yen, including the full survey report
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday, 7 May

About the Survey
The Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) Business Confidence Survey has become a widely accepted bi-annual barometer for the sentiments of foreign business leaders in Japan, their views on the Japanese economy, and their own business performance.

Since the survey's inception in the Spring of 2002, the results have been a valuable tool not only for chambers and related embassies to assess the business climate, but also for the business and research community at large.

Thursday, 20 May - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
The Finnish Institute in Japan and HIRAMEKI Design X Finland

The themes for our luncheon meeting on Thursday, 20 May are "The Finnish Institute in Japan" and
"HIRAMEKI Design X Finland"

We will have four speakers: Heikki Mäkipää, Director and Aarne Toivonen, Culture and Communications Manager, Finnish Institute in Japan as well as Sirpa Fourastie and Hanna Punnonen, Project Managers at Design Forum Finland.

See details below.

Date & Time:Thursday, 20 May , 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Atlantic Room (Main Bldg. 1F) MAP
Cost:6,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday, 18 May

About HIRAMEKI Design X Finland
HIRAMEKI Design X Finland showcases the current phenomena of new Finnish design matched with evergreen classics during the Tokyo Designers Week in the autumn 2010. The venue of the exhibition is Living Design Center Ozone located in the Shinjuku area.

The Hirameki export promotion platform aims at delivering a current and wide perspective of Finnish design to the Japanese audience, opening new business opportunities for Finnish companies and designers as well as creating and strengthening long-term Finnish-Japanese co-operation.

Hirameki targets the Japanese industry, consumers and general public as well as Finnish and Japanese culture and business media.

Hirameki is produced by Design Forum Finland in collaboration with Living Design Center Ozone and the Finnish Institute in Japan.

News from Finland

Finnish food industry strike begins

The Finnish Food Worker's Union (SEL) on Tuesday evening rejected a conciliation proposal in their labour dispute with the employers' union, the Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation (ETL), and went on strike the same night.

The strike is broader than the two recent food industry strikes and has closed over 80 large food production facilities across the country.

According to SEL its workers are to remain on strike for six days. However, the employers' and employees' unions are to meet at noon Wednesday to discuss practical matters related to the scope of the strike.

Grin of the Week

When it comes down to the essential....Any logic in the guys' decision making process?

There is a man who has three girlfriends, but he does not know which one to marry. So he decides to give each one $5000 and see how each of them spends it.

The first one goes out and gets a total makeover with the money. She gets new clothes, a new hairdo, manicure, pedicure, the works, and tells the man, "I spent the money so I could look pretty for you because I love you so much."

The second one went out and bought new golf clubs, a DVD player, a television, and a stereo and gives them to the man. She says, "I bought these gifts for you with the money because I love you so much."

The third one takes the $5000 and invests it in the stock market, doubles her investment, returns the $5000 to the man and reinvests the rest. She says, "I am investing the rest of the money for our future because I love you so much."

The man thought long and hard about how each of the women spent the money, and decided to marry the one with the biggest breasts.
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.