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  ISSUE 15/2011 6 June 2011  
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The first phase of the joint Finnish charity project, a Chariity Evening at the Embassy of Finland was held last Wednesday in attendance of 120 members and guest. Read more about the successful event below.

Now the focus is on the next phase, the actual relief effort, a visit by the Moomins early August. I will keep you informed about the progress regarding this in my coming bulletin.
For more about the project, go here.   

The Midsummer Party at Finland Village in Nagano was held on Saturday, also with some charities. For a report from the party, click here

Report from the Charity Event at the Embassy of Finland on Wed. 1 June
The first event in the project initiated by FCCJ and organized in cooperation with the Embassy and all the other Finnish organizations in Japan, "Disaster Relief with a Finnish Touch - Bringing Joy to the Children of Tohoku" was the Charity Event organized at the Embassy of Finland on Wednesday, 1 June.

Attended by 120 persons the evening was filled with activities, a lively action, a lottery and sales of Finnish leather products, as well as entertainment by the famous Finnish popular singer, Matti Esko.

The evening brought more than 2 million yen to be used for bringing joy to the children of Tohoku by visits of the Moomin Characters and Santa Claus later in the year.

For a full report from the event, click link at right!

Thursday, 9 June - Joint Chamber Summer Cocktail organized by the CCCJ
Fundraising for Tohoku

Organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan and annually attracting 300 guests, the Joint Chamber Summer Cocktail continues to offer an excellent opportunity to meet new contacts, develop business leads, catch up with friends and business acquaintances before the summer holiday season, and this year, for a good cause!

Keeping the difficulties facing Eastern Japan front of mind, this year's event is being organized to support a number charities assisting in the recovery. A portion of all ticket sales will be going to the charities present.

Date & Time:Thursday, 9 June, 18.30-20:30
Venue: Embassy of Canada, 4F MAP
Cost: 8,000 yen (members), 9,000 yen (others) - collected at the door
* cost includes a fine selection of foods and beverages
Registration:Tuesday, 7 June

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
Thursday, 16 June - ACCJ/FCIJ Presents
After Tohoku: Does Japan Still Have a Pulse?
- Hear the Business Community's Voice

The ACCJ Tohoku Earthquake Information Facilitation Project's working team has finished a series of short Pulse Surveys of the Japanese and foreign business communities aimed at understanding evolving attitudes and possible differences of opinion on issues related to the earthquake. Hear the results of the surveys, covering the following five key areas.
  • Business operations and return to normalcy;
  • Energy concerns and impact on personal and working lives;
  • Food safety practices and comfort level with scientific-based evidence being provided;
  • Degree of practicing jishuku (self-restraint) and anticipated return to normalcy; and
  • Government response.

    We are extremely fortunate to have an official from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry address ACCJ members and guests with a brief speech at the opening of this event.

    For more information, see the [EVENT FLYER]

    Date & Time:Thursday, 16 June, 12.00-14:00
    Venue: Tokyo American Club, New York Ballroom (Lower Level) MAP
    Cost: 5,000 yen (members), 6,000 yen (others) - collected at the door
    Registration:Monday, 13 June

    As an added bonus, Clas Bystedt from the Foreign Chambers in Japan, will present a short summary of the Joint Chambers of Commerce Business Confidence Survey. Together these two surveys will give you a real time view of current attitudes towards business, government policy, consumer spending and the economy among both Japanese and foreign respondents.

    If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
    News from Finland

    Finland's PM-elect Katainen talks with the Centre and True Finns

    Jyrki Katainen (cons), Finland's prime minister-elect, made a statement on Friday according which he is talking to both the Centre and the True Finns about their possible participation in the government formation talks at the House of the Estates.

    Katainen added that it looks like the Social Democrat's governmental path has now come to an end as no agreement was reached after 13 days of negotiations.

  • Have a good week &
    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.