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  ISSUE 16/2009 6 July, 2009  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This will be the last email bulletin before the summer break. Unless something extraordinary happens, the next issue will be out second week of August. There will be no FCCJ events in July, the autumn season starts off with a Club Evening on Tuesday 25 August (see below).

The office will, however, be open throughout July and August, except for a day here and there for golf or other outdoor activities. We will take a week off from 7 to 11 September.

  Report from the FCCJ Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday 30 June

The FCCJ June luncheon meeting was held on Tuesday the 30th, with Mr. Darrel Whitten, Editor and Publisher of The Japan Investor as our guest speaker. The theme of Mr. Whitten's presentation was: "How Will Japan Get Out of This?"

Japan is hit harder by the global recession than most countries. Exports and production implode, consumption sinks and GDP implodes. Although Japan has a relative global competitiveness (remained among the top 10 most competitivenations), it masks serious domestic structural weaknesses As examples of lost global competitiveness, Mr. Whitten mentioned solar panels and semiconductors.

Japan will see only weak recovery in 2010. Without substantial domestic restructuring, return to trend growth for Japan is largely dependent on growth (or lack of growth) in world trade.

For more about the event, attended by 25 members and guests, click link at right.

Tuesday, 25 August
FCCJ Club Evening at Moomin Bakery & Cafe

We start the autumn season with a Club Evening on Tuesday, 25 August. at the Moomin Bakery & Cafe in Tokyo Dome City La Qua, Korakuen.

Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by Finnish style food and drinks! We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

See details below.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 25 August, 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 Friday, 21 August

More about Moomin Bakery & Café:

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 like to attend, please click link below.

New Service to our Corporate Members
The Nordic Job Board

We are pleased to inform you that the Joint Nordic Job Board, a joint project by the Finnish, Swedish and Danish Chambers, has been opened.

The job board is run by GPlusMedia KK, a Tokyo-based Internet company that has operated the Ecentral job site of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) for six years, and it has now expanded its reach through a wide network of Chambers of Commerce in Japan.

Ecentral is Japan's leading job site targeting bi-lingual Japanese and foreign internationally minded professionals. Throughout its 6-year history, more than 35,000 candidates have chosen Ecentral to further their careers with top-tier companies.

As a corporate member of FCCJ you get one free posting per year for a one-month period (value 105,000 yen).

For details, see enclosed documents (links below):
1. the Ecentral double posting system document
2. the Corporate member plans rate card
3. the Ecentral price list

To visit the Job Board, please go to:

For more information, please contact Ecentral, tel. 03-5403-7782, email:

Note that we will organize a joint explanation meeting on Thursday 27 August at 18:30 at the auditorium of Embassy of Sweden. Invitation will follow early August.
Finnair Cargo Transports "Helsinki School" to Japan
Two Helsinki School Photography Exhibitions in Tokyo

Helsinki School was named for teachers, students, and graduates from Photography Department of University of Art and Design Helsinki. The University formed a gallery in 1996 and artists were introduced to the world through the university gallery. The characteristics of Helsinki School photography is uniqueness in the use of light coming from the special climate of the area and the narratives greatly influenced by beautiful Nordic landscape.

Finnair Cargo transported two exhibitions to Japan and would like encourage readers to visit these fine Galleries in Tokyo to see and feel the uniqueness of art.

Helsinki School Photography Exhibition
Internal and External landscapes
June 27th trough August 9th 2009

Defining Darkness
June 27th trough August 9th 2009

For more details, please click links at right.
News from Finland

Nokia tops Greenpeace Greener Electronics guide

Phone makers Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson are the greenest companies in the technology industry, a new report has claimed.

According to the latest Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics, Nokia ranks top of the list for its policy on toxic materials and components, while Samsung is in second for its commitment to cutting its absolute carbon footprint.

Sony Ericsson, which recently unveiled a green range of mobile phones, was selected in third place for its efforts to improve the energy efficiency reporting.

The guide, first produced in August 2006, ranks the world's 17 largest manufacturers of electronics, information technology and telecommunications equipment on factors including recycling and climate change.

Grin of the Week

Complete misery...almost

There's this little guy sitting inside a bar, just looking at his drink.
He stays like that for half-an-hour.

Then, this big trouble-making truck driver steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just drinks it all down.

The poor man starts crying.
The truck driver says: "Come on man, I was just joking. Here, I'll buy you another drink. I just can't stand to see a man crying."

"No, it's not that. Today is the worst day of my life. First, I overslept and was late to an important meeting. My boss, outrageous, fired me.

When I left the building to go my car, I found out it was stolen. The police, said they could do nothing. I got a cab to go home, and after I paid the cab driver and the cab had gone, I found that I left my wallet in the cab.
I got home only to find my wife with the gardener.
I left home and came to this bar. And when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink my poison ..."
Have a good week and summer!
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, 15 individual and one special member.