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  ISSUE 28/2010 6 December 2010  
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Happy Independence Day!

Today is the 93rd anniversary of Finland's independence, so guess a Finnish Chamber of Commerce should perhaps take a day off. But there is still a couple of busy weeks before easing off for Christmas and New Years holidays, so need to keep on working.

Our last event of 2010 is the traditional Christmas Luncheon at our Embassy on Thursday. If you plan to attend and have not yet signed up, please do so today. More about the event below.

The 18th Scandinavian Christmas Party was held on Friday 318 members from the five Nordic Chambers and their guests enjoyed the party in a tranquil atmosphere (only outside the party room...;-)) at Happo-En in Shirokanedai (read more below). If you participated in the party we would like you to voice your opinions about the event. Go here for the survey.

Report from the 18th Scandinavian Christmas Party

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, was held on Friday, 3 December at Happo-en in Shirokanedai, Tokyo.

318 members from SCCJ (Sweden), DCCJ (Denmark), FCCJ (Finland), ICCJ (Iceland) and NCCJ (Norway) and their guests enjoyed a fantastic evening together with delicious Nordic Christmas influenced food and wine, and a lot of other drinks.

The party started with Santa paying a visit, followed by Norwegian inspired tunes by Rio Yamase and ensemble, a much appreciated performance by the "Rakugo" artist Kaishi Katsura. The evening was and ended off with a lot of dancing to the tunes of Brad and the Hitmen. he event was attended by 51 persons, incl. the business delegation.

For a full report with a lot of images from the party,, click link at right.

Thursday, 9 December
FCCJ Christmas Luncheon Meeting

Note: Due to space limitations, this event is for members and staff of member companies only.

The traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon is again this year held at our Embassy, were we can enjoy a delicious Finnish style Christmas lunch prepared by the Embassy's chef.

H.E. Ambassador Jari Gustafsson will give us an update on current developments in the Japan Finland relations and latest news from the Embassy. .

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Thursday, 9 December, 12:00-14:00
Place: Embassy of Finland
(3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku)  MAP 
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Note: Members and members guests only
Registration:by Monday, 6 December

Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 7 December and "no-shows".

If you would like to attend and have not signed up, please click link below.
To see how has already signed up, click here.

News from Finland

Mediation Proposal in Finnair Cabin Crew Strike
Helsinki, December 6 (MTV3/YLE)

National Conciliator Esa Lonka gave a mediation proposal in the ongoing Finnair Cabin Crew Strike last night at 3 AM. He asked for a response from the parties by 2 PM Finnish time on Monday in an attempt to find a settlement that would bring stewards and stewardesses back to work.

The board of Finnish Cabin Crew Union, the SLSY will meet on Monday at 11 AM Finnish time to decide on the proposal.

The parties met again Sunday with The two sides held 11 hours of negotiations on Saturday and resumed again mid-day Sunday.

A number of other unions in the transport sector have announced that they will begin actions in support of cabin crew on Tuesday morning, if no new contract agreement is reached by then.

The strike that began Tuesday has badly disrupted Finnair services. On Sunday, the company estimated that it would be able to provide flights for about half of booked passengers. The dispute centres on the airline's push to shorten recovery times for cabin crews following long haul flights.

Grin of the Week

Good excuse?

Negotiations between union members and their employer were at an impasse. The union denied that their workers were flagrantly abusing their contract's sick-leave provisions.

One morning at the bargaining table, the company's chief negotiator held aloft the morning edition of the newspaper, "This man," he announced, "called in sick yesterday!"

There on the sports page, was a photo of the supposedly ill employee, who had just won a local golf tournament with an excellent score.

The silence in the room was broken by a union negotiator.
"Wow," he said. "Just think of what kind of score he could have had if he hadn't been sick!"
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.