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  ISSUE 32/2012 6 December 2012  
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Happy Independence Day to all Finns!

Thursday marks Finland's 95th Independence Day. The observances formally begin with a flag-raising ceremony in Helsinki, include torchlight processions by students, a national defense forces parade, and climax with the glitter of the President's Nearly all stores and services are closed for the national holiday and there are changes to public transportation schedules.

The last of our events this year is the Christmas Luncheon at the Embassy next week Wednesday. In case you plan to participate and have not signed up yet, please do so at latest tomorrow Friday.
More details below.

Tomorrow we have the big social event in our calendar, the 20th Scandinavian Christmas Party, this year attended by 257 members of the five Nordic chambers, including 70 from the FCCJ. See many of you there!

FCCJ Christmas Luncheon Meeting

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. .

Note: Due to space restrictions, this is a members only event.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 12 December , 12.30-14:30
Venue: Embassy of Finland, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 7 December

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the Embassy and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than Tuesday, 11 December and "no-shows".

To sign up, at latest on Friday, please click link at right!

Report from the Stora Enso Cup on Friday, 30 November

The winners with the trophy, from left Best gross Tomoichi Onishi, Best Net Takeshi Yokoyama, Stora Enso Japan's Tuomo Kuuppo, Hiroaki Sakurai and 2nd Best Net Hisako Noto.

The 21st Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 30 November at Taiheiyo Club - Narita Course in Chiba Prefecture. The competitors enjoyed a friendly game in a bit chilly but dry autumn weather..

30 players participated in the competition - 14 from FCCJ , 19 from SCCJ, including three guest.

The Finnish Chamber came on top this time by a fairly large margin, 4 strokes on average per player, 75.6 versus 79.6 as average for the best 80% in each team. This was the twelfth time the FCCJ won, SCCJ has nine victories.

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

Request from Economist Conferences to Answer a Questionnaire Question

Ahead of the Japan Summit 2012 and in light of the upcoming election, Economist Conferences is launching a poll for the following question:
What do you see as the top priority for Japan's new government to tackle?

Share your views with us here

It is very simple, there is only one question to answer.!

News from Finland

Finland sinks into recession

Exports are dragging and domestic demand has not been enough to keep the Finnish economy out of the red, show the latest figures from Statistics Finland.

With a decline in gross domestic product (GDP) of 0.1 percent in the third quarter, Finland has now officially crossed into recession after two successive quarters of negative growth.

Finnish heavy industry has already been struggling for some time, with the service sector driving growth in recent years. But services alone have not been able to help Finland bounce back after taking a hit last summer. With the service sector accounting for over half of the economy, consumer spending will be decisive in the coming months.

The general mood remains gloomy among Finland's industrial heavyweights, finds a fresh poll. The ongoing euro crisis continues to be a cause for uncertainty and it is causing risk-averse Finnish companies to hold off on making investments.

Consumers have also been left scratching their heads as to where the country is headed. Interest rates continue to be record-low. At the same time, this past autumn has seen a steady stream of redundancy announcements as companies' businesses contract.

Grin of the Week

An old but beautiful story of marriage and the communication

A couple was Christmas shopping at the mall on Christmas Eve and the mall was packed.

As the wife walked through the mall she was surprised to look up and see her husband was nowhere around. She was quite upset because they had a lot to do. Because she was so worried, she called him on her mobile phone to ask him where he was.

In a calm voice, the husband said, "Honey, you remember the jewelry store we went into about 5 years ago where you fell in love with that diamond necklace that we could not afford and I told you that I would get it for you one day?"

The wife choked up and started to cry and said, "Yes, I remember that jewelry store."

He said, "Well, I'm in the bar right next to it."

Thanks to my friend SG at the Swedish Chamber for sending me this!
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, 12 individual and one special member.