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  ISSUE 1/2015 7 January 2015  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Hope you have had a great holiday season and have charged your batteries for the challenges in the year of the sheep!

Our first event in 2015 is a Club Evening/Shinnenkai Party at the newly opened Scandinavian Center/Moomin Kindergarten in Akasaka. The second event in the year is a joint event with other Nordic Chambers - A Team Building Bowling Competition on Wednesday, 4 February.
Read more on those below!

Wednesday, 21 January - FCCJ "Shinnenkai" Party
Club Evening at the Scandinavian Center/Moomin Kindergarten

Our first event in 2015 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 21 January. This time we will have a new venue, the Scandinavian Center/Moomin Kindergarten in Akasaka, which opened in December.

Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by food and drinks!

We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

Date & Time: Wednesday, 21 January, 18:30-20:30
Place: Scandinavian Center/Moomin Kindergarten
2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Including buffet and free drinks
Registration:by Monday 19 January

More about Scandinavian Center/Moomin Kindergarten:

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.

Wednesday, 4 February - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition

The Swedish Chamber (SCCJ) has kindly invited the other Nordic Chambers to one of their most popular annual events, the Team Building Bowling Competition held at Tokyo Port Bowl in Shibaura.

Professional Bowlers, beginners are equally most welcome! It is a team competition, each team consists of four player and each player play two games. Make your own team with your colleagues and business partners, spouses are very welcome!

Date & Time:Wednesday, 4 February, 19.00-22:00
Venue: Tokyo Port Bowl in Shibaura
1-13-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku (near JR Tamachi Station) [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen/person (incl. 2 games play fee, party fee afterwards)
Registration:by Friday, 23 January

If you cannot make your own team you could also register individually and we will make a team for you.

Note: For award ceremony, your prize contribution will be much appreciated! (4 prizes a team)

Finlandia Laulu-Miehet Male Voice Choir Japan Tour

The 100 years old famous Finnish male voice choir Laulu-Miehet is celebrating its 100 years and Sibelius 150 year anniversary by having a concert tour from 26 February to 10 March 2015 in Japan as follows:
  • March 1st at 3 pm a cappella concert at Meguro Persimon Hall in Tokyo (arranged by Oedo Koralis)
  • March 3rd at 7 pm concert of Sibelius Kullervo Symphony at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo (organized by Japan's Sibelius Society). Conductor Ms. Yuri Nitta
  • March 5th at 7 pm a cappella concert at Kyoto Concert Hall in Kyoto (arranged by Namiwa Chorazi)
  • March 7th at 3 pm a cappella concert at Nagaregawa church in Hiroshima (arranged by Teraotoko men choir)
  • March 8th at 4 pm a cappella concert at Toyota City Concert Hall in Toyota City (organized by the Hall)
Laulu-Miehet choir is conducted by the internationally famous professor Matti Hyokki. The program is consisting of Sibelius' and other famous Finnish composers' works.

Sibelius and his music is very well known and appreciated in Japan. Laulu-Miehet offers you now the opportunity to invite your business contacts to attend a high class music performance either to Sibelius Kullervo symphony or one of our a cappella concerts. Laulu-Miehet is also looking for advertizers in the tour programs.

Please click link at right for more information of the tour, tickets (2,000 yen/pp.) and advertizing opportunities.
News from Finland

Legal expert: Sweeping wage cuts inevitable in 2015

Finland's stark economics will drive many companies to instigate salary negotiations in the coming year, says Seppo Koskinen, professor of labour law at Turku University. The country's largest and most powerful business owner lobby EK agrees, saying the dismal business climate will force many firms to cut salaries as an alternative to redundancies. Things as they are, the bargaining position of employees is next to non-existent.

Finland's sluggish economy has prompted increased calls for wage cuts to prop up faltering businesses and foster added employment. Seppo Koskinen, Professor of Labour Law at the University of Turku in southwest Finland, has studied salary reductions and warns that 2015 will not be a good year in the Finnish workplace.

"Pressure is mounting to reduce salaries at both the individual and business levels. Even if the representative labour and employer organisations agree to a wage freeze, in 2015 workplaces in Finland will have to consider, mediate and arrange for wage reductions much more than they have in the past," says Koskinen.

He says several new provisions making it possible to reduce salaries in Finland have come into effect in the last ten years.

Grin of the Week

You cannot fool women...

At a jury trial with the jury consisting of 8 men and 4 women:

Defendant: "Your Honor, I wish to change my plea."

Judge: "Is someone using undue influence to prompt you to change your mind?"

Defendant: "No sir, when I pleaded Not Guilty I didn't know there would be women on the jury. Since I can't even fool my wife, I'll never be able to fool the four women jurors."
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.