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  ISSUE 6/2014 7 March 2014  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Well into March and still very chilly in Tokyo, seems like we would have a late cherry blossom season this year.

We have a number of events coming up in the next month or so; first a casual Joint Nordic After-Work event on 13 March, then our Annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 1 April and the Stora Enso Cup on Friday, 11 April. Read more about these below!

In this bulletin I also make a push for our Premium Member category and banner advertising on our web site. FCCJ has been lagging behind the other foreign chambers in Japan in this respect, which typically get 15-20% of their income from these sources - in our case it has been only about 5%, but thanks to four new supporting companies we have now reached about 10%, but we still want to grow this source of income. Read more below on how you could even more support the chamber and at the same time promote your company in a cost efficient way!

 
Report from Tour of the National Olympic Stadium on 27 February

On Thursday, 27 February we organized a special tour of the National Olympic Stadium. The stadium, built in 1958 as the main stadium for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, will be demolished to make place for the new stadium for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The demolition work will start in July so it was a good chance to say "sayonara" to the stadium before it is gone.

The stadium have brought some nice memories for Finns, especially in Javelin throw with Pauli Nevala winning Gold in 1964 and Kimmo Kinnunen also Gold at the World Championships in 1991. We were able to see their names on winners' panels at the stadium.

After the 1.5 hour tour the 16 participants enjoyed a very nice "gakuyameshi" lunch together at Restaurant Umaya nearby. Umaya famous for being a restaurant produced by the kabuki actor Ichikawa Ennosuke III.

For more about the event, click link at right!
Thursday, 13 March - Joint Nordic Event
Casual After Work at the Balcony

Well into the new year we felt that we needed something to spice up the busy period for everyone with some friendly and laid-back networking.
Instead of setting up a venue and taking registrations, we have opted for the second casual After Work Evening together with our Nordic colleagues and friends from the chambers of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland.

FCCJ, together with our Nordic sister-chambers, invites all members to "After Work at the Balcony".

Details:
Date & Time:Thursday, 13 March, 19.00-
Venue: Balcony Bar & Restaurant, Izumi Garden Tower 3F [MAP]
Cost:Free (pay at the bar for what you eat and drink)
Registration:No registration needed

Balcony Bar & Restaurant is conveniently located within the premises of Izumi Garden Tower, midways along the outside escalators. There is a cozy lounge-area inside, and if you are one of the people who thinks the temperature feels just like a Nordic summer, there are tables and chairs on the outside as well.

Please "pop-in" after work for some drinks and snacks. No fee, you just pay at the bar for what you eat and drink. Good news – Happy Hour until 20:00!

Hope to see many of your happy faces on 13 March!


Tuesday, 1 April - Members Only
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 15th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held at the

Embassy of Finland on

Tuesday, 1 April, 2013 at 17.00


Registration dead-line: Thursday, 27 March


The Assembly will handle matters according to Article 10 in the Articles of Association of the FCCJ.

Dinner at 18:00
After the Assembly we will have a Buffet dinner hosted by Ambassador Manu Virtamo.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member. If space available, additional representatives from member companies can be accepted, but will charged 7,000 yen per person.

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

Friday, 11 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Spring 2014

The 22nd Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - is played on Friday, 11 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..
At the same time we also play the FCCJ Cup for FCCJ members and the SCCJ Spring Cup for SCCJ members.

The venue this time is Golf Club Narita Hightree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 9:12 and the cost is 16,500 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Promotion Opportunities on FCCJ Web Site and Other Media

Did you know that you could promote your company more visibly on our web site and other media, and support the chamber at the same time?

We offer two options for our corporate members; either become a Premium Member, which gives you visibility in all our media and other benefits, or put your banner ad on our web site.

We have recently got two new companies to our Premium Members, MOS Tax Corporation and Finn Corporation, adding to our long-time supporters Finnar, Honka and Outokumpu. We have room for one more Premium Member.

Two companies have signed up for banner ads, Kone and Foresight Marketing. Banner ads start at 30,000 yen. Banner ads start at 30,000 yen.

Click link below for more information and a description of the alternatives and costs involved. If you are interested, just mail me!

News from Finland

Women's incomes rise – yet lag well behind

Figures released on Thursday indicate that women's pay is improving although it still falls short of men's – and that Finnish corporate boards include a record number of female directors.

Women's incomes grew more than men's in Finland in 2012 – but still remained significantly lower overall.

According to figures published by the Finnish Tax Administration on Thursday, women's average income increased by 5.6 percent in 2012, while men's rose by 4.4 percent. However, women's income remained smaller than men's in all income brackets.

The biggest gap was in dividend income: the average woman earned just 757 euros from shares while her male counterpart scooped up 2831 euros.

The sexes were closest when it came to pension income – but still quite far apart. The average female pension was 15,171 euros with the male average at 19,656.

In 2012, men accounted for 56.7 percent share of all earned income, leaving women with 43.3 percent. Women earned an average of 24,604 euros while men took home 33,311 euros.

Grin of the Week

An embarrassing reminder...

A couple just checked into hotel. And the hotel clerk asks the man after helping him with his luggage.
- Anything else?
- NO, thanks,
- Maybe, your wife needs something?
- Oh, yeah. Thank you for your reminder. Do you sell greeting cards?
Have a nice weekend &
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
send it to: fccj@gol.com

ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
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.