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  ISSUE 7/2010 7 April 2010  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

As mentioned in my previous bulletin, we conducted a Member Survey in March to explore where we've been, where we are, and where we are going in terms of delivering value to FCCJ members.

We got 62 responses, which gives a response rate of 46%, which is very satisfying and will give the board of directors of the chamber a lot of guidelines how to further develop the chamber. The survey was presented at our Annual General Assembly yesterday (more about the assembly below).

If you would like to know more, go to the Survey Report (pdf file, 1.6 MB).

This bulletin is also a final reminder of the Stora Enso Cup, played on Friday, 16 April (more below). Registration dead-line is Friday 9th!

Report from the FCCJ Annual General Assembly on Tuesday 6 April
The eleventh FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Tuesday 6 April at the Embassy of Finland attended by 40 chamber members and members of its Board of Trustees.

Three new board members where elected, Veli Solehmainen, President, Vaisala K.K., Sakari Romu, Director Sales, Finnair and Petri Hautakangas, Head of Sales, Network Systems, Japan, Nokia Siemens Networks Japan Corp.

After the assembly proceedings, the members could enjoy a delicious dinner hosted by Ambassador Jari Gustafsson, who also gave a brief update on current affairs in the relations between Finland and Japan. During the dinner the Member Survey conducted in March was presented and created a lively discussion.

For more about the general assembly and many images, click link at right!

Friday, 16 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge 2010

The 17th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 16 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.

Members of the SCCJ members will also play for their Spring Golf Cup and FCCJ members for their Golf Cup.

This time we have a new venue, Taiheiyo Club Narita Course, which is conveniently located just 6 km off the Tomisato I.C. (one before Narita) on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway.

Date & Time:Friday, 16 April 2010 (start from no. 1 and 10, first tee-off at 9:24)
Venue: Taiheiyo Club Narita Course
240, Wasama, Kawaguri, Narita-shi, Chiba 286-0125
Cost:18,510 yen (incl. green fee, caddie, lunch and party after play)
to be settled directly to the club
Registration:by Friday, 9 April, by enclosed form or mailing  mailing me 
Note: Remember to give your HCP

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.

Tuesday, 20 April - DCCJ Social Event
Cultural Evening Event at the Peru Embassy

DCCJ and DCCJ Social together with the Embassy of Peru are honored to invite you to the "Nomu-ni Pisco" event to be held on Tuesday, April 20 at the Peruvian Embassy.

This will be an excellent opportunity to network, develop relationships, exchange all while enjoying warm company accented with Pisco cocktails, and delicious Peruvian food.

Date & Time: Tuesday 20 April, 19:00
(Registration from 18:30)

Embassy of Peru in Tokyo
4-4-27 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 
(English and Japanese map)


3,000 yen (for members), 4,000 yen (for Non-members)

Registration by:

Wed. 19 April, 12:00 noon.
(No-shows and cancellation after deadline will be charged)

If you are interested, please sign up directly to the DCCJ (indicate that you are FCCJ member).
For more information and registration, please click link at right.
Friday, 23 April - Dutch Chamber Luncheon Meeting
Winning over the Japanese Consumer

Some clues to help you understand the advertising market in Japan to make your product succeed.

Whether you have just recently entered the Japanese market or whether you are a long-established "gaishi-kei," it might be tempting to dismiss the endless array of bizarre products and advertisements that flood the Japanese marketplace as chaotic. The reality is however that this apparent chaos is a product of deep insight into the Japanese mindset and culture-insight that is not obvious to even those of us who have been working in Japan for years.

During this luncheon presentation, Ms Sakai and Ms Levine of Dentsu will share some significant findings about the lives, attitudes and behaviours of the Japanese consumer that influence everything from how the Japanese shop to how they are apt to react to different media messages. The speakers will suggest how to best utilize this knowledge in identifying which contact points to use to most effectively reach target consumers.

Details are as follows:
Date: Friday, 23 April 2010
Time: 12:00 - 14:00 hrs
Venue: Roppongi Hills Club. An access map will be sent upon registration.
Price: Yen 5500 (members) and Yen 6500 (non-members)

For more information and registration (directly to the NCCJ) click link below.
Friday, 23 April
Government Procurement Seminar

The Government Procurement Seminar for Fiscal Year 2010 is scheduled to be held on Friday, 23 April, 10:00 - 15:00 at Mita Kaigisho (2-1-8, Mita, Minato-ku).

Click links at right for more information on the seminar. If you wish to attend, please contact Mrs. Tomomi Mizuno of the Government Procurement Seminar Secretariat, tel. 03-5549-6916, fax. 03-5549-3201 before Friday 18 April.

News from Finland

Finnish Food Workers' Union to start three-day strike

The Finnish Food Workers' Union (SEL) on Tuesday evening rejected a last minute proposal by Esa Lonka, the national conciliator, to settle the industry's labour dispute. A food industry strike is to start at midnight Tuesday.

The three-day strike is to shut down twelve large meat processing and baking industry production facilities. Around 4,500 employees are to participate in the strike, the effects of which are to be felt in supermarket bread and convenience food sections.

SEL also submitted a strike warning for another three-day strike starting on 21 April.

Etla went on to forecast 3.5-per cent GDP growth in 2012.

By contrast, the Finnish government and central bank said in revised outlooks made public Tuesday that they expected the country's economy to grow by just over two per cent and 1.8 per cent, respectively, next year.

Grin of the Week

Last request

Mary Clancy goes up to Father O'Grady after his Sunday morning service, and she's in tears.

He says, "So what's bothering you, dear?"
She says, "Oh, Father, I've got terrible news. My husband passed away last night."

The priest says, "Oh, Mary, that's terrible. Tell me, Mary, did he have any last requests?"
She says, "That he did, Father..."

The priest says, "What did he ask, Mary?"
She says, "He said, 'Please, Mary, put down the Goddamn gun...'"
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.