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  ISSUE 1/2013 8 January 2013  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,


We are back in business in the year of the Snake after a fairly long holiday season. Hope that all of my readers hopefully had relaxing and invigorating time off.

Our first event in 2013 is a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening on Wednesday, 23 January, this time we will try a new venue, Aquavit Tokyo in Kita-Aoyama. Read more below!

Wednesday, 23 January
FCCJ Club Evening at Aquavit Tokyo

Our first event in 2013 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 23 January. This time we will have a new venue for a change, Aquavit Tokyo in Kita-Aoyama.

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


Date & Time:Wednesday, 23 January , 19:00-21:00
Place: Aquavit Tokyo, Aoyama OM Square 1F, 2-5-8, Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members: 5,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Including buffet and 2 hour free drinks
Registration:by Monday 23 January

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

More about Aquavit Tokyo;:

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.

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

Translation of Japanese laws into English

Every year, Ministry of Justice collects requests for translation of Japanese laws into English. The European Business Council (EBC) has been contacted by MoJ to gather laws and regulations that EBC members would like to see translated into English. Although MoJ has not said so explicitly I would also like to include legislation or ordinances that are indeed translated but perhaps not completely or where the latest translation is not updated.

The related documents are here:
  • Letter
  • Excel Template

  • The deadline for submissions is 17 January 2013. To give the EBC some time to edit the submission please send in your request latest 15 January to Mr. Bjorn Kongstad at the EBC, email:

    News from Finland

    France proposed Franco-Finnish shipbuilder

    Former Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen confirmed on Monday that France presented an initiative to Finland on the establishment of a joint state-owned shipbuilding company while he was in office.

    According to Vanhanen, the initiative was made either by then-President Nicolas Sarkozy or his minister of the economy, and that talks were started between officials on the proposal.

    There were several rounds of negotiations, but Finland decided to withdraw from the venture, that also included a third country which Vanhanen has declined to name. Furthermore, the former Prime Minister declined to specify the reasons Finland did not follow through on the talks, but he did point out that Finnish shipyards received a number of significant orders during his term, without a state-owned company.

    The issue of the state acquiring holdings in shipbuilding has been a fresh topic of debate since the STX shipyards in Turku recently lost out to a French company in a competition for a major contract.

    Matti Vanhanen was Prime Minister 2003-2010.

    Grin of the Week

    Act according to what you have

    A well dressed gentlemen enters the bar of a five star restaurant, sits at the bar and orders four very expensive drinks.

    The bartender serves them on a silver tray, setting all four in front of the patron. The man then consumes all four drinks in a matter of seconds.

    The bartender comments, "Wow, you sure must have a problem."
    "If you had what I had," the man replies, "you'd drink them fast, too."

    Leaning over, the sympathetic bartender asks, "What do you have?"
    "Fifty cents," the man answers.
    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.