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  ISSUE 29/2012 8 November 2012  
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This is the last reminder of the luncheon meeting with Mr. Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman and Representative Director of JR Central on Wednesday 14 November. If you are planning to attend the event and have not signed up yet, please do so at latest tomorrow. Note that we cannot accept registrations next week.

Apart from the Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between FCCJ and SCCJ, on Friday 30 November and the Scandinavian Christmas Party on Friday, 7 December, our final event of this year has been decided, the traditional Christmas Luncheon at the Embassy of Finland. It will be held on Tuesday, 18 December. Mark this in your calendar already now, I will provide more information in my next bulletin.

Wednesday, 14 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman and Representative Director, JR Central

Our next regular luncheon meeting will be held on Wednesday, 14 November when we have a distinguished speaker, Mr. Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman and Representative Director, Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central). Mr. Kasai is also the Honorary Consul of Finland in Nagoya

The theme of Mr. Kasai's presentation is: "Challenges Japan faces in the 21st century". The presentation will be in Japanese with simultaneous English translation.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 14 November, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Drawing Room 2F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 9 November

About Yoshiyuki Kasai
Yoshiyuki Kasai is the Chairman and Representative Director of Central Japan Railway Company (JRC), which operates the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train system linking Japan's principal metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. JRC is also the developer of the maximum speed 581 km/h Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) System.

Mr. Kasai joined Japan National Railway (JNR) in 1963 and played a major role in JNR's reform. After the break-up and privatization of JNR, he was appointed President of JRC in 1995, and then Chairman in 2004. He succeeded in dramatically improving the Tokaido Shinkansen transport service by opening the new Shinagawa Station and achieving the speed-up of all Shinkansen trains to 270 km/h in 2003. JRC has now launched a project to develop the Chuo Shinkansen as the bypass of Tokaido Shinkansen, by the SCMAGLEV technology.

Among his public services, Mr. Kasai is the Chairman of the "Committee on National Space Policy", and also a member of the "Nuclear Damage Liability Fund" and the "Government Revitalization Unit".

Mr. Kasai published four books including "Japanese National Railways, its Break-up and Privatization (2003)". He earned his B.L. from the University of Tokyo in 1962 and his M.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969.

If you would like to attend, please click link below by Friday, 9 November. We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Monday, 12 November and "no-shows". If you require vegetarian food, please note this in your registrations.
To check who has already signed up, click here.
Friday, 30 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2012

The 21st Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 30 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.

This time the venue is the same as in spring, Taiheiyo Club Narita Course, which is conveniently located just 6 km off the Tomisato I.C. (one before Narita) on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway.

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form (registration dead-line Friday 23rd), click link at right.
Friday, 7 December - The Social Highlight of the Year for the Nordic Chambers
Registration open for the Scandinavian Christmas Party

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, is this year held on Friday, 7 December at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel.

As this is the 20th anniversary, the party committee is working on an exciting program with great food and drinks. Don't miss out on this opportunity to join one of the best parties in town for a very reasonable cost, taking into account what it includes!

Registration Open!
The registration for the party has now been opened. Please sign up soon to secure your seats! Sign-ups are on a first-come, first serve basis, although sponsors are guaranteed seats (Gold and Silver sponsors can reserve full tables).

Sponsor Recruiting
Currently we are recruiting sponsors and advertisers for the party. To get maximum benefit and exposure for your contribution, sign up soon. Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable as it has been throughout the years, for a reasonable cost of participation.

To sign-up as participant or sponsor, click link at right.

Monday, 26 November - BLCCJ Seminar
Delighting Customers in Japan XI

The Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BLCCJ) is organizing for the 11th time a seminar on "Delighting Customers in Japan", this year on Monday 26 November, and invites members of other chambers to this event.

Speakers this year are: Mr. Loic RETHORE, President & Representative Director, NESTLE NESPRESSO K.K.; Mr. Francois STROOBANT, Country Manager Japan, PERFETTI VAN MELLE EXPORT FAR EAST JAPAN; and Mr. Toshifumi OKUI, former President, HARLEY-DAVIDSON Japan.

Date & Time:Monday, 26 November, 17.30-19:00
  • registration from 17:00
  • networking cocktail from 19:00-20:15
  • Venue: NYK Building 15F, 2-3-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku [MAP]
    Cost:6,000 yen
    Registration:by Thursday, 22 November

    If you are interested in this event, click link at right! Note that you should sign up directly with the BLCCJ.
    News from Finland

    Niinistö congratulates Obama on win

    Finnish president Sauli Niinistö says he believes good relations will continue with the United States during Barack Obama's second term in office.

    Niinistö praised US-Finnish relations in a statement issued by his office on Wednesday.

    "Meeting today's shared global challenges demands strong transatlantic cooperation," Niinistö said in a congratulatory letter to the re-elected American president.

    Thanks to excellent bilateral relations, the two countries are in a good position to deepen future cooperation, according to the Finnish leader.

    Grin of the Week

    Who cares about spelling? (a.k.a.excuse for my typing errors...)

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    Pettry amzanig huh?
    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.