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  ISSUE 29/2015 8 December 2015 2015  
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Three tips for coping with seasonal affective disorder

Some reflections from Finland...
Rovaniemi-based psychiatrist Antti Liikkanen lives in Lapland, where the sun goes down in late November and doesn't come up again until mid-January. If anyone, he knows how to deal with the winter blahs. Liikkanen advises that the best medicine for dispelling the phlegmatic feeling that comes with prolonged darkness is a walk outside, vitamin D and chocolate.

But if you live in Tokyo, and feel affected by the disorder (yes, it get's dark her already before 5 pm), we have an even better medicine for you - the Scandinavian Christmas Ball on Wednesday, 16 December. I assure you, it will dispel any phlegmatic feeling!

We still have a few seats available so sign up now, click banner below to find out more! The final registration dead-line is on Thursday, 10 December.
Our first event in 2016 is a Shinnenkai (New Year Party) on Wednesday, 20 January at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka. For more details and to sign-up, see below!

We also have information about our second event in the New Year, a Joint Team Building event in the form of a Bowling Competition with the other Nordic Chambers. More about this too below!

In this issue of the bulletin we also have a contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View". This time the theme is:
Challenges in Paris Conference, Challenges Back Home in Japan.

Click banner at right to find out more about the challenges!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 - FCCJ Networking Event

Our first event in 2016 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 20 January. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by food and drinks!

H.E. Ambassador Manu Virtamo will give a brief update on the current situation in Finland and Finland related activities in Japan in 2016.

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

Date & Time:Wednesday, 20 January, 19:00-21:00
Venue: Scandinavian Center
2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, Guests 6,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 18 January

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.

To register, click link at right.
Thursday, 4 February - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition

Here is the sports event you all have been waiting for!
-What better way than to start the year by bonding with your colleagues and friends?!

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! Individual members are of course also welcome and will play in teams set up by FCCJ.

Date & Time:Thursday, 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 Thursday, 28 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)

News from Finland

Pageantry and pomp inside the presidential palace, police and protesters outside

Monday's newspapers were all caught up in the afterglow of Sunday's Independence Day gala that took place at the official residence of President Sauli Niinisto. The dailies devoted most of their prime real estate to covering the good, the bad and the ugly surrounding the event including the detention of 130 demonstrators.

Leading circulation daily Helsingin Sanomat reports Monday morning that Helsinki police resorted to using compressed air riot weapons to contain protesters attempting to disrupt a torchlight procession by the nationalist 612 movement.

According to HS, the protesters engaging in the counter-march pelted police with rocks and in some instances with bottles, whereupon police fired at the demonstrators. Detective Chief Inspector Toni Uusikivi told HS that the weapon used was an FN 303 riot gun and that it was non-lethal, causing mainly pain and bruising.

Police held more than 130 people following the clashes, most of whom were released overnight, while the rest were turned loose Monday morning. Esa Pennanen of the Helsinki police department said that some of the detainees would be questioned Monday morning but thought it was unlikely that anyone would be arrested.

Commenting on the reports, President Sauli Niinisto told national broadcaster Yle that it seemed that the protesters were "misbehaving just for the sake of it, rather than for some principle." Niinisto particularly condemned protesters for targeting the police.

Grin of the Week

Christmas Bonus

Boss: Who said that just because I tried to kiss you at last month's Christmas party, you could neglect to do your work around here?

Secretary: My lawyer.
Hope you have a great weekend &
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 700 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.