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  ISSUE 20/2011 9 August 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The Moomin Charity Event in Sendai on Wednesday, 3 August was a success and I honestly think that we managed at least to some extent (500 kids) to fulfill the objective of our relief project - Bringing Joy to the Children of Tohoku.
Read more about the event in Sendai below.

Our thanks go to all who made this event possible - FCCJ members who supported the charity event at the Embassy in June and all the suppliers of goods and services, many who contributed for free or at least at discounted prices.

We still have some money left in the relief fund so we are now planning for the next step. Keep you informed when it has been decided and might be we ask you for more support...

Report from the Charity Event in Sendai on Wednesday, 3 August
"Bringing Joy to the Children of Tohoku!"

As a first action in the Charity project, an event was organized on Wednesday, 3 August at Nobisuku Sendai with two Moomins from Moominworld.

The Moomins performed at two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. After the performances, 250 gift bags containing Moomin themed presents were distributed to the children. An additional 250 gift bags have been distributed to two other facilities in the Sendai area.

The event was very successful and the children as well as their fathers and mothers showed a great appreciation for both the Moomins and the presents.

For a report with a lot of images from the event, click link at right.

Wednesday, 24 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last year's cruise we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Wednesday, 24 August!

We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 24 August , 18.30-21:00
Embarkation: Funayado Amisei, 2-1-26, Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Wednesday, 17 August

Even though we have reserved a bigger boat (max, capacity 80) this year, we expect the event to be sold out, so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click link at right.

New book: The Door to North - Helsinki

The team that previously produced the Finnair's In-Flight Magazine "KIITOS" has published a book titled "The Door to North - Helsinki". Mr. Makoto Hagiwara, with help from Mr. Eiji Ina and Mr. Shigeyuki Ohara, has edited 12 articles introduced in KIITOS magazine and unpublished stories with more than 300 of original photographs.
For more, go to:

The book is on sale at major bookstores and internet shopping sites like Amazon. But please note those who contact directly with Hagiwara-san can purchase the book with 20% off the regular price.

Fri. 2 and Sat. 3 September - Inkinen's Mahler Selection Vol.2
Pietari Inkinen Conducting Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Pietari Inkinen is one of the most exciting talents of the new generation of conductors.

On 2 and 3 September he is conducting the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in MAHLER: Symphony No.3 (Inkinen's Mahler Selection Vol.2) at the Suntory Hall.

The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra offers a special 10 % discount on tickets for members of FCCJ. Please contact by e-mail to:

For more information, click link at right.

News from Finland

Finnish export growth dips in June

Finland's foreign trade slowed abruptly in June, as exports to Finland's most important trading partners Germany and Sweden declined, according to a preliminary data statement on Monday by the Finnish Customs.

Exports rose by only nine per cent year-on-year to some 4.9 billion euros, down from the May growth rate of 17 per cent.

Imports only increased by eight per cent compared to the previous year to some five billion euros, down from May's growth rate of 29 per cent.

Grin of the Week

Half Price - Full Lie

A popular airline recently introduced a special half rate fare for wives who accompanied their husbands on business trips. Expecting great feedback, the company sent out letters to all the wives of businessmen who had used the special rates, asking how they enjoyed their trip.
Letters are still pouring in asking, "What trip?"
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
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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.