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  ISSUE 3/2010 10 February 2010  
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This week we have a new contribution from our 'senior statesman' and paper salesman on Aoyama dori in the column "Aoyama View" at our web site. This time he makes an analysis of the Hatoyama government's challenges, and chances to pull through. Interesting reading!

New year, new column, again Hatoyama. I am not a professional political analyst, but the man is too colorful and the situation is too exciting to resist. Every day brings in new twists and turns. What is happening at Nagatacho is crucial for the Japanese society and economy including consumer demand and business climate that make the base for all FCCJ members' business here.

Click banner at above to read the full column titled "Hatoyama: can he pull it through?".

  Report from the Luncheon Meeting with Jyrki Katainen, Minister of Finance

Mr. Jyrki Katainen, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Finance of Finland, who was in Tokyo from 25 to 27 January on an working visit, was the guest speaker at the Joint Nordic Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday, 26 January.

During his visit to Tokyo, Mr. Katainen and his delegation had profound discussions with his counterparts and business leaders of Japan on the state of the Japanese economy, its recent changes and the outlook for the future. The Japan-EU relations where also on the list of topics as well as other global issues.

The theme of Minister Katainen's presentation at the luncheon was "Economic policy after the crisis". According to Katainen, the crisis hit hardest very open economies and for example the Japanese and Finnish exports declined by 30%. The goverment policies after the crisis should be to keep trade open, address the fiscal crisis, solve competitiveness problems, ensure financial stability and improve global governance.

For more about the luncheon meeting, attended by 35 members and guests,, please click link at right!
Tuesday, 2 March
FCCJ Club Evening at Moomin Bakery & Café

Our next Club Evening will be held on Tuesday, 2 March at the Moomin Bakery & Café in Tokyo Dome City La Qua, Korakuen. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by Finnish style food and drinks!
We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

Date & Time:Tuesday, 2 March, 19:00-21:00
Place: Moomin Bakery & Cafe
Tokyo Dome City, LaQua 1F, 1-1-1, Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-Members: 4,500 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and light buffet
Registration:by Friday, 26 February

More about Moomin Bakery & Café:
http://www.benelic.com/moomin_bc/main.html

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 like to attend, please click link at right. To check who has already registered, click HERE!!
Join the European Business Council (EBC)

Are you facing difficulties doing business in Japan? Would you like to help lobby the Japanese Government to improve the environment for trade and investment in Japan? Would you like to participate in the agenda setting process? Are you looking to share concerns with colleagues? Then perhaps you should consider joining the EBC...

The EBC offers your company an opportunity to:
  • Influence the issues addressed in political forums such as the EU-Japan Summit and the EU-Japan bilateral deregulation dialogue
  • Share information on the market and business environment with colleagues in your sector
  • Liaise with the Japanese Government and various regulatory agencies from a neutral position behind the banner of the EBC
  • Promote European businesses in Japan
Note that the EBC now has a new membership category, Affiliate Members, for companies that are resident in Japan and are members of a European National Chamber of Commerce in Japan. This category allow chamber members, who of their choice are not members of an EBC committee, to support the EBC.

If you are interested in joining an EBC committee, or as an affiliate member, please contact the EBC Secretariat for more information or click below link for details and application forms.

Music from Finland 2010

2010 will be a big year for Finnish traditional music in Japan. Finland is a very rich country with its traditional music. From Pelimanni Music to Sami singing, accordion and fiddle to kantele - there are wide variation of music which you will be never tired of.

There is a famous music style called "Pelimanni". It usually contains four violins, double bass and harmonium and it's performed at weddings and funerals or any festive occasions in their community. JPP, the most important band of this Finnish Pelimanni tradition, is finally coming to Japan. They are from a small village called Järvelä in Ostrobothnia and have been playing together for 27 years. This tour in November is going to be their first in Japan, with concerts in Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo. Also some of JPP members will be touring in Japan as a trio called Nordik Tree. Their concerts will be held in Tokyo and Kamakura.

For those who think November is way too long - Maria Karaniemi, one of the best female accordion player/composer in Europe is coming to Japan in April with her guitar player. Then, last week of May, there's a showcase concert in Shibuya where three bands share the stage. There will be a Finnish Music CD campaign at Tower Records, HMV etc in this spring to support this showcase concert.

More details are available at www.mplant.com and also Yoko Nozaki, the label manager/concert promoter is very keen to collaborate with you all. Any further detail - email her at mplant@mplant.com.
For a flyer (in Japanese) of the coming events, please click link at right!


News from Finland

Finance Minister Katainen would swap PM in June

Jyrki Katainen, the Finnish finance minister and Conservative party leader, was quoted as saying by regional daily Turun Sanomat on Tuesday that Matti Vanhanen should step down as prime minister after June's Centre party conference.

Mr Vanhanen announced in December last year he would not stand for re-election as party leader at the Lahti conference but left the question of prime ministership open.

Mr Katainen was quoted as saying that Mr Vanhanen's successor as party leader should take over as prime minister as well.


Grin of the Week

Business as usual - only in America...

An airliner was having engine trouble, and the pilot instructed the cabin crew to have the passengers take their seats and get prepared for an emergency landing.

A few minutes later, the pilot asked the flight attendants if everyone was buckled in and ready.

"All set back here, Captain," came the reply, "except one lawyer who is still going around passing out business cards."
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.