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  ISSUE 4/2014 10 February 2014   
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We have had a couple of busy weeks with three events in 9 days. First the working luncheon with Confederation of Finnish Industries Chairman Ilko Kokkila on 27 January, the next day the Bowling competition with the Swedish and Norwegian Chambers and last week Wednesday the "Two Boards Meet" luncheon at the Embassy, hosted by H.E. Ambassador Manu Virtamo.
For more about these, read below.

Our next event is again a bit "out of the box", like our tours to the Diet and Nissan Oppama Plant last year. This time we vill make a tour of the National Olympic stadium in Tokyo, which will be completely rebuilt for the 2020 Olympics. Demolishing work will start in July, so time to go before it is gone, more below!

Our energetic columnist has provided a new piece in his column "Aoyama View", this time titled "Abenomics, Abeisms, Now Abefication – He Is All Over. For Some He Was Target Evene in Tokyo Local Election ".

Click banner at right for another great read!

 
Thursday, 27 February - FCCJ Special Event
Tour of the National Olympic Stadium

Our event in February will be a special tour of the National Olympic Stadium in Meiji Jingu. The stadium, built in 1958 as the main stadium for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, will be demolished to make place for the new stadium for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The demolition work will start in July so this is a good chance to see the stadium before it is gone.

The stadium have brought some nice memories for Finns, especially in Javelin throw with Pauli Nevala winning Gold in 1964 and Kimmo Kinnunen also Gold at the World Championships in 1991. We can still see their names on winners' panels at the stadium.

The tour will take 1.5 hours and after that we will have lunch together at a nearby restaurant (T.B.C.)

Details:
Date & Time:Thursday, 27 February, 10.30-13:00
Venue: National Olympic Stadium
10-2, Kasumigaoka-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:3,000 yen/person (incl. entrance fee and lunch)
Registration:by Friday, 21 February

Note that we have to limit the participation to 25 so please sign up soon!

The Stadium is just one minute from the Kokuritsu-Kogijo station on the Oedo Line.
We meet up at the main entrance of the stadium (see map at right below).

To register, click link at right!

Report from FCCJ Board of Trustees and Board of Directors Luncheon

The FCCJ Board of Trustees and Board of Directors net at a luncheon hosted by H.E. Ambassador Manu Virtamo at the Embassy of Finland on Wednesday, 5 February. Despite busy schedules of the top executives and high-ranking officials, 14 of the 15 Board of Trustees members and 11 of the 13 Board of Directors members participated. In addition all the high-ranking diplomats at the Embassy as well as representatives for Finpro and Tekes attended the event, in all 33 participants.

Before enjoying the lunch, Ambassador Virtamo made a brief presentation on current issues at the Embassy and his impressions from the first 4 months on his post.

During the lunch FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen, EBC Treasurer (and FCCJ Board of Trustees member) Erik Ullner, Reijo Munther of Tekes and Timo Varhama, the liaison between the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors also made short introductions to the lively discussions.

For a report with more details from the event,, click links at right!


Report from the Working Luncheon with
Mr. Ilpo Kokkila, Chairman, Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK)


At our working luncheon on Monday 27 January we had the honor of having Mr. Ilpo Kokkila, Chairman, Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) as our guest speaker. Mr. Kokkila was in Japan invited by the Japanese Government.

At the start of the working luncheon Mr. Kokkila gave his views on the current economic and business climate in Finland. According to him, even though Finland from the outside seems to be fine, triple-A ratings, public debt only 60% of GDP, Finland is in a rather critical position now, but the good thing is that all involved parties have started to discuss the problems.

After Mr. Kokkila's presentation the representatives of the Finnish companies gave brief presentations on their business and how they see the importance of the Japanese market for the Finnish businesses.

The event, held at Hotel Okura, was attended by 21 members.

For more about the luncheon, click links at right!


Report from the Joint Nordic Teambuilding Event - Bowling Competition

Members of the Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian Chambers held a joint teambuilding event in the form of a Bowling competition on Tuesday, 28 January at Tokyo Port Bowl. The event was organized by the Swedish Chamber ((SCCJ) which has organized similar events for many years. But this time it was the first time the FCCJ and NCCJ took part.

The 64 participants enjoyed two round of play and a networking party with food and drinks afterwards. The FCCJ had five participants. Plans are to organize a similar event in the autumn and then we hope to have many more participants from our chamber!

For more photos from the event, click links at right!


Tuesday, 25 Febuary - The Danish Chamber of Commerce in Japan Presents
A Night of Good Food and Wine Tasting at the Tokyo American Club

The Danish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (DCCJ) is having a wine tasting and dinner at the Tokyo American Club on 25 February and invites FCCJ members to join.

Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to know something about wine, however....been afraid to ask. Well, fear not!

This time The DCCJ is very  fortunate to have the Wine Director of Tokyo American Club, Mr. Kelley Schaefer (click image for his profile), give us an entertaining evening were we learn about wine and may even try a blind tasting.

Details:
Date & Time:Tuesday, 25 February 25, 19:00 - 22:00
Venue: The Tokyo American Club [MAP]
Cost:Members: 10,000 yen , Non-members: 12,000 yen
Price includes 4 course platted and a selection of wines
Registration:by Friday, 21 February
Any cancellations or no shows after deadline will be charged.

This event is one in a million and guaranteed to be an exciting and educational evening for all.
For more information and to sign-up directly with the DCCJ, click link below.

Thursday, 27 Febuary - Seminar and Reception
EU-Japan, New Strategic Partnership for Future

The EU Studies Institute in Tokyo, HEC Paris and Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank are pleased to invite you to an International Economic Symposium on the theme of "EU-Japan, New Strategic Partnership for Future."

Date:   Thursday 27 February 2014
18:30 - 20:15 Symposium (followed by reception until 21:30)

Place:  Josui Hall, 1-1, 2-chome, Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3261-1101 www.kaikan.co.jp/josui


Please confirm your participation by 21 February 2014 directly with the organiser by: fax (042-580-9109) or by e-mail: hit-u@eusi.jp

For more information and registration, please click links below (English and Japanese versions)


Saturday, 22 Febuary
JANNE MERTANEN - GRIEG PIANO CONCERTO

Special concert ticket offers for the "Finnish - Japanese" Community!

The Embassy of Finland would like to offer a special Concession tickets to enable the "Finnish-Japanese community" and Finnish enthusiasts to enjoy the ultimate "Chopiniana" pianist performing "Grieg Piano Concerto" with a Nordic breath.

DATE & TIME: Sat. 22 Feb. 2:30pm ( doors 1:30pm)
VENUE: Tokyo Metropolitan art Space Great Hall (Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijou), Ikebukuro
DISCOUNTED OFFER:
  • S seats ¥2000 (original price ¥6000)
  • A seats ¥1500 (original price £4500)


  • ABOUT JANNE MERTANEN
    A pianist of international recognition, his Chopin nocturnes CD was awarded the Grand Prix Du Disque Frédérick Chopin at the International Record Competition held every 5 years in Warsaw at the Chopin Competition for the best recorded interpretation of Chopin piano music.
    His Chopin Piano Concertos album have received international acclaim in USA (Fanfare magazine) and in Germany where a critic chose him as one of the top 5 recording, the other being Horovitz, Rubinstein, Pollini and Pogorelich. He was asked to open the Chopin year 2010 season of Helsinki Philharmony at Finlandia Hall conducted by Okko Kamu with two concequent sold out performance of Chopin Concerto.

    PLEASE NOTE:
    These tickets are available only through e mail booking to desk.info@ymail.com (MCS YOUNG ARTISTS FUND)
    Please give your name, mobile and the number and type of tickets.

    For a flyer in Japanese, click link at right.


    News from Finland

    Nokia and HTC settle patent dispute

    Nokia and Taiwan-based HTC have settled all their pending patent litigation, and entered into a patent and technology collaboration agreement.

    HTC will make payments to Nokia and collaboration will involve HTC's LTE patent portfolio. The two companies will also explore future technology collaboration opportunities. The full terms of the agreement are confidential, but it is known that Nokia is dropping all legal action against HTC over the use of its intellectual property.

    Nokia has also been engaged in patent disputes with the Canadian Blackberry (formerly RIM) company and the American Viewsonic.

    Grin of the Week

    Not the Smartest Gold Medalist?

    Related to our tour of the National Olympic Stadium, here is a supposedly true story...

    After winning the Gold Medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, Pauli Nevala was offered appearance fees to participate in local competitions. Once in Kauhajoki, he was offered 20,000 markkas (which was a lot of money in those days) and one third of the ticket proceeds. Mr. Nevala objected, "No way, I wan't to have one fourth!".
    Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt
    If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
    send it to: fccj@gol.com

    ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
    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.