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  ISSUE 23/2012 10 September 2012  
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We will have our September event in cooperation with the ACCJ who has kindly invited us to join their luncheon meeting with Tony Tyler, the Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Read more about this event below and sign up directly with us, no later than Thursday!.

The dead-line for signing up to the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup is also coming closer (Friday 14). we have less than 10 slots left on the European team so if you plan to join and have not yet signed up, do so soon! For more, see below.

This week we have a new contribution from Japan veteran in Finnish business his column Aoyama View, this time titled simply "'Summer ends, action starts", where our columnist traverses skillfully between subjects from summer festivals to sports, from politics to energy issues and from sumo to prime ministers. Click banner at right for an interesting read!

Wednesday, 19 September - American Chamber Event
Maximizing Aviation's Power for Japan

Please join the ACCJ for a special event featuring Tony Tyler, the Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and former CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways.

Aviation is an important industry for Japan. It contributes over 3 trillion yen to the Japanese GDP and supports over 400,000 jobs. Moreover, aviation-enabled connectivity is the backbone of the Japanese economy linking business to global markets and people to global experiences. Without aviation's connectivity, Japan would be a very different place. But could a more competitive aviation sector play an even bigger role in shoring-up Japan's economy?

Date & Time:Wednesday, 19 September , 12.00-14:00
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Coriander 2F [MAP]
Cost:Members 5,900 yen, Guests 6,900 yen
Registration:by Thurssday, 13 September

Japanese aviation industry is at a turning point. Infrastructure capacity is creating new opportunities. The low-cost sector is taking off and the governments is planning to double the 2010 international tourist arrivals to some 18 million by 2016. However, Japan ranks 137th among the 139 countries surveyed on price competitiveness in the World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index. What measures--policy or otherwis--are needed to ensure that aviation in Japan delivers on its potential?

Mr. Tyler will share his views on what is needed for a more competitive aviation sector in Japan and the future of global aviation.

Before taking the helm of IATA in July 2011, Mr. Tyler held numerous positions at Cathay Pacific Airways including CEO, COO and Director of of Corporate Development. Early in his career, Tyler was posted in Osaka and has maintained strong contacts with Japan ever since.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right to register. We will take registrations and also collect the fee at the venue.
Friday, 28 September - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2012

The 10th Anniversary North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2012, will be played on Friday, 28 September, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force is working hard to make this 10th Anniversary event a memorable one for all participants. Among other exciting new features, and as an added bonus, we will have an "after-party", free for all players with their significant other at the Mercedes-Benz Connection in Nogizaka (opposite Tokyo Midtown) on Thursday, 4 October.

The participation fees are same as last year, i.e. a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,000 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, and the after-party, for a total of 24,000 yen. Note that bus transportation is free for the 40 first to sign-up for it.

Sponsoring the event
If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Your contribution could be either money or goods/services. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services).

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
Thursday, 13 September - Ecentral Networking Event
After 7

Date:   Thursday, 13 September
Time:   19:00 - 21:00
Place:  LEG.A Roppongi (opposite Tokyo Midtown)
Cost:   Advanced tickets: 3,200 yen, at the door: 4,000 yen
Two drinks and food included

Sign-up now to take part in After 7, Ecentral's major networking event where managers, executives and CEOs come together for an informal and relaxed party to build new relationships and expand your network with high-profile people. Held once a year, the 4 previous events encountered a tremendous success with over 400 participants at each thanks in part to being co-promoted by the FCCJ and 11 other Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Tokyo, JapanToday news site, and various other media.

This year's event will take place at Ristorazione LEG.A (opposite Tokyo Mid Town).
We look forward to seeing you at After 7 and good luck winning one of the great prizes.

For details and to sign-up, click link at right.

Request from the EBC:
Questionnaire on Measures under the Action Program 2012

The Cabinet Office has asked the EBC's assistance in distributing the Cabinet Office's annual survey on public procurement in Japan.

Completed questionnaire and any questions that you may have regarding this exercise should be addressed to:
Mr. Kenji Maeda, the Office of Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary 1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8968 Tel 03-5253-2111 ex82441 Fax: 03-3593-2259 E-mail:

Click link below for the survey form. Deadline for submission is 5 October. Please mail, fax or e-mail to Mr. Maeda.
News from Finland

New Nokia flagship out in late November?

Nokia will start selling its new Lumia 920 flagship smartphone in Europe in November, operator sources told Reuters on Friday.

Nokia's Jo Harlow showed off a new Lumia on Wednesday. Image: Yle / Jukka Niva The 920 and the lower-priced 820, both running on Microsoftfs new Windows Phone 8 operating system, were introduced at a press event in New York on Wednesday.

At that point CEO Stephen Elop refused to specify a shipping date or price, saying simply that the phones would be out sometime in the fourth quarter in select markets.

An executive at an eastern European operator said he would start sales of the Lumia 920 in the second half of November, adding larger countries would receive the model earlier that month.

A source at a Nordic operator said sales at his carrier would start in mid-to-late November.

Grin of the Week

Late Delivery

A customer sent an order to a distributor for a large amount of goods totaling a great deal of money.

The distributor noticed that the previous bill hadn't been paid. The collections manager left a voice-mail for them saying, "We can't ship your new order until you pay for the last one."

The next day the collections manager received a collect phone call, "Please cancel the order. We can't wait that long."
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, 12 individual and one special member.