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  ISSUE 26/2012 10 October 2012  
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This is the last reminder for European Chambers Cocktail Party on Thursday, 18 October. Don't miss this opportunity to meet up with fellow businessmen from other European Chambers. Read more below and if you would like to attend and have not yet signed up, please do so today!

The Second Regional FinnCham Regional meeting is held in Shanghai on 26 October, so if you happen to have a business trip there towards the end of the month, please join! More about the meeting below.

Thursday, 18 October - Networking event organized by the French Chamber
European Chambers Cocktail Party

Mix and Mingle with the German, British, French, Finish, Swiss, Austrian, Belgian, Swedish and Japanese business people! A delightful evening awaits you on 18 October with the 3rd edition of our Annual European Chambers Cocktail Party.

Come prepared with your business cards: meet new contacts, develop business leads and catch up with friends and business partners! The evening will feature drinks, hors d'oeuvres and networking to celebrate the second semester of the year.

European Chambers are looking forward to welcoming you and your friends so be sure to reply and confirm your attendance! More than 200 guests joined last year.

Organized by CCIFJ (French). Co-organized by European Chambers in Japan: DIHKJ (German), BCCJ (British), FCCJ (Finish), ABC (Austrian), BLCCJ (Belgian-Luxembourg), SCCIJ (Swiss) and SCCJ (Swedish). With the kind support of European Business Council in Japan (EBC).

Date & Time:Thursday, 18 October, 18.30-21:00
Venue: Hyatt Regency Tokyo , Crystal room [MAP}
Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 9,000 yen
Registration:by Wednesday, 10 October
(Cancellation after this date or no show will be fully charged)

To sign-up, click link at right!
Friday, 26 October., Shanghai
Invitation to the Second Regional FinnCham Meeting

Finnish Business Council Shanghai invites members of all Finnish Chambers of Commerce and other business organizations in Asia to the Second Regional FinnCham Meeting held in Shanghai on Tuesday, 26 October.

The program includes both interesting presentations and casual networking. For more details and instructions on how to sign upo, click link at right.

Friday, 7 December - The Social Highlight of the Year for the Nordic Chambers
The 20th Anniversary Scandinavian Christmas Party

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, is this year held on Friday, 7 December at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel.

As this is the 20th anniversary, the party committee is working on an exciting program with great food and drinks. Don't miss out on this opportunity to join one of the best parties in town for a very reasonable cost, taking into account what it includes!

Sponsor Recruiting
Currently we are recruiting sponsors and advertisers for the party. To get maximum benefit and exposure for your contribution, sign up soon by clicking Sponsoring in the above menu. Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable as it has been throughout the years, for a reasonable cost of participation.

We will open registration for the party on Monday, 22 October.

If you sign-up as a sponsor now (click link below for online sign-up), you will get most benefit of your contribution.

Friday, 19 October - Special Collaboration Dinner
Nordic Start Chefs in Japan


The embassies of the five Nordic countries are collaborating together to hold a food culture promotion project "Nordic Star Chefs in Japan" from 17 to 19 October..

Each chef will collaborate with top restaurants in Tokyo to create special dinners for the guests. Reservations should be made in advance directly with each restaurant. Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi is partnering up with Masayasu Yonemura of gRestaurant Yonemurah in Ginza, Tokyo. His first restaurant opening in Kyoto, Yonemura is known for his creative cuisine of Japanese and French fusion. "Restaurant Yonemura" is always chosen in Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka's Michelin Guides.

  • More from Embassy's Web Site

  • NNF dinner brochure

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  • Master Florist Mr. Jouni Seppänen's Asia Tour

    LINOKA kukka flower schoo l/ Japan-Finland Nordic Style Flower Design Organization has invited the top Finnish flower artist, Mr. Jouni Seppänen to Japan. He has won six times Finnish flower design championship. He is well known in Flower Design internationally as a teacher, competitor and judge, noticed recently in Shanghai 2010 when he made the best bridal bouquet at the flower designer's world championship competition.

    In Japan he will perform flower demonstrations and lessons in Tokyo. Lessons also take place in Chiba and there is a party in a restaurant. You are welcome to join the events. Please look at the info on the homepage and apply!

    The Asia tour will start from Taipei in Taiwan, where Mr. Jouni Seppänen is one of the judges in Taiwan Cup semi-final. The tour will continue in Taipei, where he gives two seminars. After that in Kaochung City, south of Taiwan, he gives also a seminar. From Taiwan he is flying to Hong Kong, where he will give three seminars. From Hong Kong he fly to Tokyo Japan, where he gives two wedding demontrations and two workshops.



  • News from Finland

    Finnish Exports up in August

    Finland's balance of trade for August was in equilibrium, as exports rose and imports fell. However, the overall balance of trade for January through August was 1.3 billion euros in deficit.

    According to preliminary figures from Finnish Customs, exports were up by 5% over the same month of 2011, while imports were down by 3%.

    The data shows the value of both imports and exports was around 4.9 billion euros.

    Even with this balance registered in August, the nation's trade deficit for the first eight months of the year stood at 1.3 billion euros.

    The recovery in exports was led by higher sales abroad of electrical and electronic equipment and pharmaceuticals. Meanwhile, imports of general machinery and equipment, and forest industry machinery fell.

    Grin of the Week

    Diet Tips

    1. If no one sees you eat it, it has no calories
    2. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, they cancel each other out.
    3. When eating with someone else, calories dont count if you both eat the same amount.
    4. Foods used for medicinal purpose have no calories.
        These include any chocolate used for energy, brandy, cheesecake, and ice cream.
    5. Cookie pieces contain no calories, because breakage causes the calories to leak out.
    6. If you eat food from someone else's plate, the calories don't count.
    7. Movie related snacks are much lower in calories because they are part of the entertainment,
        and not ones of personal fuel.

    And, my personal favorite; you can eat as much ice cream you like, the energy consumed by the body to warm up the cold ice cream equals the calories in the ice cream...
    Best regards

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

    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.