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  ISSUE 28/2011 10 November 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We have three own events left in this fiscal year, all very different - the traditional golf match against the Swedish Chamber on Friday, 18 November, a luncheon meeting on Tuesday, 29 November and then the Scandinavian Christmas Party on Friday, 9 December. Read more about the golf (registration dead-line tomorrow Friday) and the luncheon below.

We are now taking registrations for the Christmas Party. Go to the party's web site and sign up soon if you plan to attend. For companies planning to take full tables, note that to secure your seats you could make a reservation for approximate numbers now and give names later.

We also have a very timely contribution from our Japan veteran in Finnish business on Aoyama dori in his column "Aoyama View. The focus is again on the debt crisis in Europe, now titled "Eurospectacle spirals on", but also some reflections on Tohoku, and last but not least, what his own company has done recently for the relief efforts. Click banner at right for some interesting reading!

Report form the FCCJ Luncheon Meeting on 1 November

At our October luncheon, which actually was held on Tuesday, 1 November, Pekka Laitinen, FCCJ Board Member (who also acted as our project manager for the tour) and Timo Varhama, FCCJ Board of Trustees members gave us an educating and at times entertaining report from the Fact Finding and Contact Tour to Vladivostok, conducted between the 5th and 8th of October.

In their presentations, Mr. Laitinen and Mr. Varhama started by giving an introduction to the region and the major economic activities, including a huge import of Japanese cars and presented the current projects under way, much related to the coming APEC summit in 2012. They also presented the sites the tour participants, 30 representatives from Tokyo, Helsinki and Moscow, visited and ended their presentation with an overview of what is expected to happen in the area after the APEC summit in November 2012.

For a report from the event, which also included a brief presentation of the recently conducted Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey, click link at right.

Friday, 18 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2011

The 20th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 18 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.

This time the venue is the same as in spring, Taiheiyo Club Narita Course, which is conveniently located just 6 km off the Tomisato I.C. (one before Narita) on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway.

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form (registration dead-line Friday 11th), click link at right.
Thursday, 24 November - Sasakawa Peace Foundation Commemorative Lecture
On peace mediation - learning from the experiences of President Ahtisaari

Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland and the Nobel Peace Prize-laureate in 2008, is coming to Japan to give a lecture on 24 November. Invited by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, this will be his first visit to Japan since he won the Nobel Prize for his contributions toward conflict resolution and peace mediation in disputed areas around the world.

Details are as follows:
Date & Time:Thursday, 24 November, 16.00-18:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Heian Room (Main Bldg. 1F)  MAP
Cost:Free of charge
Language:Japanese/English (with simultaneous translation)
Registration:by Friday, 18 November

About President Ahtisaari
Upon leaving the presidential office in 2000, President Ahtisaari founded Crisis Management Initiative, the non-governmental organization, and successfully facilitated the peace process between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement. President Ahtisaari has worked earnestly for conflict resolution and peace building in many difficult conflict areas worldwide, with capacities including the chair of an independent panel on the security and safety of UN personnel in Iraq (2003), the UN Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa (Somalia and neighboring parts of northeastern Africa, 2003`2005), and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the future status process for Kosovo (November 2005`February 2008).

For more information and registratione at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation's website, click links below.

Tuesday, 29 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
JP Takala, Head of Japan R&D, Nokia Siemens Networks Japan

Our next regular luncheon meeting will be held on Tuesday, 29 November when Mr. JP Takala, Head of Japan R&D, Nokia Siemens Networks Japan Corp. will speak about NSN current business in Japan and their strategies and challenges going forward.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 29 November, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F)
Cost: 6,000 yen (members), 8,000 yen (others)
- collected at the door
Registration:by Friday, 25 November

About Nokia Siemens Networks
Every day a quarter of the world's population connect using Nokia Siemens Networks infrastructure and solutions. This is a significant part of the resource that, by 2015, will connect five billion people and many more devices and applications.

  • Top 3 player in key carrier markets: #2 wireless, #3 wireline, #2 services
  • 600+ Communications Service Provider (CSP) customers in 150 countries including 80 of the top 100 CSPs globally
  • Number 1 in mobile broadband with over 450 radio customers and the most commercial LTE references of any vendor
  • Number 1 in customer experience management with over 1.8b subscriber data management end users
  • A leader in services with 36K+ professionals in more than 150 countries worldwide
  • Best smart device experience - up to 50% less signaling traffic and 80% longer battery life

  • If you would like to attend, please click link at right.

    News from Finland

    MTV3 poll puts Finland's Niinisto at 47 pct

    Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV3 on Wednesday quoted a poll as indicating that about 47 per cent of the public supported Sauli Niinisto, the National Coalition party candidate in next year's presidential election.

    Timo Soini, the leader of the Finns party, came second with nine per cent, followed by Paavo Vayrynen of the Centre party, the Greens' Pekka Haavisto and Paavo Lipponen of the Social Democratic party.

    Commissioned by MTV3, Research Finland interviewed about 1,000 people in late October and early November.

    The first round of the presidential election is to be held January next year.

    Grin of the Week


    (sorry to sensitive readers; this is slighly on the "dirty" side, but as you know, spaghetti can be messy...)

    A wealthy man was having an affair with an Italian woman for a few years. One night, during one of their rendezvous, she confided in him that she was pregnant.

    Not wanting to ruin his reputation or his marriage, he paid her a large sum of money if she would go to Italy to have the child. If she stayed in Italy, he would also provide child support until the child turned 18.

    She agreed, but wondered how he would know when the baby was born. To keep it discrete, he told her to mail him a post card, and write "Spaghetti" on the back. He would then arrange for child support.

    One day, about 9 months later, he came home to his confused wife.

    "Honey," she said, "you received a very strange post card today."
    "Oh, just give it to me and I'll explain it later," he said.

    The wife obeyed, and watched as her husband read the card, turned white, and fainted.

    On the card was written "Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti. Two with meatballs, one without."
    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.