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  ISSUE 1/2012 11 January 2012  
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We are back in business in the year of the Dragon after a fairly long holiday season. Hope that all of my readers hopefully had relaxing and invigorating time off.

Our first event in 2012 is a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening on Thursday, 26 January, this time we will try a new venue, the Finland Café in Daikanyama. Read more below!

Our Japan veteran in Finnish business on Aoyama dori has taken time from his busy "shinnenkai" schedule to make a new contribution in his column, this time titled "The Future and the Past ", with a nice link to our club evening.
Click banner at right for an educating and entertaining read.

Thursday, 26 January
FCCJ Club Evening at Finland Café

Our first event in 2012 will be a Club Evening, held on Thursday, 26 January. This time we will have a new venue for a change, the Finland Café in Daikanyama.

Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by Finnish style food and drinks!


Date & Time: Thursday, 26 January, 19:00-21:00
Place: Finland Cafè, Daikanyama Plaza B1, 24-7, Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 5,000 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and buffet
Registration:by Monday 23 January

We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

More about Finland Café:

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 would like to attend, please click link at right.

Invitation to Kyoto for Meeting Planners

Kyoto Convention Bureau invites you to join fellow event planners for a two day learning-focused workshop in Kyoto about using this city to add value to your corporate events. The itinerary will look at Kyoto from the perspective of meeting, incentive travel and corporate event planning. We aim to show you all of the things that you know to expect from Kyoto hospitality, plus one or two things that perhaps you do not.

Dates: Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th February 2012

Scope of invitation
Round trip travel to Kyoto, transport arrangements in Kyoto, one night hotel accommodation, meals, all education activities

Who should take part?
Programme participants must be responsible for planning, organising, recommending or making financial decisions for any of these types of event in Japan. In principal participants will be executives from end-user companies who are involved with meetings, conferences and incentive travel programmes.

For more information, registration and schedule, click links below.

News from Finland

Nokia launches 4G Windows phone in US

Nokia unveiled its Windows-based smartphone at an annual technology-related trade show in Las Vegas on Monday. The Lumia 900 will be offered exclusively on the latest generation 4G LTE network of US telecom giant AT&T.

The move is part of the ailing Finnish mobile phone giant's continued effort to gain a stronger foothold in the US market. AT&T's mobile-phone network is the second largest in the US, making the deal a significant one for Nokia.

The two firms did not disclose the price or release date for the Lumia 900. The company plans to start its US invasion on January 11 with a Lumia 710 model that will be priced at 49 dollars when bought with T-Mobile service contracts.

Nokia launched its first two Windows-based phones in October of last year. The predecessor of the Lumia 900, the Lumia 800, is on sale in a number of European countries, but estimates of sales figures vary.

Nokia's share price climbed steadily on Helsinki's OMX exchange all Tuesday, ending the day up by nearly five percent.

Grin of the Week

Kids are smarter than you think

One day a guy was driving with his 4-year-old daughter and beeped his car horn by mistake.
She turned and looked at him for an explanation.
He said, "I did that by accident."
She replied, "I know that, daddy."
He replied, "How'd you know?"
The girl said, "Because you didn't say 'ASSHOLE!' afterwards!"
Finally, the results of the participants' survey for the Scandinavian Christmas Party are now up. Please go to the web site to see what the respondents thought about the party.

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.