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  ISSUE 10/2012 11 April 2012  
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This is the final reminder for the Stora Enso Cup played on Friday, 20 April. We have now 16 players signed up, the Swedish Chamber also has 16, so we can expect a good competition.. But we still have some slots available, so if you would like to play and have not yet signed up, please do so at latest coming Friday, Details below!

The Foreign Chambers 21st Business Confidence Survey started yesterday. I sent then out an email to all our Finnish affiliated members, but in case you missed it, click here to enter the survey.

This week we have a new contribution from Japan veteran in Finnish business his column Aoyama View, this time titled "Spring in Tokyo, Dark Clouds in Nagatacho ".

Click banner at right for timely and interesting read.

Report from the EBC Sustainable Development Conference

The inaugural EBC Sustainable Development Conference, titled "The End of Business as We Know it", was held on Tuesday, 10 April at Hotel Okura attended by about 2V0 members from 15 chambers of commerce. .

Paul Roberts, author of The End of Oil and The End of Food, Taro Kono, M.P., House of Representatives, LDP, and Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, Ambassador of the EU to Japan, headed a lineup of distinguished speakers who covered many key areas that will determine the outlook for business and people's quality of life in the future.

For more about the conference, organized by the European Business Council in Japan (EBC), in collaboration with other foreign chambers of commerce in Japan, click links at right.
Friday, 20 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Spring 2012

The 20th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup, is played as planned. on Friday, 20 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.. At the same time we also play the FCCJ Cup for FCCJ members and the SCCJ Spring Cup for SCCJ members.

The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture. First tee-off is at 8:35 and the cost is 18,500 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Monday, 16 April - The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan presents:
Mike Alfant, ACCJ President
William Pesek, Bloomberg News

ACCJ President Mike Alfant will talk about why he is enthusiastic that the ACCJ has decided to form the Women in Business Committee and will outline his view of the needs facing women in business in Japan.

He will share the podium with William Pesek, a long term Japan hand and Tokyo-based columnist for Bloomberg News. William provides opinions and commentary on economics, business, markets, and politics throughout the region. William recently has been focusing on the role of women in business in Japan, which has resulted in a fascinating series of articles. He will address the audience on his findings.

Date & Time:Monday, 16 April, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Tokyo American Club, Manhattan Room (Lower Level)MAP
Cost:3,500 yen
Registration:by Wednesday, 11 April

Join the newly formed Women in Business Committee for this provocative discussion for their first formal event to launch the Committee.

For more information, also about the Women in Business Committee, and registration form for the event, click link at right.

News from Finland

Itochu To Invest In Metsa Fibre

Itochu Corp. has reached a basic agreement to acquire a 24.9% stake in major Finnish pulp maker Metsa Fibre for 472 million euros, or roughly 52 billion yen, The Nikkei learned Tuesday.

Pending approval from a local anti-monopoly authority, the Japanese trading house is looking to complete the transaction as early as next month. The purchase will make Itochu the second-largest shareholder after parent Metsa Group.

Itochu will gain rights to handle an additional roughly 1.1 million tons of Metsa Fibre's pulp. This will boost Itochu's total annual handling of pulp by roughly 50% to 3.25 million tons, pushing up its global market share to about 6% and solidifying its position as the No. 1 pulp handler in the world.

Metsa Fibre operates four pulp plants in Finland. Its annual output of 2.4 million tons makes it the world's fifth-largest pulp producer, and the second biggest in softwood pulp.

Metsa Fibre, which posted sales of roughly 140 billion yen in 2011, has mostly focused its sales efforts on Europe. By accepting Itochu's investment, the Finnish firm will be able to expand its presence in Asia, where demand for pulp continues to climb.

Grin of the Week

Drive-trough ATM Instructions

Sorry for a long one, but think you guys find an ounce of truth in it. Ladies - I have one for you next time...

1. Drive up to the cash machine.
2. Put down your car window.
3. Insert card into machine and enter PIN.
4. Enter amount of cash required and withdraw.
5. Retrieve card, cash and receipt.
6. Put window up.
7. Drive off.

1. Drive up to cash machine.
2. Reverse and back up the required amount to align car window with the machine.
3. Set parking brake, put the window down.
4. Find handbag, remove all contents on to passenger seat to locate card.
5. Tell person on cell phone you will call them back and hang up.
6. Attempt to insert card into machine.
7. Open car door to allow easier access to machine due to its excessive distance from the car.
8. Insert card.
9. Re-insert card the right way.
10. Dig through handbag to find diary with your PIN written on the inside back page.
11. Enter PIN.
12. Press cancel and re-enter correct PIN.
13. Enter amount of cash required.
14. Check makeup in rear view mirror.
15. Retrieve cash and receipt.
16. Empty handbag again to locate wallet and place cash inside.
17. Write deposit amount in check register and place receipt in back of checkbook.
18. Re-check makeup.
19. Drive forward 2 meters.
20. Reverse back to cash machine.
21. Retrieve card.
22. Re-empty hand bag, locate card holder, and place card into the slot provided.
23. Give appropriate one-fingered hand signal to irate male driver waiting behind you.
24. Restart stalled engine and pull off.
25. Redial person on cell phone.
26. Drive for 2 to 3 km.
27. Release Parking Brake.
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.