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  ISSUE 12/2011 11 May 2011  
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Disaster Relief with a Finnish Touch

The FCCJ has launched a disaster relief project. It will provide the Finnish Business Community and related organizations and individuals to participate in a relief effort with "A Finnish Touch" for the Tohoku area.

The target for the relief effort is mainly children as Finland has two characters, the Moomins and Santa Claus, which are also well-known and liked by Japanese children.

The objective is not primarily to collect money but to bring happiness to children by the visit of the characters and gifts that they bring with them. A Charity Event will be organized 1 June (see more about this event below) to collect funds to make sure that enough gifts and other items can be procured and distributed.

The first visit would be by the Moomins late July/early August. If this is successful and enough resources are available, a visit by Santa Claus would be organized early December.
For more about the project, go here.   

Somewhat related to the above, we have, "just out of the mill", a new contribution from our paper salesman on Aoyama dori in his column "Aoyama View", this time titled "Getting back to normal: Criticism is now OK! ". Click banner at right for some interesting thoughts on the current situation!

 
Tuesday, 24 May - Joint Nordic Luncheon Meeting
Mr. Mika Vehviläinen, President & CEO of Finnair

Our next regular luncheon meeting, which is a joint Nordic Chamber event, will be held on Tuesday, 24 May as a joint Nordic event with Mr. Mika Vehviläinen, President & CEO of Finnair, as our guest speaker.

The theme of Mr. Vehviläinen's presentation is: "Finnair - Asian Strategy and Japan"

Details:
Date & Time:Tuesday, 24 May, 12.30-14:30 (note time)
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
Cost: 6,000 yen (members), 8,000 yen (others) - collected at the door
Registration:Friday, 20 May

Mr. Vehviläinen's Profile
Mika Vehviläinen (51) has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Finnair Oyj since February 1, 2010. Before joining Finniar, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks. He joined Nokia in 1991 and has since worked not only in Networks, but also in Nokia Mobile Phones and Nokia Ventures Organization.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Business from the Helsinki School of Economics and an Advanced Management Program Degree from Harvard Business School.

About Finnair
The most direct route from Europe to Japan and other important Asian destinations is via Helsinki. Finnair operates a total of 74 flights per week to Asia, flies to three destinations in Japan (daily to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya), 11 destinations across Asia, and more than 40 European cities- adding up to more than 400 routes. In addition to fast and diverse connections, Finnair offers a modern, environmentally sound fleet and excellent service

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link below.
To check if you have already registered, click here.

Wednesday, 1 June - FCCJ Charity Event
Disaster Relief with a Finnish Touch

As part of our relief effort with we will organize a Charity Event at the Embassy of Finland on Wednesday, 1 June at 18:00.

We promise you an interesting evening with special entertainment by the famous Finnish popular music singer Matti Esko, as well as good food and drinks. Matti Esko is in Japan especially for the Charity events - courtesy of Finnair (flight tickets) and Honka Japan (accommodation and local transportation).

But perhaps even a better reason to participate is that you could make a valuable contribution for our relief effort by taking part in the charity auction and lottery, as well as purchase some special items at the sales counter.

Details:
Date & Time:Wednesday, 1 June, 18.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Finland   MAP
Cost: 10,000 yen (mainly as charity donation) - collected at the door
Registration:Friday, 27 May

The main objective of the event to collect funds to make sure that enough gifts and other items (e.g. playground equipment, small cabins, sports equipment) can be procured for the visit by the Moomins to Tohoku area late July/early August.

Please feel free to invite as many colleagues as friends as possible!
The participation fee (donation at the door) is reasonable but we give you many opportunities to contribute more in the sales, lottery and charity auction. So do not forget to bring enough cash., although more expensive purchases can be invoiced.

For a flyer presenting the project and the event, incl. registration form, click link below.
You could also register for the Charity event by clicking here.

Thursday, 19 May - EBC Event
METI Briefing on Mandatory or Voluntary Cuts in Electricity Usage

METI will visit the EBC office to explain their "Outline of electricity supply-demand measures in Summer time". This includes asking commpanies and households to make cuts in the usage of electricity. The current thinking of METI is to request cuts in the neighbourhood of 15 % for both households and companies. The scheme will be voluntary for household and small- and medium sized companies while for big companies the reduction will be mandatory. The drafts indicate that a big company is a company that uses more than 500 kW.

The briefing will be at the EBC office 19 May at 08:30. Please let the EBC know if you intend to participate by mail, ebc@gol.com, before close of business on Monday, 16 May.

Please be aware that the venue for the briefing might be shifted to METI depending upon number of participants.


Danish Chamber Relief Project
Danish Art and Design for Japan

Organized by DCCJ and supported by the Embassy of Denmark "Danish Art and Design for Japan" is an exhibition and auction of Danish design, art and lifestyle products in support of Japan following the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

From May 5th to May 22nd DCCJ will organize an exhibition and auction of Danish art, design and lifestyle products at the Hillside Forum Gallery in Daikanyama.

Products shown at the exhibition will be auctioned away and all proceeds will go to support a children related project in a community devastated by the March 11th earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

For more, go to the DCCJ web site by clicking here.


JMEC Recruiting New Program Director

The Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster the development of foreign business in Japan while enhancing the business skills of up-and-coming executives. It is a program centered on an annual business plan competition for working professionals, for which teams write business plans for client companies and a panel of JMEC judges.

JMEC is currently in search of a full-time Program Director beginning July 1, 2011, with a paid, part-time training period in June. The main function of the Program Director is to ensure a smooth implementation and delivery of each JMEC program year. The

For a job description and further details, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Finnish March manufacturing orders up 24.7 pct yr/yr

Finland's manufacturing order intake rose by some 24.7 per cent year-on-year in March, Statistics Finland said in a statement Tuesday.

The agency added that orderbooks had grown thicker in all industries, with particularly rapid growth in the wood-processing industry.

Metal industry orders also grew but continued to lag behind the record levels seen in 2006 and 2007.


Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
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.