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  ISSUE 35/2017 11 December 2017 
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The Scandinavian Christmas Ball held last Thursday proved again to be a great success much appreciated by all the 255 participants. Read the report below!

This was our last event this calendar year. We start off the new year with our traditional "Shinnenkai" (New Year' Party) Club Evening held at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka.
More information below!

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has provided his, perhaps, last article for this year. This time titled "Missiles, footballers and fishermen from North - Big spending on child care to get more mothers working ".

This time it covers a variety of subjects. Click banner at right to find out more!

Report from the 25thScandinavian Christmas Ball

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers of Commerce in Japan, the Scandinavian Joint Christmas Ball was held on Thursday, 7 December 2017 at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel in Ebisu, where the party has been held also in 2005-2009 and 2011-2016.

The party was attended by 255 members and guests from the five Nordic Chambers. By chambers the SCCJ had 150 participants, FCCJ 38, DCCJ 27, ISCCJ 25 and NCCJ 15.

The ball started with a Lucia procession and greetings from the organizing committee. During the five course dinner, accompanied by fine wines and other drinks chased down with Scandinavian drink songs, the participants could enjoy an exciting Awaodori show and get thrilled in lotteries for 12 valuable prizes.

Santa paid a visit to the Ball, arriving on a Volvo bicycle, assisting in the many lotteries.

The evening was ended off with a lot of dancing until midnight to the tunes of Brad and the Hitmen, our favorite band for 15 years (since 2003).
For more about the Ball, with a lot of images, click link at right.
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 - Club Evening
FCCJ Sinnenkai Party at the Sandinavian Center

Our first event in 2018 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 31 January. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by food and drinks!

Pekka Laitinen will inform us of the newly established Business Finland which will be created on 1 January 2018 through the merger of Finpro and Tekes.

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

Date & Time:Wednesday, 31 January, 18:30-21:00
Place: Scandinavian Center
2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Including buffet and free flowing drinks
Registration:by Monday, 29 January

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.

Click link at right to sign-up for the event.
Thursday, 14 December - JMEC Alumni Association Event
JMECAA End of Year Bash
The JMEC Alumni Association is pleased to invite you to our End of Year Bash. Spend a few hours networking, eating great food, drinking and having fun. There will be a special raffle with great prizes so bring your name card (meishi) for a chance to win.

We highly recommend to get your Advanced tickets on Peatix - 4,500 yen (link below). The price at the door will be 6,000 yen!

     Date & Time: Thursday, 14 December, 19:00 - 21:30
     Venue: Public Six
     Admission: 4,500 yen on Peatix, 6,000 yen at the door (Set course & All you can drink)

Click link at right for more information and registration.
News from Finland

Finance Minister Orpo predicts debt level drop

Finnish Finance Minister Petteri Orpo appeared on Yle's morning talk show on Saturday with a positive message: he says Finland's economic situation is looking up - even more, in fact, than his ministry had earlier predicted - and this means the state hasn't had to take on as much debt as it had anticipated.

Orpo says unemployment figures were worse one year ago, when this year's budget was being negotiated, than they are today.

"Now the indicators look different. In the autumn it was still estimated that the [2017] debt forecast would be 4.5 billion euros. But we currently find ourselves in a situation in which the State Treasury has issued a three-billion-euro estimate for the sum required," the minister told the public broadcaster.

"It looks as if the drop in the necessary debt load will be quite significant. Next year's budget has been built on the idea of taking on three billion euros more in debt, but I believe that by supporting economic growth and more jobs, we could stand a chance to lower this," Orpo said.

Despite the signs of an economic upswing, the Finance Minister nevertheless says it is wisest to stick with his centre-right government's strict cost-saving economic policies for the time being. He says this way Finland could get back on its feet well enough to potentially stop the need to take on more debt all together.
Grin of the Week

It does not pay off to be untruthful...

Abe and Morey, two salesmen for an advertising agency, were traveling together through the US midwest, when they were caught in a driving snow storm, the conditions got worse, finally slid off into a ditch. Fortunately there was a house nearby. They waded through the snow to the house and the lady who answered the door let them in.

She prepared a meal for them and during the conversation Abe and Morey learned that she was a widow of a few years standing. Conditions continued to deteriorate, and she prepared the guest rooms for Abe and Morey.

The next day a snowplow came through and helpfully pulled the salesmen's car our of the ditch.

Abe and Morey thanked the widow Brown and went.
Nine months later, Abe called Morey, and asked if Morey had, by some chance, drifted down the hall to the widow Brown's bedroom after he (Abe) had gone to sleep. After a little hesitation, Morey admitted he had. With a little further prodding, he admitted that he had given the good lady Abe's name, address and phone number, not his own.

Where upon Abe said, "That explains this letter from her lawyer saying she has left her entire estate to me!"
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 700 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 64 corporate members, 12 individual and one special member.