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  ISSUE 15/2013 12 June 2013  
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This bulletin serves as the last reminder for the luncheon meeting with Toshiba Corporation's CEO Norio Sasaki. If you would like to participate and have not yet signed up, please do so at latest tomorrow Thursday, details below.

This week we also have a new contribution from our newly retired paper salesman Timo Varhama in his column Aoyama View, this time titled "Abe, Abe, Abe All Over – But Can He Really Deliver?".
Click banner at right for an interesting read!

Monday, 17 June - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Mr. Norio Sasaki, President & CEO, Toshiba Corporation

Our next regular luncheon meeting will be held on Monday, 17 June when we have a prominent Japanese business leader, Mr. Norio Sasaki, President & CEO, Toshiba Corporation, as our guest speaker. The tentative title of Mr. Sasaki's presentation is: "Toshiba's Contribution to Finland's Energy Challenge".

Date & Time:Monday, 17 June , 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace, South Wing 12F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 13 June

About Norio Sasaki
Mr. Sasaki was born in 1949 in Tokyo and graduated from the faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Waseda University in March 1972.

Norio Sasaki's background is in power systems and nuclear generation. He joined Toshiba Corporation’s Nuclear Plant Design and Engineering Department, Nuclear Energy Division, in April 1972, when nuclear power generation was still in its infancy in Japan. Over the course of his career, Mr. Sasaki has made significant contributions to the development of the Japanese nuclear power generation industry. He played major roles in the purchase of leading U.S. nuclear power company Westinghouse Electric in 2006.

From June 2007 to June 2009 Mr. Sasaki oversaw Toshiba Group's overall infrastructure business, a broad range of operations that includes power generation systems, transmission and distribution systems, transportation systems, elevators and escalators, water treatment systems, and medical systems.

In June 2009, Mr. Sasaki was appointed Director, Representative Executive Officer, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Toshiba Corporation.

In January 2013, Mr. Sasaki was appointed as a member of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, headed by the prime minister. Together with the Headquarters for Japan's Economic Revival, the council will play a leading role in the government's economic policy.

About Toshiba
Toshiba is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning information & communications systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems, including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.3 trillion yen (US$63 billion).

If you would like to attend, please click link below, at latest on Thursday. We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Friday, 14 June and "no-shows".
To see who has already signed up, click here.

Tuesday, 2 July - EU-Japan Policy Seminar
New Challenges in Food Safety Review in Japan & EU:
The Example of Food & Feed Additives

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union to Japan is pleased to invite you to a seminar regarding approval procedures for food and feed additives, and food enzymes in Japan and the EU.

The aim of this seminar is to increase the understanding of each other's risk assessment and evaluation procedures, promote discussion between the regulators including through the exchange of good practices and foster a dialogue between regulators and the industry.

Representatives from the FSC, MHLW and MAFF on the Japanese side and officials form EFSA and DG SANCO on the EU side will present their respective safety assessment approaches in a first panel. Industry representatives from the EU and Japan will share their perspective on what the future holds in the field of food and feed additives in a second dedicated panel.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 2 July, 13:30 - 17:30 (Networking Reception 17:30-)
Venue: Delegation of the European Union to Japan
Registration:by Monday, 24 June

Please click link at right for more information and to register, directly to EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.

Production of EBC's Year 2013 White Paper
- Request for Sponsorship & Advance Orders

This year, the EBC will again produce the EBC White Paper, its hallmark annual report on the business and investment environment, in English and Japanese, for release in mid November. This will be the 13th in the series. With the EU-Japan FTA negotiations underway, the White Paper will serve as a valuable reference for both our Japanese and European interlocutors.

However, the White Paper production depends on kind financial contributions from our members and supporters to help cover the costs of production, translation, and distribution.

We are requesting EBC members and supporters to contribute as Pinnacle Sponsors, Gold-Star Sponsors, Blue-Star Sponsors, Special Sponsors or Sponsors in return for visible acknowledgment in both the English and Japanese versions as indicated below. Pinnacle, Gold-Star and Blue-Star sponsor logos will be placed on the EBC homepage and all sponsor logos will be placed on a dedicated page in our website for 12 months from publication.

The EBC will also take advance orders for the white papers at 5,000 yen for one set (1 English and 1 Japanese version per set) as another form of sponsorship to assist with cost-recovery. Companies placing advance orders will be listed in the white paper as Supporters.

Please click link at right for more information and to sign-up as sponsor or make advance orders.
News from Finland

Helsinki cheaper than other Nordic cities for expats
A new survey of the cost of living around the world has found that Helsinki is cheaper to live in than other Nordic capitals.

The survey by the consulting firm ECA International placed Helsinki at number 20 on the list of most expensive capitals for expatriates to live in.

The international ranking profiles Helsinki as the cheapest Nordic country. Copenhagen ranks 12th in the survey, while Stockholm came in 15th position.

Published yesterday, the survey found that Tokyo is no longer the priciest place to stay – that dubious distinction now belongs to Oslo, the Norwegian capital.

The Japanese capital Tokyo, which was ranked as the most expensive place for the past three years, was knocked down the ranking to sixth position in the survey.

Now ahead of Tokyo are Oslo in first place, followed by Luanda in Angola, Stavanger in Norway, Juba in southern Sudan and the Russian capital Moscow.

The cost of living in some African countries was found to be relatively high because imported western goods are often high-priced.

Grin of the Week

Paying back for old times

When asked for her occupation, a woman charged with a traffic violation said she was a schoolteacher.

The judge rose from the bench. "Madam, I have waited years for a schoolteacher to appear before this court," he smiled with delight.
"Now sit down at that table and write 'I will not pass through a red light' five hundred times."
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 64 corporate members, 12 individual and one special member.