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  ISSUE 19/2011 12 July 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We will now take a summer break from our regular activities until 24 August when we have the FCCJ Yakatabune Cruise (read more below).

But we will not close down, there's still a lot to do "behind the scene" like preparing for the Charity Event in Sendai on Wednesday, 3 August in Sendai and work on the projects confirmed for our autumn and winter season, like:
  • Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup, 30 September
  • Business Promotion and Contact Trip to Vladivostok, 5-8 October
  • Scandinavian Christmas Party, 9 December

  • But we will do this staying cool and saving energy...;-)

    Also we would like to remind our Finnish affiliated members of the EU-Japan FTA information and discussion event to be held on Thursday, 28 July at 16:00 at the Embassy.
    Click here for a briefing in English and Japanese on the issue from the EBC.
    If you have not received the invitation, or would like to participate and have not yet signed up, mail me!

    Report from the Charity Event in Sendai on Wednesday, 3 August -
    "Bringing Joy to the Children of Tohoku!"

    As a first action the the Charity project, an event was organized on Wednesday, 3 August at Nobisuku Sendai with two Moomins from Mominworld.

    The Moomins performed at two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. After the preformances, 250 gift bags containing Moomin themed presents were distributed to the childen. An additional 250 gift bags have been distributed to two other facilities in the Sendai area.

    The event was very successful and the children as well as their fathers and mothers showed a great appreciation for both the Moomins and the presents.

    For a report with a lot of images from the event, click link at right.

    Wednesday, 24 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
    Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise

    Based on the success of last year's cruise we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Wednesday, 24 August!

    We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashim dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style.

    Date & Time:Wednesday, 24 August , 18.30-21:00
    Embarkation: Funayado Amisei, 2-1-26, Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
    Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
    Registration:by Friday, 16 July

    Even though we have reservced a bigger boat (max, capacity 80) this year, we expect the event to be sold out, so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
    For more information and registration form for the event, click link at right.

    New book: The Door to North - Helsinki

    The team that previously produced the Finnair's In-Flight Magazine "KIITOS" has published a book titled "The Door to North - Helsinki". Mr. Makoto Hagiwara, with help from Mr. Eiji Ina and Mr. Shigeyuki Ohara, has edited 12 articles introduced in KIITOS magazine and unpublished stories with more than 300 of original photographs.
    For more, go to:

    The book is on sale at major bookstores and internet shopping sites like Amazon.

    Request: Donations of Digital TV's for Finland Village

    As those of you living in Japan know, from 24 July terrestrial TV broadcasts will be digital only. At Finland Village we have three analog TV sets that need to be replaced, or equipped with a digital tuner.
    Nokia Japan has donated one set, but we need two more...

    If you are planning to buy a new TV and want to get rid of your old, but still digital one, please contact me for details and pick-up arrangements.

    If you would like to know more about Finland Village, click link at right, where you also find the latest newsletter. Note that FCCJ members, even though they are not shareholders could test-use the village for member rates.

    News from Finland

    Helsinki-Vantaa first-half passenger numbers hit record 7.3m

    Helsinki-Vantaa airport, Finland's main hub, said in a statement Monday that a record 7.3 million passengers had used the airport in the first half of the year, marking an increase of some 18 per cent from the year-ago period.

    Kimmo Ruotsalainen, marketing head at Finavia, formerly known as the Finnish Aviation Administration, said two new carriers had launched operations to and from the airport in the first half of the year, with existing ones opening new routes.

    Finavia, a government-owned body that runs the airport, expects passenger number growth to continue next summer thanks to Finnair's new service to Chongqing in China.

    Grin of the Week

    Just Plain Bad News

    The pretty secretary came in late for work the third day in a row. The boss called her into his office and said, "Now look Sharon, I know we had a wild fling for a while, but that's over. I expect you to conduct yourself like any other employee around here. The boss pressed on, " Who told you you could come and go as you please around here ?"

    Sharon simply smiled, lit up a cigarette, and while exhaling said,
    ...."My lawyer."
    Finally; in case you have not received the EURObiZ July issue in the mail, click logo at right for the online version of the feature article - an interview with Sakari Romu of Finnair titled "Northern flights". A good lesson of the opportunities and how to succeed on the Japanese market if you are persistent, innovative and used the right methods.

    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.