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  ISSUE 26/2011 12 October 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Even though it is still 2.5 months to Christmas, time to start thinking about the 19th Scandinavian Christmas Party! At least you should put the date, Friday, 9 December, in your calendar and perhaps consider sponsoring the event.
Read more below

Another event, which has also become a tradition, is the Stora Enso Cup, now already played for the 20th time on Friday, 18 November. More about that event also below.

Our next Luncheon Meeting is held on Tuesday, 1 November, when we will get a review of the Vladivostok Tour, read more below!

The 20th edition of the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey (done twice a year since 2002) started yesterday. I have sent out a survey notice to our Finnish affiliated members, but if you missed the announcement, please mail me and I will send you the link. If you have the link, please take part in the survey!

Friday 30 September - North America- Europe Golf Challenge :
The North American Team takes the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup!

The North-American Team won the 9th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup, played on Friday, 30 September at the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa prefecture. The average net score for team North-America was 75.60, team Europe's net score was 75.91, the margin between the two was only 0.31 strokes. Team averages are based on the net scores for the top 80% of golfer's in each respective team.

Played in fine and very warm weather the events attracted 135 participants, 73 representing the North American Team, 62 the European. FCCJ had 13 participants, the largest group in the European team together with the German Chamber.

For more about the event, click link at right!

Tuesday, 1 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Report from the Business Promotion and Contact Trip to Vladivostok

Our next regular luncheon meeting will be held on Tuesday, 1 November. FCCJ Board Member and Project Manager Pekka Laitinen (Septem Partners) and FCCJ Board of Trustees Member Timo Varhama (UPM-Kymmene Japan), will talk about their impressions of the recently concluded Business Promotion and Contact Trip to Vladivostok.

We will also have a brief review of the Fall 2011 edition of the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 1 November, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F)  MAP
Cost: 6,000 yen (members), 8,000 yen (others)
- collected at the door
Registration:by Friday, 28 October

About the Vladivostok Project
The main objective of the tour (conducted 5 - 8 October) was to find out more about the business prospects the area will offer for Finnish and Japanese companies. In addition, the tour created opportunities to meet and discuss cooperation with governmental and business organizations at the highest level as well as with corporations that could be potential partners in future business projects.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.

Friday, 18 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2011

The 20th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 18 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.

This time the venue is the same as in spring, Taiheiyo Club Narita Course, which is conveniently located just 6 km off the Tomisato I.C. (one before Narita) on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway.

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Friday, 9 December
The 19th Scandinavian Christmas Party

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, is this year held on Friday, 9 December.

This year we have decided to move back to the venue used for the party in 2005-2009, The Westin Tokyo Hotel. We believe that moving back to Westin will improve the party experience for several reasons. The ballroom is much bigger than the one at last year's venue, which means that we could increase number of participants to 450 and all activities, incl. dancing, can be held in the same room.

Sponsor Recruiting
Currently we are recruiting sponsors and advertisers for the party. To get maximum benefit and exposure for your contribution, sign up soon by clicking Sponsoring the Event in the above menu. Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable as it has been throughout the years, for a reasonable cost of participation.

We open registration for the party on Monday, 31 October.

If you sign-up as a sponsor now (click link below for online sign-up), before we open registration and announce the site to all chamber members, you will get most benefit of your contribution.

News from Finland

Urpilainen says Finland will reject EU bank bailouts

Jutta Urpilainen (soc dem), the Finnish finance minister, won cheers in Parliament on Monday by promising that taxpayers' money would not be spent to bail out European banks.

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, had said after a Franco-German summit on Sunday that EU leaders would do everything necessary to recapitalise banks.

Urpilainen said during a budget debate that recapitalisation was the responsibility of shareholders and member state governments, adding Finland would stay the course on its bank bailout policy.

"And this is what we will push for tooth and nail, defending this policy in Europe in the same way as during the [Greek bailout] collateral battle," Urpilainen said.

Ben Zyskowicz, a National Coalition party MP, praised Urpilainen for fighting "like a lion" for collateral.

He added that Sarkozy's plan to have Finnish taxpayers pay for French bank bailouts posed an even greater challenge than the collateral row did.

Grin of the Week

Trust the Tower

Flight control: "Flight 123, for noise abatement turn right 45 degrees."

Pilot: "Roger, but we are at 35,000 feet, how much noise can we make up here?"

Flight control: "Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 727 makes when it hits a 747?"

Editor's note and an assurance to frequent flyers:
This joke is probably a bit out of date. All modern, larger aircrafts today have onboard TCAS (Traffic alert and Avoidance System) which prevent mid-air collisions. Pilots should obey the TCAS instructions and disregard air traffic control advices. A well-known accident when this rule was not followed is the Überlingen mid-air collision in 2002 when a Russian Tupolev Tu-154, which followed air traffic control, and a DHL Boeing 757 cargo plane obeyed their TCAS. They were on collision course, both were instructed to descend, and they collided with horrific consequences.
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.