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  ISSUE 25/2010 12 November 2010  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Hope you have a few minutes to spare before taking off for the weekend to check this bulletin for events and issues that might be of interest to you. Some are reminders, some new stuff.

Most urgently, if you are a golfer and have not yet signed up for the Stora Enso Cup (played next week Friday), do so now! Also, registration for the Scandinavian Christmas Party is ongoing. To secure your seat, sign up soon!

For more information on these, check below!

 
Friday, 19 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2010

The 18th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 19 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.

This time the venue is the same ans 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.
Note that registration dead-line is today, but we still accept players on Monday.
Wednesday, 24 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Dr. Paavo Väyrynen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development

At our luncheon meeting on Wednesday, 24 November we will have Dr. Paavo Väyrynen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland as our guest speaker.

Minister Väyrynen is in Japan accompanied by a business delegation, which will also participate in the luncheon meeting. The theme of his presentation will be confirmed later.

Details:
Date & Time:Wednesday, 24 November, 12.45-14:30 note time!
Venue: Hotel Okura, Oak Room (Main Bldg.. 2F)  MAP
Cost:6,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday, 22 November

Minister Väyrynen's Profile
Date and place of birth: 2 September 1946, Kemi
Doctor of Social Science
Member of Parliament, 1970-1995, 1999, 2007 to present (Centre Party)

Minister of Education, from 30 November 1975 to 29 September 1976
Minister of Labour, from 29 September 1976 to 15 May 1977
Minister for Foreign Affairs, from 15 May 1977 to 26 May 1979
Minister for Foreign Affairs, from 26 May 1979 to 19 February 1982
Minister deputising for the Prime Minister, from 6 May 1983 to 30 April 1987
Minister for Foreign Affairs, from 6 May 1983 to 30 April 1987
Minister for Foreign Affairs, from 26 April 1991 to 5 May 1993
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, 19 April 2007 to present

Party Leader, Centre Party, 1980-1990
Member of European Parliament, 1995-2007

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

Friday, 3 December
The 18th 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, 3 December. This year we will have a new venue for the party, Happo-en in Shirokanedai. We believe that the new venue will be an interesting one and create a new kind of experience. We also promise some new and exciting idea in the concept and program for the party

Registration for the party
Even though the registration dead-line is Friday, 26 November, please make sur to sign up early if you plan to attend. The ballroom at Happo-En is a bit smaller than at our previous venues so we expect to be sold-out (max. 400 persons).

Sponsor Recruiting
We are still recruiting sponsors for the party. 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.

To sign-up as participant or a sponsor, click link at right!

Tuesday, 30 November - NCCJ Management Forum
'Helping to Protect our Environment'

What Coca Cola and Tomra are doing and how you and your company can contribute.

The Norwegian Chamber is pleased to invite you to our next NCCJ Management Forum. This time the topic is one of the most important issues facing companies and society today - how to help protect our environment. At the Forum two companies - Coca Cola and Tomra - will inform you about what they are doing in their respective businesses to help with environmental protection. Through their presentations you will not only learn about these companies' environmental activities but also get ideas for how you and your own company can contribute. Helping protect the environment is not only good for society, but also good for business.

Details:
Date & Time:Tuesday, 30 November, 19:00 - 21:00
Venue: The Royal Norwegian Embassy, The Arctic Hall  MAP
Cost:2,000 yen (Coffee, tea, mineral water and some light food will be served)
Registration:by Friday, 26 November

For more information and registration (directly to the Norwegian Chamber) click link below.
New European Business Council Committee
Information and Communications Technology Committee

The Europeaqn Business Council are establishing an "Information and Communications Technology Committee (ICT Committee)" as this is a topic of interest to many people with a number of issues already identified.. We have already indentified an EBC member who is willing to chair the committee. The inaugural meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday November 17 is open to anyone interested in this issue. You or any other person from your company are most welcome to attend as an observer/s to determine if you would like to join future meetings as a committee member.

For more details, please look at the attached information sheet on potential ICT issues and location map. If you plan to attend, please reply to Ms. Alison Murray at ebc@gol.com or send back the registration form linked below by fax or e-mail.
News from Finland

Local tax rates may rise to 27 pct -Kauppalehti

Finnish business daily Kauppalehti on Thursday quoted Kari-Pekka Maki-Lohiluoma, the head of the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, as saying that councils might have to raise tax rates by up to four percentage points over the next decade.

Maki-Lohiluoma told Kauppalehti's Optio supplement that the tax rates needed to go up in order to be able to cover healthcare and social costs stemming from an ageing population.

He added that local councils were unprepared for the "extremely high" costs of ageing.


Grin of the Week

Follow the road signs
Teacher: Why are you late?
Little Johnny: Because of the sign.
Teacher: What sign?
Little Johnny: The one that says, "School Ahead, Slow Down". That's what I did.
Have a nice weekend & Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
send it to:
fccj@gol.com

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.