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  ISSUE 1/2011 13 January 2011  
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We are back in business in the year of the rabbit after a fairly long, and hopefully relaxing, holiday season for all of my readers.

Our first event in 2011 is a Club Evening meeting on Tuesday 25 January. Read more below!
Below also information about some other events organized by related organizations.

Our Japan veteran in Finnish business on Aoyama dori has taken time from his busy "shinnenkai" schedule to make a new contribution in his column, this time titled "Best and biggest 2010-11? ".
Click banner at right for an educating and entertaining read!

Tuesday, 25 January
FCCJ Club Evening at Moomin Bakery & Café

Our first event in 2011 will be a Club Evening, held on Tuesday, 25 January at the Moomin Bakery & Cafe in Tokyo Dome City La Qua, Korakuen. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by Finnish style food and drinks!

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

Event details
Date & Time: Tuesday, 25 January, 19:00-21:00
Place: Moomin Bakery & Cafe
Tokyo Dome City La Qua 1F, 1-1-1, Korakuen, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 5,000 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and buffet
Registration:by Friday 21 January

More about Moomin Bakery & Café:

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.

If you would like to attend, please click link below.

Monday, 17 January - DCCJ Event hosted by Danske Bank
Global Economic Growth How strong, for how long?

The Danish Chamber invites the members of the other Nordic Chambers to an event with the Danske Bank on Monday, 17 January. The event is complimentary, hosted by Danske Bank International.

Welcome & Introduction
Michael Blom, Executive Wealth Manager, Danske Bank International

Global economic growth - how strong, for how long?
Bo Bejstrup Christensen, Chief Analyst, Danske Capital

My portfolio
Erik Herlev, Executive Wealth Manager, Danske Bank International

Event details
Date & Time:Monday, 17 January, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Tokyo, Linden Room [MAP]
Registration:by Thursday, 13 January

For more information and registration (directly to the DCCJ), click link at right.

Wed., 26 January - EIJS (European Institute of Japanese Studies) Academy Seminar
Regional Economic Integration in Asia-Pacific and Japan's FTA Policy

Speaker: Dr. Shujiro Urata, Ph.D, Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

The Asia-Pacific region has seen the emergence of regional integration in recent decades. Two main drivers of regional economic integration are market forces and institutional arrangement. In East Asia it was market forces that led to regional economic integration in the 1980s and 1990s, while the importance of institutional arrangement such as free trade agreements increased in the 21st century. In the presentation, we would hear Dr. Urata's view on recent developments and characteristics of regional economic integration in Asia-Pacific with a focus on Japan's FTA policy.

Dr. Shujiro Urata is Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Faculty Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, Research Fellow at the Japanese Centre for Economic Research, Senior Research Advisor, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). Professor Urata received his undergraduate degree from Keio University and obtained M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. He is a former Research Associate at the Brookings Institute and an economist at the World Bank.

Event details
Date & Time:Wednesday, 26 January, 18.30-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Sweden, Auditorium [MAP]
Cost:2,000 yen per person, payable at the door
Registration:by Friday, 21 January

If you like to participate, please sign up directly with the EIJS by clicking link at right, or fax to (03-5562-9090) for the attention of Ms. Futagawa (EIJS Tokyo Office).
Thursday 3 February - JMEC Workshop & Networking Event
"Improving Your Global Readiness"

Join JMEC (Japan Market Expansion Competition) and its sponsors AMT Group and Regus on 3 February for an event entitled "Improving Your Global Readiness".

Our world in business grows smaller and smaller, but the need to operate effectively in a global context is increasing at a rapid pace. Mindset, communication and adaptability are important elements, amongst many others, that can make or break your success in the global market. AMT Group, a leading provider of corporate coaching, facilitation and consulting services, will walk you through an interactive workshop that explores what it takes to be "Globally Ready" and how each of us can prepare ourselves even more.

Workshop Facilitators: Andrew Silberman (President) and Joshua Rhodes (Management Trainer).

The workshop will be followed by a networking party at the exclusive Aoyama Robbins' Club. You will have a chance to mingle with other workshop participants and talk to the presenters, while enjoying a delicious French-style buffet.

18:30 Doors open at Regus Aoyama Place Canada
19:00 - 20:00 Presentation and workshop by AMT Group
20:00 - 22:00 Networking and French-style buffet dinner at Aoyama Robbins' Club

Event details:
Date & Time:Thursday 3 February, 20.00-22:00
Venue: Place Canada, 7-3-37, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
(both venues are in the same building on 1F and B1F)
Cost: 5,500 yen, which includes the workshop, drinks and dinner. Payments can be made via bank transfer or PayPal and must be received by January 3
Registration:by Monday, 31 January

To register (directly with JMEC), click link at right.
News from Finland

Finnish Nov manufacturing order intake up 27 pct yr/yr

The value of new orders in Finland's manufacturing industry rose by almost 27 per cent from the year-ago figure in November, Statistics Finland said in a statement Monday.

The agency added that industry output had risen by 6.2 per cent year-on-year in November

Grin of the Week

Revealing the truth

A pliceman pulled a car over and told the man driving that he was going 65 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.

"I was only going 50!" the driver protested.
"Not according to my radar," the trooper said.

"Yes, I was!" the man shouted back.
"No you weren't!" the trooper said.

With that, the man's wife leaned toward the window and said, 'Officer, I should warn you not to argue with my husband when he's been drinking."
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.