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  ISSUE 7/2012 13 March 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Although my prediction in my previous bulletin about warmer weather coming into March hasn't come true at least yet, it is still time for our golfers to start thinking about hitting the greens. The 20th Stora Enso Cup is around the corner, played on Friday 20 April. Read more below and sign up soon!

Note that in the events listed below, the ones on 21 and 22 March are rather similar, partly with same speaker. So if you are interested in the themes, choose the one that suits your needs and schedule best.

Tuesday, 3 April - Members Only
FCCJ Annual General Assembly
The 13th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held at the

Embassy of Finland on

Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 at 17.00

The Assembly will handle matters according to Article 9 in the Articles of Association of the FCCJ.

Dinner at 18:00
After the Assembly (at 18:00), we will have a dinner hosted by Ambassador Jari Gustafsson.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member. If space available, additional representatives from member companies can be accepted, but will charged 7,000 yen per person.
If you would like to attend, please click link at right! To check who has already registered, click HERE!

Tuesday, 10 April - EBC/Joint Chamber Sustainable Development Conference
"The End of Business as We Know it"
Perspectives on Sustainable Development

You are invited to a special joint chamber event designed to help us all make the shift to a sustainable world. When it comes to creating a sustainable economy, failure cannot be an option - not least for future generations. But how to build a consensus, whilst ensuring that all players, including our businesses, thrive in this new, more sustainable world?

This inaugural conference, organised by the EBC, will highlight the challenges in such critical areas as energy, food, and resources, and will offer ideas, solutions and inspiration for best managing this critical juncture. Companies, NGOs and governments all have a role to play in building a better world, and in removing any barriers to this goal.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 10 April, 14.00-29:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Akebono Room (Main Bldg. 1F) MAP
Cost: 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 5 April

Paul Roberts, author of The End of Oil and The End of Food, Taro Kono, M.P., House of Representatives, LDP, and Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, Ambassador of the EU to Japan, head a lineup of distinguished speakers who will cover many key areas that will determine the outlook for business and peoplefs quality of life in the future.

Join this inaugural Sustainable Development Conference, organised by the European Business Council in Japan (EBC), in collaboration with other foreign chambers of commerce in Japan.

For more information and registration form, click link at right

Friday, 20 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Spring 2012

The 20th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup, is played as planned. on Friday, 20 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.. At the same time we also play the FCCJ Cup for FCCJ members and the SCCJ Spring Cup for SCCJ members.

The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture. First tee-off is at 8:35 and the cost is 18,500 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Wednesday, 21 March - Business Presentation & JMEC Networking
"Getting Your Point Across: Communicating Complex Messages"

How to present your business and ideas most effectively for top results - a new approach

Meet Olympic Coach, World Champion and Business Entrepreneur Richard Parslow

Richard Parslow is a 3-time sailing World Champion, has coached 2 teams to Gold medals in the World and European Championships, and is current Olympic Coach for the Belgian 49er Team competing for the London 2012 Olympics. He is also co-founder of 2 successful companies, with a career background in financial services, software applications, and business consulting.

He is a Co-founder and Sales & Marketing Director of Goalscape Software, maker of an innovative goal management tool for career and business use. The software's unique visual display helps you identify and communicate essential elements of complex goals, business plans and projects.

Benefits of Attending: Richard will share his key insights on how you can present your business and ideas most effectively - a major factor for success in business and career - and how the unique Goalscape concept can help you achieve this.

Date & Time:Wednesday 21 March, 19:00-22:00
Venue: Roppongi Hills Club, Roppongi Hills Building 51F MAP
Cost:5,500 yen if paid by ATM in advance. 6,000 yen at the door
Fee includes delicious buffet by Roppongi Hills Club & 2 free drinks. Additional drinks are cash at the bar.
Organized by:EMC Quest Corporation (main organizer) in collaboration with JMEC
Registration:by Friday, 16 March by E-mail to

To register directly with the organizer, please click link at right. ATM bank payment details will be provided by reply mail when you register.
Thursday, 22 March - Norwegian Chamber & Lifestyle Scandinavia Academy Presents
"Why Work-Life Balance & Healthy Lifestyle mean Better Business, Better Performance"

Afternoon Seminar @ Arctic Hall, Norwegian Embassy

Lifestyle & Business Productivity: The Scandinavian Experience
Why the Scandinavian countries top the World Happiness Index and global productivity rankings
by Trond Varlid, Founder, Lifestyle Scandinavia Academy; President, EMC Quest Corp.

Work-life Balance and Achieving Your Best Performance
Keys to high performance in sports and business
by Richard Parslow, Sales & Marketing Director, Goalscape Software GmbH; Olympic Coach, Belgian 49er Sailing Team for 2012 London Olympics

Date & Time:Thursday 22 March, 15:00-18:30
15:00 Presentations (details below) w/coffee break between
17:00 Meet Speakers & Networking (light food & drinks will be served)
Venue: Norwegian Embassy, Arctic Hall MAP
Cost:2,000 yen at the door
Registration:by Tuesday, 20 March


Richard Parslow. Accomplished performer in sports and business, He is a 3-time sailing World Champion, has coached 2 teams to Gold medals in the World and European Championships, and is current Olympic Coach for the Belgian 49er Team competing for the London 2012 Olympics. Co-founder of 2 successful companies, with a career background in financial services, software applications, and business consulting. Personal interests include film, literature, sailing, snowboarding and Kung Fu.

Trond Varlid. Extensive international experience from the U.S., Europe and Asia, having held a number of senior marketing and executive management positions in corporate banking, online wealth management and environmental technology. Executive Committee member of JMEC, a highly successfull business training program in Tokyo, run by 16 foreign Chambers, incl. NCCJ. Former President of the NCCJ and Chairman of the EBC Environmental Technology Committee. Author of introductory guide 'South African Wines 101'. Personal interests include music, wine, squash, skiing.

To register directly with the organizer, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Finnair to sell off catering operations

Finland's national air carrier Finnair announced Monday that it plans to sell its catering operations to in-flight services provider LSG Sky Chef, a subsidiary of the German airline company Lufthansa.

If the deal is approved by the Lufthansa board and Finnish competition authorities, some 650 employees currently working for Finnair Catering and Finncatering Ltd will be transferred to their new employer LSG Sky Chefs. Finnair will in future purchase its catering services from the German company.

LSG Sky Chefs is the world's largest provider of airline catering and in-flight services and has 200 customer service centres in 50 countries. In 2010 it produced about 460 million in-flight meals for its customers.

Finnair said the deal will result in considerable annual savings and will support its ongoing programme structural changes aimed at achieving cost effectiveness and development of operational quality.

Finnair also announced that it has signed an agreement with the temping agency Adecco to provide flight crew. The first contracted flight attendants and stewards are to begin flying as summer workers at the beginning of June, after they complete training

Grin of the Week

Work Effciently...

An efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution. "You don't want to try these techniques at home."
"Why not?" asked somebody from the audience.

"I watched my wife's routine at breakfast for years," the expert explained. "She made lots of trips between the refrigerator, stove, table and cabinets, often carrying a single item at a time. One day I told her, 'Hon, why don't you try carrying several things at once?'"
"Did it save time?" the person in the audience asked.

"Actually, yes," replied the expert. "It used to take her 20 minutes to make breakfast. Now I do it in seven."
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.