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  ISSUE 10/2011 13 April 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We had the FCCJ Annual General Assembly on Monday, and ominously we got a big aftershock in the middle of going through the activity report for the fiscal year ended 31 March. After a couple of minutes of silence and people looking nervously at each other, the quake subsided and we continued.
But let's hope the aftershocks would not affect our activities this fiscal year.

The 19th edition of the Foreign Business Confidence Survey began yesterday. This time we have, apart from our regular items, also several questions about the disaster and its effects. Therefor we belive that the results of this survey will be even more interesting than for the previous surveys. The FCCJ Office runs the survey, which ends on 22 April, on behalf of all the Foreign Chambers and I hope to have the report ready for my last bulletin before the Golden Week. If you represent a Finnish affiliated company in Japan and have not yet responded, click here to take part!

We also have a very fresh contribution from our Japan veteran in Finnish business on Aoyama dori in his column "Aoyama View", this time titled "JAPAN 3-11" - Notes and Learnings ". Click banner at right for an interesting read and a very good analysis of the current situation in Japan!

Important Deadlines
  • Friday, 15 April - Registration for Joint European Luncheon with new EU Ambassador
  • Friday, 15 April - Registration for Stora Enso Cup

  •   Report from the FCCJ Annual General Assembly
    The twelfth FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Monday, 11 April at the Embassy of Finland attended by 36 chamber members and members of its Board of Trustees.

    After the assembly proceedings, Ambassador Jari Gustafsson gave an insight in the Embassy's actions and tasks after the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear situation and described the current contingency plans.

    During the dinner a lively Q&A session was held based on the Ambassador's presentation. Then also the relief efforts in Tohoku were discussed and ideas how the Finnish business community could do its share.

    For more about the general assembly, click link at right.

    Thursday, 21 April - Joint European Luncheon by the Austrian Business Council
    New EU Ambassador Hans Dietmar Schweissgut

    This event, originally planned for 24 March has been re-scheduled for Thursday, 21 April.
    Austrian Business Council organizes in cooperation with the Chambers of Commerce of Belgium-Luxembourg, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland a luncheon with Mr. Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, the new EU Ambassador to Japan, as the guest speaker.

    In his speech Mr. Schweisgut will address:
  • issues related to the Japan disaster
  • issues of the future EU-Japan cooperation
  • cooperation of the EU delegation with the EBC
  • relevance of business topics for the Delegation's activities

    Date & Time:Thursday, 21 April, 12.00-14:00
    Venue: The Westin Tokyo Hotel, Kaede Room  MAP
    Cost: 6,500 yen (members), 7,500 yen (others) - collected at the door
    Registration:by Friday, 15 April

    Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, the former Ambassador of Austria to the European Union, who previously had been Austria's ambassador to Japan, is the new Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Japan.

    Mr Schweisgut assumes his post at a pivotal time in EU-Japan relations, where one of the most pressing tasks on the agenda is to map out a new bilateral framework that will succeed the Action Plan for EU-Japan Cooperation, which entered into force in 2001 and is set to expire later this year.

    If you would like to attend, please click link at right: Note that even if you registered for the original event, please re-register now.

    Friday, 22 April - Stora Enso Cup
    Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Spring 2011

    The 18th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup, is played as planned. on Friday, 22 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 8:42 and the cost is 18,510 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

    If you are interested and have not yet sign-up, do so, at latest on Friday, 15 April.

    For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
    Monday, 25 April - Giving Back to Japan - Joint Chamber Event
    Relief and Reconstruction for Tohoku and Japan

    You are invited to a special joint chamber event tailored to help companies respond effectively to Japan's worst natural disaster in modern history. It will give you a better perspective as to what partnerships bring the greatest benefits.

    There will be presentations from a range of organizations engaged in relief efforts and reconstruction. A networking buffet will follow with an opportunity to communicate directly with the presenters and fellow participants. For a tentative list of presenters, click here.

    Join us in this united effort to help Tohoku and Japan get back on their feet.

    Date & Time:Monday, 25 April, 18.30-21:00
    Venue: Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, Grand Ballroom  MAP
    Cost: free for chamber members but a min. 3,000 yen donation at the door is expected
    Registration:Wednesday, 20 April

    If you would like to attend, please click link at right: Note that space is limited and FCCJ has been allocated only 8 slots, so hurry up!
    Wednesday, 27 April - Joint Nordic Business Luncheon organized by SCCJ
    Mr. Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO of the SAS Group

    The new President and CEO of the SAS Group, Mr. Rickard Gustafson, will visit Japan in the end of April and the SCCJ is inviting other Nordic Chambers to a business luncheon. The theme of Mr. Gustafsson's presentation is: "SAS today and tomorrow".

    Date & Time:Wednesday, 27 April, 12.30-14:00
    Venue: Happo-En, Grace Room  MAP
    Cost: 6,000 yen (members), 8,000 yen (others) - collected at the door
    Registration:Tuesday, 19 April

    Rickard Gustafson joined the SAS Group on February 1st, 2011 as President and CEO.
    He was born in 1964 in Stockholm and has a Master in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linkoping Institute of Technology, Sweden.

    In 1989 Rickard joined Andersen Consulting with a primary focus within the financial services and consumer products industries. After seven years in the consulting business he decided in 1996 to join GE Capital in Stockholm. During his 10 years within GE, Rickard gained solid experience from several senior GE Capital leadership positions, both in Europe and the US. In early 2006 he left GE to join the Codan insurance group,

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

    News from Finland

    Ollila tells FT Nokia braces for market share drop

    Jorma Ollila, the chairman of struggling Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia, was quoted as saying by the Financial Times on Tuesday that the company's board expected to suffer further market share losses before reaping the rewards from an alliance with US software maker Microsoft.

    Nokia unveiled the alliance with Microsoft in February.

    Ollila and Stephen Elop, Nokia's managing director, were quoted as saying by the FT that the switch from the Symbian operating system to Microsoft's Windows Phone was one of the biggest challenges of Nokia's newly plotted strategy.

    Nokia unveiled two new Symbian-based handsets on Tuesday.

  • 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.