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  ISSUE 16/2011 13 June 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This bulletin early in the week is a final reminder of the joint chamber luncheon meeting on Thursday where the ACCJ will present the findings of their Pulse Surveys related to the Tohoku disaster. At the event I will also make a brief presentation of the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey conducted in April.
For more about the event and to register (within today), see below!

Thursday, 16 June - ACCJ/FCIJ Presents
After Tohoku: Does Japan Still Have a Pulse?
- Hear the Business Community's Voice

The ACCJ Tohoku Earthquake Information Facilitation Project's working team has finished a series of short Pulse Surveys of the Japanese and foreign business communities aimed at understanding evolving attitudes and possible differences of opinion on issues related to the earthquake. Hear the results of the surveys, covering the following five key areas.
  • Business operations and return to normalcy;
  • Energy concerns and impact on personal and working lives;
  • Food safety practices and comfort level with scientific-based evidence being provided;
  • Degree of practicing jishuku (self-restraint) and anticipated return to normalcy; and
  • Government response.

    We are extremely fortunate to have an official from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry address ACCJ members and guests with a brief speech at the opening of this event.

    For more information, see the [EVENT FLYER]

    Date & Time:Thursday, 16 June, 12.00-14:00
    Venue: Tokyo American Club, New York Ballroom (Lower Level) MAP
    Cost: 5,000 yen (members), 6,000 yen (others) - collected at the door
    Registration:Monday, 13 June

    As an added bonus, Clas Bystedt from the Foreign Chambers in Japan, will present a short summary of the Joint Chambers of Commerce Business Confidence Survey. Together these two surveys will give you a real time view of current attitudes towards business, government policy, consumer spending and the economy among both Japanese and foreign respondents.

    If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
    Cirque du Soleil 'KOOZA' - Special Offer from Fuji TV
    Kooza Discount Tickets - up to 45% off

    At a circus tent located in Harajuku, Fuji TV is presenting 'KOOZA', a show by the world-renowned Circus group, Cirque du Soleil. They have a special offer to members of FCCJ, offering Kooza tickets at discount prices of up to 45% off.

    The remaining Tokyo run finishes on 18th July, so please do not miss this chance to encounter this fabulous show.

    For more details and how to reserve, click link at right.

    Request: Donations of Digital TV's for Finland Village

    As those of you living in Japan know, from 1 July terrestrial TV broadcasts will be digital only. At Finland Village we have three analog TV sets that need to be replaced, of equipped with a digital tuner.

    If you are planning to buy a new TV and want to get rid of your old, but still digital one, please contact me for details and pick-up arrangements.

    If you would like to know more about Finland Village, click link at right. Note that FCCJ members, even though they are not shareholders could test-use the village for member rates.

    News from Finland

    Katainen restarts talks to form rainbow coalition

    Jyrki Katainen, the Finnish prime minister-elect, said Friday that he had invited five parties to relaunch talks to form a rainbow coalition.

    The first attempt ended in failure last week when Katainen's National Coalition party clashed with the Social Democrats and the Left Alliance over the VAT rate.

    Katainen said last week that the two parties had walked out while Jutta Urpilainen, the SDP leader, and the Left Alliance's Paavo Arhinmaki said Katainen had kicked them out.

    Katainen said Friday his aim was to form a coalition by the end of next week.

    Talks between the leaders of the National Coalition party, the Social Democrats, the Left Alliance, the Green League, the Swedish People's party and the Christian Democrats are to begin on Monday.

    Katainen added that the five parties had shown that they were willing to cooperate.

    He also told reporters that he had offered the True Finns party EU policy opt-outs, adding the anti-bailout party had rejected his offer.

  • Have a good week &
    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.