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  ISSUE 19/2012 13 July 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

As many of our Finnish friends at least are, or soon planning to go, on their summer vacation, our activities will take a short brake and start again on 23 August with our traditional Yakatabune Cruise, read more below.

Despite the holiday season, the FCCJ office will be open throughout the summer, Although I cannot promise that we won't take a day off here and there.

In this issue of the bulletin I also have a brief summary of the recent changes in the new residency management system for foreigners in Japan. If this applies to you, please read through if you are not familiar with the details. A disclaimer however; I take no (legal) responsibility for the correctness of the information. If in doubt, please check the Ministry of Justice document linked in the article below.

Report from the Design Evening @ Aoyama 1-chome on Thursday 5 July

On Thursday, 5 July the first FCCJ Design Event was held at the new Honka Showroom at Aoyama 1-chome.

Apart from networking in an elegant environment the participants could also get updates from representatives of the three companies that display their products in the showroom, in addition to Marko Saarelainen of Honka also Anni Ailinpieti of Artek and Tomokazu Kobayashi of Scandex, representing iittala, Arabia and Hackman goods in Japan. Mikko Koivumaa, Press & Culture Counsellor at the Embassy of Finland gave a recap of current and coming Finnish design events in Japan.

The fully booked event was attended by 30 members and guests who enjoyed a nice light buffet and drinks, including Finnish Lapin Kulta beer.

For a report from the event, click link at right!

Thursday, 23 - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last two year's cruises we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Thursday, 23 August!

We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the “all-you-can-eat & drink” style.

Date & Time:Thursday, 23 August , 18.30-21:00
Embarkation: Funayado Amisei, 2-1-13, Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Wednesday, 15 August

We expect the event to be sold out this year as well, so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click link at right.

Friday, 28 September - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2011

The 10th Anniversary North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2012, will be played on Friday, 28 September, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force is working hard to make this 10th Anniversary event a memorable one for all participants. Among other exciting new features we will have an "after-party", free for all players with their significant other at the Mercedes-Benz Connection in Nogizaka (opposite Tokyo Midtown) on Thursday, 4 October.

The participation fees are same as last year, i.e. a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,000 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, for a total of 24,000 yen. Note that bus transportation is free for the 40 first to sign-up for it.

Sponsoring the event
If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Your contribution could be either money or goods/services. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services).

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
New Resident Card and other Changes to the Immigration System in Japan

I guess that all the foreigners in Japan are well aware of the new residency management system in Japan.

In essence, all foreigners will be moved to the Japanese "Juminhyo" (citizen record) system, which will ne managed by the Immigration Bureau. Instead of the current Alien Registration Card issued by the local authorities (ward office or similar) there will now be an ID card similar to what the one Japanese have ("PhotoShopped" sample at right).

This change took effect on 9 July but you need not do anything now. The Resident Card will be issued when you renew your visa next time, so a transition period of maximum 3 years (if you have a permanent resident visa, you should get the card before 9 July 2015). Meanwhile, your Alien Registration card will serve as your Resident Card until you need to extend your period of stay (visa).
If you would like to change to the new card you could do so now, but be aware that there might be long lines at the Immigration Bureau and if you go, bring a 3 x 4 cm photo, otherwise you have to queue for to photo booth as well...

The new Resident Card will also be a proof of your visa, which will not be stamped in your passport anymore. So it is extremely important to keep the card with you when travelling, and show it at the passport control at your departure. One god thing about having the visa information on the card is that in case your passport expires during your period of stay in Japan, you don't have to transfer the visa to the new passport (or carry two passports with you).

Other (positive) changes.are that the visa can be issued for 5 years and the re-entry visa is not needed anymore, unless you plan to say out of Japan for more than a year.

For more, please read this very useful brochure form the Ministry of Justice.

The European Business Council (EBC) has a web page to explain the system and changes. If you are interested to know all the details, please check the links at the bottom of the page.

News from Finland

Rovio launches follow-up to Angry Birds

Angry Birds maker Rovio issued Amazing Alex on Thursday, its first game in three years.

The new franchise is intended to complement Rovio's Angry Birds game, which has been downloaded more than a billion times.

Today the Angry Birds franchise includes everything from plush toys to apparel and accessories. Rovio is hoping that Amazing Alex will repeat the success of the Angry Birds blockbuster franchise.

Amazing Alex is based on intellectual property Rovio purchased from another game, Casey's Contraptions.

"Rovio is famous, so everyone is interested in their next game. The company has good marketing and networks, which will help make the new game famous," said KooPee Hiltunen, director of Finnish gaming centre Neogames.

Last year the Finnish game-maker had a turnover of 75 million euros.

Grin of the Week

Not what he expected...

Walking up to a department store's fabric counter, a pretty girl asked, "I want to buy this material for a new dress. How much does it cost?"

"Only one kiss per meter, " replied the smirking male clerk.

"That's fine," replied the girl. "I'll take ten meters." With expectation and anticipation written all over his face, the clerk hurriedly measured out and wrapped the cloth, then held it out teasingly.

The girl snapped up the package and pointed to a little old man standing beside her. "Grandpa will pay the bill," she smiled.
Have a nice long weekend (Monday is national holiday in Japan) and
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, 12 individual and one special member.