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  ISSUE 31/2011 1 December 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

As the holiday season is closing in, this will be my last bulletin in 2011 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members and other readers of my bulletin for all your support and good cooperation in 2011 and wish you:
All the best for the Holiday Season &

A Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Our first event in 2012 is a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening towards the end of January, details are being finalized and I will inform you early in the New Year. For February we are planning a luncheon meeting with an economist and for March we join the other Nordic chambers for a business luncheon organized by the Swedish Chamber with the Volvo Cars CEO on 14 March.

A Most Enjoyable 19th Scandinavian Christmas Party!

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, was held on Friday, 9 December at the Westin Tokyo Hotel in Ebisu.

310 members from SCCJ (Sweden), DCCJ (Denmark), FCCJ (Finland), ICCJ (Iceland) and NCCJ (Norway) and their guests enjoyed a fantastic evening together with delicious Nordic Christmas influenced food and wine, and a lot of other drinks.

The party started with greetings from the organizing committee, followed by Christmas songs by a choir from the American School in Japan, a much appreciated performance by the Mexican magician "Riken" after which the real Santa paid a visit, assisting in the lotteries. The evening was ended off with a lot of dancing until midnight to the tunes of Brad and the Hitmen.

For more about the party, and a lot of images, please click link at right.

European Business Council in Japan
Elects Duco Delgorge as New Chairman

Mr. Duco Delgorge, Founder and President of MIE PROJECT Co., Ltd. and current Chairman of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan, has been elected Chairman of the European Business Council in Japan (EBC). Mr. Delgorge will assume the position on January 1, 2012 from the current Chair, Mr. Tommy Kullberg, who will be leaving the EBC after many years of dedicated service to the EBC, including the last three years as the Chairman.

Mr. Kullberg is Chairman of Kullberg & Partners, and during his 23 years in Japan, managed one of the largest Greenfield investments in Japan's history as founding CEO of IKEA Japan, and also served as a Director of H&M Japan. His tangible contributions to both the EBC and to furthering relations between the EU and Japan, bringing the two economies closer to achieving a balanced trade agreement, is deeply appreciated by all.

For the full press release in English and Japanese, click link at right.

Enjoy Christmas and Winter Season in Finland Village

If you enjoy skiing, now is the best season to visit Finland Village.
The RE-EX Ski Valley offers an affordable and uncongested alternative for beginners and intermediate level skiers. With 5 ski lifts and 7 slopes you could keep yourself, and your family satisfied for a couple of days. If you need new challenges, there are other ski areas nearby, e.g. Chateraise Ski Resort Yatsugatake in Nobeyama, which is about 20 km from the village and shares ski lift tickets with RE-EX Ski Valley.

Even if you do not ski, you could spend some enjoyable days with family and friends in and around the Village. A fairly new attractions is the Yahho-no-yu hot spring. Koumi Kogen Art Museum, designed by famous architect Tadao Ando, offers intersting exhibitions.

There are still vacancies for the holiday season. FCCJ members can use the village on a trial basis even though they are not shareholders. Check the web site for availability and reservations.

For the latest newsletter, click link at right.

News from Finland

All eurozone members must take part in bailout fund -Finnish PM

Jyrki Katainen (cons), Finnish prime minister, told the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) on Sunday that every eurozone member must participate in the currency bloc's permanent bailout fund.

Last week, the Finnish Parliament's grand committee ruled that doing away with unanimity and replacing it with so-called qualified majority voting in the bailout fund clashed with the country's constitution.

The rest of the eurozone agreed during a summit on Friday that decisions on using the fund would be subject to an 85-per cent majority.

Katainen said he was committed to the parliamentary committee's interpretation of the constitution but added that the issue should be thought through in a very calm manner.

"There are two sides to it," he said.

"The first one is whether others can decide for us. But we could also find ourselves on the other side of that fence, that is, defending the euro and Finland's economic interests, with some other country standing in the way. That is not a good state of affairs either."

Grin of the Week

Reindeer facts in Christmas Season

Did you know... While both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, according to the Sodankyla Reindeer Farming Association, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers until after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen - had to be a girl.

We should have known. Only women would be able to drag a fat old man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost....
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.