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  ISSUE 6/2011 14 March 20111, 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Hope all of my readers in Japan are safe and at least those outside the hardest struck areas are able to go on with their lives as normally as possible.

We are naturally shocked and sadden with the great loss of life and enormous damage caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to everyone affected by the devastation. The road to recovery will be long and hard but we believe that with the resilience of the Japanese people, with the support of us foreigners who live here and aid from foreign countries, Japan will recover rapidly, as it has done in the past.

Here is some important information, mainly for Finnish citizens:
  • If you are living, or travelling in Japan and have not yet confirmed you status to the Embassy or to the Minstry for Foreign Affairs, please do so at soon as possible by email to Sanomat.TOK@formin.fi.
    If another storng earthquake occurs, please re-confirm your status then.
  • Inquiries about relatives can be made electronically on this website (in Finnish):
  • The Embassy provides information and situation reports mostly on, Facebook and Twitterbut also on their home page.
  • The latest travel advisory for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland can be found: here (in Finnish and Swedish):
  • If you plan to travel, note according to current information (see links) that both Finnair and SAS run on a normal schedule in and out of Japan. Contact the airlines for details and check the access to and from Narita Airport, which might be irregular.
  • As a general rule, follow the information and instructions by the local authorities.
Here's some advice from a FCCJ Board member, in case the phones go down again even in Tokyo. On smart phones Skype and Viber works normally and you can make and receive calls of you have downloaded the application to your smart phone.

 
Report from the Luncheon Meeting with Mr. Tsutomu Okuda

At our luncheon meeting on Thursday, 24 February we had the honor of having one of the most prominent Japanese business leader, Mr. Tsutomu Okuda, Chairman and CEO, J. Front Retailing Co., Ltd., as our guest speaker.

The theme of Mr. Okuda's presentation is: "Japan's course of action to be learned from Finland", but he also talked about the long history (Daimaru established in 1611, Matsuzakaya in 1717) behind J. Front Retailing and its current operations.

Mr. Okuda also touched upon the challenges facing Japan - mainly slowing birth-rate and aging, and decreasing population. According to the estimates he presented, by 2050 the population of Japan would be just 95 million, a quarter less of what it is today.

For a full report from the meeting,, attended by 34 members and guests, click link at right.

Thursday, 24 March
Joint European Luncheon Meeting with New EU Ambassador Schweissgut

The 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 meeting on Thursday, 24 March with Mr. Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, the new EU Ambassador to Japan, as the guest speaker.

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

    Details:
    Date & Time:Thursday, 24 March, 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:soft deadline Wed. 2 March, hard dedline Monday, 14 February

    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:

    Tuesday, 6 April - Members Only
    FCCJ Annual General Assembly
    The 12th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held at the

    Embassy of Finland on

    Monday, 11 April, 2011 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 you would like to attend, please click link at right!

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

    The 18th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played 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 fro SCCJ members.

    This time the venue is the same as in we palyed in 2009, 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).

    For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
    News from Finland

    Nokia reveals Elop's salary

    According to a report mobile giant Nokia submitted to US supervisory authorities on Friday, Stephen Elop, the managing director of Nokia, earned altogether 3.835 million euros in salary and bonuses during the period from September to December last year.

    In addition, Elop is to receive options and share incentives if Nokia reaches set goals within the next 3-5 years.

    This is the first time Nokia has revealed Elop's wages.




  • Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt
    If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
    send it to:
    fccj@gol.com

    ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
    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.