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  ISSUE 6/2013 14 March 2013  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Moving towards the latter part of March means busy times for companies in Japan as most of them close their books at the end of March. So also our chamber and consequently our Annual General Assembly with dinner at the Embassy of Finland will be held on Wednesday, 3 April. We have already more than 20 members signed up so if you plan to attend and have not yet done so already, do it soon before we run out of space for the dinner. For more details, see below.

We have now started to take registrations for the 22nd Stora Enso Cup, the golf competition between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers, is held on Friday, 19 April at a new venue and lower fee.
We have also made a request for warm weather, no rain and only moderate winds...;-).
More below!

Tuesday, 3 April - Members Only
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 13th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held at the

Embassy of Finland on

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013 at 17.00

Registration dead-line: Friday, 29 March.

The Assembly will handle matters according to Article 9 in the Articles of Association of the FCCJ.

Dinner at 18:00
After the Assembly we will have a short introduction to Team Finland by Mr. Jukka Pajarinen, First Secretary at the Embassy of Finland and after that (at 18:00) a dinner hosted by Ambassador Jari Gustafsson.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member. If space available, additional representatives from member companies can be accepted, but will charged 7,000 yen per person.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right. To check who have signed up, click here.

Friday, 19 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Spring 2013

The 22nd Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - is played on Friday, 19 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 this time is Golf Club Narita Hitree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 9:12 and the cost is 16,000 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.
Tuesday, 26 March - Forum #12
Tohoku Planning Forum Event at the University of Tokyo

March 11th 2013 marked the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and its ensuing disasters. This will be the last in our series of regular forums. Thereafter we will continue as an 'on-demand' resource.

For this event we have a number of speakers to report on what has been achieved over this time and how this has hopefully helped the people of Tohoku. We are also asking a number of speakers to discuss what has sadly not been done, as well as work still being engaged in.

This is a free event lead by TPF2, but supported and assisted by the Joint Chambers of Commerce in Japan, including the British and Dutch Chambers. We are particularly pleased that Lori Henderson MBE has agreed to talk with us about some other activities of the British Chamber. Martin van der Linden of the Dutch Chamber and Duco Delgorge, EBC Chairman, will also be talking with us.

The University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus , Building 14, Room 141 (1F) [MAP]

Tuesday, 26 March, 2013 19:00 - 21:00

This event needs registration and it is a free but first-come-first-served basis.
For more information click link at right.
News from Finland

World’s largest biomass gasification plant inaugurated in Vaasa

The plant aims to replace up to 40 percent of the domestic coal used for energy production with bio fuels.

Constructed adjacent to Finnish-based Vaskiluodon Voima's existing Vaskiluoto 2 coal-fired plant, the 140MW plant will produce bio gas from wood – mainly from forest residue – to generate electricity and provide heating for residents of Vaasa.

It is the largest biomass gasification plant in the world.

Vaskiluodon Voima estimates that the plant will generate 400 new jobs, particularly in the field of fuel procurement.

The plant was inaugurated on Monday by Minister of Labour, Lauri Ihalainen.

Grin of the Week

Wife or Mistress?

A doctor, a lawyer and a manager were discussing the relative merits of having a wife or a mistress.

The lawyer says: "For sure a mistress is better. If you have a wife and want a divorce, it causes all sorts of legal problems."

The doctor says: "It's better to have a wife because the sense of security lowers your stress and is good for your health."

The manager says: "You're both wrong. It's best to have both so that when the wife thinks you're with the mistress and the mistress thinks you're with your wife -- you can go to the office and do some work.
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 64 corporate members, 12 individual and one special member.