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  ISSUE 24/2012 14 September 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Sorry to bother you with a second bulletin in the same week but there are some urgent issues I would like to inform my readers about before the extended weekend!

The Finland Film Festival 2012 in Japan starts tomorrow at the Cinema Mediage, Aqua City in Odaiba. If you are a fan of Finnish movies, read more below and go to the Embassy of Finland web site for more details.

Today is the official dead-line for signing up to the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup, but as we still have some slots left, we can accept sign-ups also early next week. The event got a new "attraction" when we have three Japanese professional golfers that will play two holes with all players. So don't miss this unique opportunity! For more, see below.

There is also still time to join the luncheon meeting with Tony Tyler, the Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Wednesday, 19 September, But if you would like to join, sign up today!. Read more about this event in my previous bulletin!

Friday, 28 September - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2012

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, and as an added bonus, we will have an After-Party, free for all players with their significant other at Mercedes-Benz Connection in Nogizaka (opposite Tokyo Midtown) on Thursday, 4 October.

Play with JLPGA Pros
In honor of our 10th anniversary three Japan LPGA professionals, supported by our title sponsor Mercedes-Benz Japan, are coming to our tournament. They will be stationed at two holes and teeing off with each foursome coming through.
The pros are, from left to right: Shiho Toyonaga (22), Kotono Kozuma (20) and Haruka Kudo (19).

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
Saturday, 15 - Friday 21 September - Finland Film Festival 2012 in Japan
War stories and feelings of adolescence

Taking place in Tokyo for the 4th time, Finland Film Festival in Japan September 15-21, 2012 presents the latest films of five Finnish film directors. The film festival is organized for the first time at the Cinema Mediage, Aqua City in Odaiba, which is part of the movie theater chain Toho Cinemas. The festival is organized by the Finnish Film Foundation in cooperation with Kadokawa Media House, Toho Cinemas and the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo. Other partners are UPM, Lotte and Iittala.

This yearfs films are Iron Sky, Silence, Stars Above, Rat King and Almost 18. Timo Vuorensola and Sakari Kirjavainen, directors of Iron Sky and Silence, respectively, will visit the film festival and will also be present at their filmsf screenings on Saturday and Sunday to answer questions from the viewers.

For details, click link at right.

Tuesday, 25 September - Australia-New Zealand Chamber Event
Japan's Economy and Monetary Policy

Presented by Shuji Kobayakawa, Assistant Director-General, Monetary Affairs Department, Bank of Japan

Date & Time:Tuesday, 25 September , 18:30-20:30
Venue: Australian Embassy [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 20 September

Having gone through the "lost decades", Japan has often been quoted in the context of learning lessons from its bitter experiences. Recently there have been some changes in its economy and its financial system in terms of maintaining relative strength in the era of global crisis.

The presentation will cover how the Bank of Japan views recent developments of the Japanese economy and what it does in order to overcome deflation. As an "avant-courier" of unconventional monetary policy-making, recent policy measures initiated by the Bank of Japan will be discussed in detail. The presentation will then elaborate on implications for those who run businesses in Japan.

Shuji Kobayakawa is currently Assistant Director-General of Monetary Affairs Department which plans and formulates monetary policy at the Bank of Japan. After having worked for the OECD as an economist covering structural policy analysis and country analysis of New Zealand and Canada, he became a chief editor of the Bank's "Financial System Report". He then headed the Bank's statistics division before assuming his current position. Shuji Kobayakawa holds M.Phil and D.Phil in Economics, both from the University of Oxford.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right to register directly with the ANZCCJ.
Japan Market Expansion Competition - JMEC 19 has started

Are you looking for opportunities to improve your employees' business skills and enhance their operational abilities in a multicultural environment, at a very reasonable cost? Does your company intend to expand in the Japanese market? Do you need a fresh look at one of your existing business activities? Either Way, JMEC should be your immediate destination.

The Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) is a business plan writing competition that is supported by 17 foreign chambers in Japan. Now in its 19th year, the JMEC program is designed to help foreign organizations, including large corporations and SMEs (Project Clients), enter or expand their business in the Japanese market, while at the same time giving young executives (Participants) the opportunity to improve their business skills. After completing a series of lectures and workshops on how to do business in Japan, program participants work together in teams of five or six, supported by a team mentor and financial consultant, to write a business plan for their assigned project client.

For a fraction of the cost of hiring outside consultants, participating companies benefit by receiving a well-researched, tailor-made business plan that addresses their specific business objectives in the Japanese market.

Information sessions about the program will be held in September and November:

For more information , please contact the JMEC Program Director Pierre Couret at or call 03-5562-1444.

The application deadline for Participants is October 31, 2012 and November 30, 2012 for Project Clients.

News from Finland

Nissan recalls cars over Helsinki steering wheel incident

The Nissan automobile manufacturer is recalling 51,000 cars worldwide for technical check-ups after a new Nissan Qashqai's steering wheel fell off mid-drive in Helsinki in August.

In Finland, 880 cars will be recalled for check-ups.

The fault came to light at the end of August, when the steering wheel came loose in the car that an Yle cameraman was driving.

Nissan says the fault lies in the production process alterations made at a subcontractorfs factory, but did not say which company was to blame.

"It is a global motor industry subcontractor, that produces parts for several carmakers," said Erkkila.

Nissan Nordic Europe's communications manager Taina Erkkila said that, if the steering wheel's load is heavy, it can come loose and start turning in place, in which case the car would lose manoeuvrability.

The cars under recall have been sold in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the Pacific region. Erkkila expects that the steering wheels in some 600 cars, of the 51,000 recalled worldwide, may have to be replaced.

Grin of the Week

Problems with German?

I saw a pen in a store the other day. I picked it up and took a look at it cause it was prettier than most.

The clerk said, "It's made in Germany".
I said, "That's too bad, I can't use it then".

The clerk said, "What's the matter? You don't like German pens?"
I said, "No. I just never learned to write German."
Have a great long weekend 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.