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  ISSUE 2/2014 16 January 2014   
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We have managed to get a very interesting and prominent speaker for a working luncheon on Monday, 27 January - Mr. Ilpo Kokkila, Chairman of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) - i.e. the Finnish 'Keidanren'. Mr. Kokkila is in Japan invited by the Japanese government and we got information about this opportunity only yesterday, so apologize for the very short notice! But hope that many of you could make it, details below!

There is still time to sign-up for joint event with the Swedish and Norwegian Chambers - A Team Building Bowling Competition on Tuesday, 28 January. Read more below!

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Monday, 27 January - FCCJ Working Luncheon
Mr. Ilpo Kokkila, Chairman of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK)

Our next meeting will be a working luncheon held on Monday, 27 January when we have Mr. Ilpo Kokkila, the Chairman of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) as our guest speaker. Mr. Kokkila is in Japan invited by the Japanese Gorvenment.

Date & Time:Monday, 27 January, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Mayfair Room, South Wing 12F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 23 January

About Ilpo Kollila
Ilpo Kollila was born in 1947 in Seinäjoki.
He graduated as Master of Science in Technology from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1974. He is the main owner and founder of SRV Group Plc., currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is also the Chairman on Pontos Oy.

Mr. Kokkila began serving as the Chairman of the Board of the Confederation of Finnish Industries at the beginning of 2013. He is also a board member of Kesko Oy and served as the Chairman of the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013.

About the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK)
Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) is the leading business organization in Finland. Our main task is to create an internationally attractive and competitive business environment for companies operating in Finland.

We represent and defend the interests of the Finnish business community – both on the national level, as well as in the EU. We are engaged in dialogue and cooperation in all subjects relevant to our members such as corporate legislation, taxation, trade policy, innovation environment, SME entrepreneurship and climate politics. Furthermore, we are centrally involved in labour markets together with our member associations.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Friday, 24 January and "no-shows".

Tuesday, 28 January - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition

The Swedish Chamber (SCCJ) has kindly invited the other Nordic Chambers to one of their most popular annual events, the Team Building Bowling Competition held at Tokyo Port Bowl in Shibaura.

Professional Bowlers, beginners are equally most welcome! It is a team competition, each team consists of four player and each player play two games. Make your own team with your colleagues and business partners, spouses are very welcome!

Date & Time:Tuesday, 28 January, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Tokyo Port Bowl in Shibaura
1-13-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku (near JR Tamachi Station) [MAP]
Cost:5,500 yen/person (incl. 2 games play fee, party fee afterwards)
Registration:by Monday, 20 January

If you cannot make your own team you could also register individually and we will make a team for you.

Note: For award ceremony, your prize contribution will be much appreciated! (4 prizes a team)

Friday, 24 January - JMEC 20 Shinnenkai Party

hosted by Oakwood Premier Tokyo Midtown

Always a fun night out - enjoy the food, have fun and catch up with new and old JMEC friends!
Who knows what lucky prizes you may win!

Date & Time: Friday, 24 January, 2014 18:30 - 21:30

Tickets: ¥3,500 pre-paid by card, ATM, convenience store ¥4,000 cash at the door.
  • Ticket includes Oakwood's delicious dining buffet & 2 alcohol drinks.
  • Free flow of non-alcoholic beverages with extra drinks are ¥500, cash at the bar.

  • Access: Oakwood Premier Tokyo MidTown, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku. Map

    This Shinnenkai is a special occassion as we are also celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the JMEC program. The event is open for all JMEC alumni and supporters—and anyone else interested in associating with the JMEC network.

    To register on-line, click the link at right!

    News from Finland

    President critiques corporate tax evasion, public sector growth

    President Sauli Niinistö on Wednesday urged corporate leaders think twice before using tax havens to avoid paying taxes in Finland. He also criticised a reluctance to cut jobs in the upper levels of state administration.

    President Sauli Niinistö took aim at Finnish companies that stash their cash in overseas tax havens, pointing out that the state provides them with direct subsidies, infrastructure and education for their employees. He noted that the government has also recently slashed the corporate tax rate.

    The president was addressing a business seminar in Helsinki focusing on competitiveness.

    "Completely unsustainable"

    Niinistö also sharply criticised the size of the public sector, saying that its share of GDP is "completely unsustainable". He said a programme aimed at boosting productivity in the state administration had failed. The president asked why job cuts in the state government have been aimed at lower level employees.

    "It seems that these cuts are primarily aimed at the level of workers who directly serve the public," he said, adding that there have not been reductions at the upper levels – on the contrary.

    Grin of the Week

    The right thing??

    Son : Mom, when I was on the bus with Dad this morning, he told me to give up my seat to a lady.
    Mum : Well, you have done the right thing.
    Son : But mom, I was sitting on daddy's lap.
    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.