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  ISSUE 4/2012 16 February 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The FCCJ office is going to move tomorrow. Not far, from Tsurumaki, Setagaya-ku to Shimomeguro. About 4 km east, and a bit closer to central areas of Tokyo, see map.

Our new contact information from Monday is:
Forest View Meguro 101
5-11-17, Shimomeguro
Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0084
Tel. 03-5725-9596
Fax. 03-5725-9597

We hope to have everything up and running on Monday, but it might take a couple of days before we are back to normal.
Note also that if you register by fax for the luncheon meeting on 28 February, use the new number above (this was also mentioned in the printed invitation sent to members).

Tuesday, 28 February
FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Martin Schulz, Fujitsu Research Institute

Our next regular luncheon meeting will be held on Tuesday, 28 February when Mr. Martin Schulz, Senior Economist, Fujitsu Research Institute is our guest speaker.

Mr. Schulz will give us an insight in the eurozone challenges and his views on the economic outlook for Japan. He is a renowned expert in these areas and a popular speaker and frequently quoted in international media.


Date & Time:Tuesday, 28 February, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
Cost: 6,000 yen (members), 8,000 yen (others) - collected at the door
Registration:by Friday, 24 February
About Martin Schulz
Martin Schulz is Senior Economist at the Fujitsu Research Institute (FRI), a private think tank and consultancy that focuses on economic policy and corporate strategy in Japan. He is in charge of research and consultation on macroeconomics, finance, and corporate overseas strategies. Additionally, Martin is a consultant to government institutions like Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). His work is widely quoted in international media - with regular interviews at Bloomberg, CNBC, the BBC, etc.

Previously, Martin was a visiting researcher at the Bank of Japan and University of Tokyo, Assistant Professor of Economic Policy and Monetary Integration at Free University Berlin in Germany, and guest professor at a number of universities in Europe and Japan.

Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.

Wednesday, 7 March
The Katerva Conference on Innovation in Sustainability 2012

Katerva means "the wisdom of crowds" in ancient Greek, and Katerva's mission is to mobilize the world toward sustainability using the power of the "crowd" for positive change. Working collaboratively through a global network of experts and thought leaders leveraging virtual platforms, we can and will change the face of how business is carried out and redefine our future.
  • Hear from Katerva Award winning companies whose ideas have been recognized as the most Innovative on the Planet for 2011 - the Katerva Awards: Identify and accelerate the most promising sustainability ideas on the planet.
  • Learn from studies in global trends in Sustainability from leading organizations including the Harrison Group, FutureFoundation and Deloitte-Touche, (which will present it groundbreaking paper just debuted at Davos a few weeks ago).
  • Network with thought leaders from corporate, government, diplomatic, venture and entrepreneur communities from Japan, the US, UK, Europe, India and Africa.
Date:&Time: Wednesday, 7 March, 09:00 - 16:00 (doors open at 08:30)
Venue:           United Nations University, Global Headquarters, Tokyo
Admission:   6,500 yen (includes catered networking lunch)

For more information and link to registration form, click link at right

Tuesday, 10 April - EBC/Joint Chamber Sustainable Development Conference
"The End of Business as We Know it"
Perspectives on Sustainable Development

You are invited to a special joint chamber event designed to help us all make the shift to a sustainable world. When it comes to creating a sustainable economy, failure cannot be an option - not least for future generations. But how to build a consensus, whilst ensuring that all players, including our businesses, thrive in this new, more sustainable world?

This inaugural conference, organised by the EBC, will highlight the challenges in such critical areas as energy, food, and resources, and will offer ideas, solutions and inspiration for best managing this critical juncture. Companies, NGOs and governments all have a role to play in building a better world, and in removing any barriers to this goal.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 10 April, 14.00-29:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Akebono Room (Main Bldg. 1F) MAP
Cost: 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 5 April

Paul Roberts, author of The End of Oil and The End of Food, Taro Kono, M.P., House of Representatives, LDP, and Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, Ambassador of the EU to Japan, head a lineup of distinguished speakers who will cover many key areas that will determine the outlook for business and peoplefs quality of life in the future.

Join this inaugural Sustainable Development Conference, organised by the European Business Council in Japan (EBC), in collaboration with other foreign chambers of commerce in Japan.

For more information and registration form, click link at right

EU Executive Training Programme (ETP) 2012

Please find attached, a letter from H.E. Hans-Dieter Schweisgut, introducing the European Commission's Executive Training Programme (ETP) in Japan and recommending that European companies consider participating in the programme. The ETP programme provides a 26,400-euro grant per participant for Japan and includes 30-week intensive language and business training at Waseda University and a 12-week internship at a leading Japanese company. Applications close on May 31.

Please refer also to the attached flyer and visit for full details of the programme, its application process and its training curriculum amongst others.

Should you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the ETP team at

News from Finland

Finnair, JAL to expand codeshare cooperation/JAL to fly to Helsinki from March 2013

Finnair's oneworld partner Japan Airlines (JAL) will start flying from Tokyo to Helsinki four times per week beginning March 2013. Finnair and JAL have operated codeshares together for several years, and the new flight deepens their cooperation. JAL is planning timetables so that flights arriving in the afternoon in Helsinki will have optimal transfers to Finnairfs onward European connections.

In current codeshare arrangements between the two airlines, four flights operated by JAL to destinations in Japan (Haneda, Fukuoka, Sapporo and Okinawa) also carry Finnair flight numbers. JAL meanwhile has its own flight numbers for all Finnair flights between Helsinki and Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya) as well as for 11 onward Finnair flights to European destinations.

"We wish JAL a warm welcome in Finland," says Finnair President and CEO Mika Vehvilainen. "We are happy to expand our well-functioning cooperation and to strengthen even further our position in Asia."

JAL will serve the Tokyo Narita-Helsinki route four times-weekly from March 2013, departing Tokyo at 11:45 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving at 15:05, with the return leg leaving Helsinki at 17:25, landing back into Tokyo at 10:05 the following day. Daily operations are expected withing the first half of 2013.

JAL will be using a long range B787-800 Dreamliner for the route to Helsinki. The B787 will accommodate only 186 passengers compared with a designed capacity of 240. The low density layout will comprise 144 seats in economy (configured 2-4-2) with 42 in business class (2-2-2). No first or premium economy seating is provided and no details are available about what type of business class seating will be installed.

Grin of the Week

Under the circumstances...

The following is a courtroom exchange between a defense attorney and a farmer with a bodily injury claim. It came from a Houston, Texas insurance agent.

Attorney: "At the scene of the accident, did you tell the constable you had never felt better in your life?"

Farmer: "That's right."

Attorney: "Well, then, how is it that you are now claiming you were seriously injured when my client's auto hit your wagon?"

Farmer: "When the constable arrived, he went over to my horse, who had a broken leg, and shot him. Then he went over to Rover, my dog, who was all banged up, and shot him. When he asked me how I felt, I just thought under the circumstances, it was a wise choice of words to say I've never felt better in my life.
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.