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  ISSUE 24/2011 16 September 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We are back in hot and humid Tokyo after some fun and relaxing days in a cooler Europe.

Ahead of the extended weekend (Monday is a public holiday in Japan) a reminder about two events with registration dead-lines shortly; the European Chamber Cocktail Party on Wednesday, 28 September and the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup on Friday, 30 September. Read below for more and sign-up soon if you plan to participate in these.

Wednesday, 28 September - Networking event organized by the French Chamber
European Chambers Cocktail Party

A delightful evening awaits you at ANA Intercontinental Hotel! This prestigious venue will host 2011 European Chambers cocktails for an "after summer party".

Come prepared with your business cards: meet new contacts, develop business leads and catch up with friends and business partners! The evening will feature drinks, hors d'oeuvres and networking to celebrate the rentr?e.

European Chambers are looking forward to welcoming you and your friends so be sure to reply and confirm your attendance! More than 300 guests joined last year.

Organized by CCIFJ (French), in cooperation with DIHKJ (German), BCCJ (British), FCCJ (Finish), ABC (Austrian), BLCCJ (Belgian-Luxembourg), DCCJ (Danish), ICCJ (Italian), SCCIJ (Swiss), SCCJ (Swedish), NoCCJ (Norway) and NCCJ (Dutch). With the kind support of European Business Council in Japan.

European Chambers would like to thank Union Liquors (Denis Frères Group) for it generous donation for the wine and soft drinks served at this event.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 28 September, 18.30-21:00
Venue: ANA Intercontinental, Prominence B1F [MAP}
Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 9,000 yen
Registration:by Wednesday, 21 September
(Cancellation after this date or no show will be fully charged)

European Chambers are looking forward to welcoming you and your friends so be sure to reply and confirm your attendance by clicking link at right!
Friday, 30 September - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2011

The 9th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup, will be played on Friday, 30 September at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force has been working closely with the club to reduce costs, so some portion of the participation fee and sponsorship will be donated to charity along with the presently established charity fundraising activity.

Registration of Players
The official registration dead-line is today 16 September. We have about 10 slots so sign-up now to guarantee your place. Note that we will still accept registrations until Thursday, 22 September, if slots are available.
The participation fees are same as last year, i.e. a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,000 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, for a total of 24,000 yen, of which a part will go to charity..

Sponsoring the event
If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services) and all surplus from the sponsorship money will go to charity.

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Finnish government sees EUR 7 bln deficit

Finland's National Coalition party-led rainbow government finished its budget talks on Wednesday in hours instead of the reserved two days, unveiling a 52-billion-euro 2012 draft budget that is broadly in line with the government programme.

As expected the government proposed a number of spending cuts and tax increases.

The government said it expected to run a deficit of about seven billion euros.

The six ruling party leaders had met for preliminary budget talks on Monday.

Grin of the Week

Secrets to a Long Life

An old man was relaxing at his hundredtenth birthday party when a reporter went up to him. "Sir, what is the secret of your long life?"

The man considered this for a moment, then replied, "Every day at 9 PM I have a glass of port. Good for the heart I've heard."

The reporter replied, "That's ALL?"

The man smiled, "That, and canceling my voyage on the Titanic."
Have a great long weekend &
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.