Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!
This is my last email bulletin for this year, with a report from the 13th Scandinavian Christmas Part and our Christmas luncheon meeting and a couple of announcements.
But perhaps more importantly, I would like to thank all of you for your support and good cooperation during 2005, and all the kind feedback I have received on this bulletin, THANK YOU!
The 13th Scandinavian Christmas Party, held at The Westin Tokyo in Ebisu on Friday the 9th of December, was again a successful event held in a festive and friendly spirit.
A new venue and some fresh program were appreciated by the 475 participants from the Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic Chambers of Commerce in Japan.
They enjoyed a fantastic evening together with delicious food and wine (plus some other drinks...), Lucia parade, Christmas songs by a group from Sophia University, a Okinawan dance show and ending off the night to a lot of dancing with the Hitmen.
The lotteries, made possible by a significant contribution from 52 sponsors, were as always one of the highlights of the evening and added to the excitement and made some people even happier than some of the rest.
To find out more about the party, with many pictures, please click link at right.
The traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon, attended by 31 members and guest, was held for the sixth time at the Embassy of Finland on Wednesday 14 December.
After an update on recent developments and coming events in the Japan Finland relations by Minister-Counsellor Anu Saarela, Dr. Heikki Mäkipää, Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan, presented the Feel Finland in Science 2006 project. Feel Finland in Science 2006 is an initiative where the Finnish Institute in Japan provides opportunities for Finnish universities and research laboratories to establish long lasting collaboration with Japanese universities. Dr. Mäkipää called for the cooperation of FCCJ members in the different parts of the project.
For more images from the luncheon, please click link at right.
A small "push" for our sister organization; Finland Village.
As many of you know, this recreation, entertainment and seminar facility is located in Matsubara-ko, Nagano pref.
Most of the Finnish companies in Japan are members (shareholders) of the village, if you are not, please consider...;-). Naturally also Japanese companies that want to have access to a Finnish style resort in Japan, are welcome to join.
But even if you are not (yet) a shareholder, in case your company is a member of FCCJ, you could test use the village for member rates.
The ski season opened last weekend at the RE-EX Ski Valley nearby, and they already have plenty of snow, click here for more
We have negotiated substantial discounts (more than half off) on ski lift tickets for users of Finland Village and you pay only 1,500 yen (1,000 yen for children) for a day ticket. You cannot ski much cheaper in Japan.
For more about the village, and booking situation and form, click link at right.
Come to Finland if you are willing to work
Work-based immigration takes on an increasingly important role in Finnish immigration policy. The working group tasked with preparing governmental immigration policy suggested Tuesday enhancing work-based immigration as an answer to future scarcity of labour.
Immigration would be a way to compensate for people leaving the work force. The programme proposal says this would secure the prerequisites for economic growth and activity.
The programme proposal also calls attention to making more of Finland's attractions. Foreign researchers and students often value the high quality of Finnish education and scientific communities. Often positive factors are overshadowed by negative ones.
The programme contains altogether 35 measures to make immigration policy more efficient.
Stay healthy, and have a good weekend!
Clas G. Bystedt
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