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  ISSUE 14/2012 17 May 2012  
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Today is the Ascension Day in Finland, and most of Europe as well, so don't expect any inquiries from your head office, or partners in Finland today as businesses, public offices and most shops are closed for the public holiday..

This bulletin is the final reminder of the Joint Nordic Chambers Networking Event at Restaurant Luke next week Wednesday (23 May); we have only a few seats left so if you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, do it a.s.a.p. Read more about the event below.

 
Report from GIVING BACK TO JAPAN 2: Community Leaders Report

On Wednesday, 16 May the Dutch Chamber and Tohoku Planning Forum, supported by 17 national chambers of commerce and Hitotsubashi University ICS, presented the GIVING BACK TO JAPAN 2: Community Leaders Report. Leaders of cities and towns across Tohoku (Ofunato, Yamada, Aizu Misato, Iwanuma and Onagawa) explained about their current and planned reconstruction efforts.

Television and radio presenter Peter Barakan will guided the discussion about communities' rebuilding processes and ongoing needs as well as for ways in which individuals and organizations can help their communities toward their goal.

At the reception there were 12 NPO charities present to answer questions on how help can be extended through them.

For more about the event, which was attended by 415 persons, click link at right.

Wednesday, 23 May
Joint Nordic Chambers Networking Event

On the occasion of the opening the Tokyo SkyTree on 22 May, the Swedish Chamber has secured a premium venue for a great view to the SkyTree and the Tokyo night from Restaurant Luke, located on the 47th floor with an open terrace in the Luke Tower in Tsukiji, Chuo-ku.

This is a joint Networking Event with the other Nordic Chambers, SWEA (Swedish Women's Educational Association) and YCN (Young Chambers Network).

The event will be from 19:00 to 21:00 - 2 hours of free food and free drinks for a favourable discounted cost of 5,000 yen (normal cost 7,500 yen).
After the event, there will be cash bar for everyone who wishes to stay longer.

Details:
Date & Time:Wednesday, 23 May, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Restaurant Luke, St. Luke's Garden 47F,
8-1, Akashicho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo MAP
Cost: 5,000 yen - collected at the door
Registration:by Thursday, 17 May

Sign up soon (click link at right) to secure a place as our quota is limited!
Note that due to space restrictions, this is a members' only event.
To see who has already signed up, click here.


Midsummer Party at Finland Village

The Midsummer Party at Finland Village in Koumi-machi, Nagano prefecture is held on Saturday, 2 June, starting at 17:00.

If you would like to experience a truly unique Finnish style event in a different setting, please join. For a report from last year's event, click here.

The Village is about 3 hours drive from Tokyo, or a bit over 2 hours by train (Nagano Shinkansen to Sakudaira and then Koumi line). You could stay at the village at 5,000 yen/night/person (children under 12 2,500 yen). We are planning to have a work party at the village Friday afteroon and Saturday before the party starts.

If you are interested and would like to know more, click link at right.

News from Finland

Katainen: More questions than answers in Greece

The Finnish Prime Minister does not think France will shake the EU's common economic policy, but that post-election government talks will be tough in Greece.

He predicted that forming a new government in Greece may be difficult as the policies of the parties that scored the biggest gains are widely divergent. However, he expressed the hope that progress will be made as soon as possible.

Katainen said that the outcome of the French presidential election was to be expected.

He does not believe that under the new president, Francois Hollande, France will destabilize Europe's common economic policy.

During his campaign, Hollande promised to renegotiate the European fiscal compact to include provisions on jobs and growth. Katainen said that he believes that France and the rest of Europe have the same view on the importance of economic growth.


Grin of the Week

Dreams

Women dream of world peace, a safe environment, and eliminating hunger.
What do men dream of?
Being stuck in an elevator with the Spice Girls.
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
send it to: fccj@gol.com

ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
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.