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  ISSUE 17/2010 17 August 2010  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

I guess most of you are now back in office after the holiday season, full of energy to meet the challenges!

Our first event of the Autumn season, the Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Thursday next week (26 August) is almost sold out. We have as of now 53 sign-ups, but as the maximum capacity is 55, there is still a couple slots left.

If your are interested in this event and have not yet signed up, please contact me as soon as possible. For more information, click the image at right for an event flyer (pdf file, 1.4 MB).

  Tuesday, 14 September - Joint Event organized by the French Chamber
European Chambers Cocktail Party at The Ritz-Carlton

A delightful evening awaits you at Ritz-Carlton! This prestigious venue will host the premiére 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 rentrée.

European Chambers would like to thank Mazars Japan for it generous donation for the wine served at this event.

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

Date & Time:Tuesday, 14 September , 18.30-21:00
Place: The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, 2F Ballroom [MAP}
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
Registration:first dead-line Monday, 6 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!

Tuesday, 24 August - German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan presents:
Will the Global Economy Fall Back into Recession?

Dr. Joerg Kraemer
Chief Economist & Divisional Board Member for Research, Commerzbank AG

Since spring 2009 the global economy has been growing again. However, there are significant risks. The euro-zone suffers from a sovereign debt crisis, high US unemployment has hardly fallen and growth in China may slow down markedly.

Take this opportunity to increase your knowledge during the presentation and get the answers to your questions from Dr. Kraemer at the subsequent Q&A session.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 24 August , 12.00-14:00
PLace: The Westin Tokyo, Star Room, B2F [MAP}
Cost:5,500 yen (members only)
Registration:by Tuesday, 17 August

More more information and registartion details, click link at right! When you register (directly to the German Chamber), please inform that you are a member of the FCCJ.
JMEC Information Evenings

Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) is a hands-on business training program in Tokyo, geared toward individuals who are working full-time.  The program includes a lecture series about doing business in Japan, as well as a teamwork phase to write business plans for client companies.  JMEC 17 begins in fall 2010, and those interested are highly encouraged to attend an information session to find out more about the JMEC program, to ask questions and to speak with program alumni.
The following are the upcoming information sessions for JMEC 17 (2010-2011):

  • Thu. 16 September, 19:30 – 21:00, Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall, Rm 502 (map)
  • Tue. 28 September, 19:30 – 21:00, Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall, Rm 502 (map)
  • Wed. 6 October, 19:30 – 21:00, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (map)
  • Thu. 14 October, 8:00 – 9:00am*, Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall, Rm 503 (map)
  • Tue. 19 October, 19:30 – 21:00, Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall, Rm 502 (map)
* Please note, this is a morning session.

All sessions are free but registration is required. To register for a session, please fill out the form at  For more information about JMEC, contact Laura Loy, Program Director, at (03) 5562-1444 or

News from Finland

Russian export ban on Finnish dairy products continues partially

Despite promises to lift its export ban, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance has continued to impose export restrictions on some Finnish dairy products on Monday.

The restrictions continue to be in place for companies such as Ingman, who according to the Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) have not succeeded in fulfilling requirements set by Russian officials. Even though Ingman's exports to Russia are limited, an export ban in the current challenging economic climate is problematic for the company.

Russia imposed the export ban on Finnish meat and dairy products in mid July. The restrictions on dairy products were to be lifted already on 6 August, while additional inspections in meat processing facilities are still pending.

The restrictions are also in place for dairy Hameenlinnan Osuusmeijeri and Finland's Nestle.

Grin of the Week

We do not recommnd this ...

A lawyer returns to his parked BMW to find the headlights broken and considerable damage. There's no sign of the offending vehicle but he's relieved to see that there's a note stuck under the windshield wiper.

"Sorry. I just backed into your Beemer. The witnesses who saw the accident are nodding and smiling at me because they think I'm leaving my name, address and other particulars. But I'm not."
BTW, there's a new ranking of countries out, this time done by Newsweek and titled "World's Best Countries" measuring education, health, quality of life, economic dynamism and political environment.
Surprise, surprise (I think...), Finland came on top, scoring top points in education and 4th in quality of life, but low in health, no. 17. Perhaps the sauna is not so good for your wellbeing after all, as some recent events have shown...
Japan fared better than in many similar surveys in the past, now ending up no. 9, being no. 1 in health, no. 5 in education, but pulled down in the overall score (NOT surprisingly...) by political environment, no. 25.
If you are interested to know more details, click here!

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.