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  ISSUE 21/2011 29 August 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Although many of my readers in Japan may enjoy the o'bon holidays, I would like to take one more opportunity to promote our Yakatabune Cruise next week Wednesday. We still have some seats available so sign up soon, unless you have done so already. As many of my readers might be on holiday this week, we will still accept sign-ups on Monday.
Read more about the cruise below.

In this bulletin I also promote an event organized by the Norwegian Chamber. This should be of interest at least to my female readers. For more, see below.

Next week I will be back with a longer bulletin and then listing most of the events we are organizing until the end of the year.

Wednesday, 24 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last year's cruise we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Wednesday, 24 August!

We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 24 August , 18.30-21:00
(be at the pier at latest 18:15)
Embarkation: Funayado Amisei, 2-1-26, Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 19 August

If you have not yet signed up yet, please do so soonest, at latest comimg Friday, to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click link at right.

Wednesday, 7 September - Norwegian Chamber Business Luncheon Seminar
Female Executives and Japan - current obstacles and how to overcome them

The Norwegian Chamber (NCCJ) invites members of the other Nordic Chamber to a luncheon with Ms. Yukako Uchinaga who will speak about the female executive situation in Japan. Learn firsthand from one of the 50 most powerful international businesswomen, according to Fortune magazine, how to succeed as a female prospective executive and the importance about diversity in the workplace to encourage and foster female executives in your company.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 7 September , 12.00-14:00
Wenue: The Westin Tokyo
Cost:5,500 yen for members, non-members 6,500 yen
Registration:by Friday, 2 September directly to the NCCJ

Ms. Uchinaga, has been Chairman of the Board, CEO & President of Berlitz Corporation and Director and Executive Vice President of Benesse Holdings, Inc. since 2008 and is actively promoting women at work through the NPO Japan Women's Innovative Network (J-Win). In addition to being one of four directors selected to join the board of directors of Sony Corporation in June 2008, Ms. Uchinaga served as an advisor to the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Prime Minister's Council for Gender Equality, and was a member of the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science's Council for Education.

For more information and registration (directly to the NCCJ), click link at right.
News from Finland

Nokia expects to benefit from Google's Motorola bid

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia told the Financial Times on Monday that it expects Google's decision to buy Motorola Mobility to benefit Nokia.

According to Nokia, the deal could strengthen Nokia's growth opportunities in the smartphone markets, as it is to improve the position of Microsoft phones on the market.

Mobile phone makers using Google's Android operating system may have to consider switching to Microsoft if Motorola becomes Google's primary partner, according to the Financial Times.

Grin of the Week

It's in the name(s)

Mr. Greenberg was an illiterate immigrant, but he worked hard, saved his pennies, and started a small business. It did well, and soon he had enough money to send for the wife and children. The work kept him very busy, so he never had time to learn to write, but the bank was happy to do business with him, even though his signature consisted of two X's.

He prospered, he opened more stores, the kids were transferred to private schools, the family moved into a fancy house.
One day his banker, Mr. Smith, asked him to drop by.

"So vat's the problem?" Greenberg asked, a bit anxiously.

Smith waved a bunch of checks at him. "Perhaps nothing," he said, "but I wanted to be on the safe side. These recent checks of yours are all signed with 3 X's, but your signature of record has just 2."

Greenberg looked embarrassed. "I'm sorry about making trouble," he said, "but my vife said that since I'm now such a high class rich guy, I should have a middle name!"
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.