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  ISSUE 21/2013 17 September 2013  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Back to business after an extended weekend and typhoon no. 18!

This is the final call for our next event, the luncheon meeting on Wednesday, 25 September with the new Finnair CEO, Pekka Vauramo. Unless you have already signed-up, do so at latest on Thursday. Read more below.

Our Nissan Oppama plant tour last week Thursday was an new interesting experience for many of the participants. Read below for a report from the event.

I would also make a last reminder to our golfers about the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup on Friday, 4 October. Registration dead-line is this Friday so unless you are already on the list, please sign-up soon, we only have a couple of slots left in the European team!
Details below.

Our semi-retired papers salesman Timo Varhama has written a new contribution in his column Aoyama View, although this time from Karuizawa, titled "Tokyo 2020 - a dream come true ".
Click banner at right for interesting reading on the Olympics 2020 and other sports!

Wednesday, 25 September - Joint Nordic Event organized by the FCCJ
Luncheon meeting with Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo

On Wednesday, 25 September the FCCJ will organize jointly with the other Nordic chambers a luncheon meeting with a prominent Finnish business leader, Mr. Pekka Vauramo, the new President of Finnair as our speaker. Mr. Vauramo will talk about Finnairfs Asia strategy: future steps.

Date & Time: Wednesday, 25 September, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo , Tarragon, 3F [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
Registration:by Wednesday, 18 September

About Pekka Vauramo
Mr. Varamo, born in 1957, took up the position as CEO of Finnair Plc. on 1 June 2013.
Before joining Finnair he was based in Hong Kong since 201 working as COO of the MacGregor Business Area of Cargotec, a Finnish cargo and load handling company. Since 2007 he has served in various positions at Cargotec, such as head of Cargotec's MacGregor Business, deputy CEO of Cargotec as well as head of the Kalmar Business Unit. Mr. Vauramo started his managerial career at Sandvik, a Swedish mining and construction company, where he worked from 1985 to 2007. Vauramo holds a M.Sc. (mining) degree from Helsinki University of Technology.

About Finnair
Finnair is one of the most innovative, safest and longest-operating airlines in the world. The airline specialises in flights between Asia and Europe, and its vision is to be the number one airline in the Nordic countries and the most desired option in Asian traffic. Finnair also strives to be among the three largest operators in transit traffic between Asia and Europe involving transfers during the trip. The growing Asian markets, fast flight connections and competitiveness form the foundation of Finnair's growth strategy. Finnair Group business areas are Airline Business, Aviation Services and Travel Services. The number of personnel is approximately 7,000. The subsidiaries provide support services to the Airline or operate in closely related areas.

Finnish government is a major shareholder with a 55.8 per cent holding. Other shareholders include public bodies, financial institutions, private companies and households.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Friday, 20 September and "no-shows". To register, click link below.

Report from the FCCJ Nissan Oppama Plant Tour

On Thursday, 12 September FCCJ organized its first factory tour - to Nissan Oppama Plant located conveniently (less than one hour by train) from Tokyo between Yokohama and Yokosuka.

The plant utilizes latest technology and the Nissan Production Way (NPW) so the 20 participants were impressed by the efficiency of modern car production.

The plant produces four models, the LEAF electric car, Sylphy, Juke and Cube. From start to end, it takes only 16 hours to produce a car.

The tour ended with test drives of the LEAF electric car.
For a report from the event, click link at right!

Friday, 4 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2013 - Register Soon!

The 11th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2013, will be played on Friday, 4 October, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force and Mercedes Benz Japan are working hard to make the event a memorable one for all participants. Similar to last year JLPA pros will join us on the course and there will also be an "after-party", free for all players with spouses at, the Mercedes-Benz Connection in Nogizaka (close to Tokyo Midtown) on the week after the event.

The European team is now almost fully booked so if you have not registered yet and want to play, sign-up a.s.a.p!
For more information and to sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link below.
JMEC Business Training Program
Inviting Participants and Project Clients for JMEC 20!

The JMEC 20 Program is gaining momentum as we have had over 30 bright and energetic attendees at our information sessions and applications are rolling in.

A reminder that if you or someone you know someone who can benefit from the program, please join us today;
Tuesday, September 17th 19:00-21:00

Our next two sessions will be:
Thursday, October 2nd @ 19:00-21:00
Thursday, October 10th @ 19:00-21:00

Sessions are held at the offices of Entrepreneur Group for Growing Japan (EGG) at the Shin Marunouchi Building 10F.

In addition to information on the JMEC 20 program, drinks are served at each session. Attendance is free of charge, but we kindly ask people to register in advance on the registrations links provided below.

A Reminder of the Application deadlines:
Participants: October 15, 2013
Project Clients: November 30, 2013
September 30, 2013 (Early-Bird Discount Rate)

Please click link at right for more information.
News from Finland

Taxes make Finnish food costly in EU comparison

Finnish consumers paid around a fifth more for food than the EU average last year, according to Statistics Finland. The main culprit for the high prices is taxation.

Of the 15 so-called 'old' EU countries, Finland was the fourth most expensive after Denmark, Sweden and Austria in 2012.

The difference is mainly down to tax: Finnish VAT is levied at 14 percent on food purchases, which was the second highest rate in the comparison. In Ireland the corresponding tax rate is zero, while the average VAT levied in EU countries is 5.7 percent.

Concentration of the grocery market in the hands of two large companies, the S-group and Kesko, also plays a part in the high cost of Finnish groceries.

Grin of the Week

The Wrong Way

A senior citizen was driving down the freeway when his wife called his cell phone.

"Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on Route 280.
Please be careful!"

"It's not just one car," said Herman, "It's hundreds of them!"
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 64 corporate members, 12 individual and one special member.