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  ISSUE 29/2009 17 December 2009  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

As the holiday season is closing in, this will be my last bulletin in 2009 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members and other readers of my bulletin for all your support and good cooperation in 2009 and wish you:
All the best for the Holiday Season &

A Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Our first event in 2010 is a luncheon on Tuesday, 26 January with Mr. Jyrki Katainen, Minister of Finance of Finland, who was named the best European Finance Minister by the Financial Times in November 2008. This will be a joint Nordic event with the will our fellow Scandinavian Chambers joining us. The theme of his presentation is still to be confirmed, but I will provide that, and other details in my first bulletin in 2010!

Report from the Scandinavian Christmas Party

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, was held on Friday, 11 December at The Westin Tokyo Hotel.

413 members from FCCJ (65 participants), SCCJ (Sweden), DCCJ (Denmark), ICCJ (Iceland) and NCCJ (Norway) and their guests enjoyed a fantastic evening together with delicious Nordic Christmas influenced food and wine, and a lot of other drinks.

The party started with Santa Claus paying a visit, followed by Christmas Songs by a group from Sophia University, a much appreciated performance by BonBanGoo, a World Champion in juggling, and ending off the night with a lot of dancing to the tunes of Brad and the Hitmen.

For more about the party, with many pictures, click link at right!
If you attended the party, please also remember to fill out the participants' survey!
FCCJ News December 2009

Our latest printed newsletter is in the mail for our members. This edition includes a report on the FCIJ Business Confidence Survey and our latest events, presentation of a new member (Septem Partners), as well as some changes in addresses and conatct persons at our member companies.

In the "From the Boardroom" column, Samuli Pahkala reflects on his four years in Japan when now leaving as President of Vaisala K.K. Samuli has been an active member in our board and has alse been our representative in the Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) program. Our thanks to Samuli for his contribution and wish him all the best in his new cahllenges at the Vaisala HQ in Finland!

For a pdf (2.1 MB) version of the newsletter, please click the image at right.

Thursday, 24 December - Hotel Okura Event
Hotel Okura Tokyo Christmas Carol Concert 2009

Hotel Okura Tokyo once again welcomes the Christmas spirit by proudly presenting The Christmas Carol Lobby Concert 2009, with the voices of Rikkyo University Glee Club.

The concert starts from 18:00 on December 24, 2009 in the Main Lobby (5th floor) of the Main Building at Hotel Okura Tokyo.

The concert is free of charge and complimentary sparkling wine will be served.

Join us in welcoming the Christmas Spirit.

Christmas Charity Appeal

Metropolis is doing a joint promotion with PayPal and other sponsors, in order to provide funds to a Christmas charity appeal. The target charity is JHELP (, run by Ken Joseph who has looked after foreigners in trouble in Japan for many years. They deal with the police, immigration, landlords, even embassies repatriating dead people. Ken and his team have assisted with many natural disasters in Japan over the years.

The appeal costs nothing, instead people are requested to sign up for the Metropolis Members Club and PayPal. Each registrant earns JHELP a Y200 donation if enrolled by December 25th.

If you have a few minutes to spare, you can participate by clicking link below.

News from Finland

Ship delivery boosts Finnish October current account surplus

Finland ran a current account surplus of about 1.6 billion in October, the month South Korean shipbuilder STX delivered a 900-million-euro cruiseship (The Oasis of the Seas) from one of its Finnish yards, the Bank of Finland said in a statement Tuesday.

The surplus had stood at some 0.7 billion euros in the year-ago period.

There was a 1.5-billion-euro surplus on goods this October, with the services and incomes accounts posting a slight surpluses and the current transfer account a slight deficit.

Capital inflows exceeded outflows by about six billion euros

The country's GDP had fallen at a revised sequential rate of 0.3 per cent in the second quarter.

Grin of the Week

Wise choice of words

The following is a courtroom exchange between a defense attorney and a farmer with a bodily injury claim. It came from a Houston, Texas insurance agent.

Attorney: "At the scene of the accident, did you tell the constable you had never felt better in your life?"

Farmer: "That's right."

Attorney: "Well, then, how is it that you are now claiming you were seriously injured when my client's auto hit your wagon?"

Farmer: "When the policeman arrived, he went over to my horse, who had a broken leg, and shot him. Then he went over to my dog, who was all banged up, and shot him. When he asked me how I felt, I just thought under the circumstances, it was a wise choice of words to say I've never felt better in my life.
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.