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  ISSUE 29/2010 17 December 2010  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

As the holiday season is closing in, this will be my last bulletin in 2010 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 2010 and wish you:
All the best for the Holiday Season &

A Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Note that we will be out of Japan from 23 December until 2 January and subsequently the office will be closed. I will read my emails occasionally.

Our first event in 2011 is a Club Evening at the Moomin Bakery & Cafe, ead more about that below.

  Report from the Christmas Luncheon at the Embassy

The traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon was held for the eleventh time at the Embassy of Finland on Thursday 9, December. The 36 participants enjoyed a delicious seafood style Christmas lunch prepared by the Embassy's chef.

Ms. Johanna Kotkajärvi, who joined the Embassy in August as Minisiter-Counsellor, gave us an update on current issues in the Finland-Japan relations and her experiences in Japan during her first three months. Ms.Kotkajärvi, also expressed her satisfaction for the good cooperation with the FCCJ and business community, and hoped it would continue and further develop..

For a picture report from the luncheon, click link at right.

Tuesday, 25 January
FCCJ Club Evening

Our first event in 2011 will be a Club Evening, held on Tuesday, 25 January at the Moomin Bakery & Café in Tokyo Dome City La Qua, Korakuen.

Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by Finnish style food and drinks!
We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

Date & Time: Tuesday, 25 January, 19:00-21:00
Place: Moomin Bakery & Cafe
Tokyo Dome City La Qua 1F, 1-1-1, Korakuen, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 5,000 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and buffet
Registration:by Friday 21 January

More about Moomin Bakery & Café:

Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

If you would like to attend, please click link below.

FCCJ News December 2010

Our latest printed newsletter has been sent out to our members. This edition includes a reports on the Scandinavian Christmas Party and several other of our latest events and a presentation of a new member (Senseg).

In the "From the Boardroom" column, our Japan veteran among Finnish business, Chamber ex-president and today Member of the Board of Trustees, Timo Varhama. His column, titled "Finland in Japan Focus", reflects on events of importance to Japan-Finland relations, and the Chamber, as well as significant global and regional issues affecting Japan and those living here or involved in the relations between the two countries.

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

Current Issues at the European Business Council (EBC)

The European Business Council (EBC) has had lot going on in the recent months in their work as the trade policy arm of 17 European National Chamber of Commerce and Business Associations in Japan. The EBC has been working to improve the trade and investment environment for European companies in Japan since 1972

Below listed the most important recent issues, including the publishing of the 2010 White paper.

December 13, 2010
EBC Chairman Presentation at EU Ambassador's Briefing

EBC Chairman, Mr. Tommy Kullberg, presented the 2010 EBC White Paper - "Going for Growth" - to the Ambassadors of the EU Members States at the Delegation of the European Union to Japan on December 13th, 2010.
  • Presentation
  • EBC White Paper - "Going for Growth"

  • December 3, 2010
    Recent Developments in Japan - a Pivotal Change?

    Several indicators have appeared in the October-November period suggesting that we are witnessing a consensus-building process that spans industry, government and politicians and which supports policy that might lead to a pivotal change in Japan.
  • Briefing Note

  • November 29, 2010
    EBC Chairman participates in 5th Meeting of Prime Minister's Investment Roundtable
    On November 29, EBC Chairman, Mr. Tommy Kullberg, attended the 5th meeting of Prime Minister Kan's Investment Promotion Roundtable. The meeting, chaired by METI Minister allowed all participants to speak further in an interactive manner on their domestic investment priorities.
  • Article

  • Please also wisit the EBC web site for more.

    News from Finland

    Nokia files fresh patent infringement claims against Apple Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia said in a statement Thursday it had filed a further 13 patent infringement claims against Apple, alleging the US company of breaching a number of Nokia patents in products like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

    Nokia added the actions had been filed before the UK High Court, the Dusseldorf and Mannheim district courts in Germany and a district court in The Hague in the Netherlands.

    "These actions add 13 further Nokia patents to the 24 already asserted against Apple in the US International Trade Commission and the Delaware and Wisconsin Federal courts," said in the statement Paul Melin, the head of intellectual property at Nokia.

    Grin of the Week

    'Waiter - There's a Fly in My Champagne'

    A multi-national company held a reception to celebrate Christmas. The waiter gave each guest a glass of champagne, but on inspection, each guest noticed that their glass contained a fly.
  • The Swede asked for new champagne in the same glass.
  • The Englishman demanded to have new champagne in a new glass.
  • The Finn picked out the fly out and drank the champagne.
  • The Russian drank the champagne, fly and all.
  • The Chinese ate the fly but left the champagne.
  • The Israeli caught the fly and sold it to the Chinese.
  • The Italian drank two thirds of the champagne and then demanded to have a new glass.
  • The Norwegian took the fly and went off to fish.
  • The Irish ground the fly, mixed it in the champagne, which he donated to the Englishman
  • The American sued the restaurant and claimed for a $50 million compensation.
  • The Scotsman grabbed the fly by the throat and shouted, 'Spit out all that you swallowed.
  • Have a good holiday season &
    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.