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  ISSUE 30/2015 17 December 2015  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

As the holiday season is closing in, this will be my last bulletin in 2015 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 this year and wish you:

Note that the FCCJ office will be closed from 21 December to 7 January.
I will read my mails occasionally during this time but cannot promise immediate response.

Our first event in 2016 is a Shinnenkai (New Year Party) on Wednesday, 20 January at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka. For more details and to sign-up, see below!

We also have information about our second event in the New Year, a Joint Team Building event in the form of a Bowling Competition with the other Nordic Chambers. More about this too below!

In this issue of the bulletin we also have a contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View". This time the theme is: Global Environment, Food Tax, Olympic Stadium: Historical Decisions or Political Parading?

Click banner at right to find out more!

A Successful 23rd Scandinavian Christmas Ball!

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Joint Christmas Ball was held on Wednesday, 16 December 2015 at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel in Ebisu, where the party has been held also in 2005-2009 and 2011-2014. The party was attended by 255 members and guests from the five Nordic Chambers of Commerce in Japan, 43 from FCCJ.

The ball started with a Lucia procession and greetings from the organizing committee, followed by spiced up Christmas songs by Kenneth Hagås, a much appreciated music performance by the "Abban", a ABBA tribute band in Tokyo. Santa paid a visit to the Ball, assisting in the many lotteries. The evening was ended off with a lot of dancing until midnight to the tunes of Brad and the Hitmen.

For more about the ball, and a lot of images, click link at right!

Wednesday, 25 January 2016 - FCCJ Networking Event

Our first event in 2016 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 25 January. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by food and drinks!

Ms. Miia Rantanen, Counsellor at the Embassy of Finland will update us on Priorities of Team Finland in Japan - Co-operation Possibilities for FCCJ Members.

We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

Date & Time:Wednesday, 20 January, 19:00-21:00
Venue: Scandinavian Center
2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, Guests 6,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 18 January

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.

To register, click link at right.
Thursday, 4 February - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition

Here is the sports event you all have been waiting for!
-What better way than to start the year by bonding with your colleagues and friends?!

Professional bowlers, beginners are equally most welcome! It is a team competition, each team consists of four player and each player play two games. Make your own team with your colleagues and business partners, spouses are very welcome! Individual members are of course also welcome and will play in teams set up by FCCJ.

Date & Time:Thursday, 4 February, 19.00-22:00
Venue: Tokyo Port Bowl in Shibaura
1-13-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku (near JR Tamachi Station) [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen/person (incl. 2 games play fee, party fee afterwards)
Registration:by Thursday, 28 January

If you cannot make your own team you could also register individually and we will make a team for you.

Note: For award ceremony, your prize contribution will be much appreciated! (4 prizes a team)

Inquiry from Embassy: Plans for 2017, Finland's 100th Anniversary

The Foreign Ministry in Helsinki is collecting information from all Finnish embassies around the world on current plans for activities for the Finland's 100th anniversary year 2017 in their respective countries.

The Embassy of Finland is collecting the information concerning Japan, and for this purpose they would like to ask you to provide at latest by 11 January information on your behalf concerning the following points:
  • Does your organization currently have any plans for activities/events/projects to be carried out during 2017 in Japan in relation to Finland's 100th anniversary?
  • Are you aware of some other organisation's (either Japanese or Finnish) plans for activities/events/projects for 2017 in Japan?
Please provide as much information as you easily can on the plans you know of, but also a simple listing of events/projects with a couple of words would be helpful at this stage. Also very preliminary plans are good to mark here, even if there is no certainty that the plans eventually will realize.

Please submit your plans/ideas to Mr. Markus Kokko, Counsellor (Press & Culture)at the Embassy of Finland. He will also anser any questions you might have.

News from Finland

Bronto Skylift sold to Morita

Federal Signal Corporation has sold its fire service and industrial truck mounted platform business, Bronto Skylift, to Morita Holdings Corporation, based in Japan.

Morita, Japan's biggest producer of firefighting equipment, will pay 80 million ($88 million) in cash for the company, subject to post-closing adjustments and the deal is expected to complete during the first quarter of 2016.

Finland-based Bronto is the only remaining operation in USA-based Federal Signal's Fire Rescue Group, and on completion of the transaction the Fire Rescue Group will be closed.

"We are pleased to announce this agreement with Morita, which allows us to maximise the value of Bronto for the benefit of our shareholders," said Dennis Martin, Federal Signal's newly named executive chairman. "Bronto has contributed significantly to the performance of Federal Signal for many years, and we believe that now is the right time to divest the business given Bronto's recent performance and turnaround efforts."

Bronto's net sales and operating income for the twelve month period ending September 30, 2015 were $131.9 million and $6.2 million, respectively.

Grin of the Week

Facts about Santa's reindeer

Did you know...
While both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, according to the Sodankyla Reindeer Farming Association, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers until after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen - had to be a girl.

We should have known. Only women would be able to drag a fat old man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost....
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 700 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.