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  ISSUE 2/2013 18 January 2013  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This is the final reminder for our first event in 2013 is a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening on Wednesday, 23 January at the Aquavit Tokyo in Kita-Aoyama. Read more below and sign up soon unless you have not done so already!

Our February event will be a tour to the Japanese Parliament and lunch with Mr. Marutei Tsurunen, Member of the House of Councillors, on Friday, 22 February. More about that event in my next bulletin.

This week we also have the first contribution in the new year from our Japan veteran in Finnish business in his column Aoyama View, this time titled "New year, new prime minister, new Japan? ".
Click banner at right for an interesting read!

Wednesday, 23 January
FCCJ Club Evening at Aquavit Tokyo

Our first event in 2013 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 23 January. This time we will have a new venue for a change, Aquavit Tokyo in Kita-Aoyama.

Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by Scandinavian style food and drinks!


Date & Time:Wednesday, 23 January , 19:00-21:00
Place: Aquavit Tokyo, Aoyama OM Square 1F, 2-5-8, Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members: 5,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Including buffet and 2 hour free drinks
Registration:by Monday 23 January

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

More about Aquavit Tokyo;:

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 at right. To check who has already registered, click here.

Wednesday, 23 January - Free symposium:
"Practical Methods for Effective Board Management
- As Used by Successful Companies"

- How would your own board measure up, if it was evaluated?

The Board Director Training Institute of Japan (BDTI) will offer a free symposium on this very timely topic in collaboration with LexisNexis Japan.

A presentation by Professor Martin Hilb of the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, followed by comments by Nobuyuki Hiraizumi, outside director at Kajima Corporation, and a panel discussion. (Simultaneous Translation will be available)

Professor Hilb, a world famous professor and consultant in the field of corporate governance, will be visiting Japan in connection with the release of the Japanese version of his popular book "New Corporate Governance". Japanese is the seventh language into which this book has been published.

Date & Time: February 12, 14:00-16:30 followed by light networking

Venue: Sanjo Conference Hall at The University of Tokyo [MAP]

For more information and registration form, click link at right.

HRTP-Japan Industry Insight

EU-Japan Centre for industrial cooperation is currently launching a call for applications for the "HRTP-Japan Industry Insight" 2013 programme for EU companies needing concrete tools for handling business issues with Japan.

For its 49th edition, this programme will provide an unique opportunity to get within a very short time an integrated in-depth view of Japanese industrial structure and business practices.

The next course is open to all-sized companies and takes place in Tokyo from 13 May to 7 June 2013.

Participants from SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) will benefit from EUR 3000 scholarship.

More details are available on the EU-Japan Centre website:

Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) Consultant

JMEC is seeking individuals with good analytical skills and experience for the 'financial consultant' role. Between January and May, a team of 6 mid-career professionals supported by a mentor create a business plan for an actual market entry or expansion project.

As financial consultant, keep an eye on the teams financial plan - are the assumptions realistic, are the figures sound? Accounting experience highly valued. Small honorarium offered for services.

Interested persons reply by Jan 31. Contact Pierre Couret at

News from Finland

Nokia cuts 300 jobs, transfers 800

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia says it will cut 300 IT jobs and transfer another 820 to service partners. The announcement followed newspaper reports that the company planned to trim its global IT workforce.

Nokia announced Thursday that it was streamlining its information technology organisation "to achieve operational efficiency and reduce operating costs".

As a result, the company said, it would transfer certain IT activities as well as 820 employees to HCL Technologies and TATA Consultancy Services.

An additional 300 employees would receive pink slips as the handset maker trimmed the global IT organisation. Nokia currently employs about 2,000 IT workers worldwide.

The company said that the majority of workers affected by the changes are based in Finland.

Last summer the company announced that it planned to reduce payroll costs by cutting 3,700 jobs. About 1,000 of that total were still to be identified but have now been accounted for in the latest retrenchment round.

The announcement follows a last week's surprise announcement of a fourth-quarter earnings recovery. Company executives then lauded the performance of the Finnish-German subsidiary Nokia Siemens Networks.

Grin of the Week

The importance of giving clear instructions

The village blacksmith finally found an apprentice willing to work hard at low pay for long hours. The blacksmith immediately began his instructions to the lad, "When I take the shoe out of the fire, I'll lay it on the hammering block; and when I nod my head, you hit it with this hammer."

The apprentice did just as he told. Now he's the village blacksmith.
Have a nice weekend and
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.