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  ISSUE 7/2008 18 March, 2008  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

I wrote in my bulletins in October and November about the new immigration procedures into Japan and the "battle" EBC had with the Ministry of Justice regarding treatment of foreigners with re-entry permits.

Yesterday I had a chance to experience it for the first time (no, I don't travel much...) and must say that it worked more than smoothly. It was even a bit embarrassing to see the long lines for foreigners without re-entry permits, and even for Japanese, when the two gates for re-entry holders had three "customers". I have also heard from friends that this is the case most of the time.
So hats off not only for EBC for their efforts to get separate lines for re-entry permit holders, but also for the Ministry of Justice for their flexibility and cooperation!

Report from FCCJ Club Evening Thursday 13 March
Networking at Moomin Bakery & Café
After a fairly long break, a club evening was held on Thursday 13 March at the Moomin Bakery & Café in Tokyo Dome City La Qua, Korakuen. This was the second time to have the club evening at this venue, the previous time was in January 2005.

The 45 members and guests could enjoy Finnish style food, including fresh Finnish bread from their own bakery and mingle with old and new friends in a informal atmosphere.

For many images from the club evening, click link at right.
Thursday, 3 April
FCCJ Annual General Assembly & Dinner with the Board of Trustees

The 9th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held at the

Embassy of Finland on

Thursday, 3 April, 2008 at 17.00

The General Assembly will handle matters according to Article 9 in the Articles of Association. See enclosed agenda. Note the small change to Article 8. in the Articles of Association proposed by the Board of Directors (point 13 in the agenda).

Dinner with the Board of Trustees at 18:00
After the Assembly (at 18:00), we will have an update from H.E. Mr. Jorma Julin, Ambassador of Finland to Japan, followed by a Dinner hosted by Ambassador Julin. We have invited our Board of Trustees members and you will have opportunities to discuss with them during the dinner.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member.

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right!
To check who has registered, click HERE!
Friday, 11 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge 2008

The 12th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday 11 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K. Members of the Finnish Chamber will also play for the FCCJ Cup and the Swedish Chamber for their Spring Golf Cup.

This year we have a new venue; Taiheiyo Club Ichihara Course, which has been venue for Descente Classic Munsingwear Cup 2005 and many other Japan Pro Tour events.

Date & Time:Friday, 11 April 2008 (start from no. 1 and 10, first tee-off at 10:02)
Venue: Taiheiyo Club Ichihara Course
151 Okuno, Ichihara-shi, Chiba 290-0513 MAP
Cost:15,925 yen (incl. green fee, lunch with one drink and party after play) to be settled directly to the club
Registration:by Friday, 4 April, by enclosed form or mailing  mailing me 
(note: remember to give your HCP)

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map, click link below.
Monday, 31 March - Joint Chamber Luncheon Event
Presentation by H.E. Ambassador Hugh Richardson,
Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Japan

At this event, organized by the French Chamber (CCIFJ), Ambassador Hugh Richardson will speak about the relationship between the EU and Japan, past, present and future. Ambassador Richardson was posted to Japan from 1984 to 1988 during the bubble period and came back in 2006 after Japan's lost decade and has therefore a very good appreciation of what binds and frustrates EU and Japan. Key questions relating to changes within the EU itself (Lisbon Treaty), the phenomenon of the emerging economies, the pull of regional agreements and the possible conclusion of the DDA Agreement will be addressed.

Date & Time:Monday, 31 March 12:00 - 14:00
Venue: Hotel Hyatt Regency, 28th floor, Sky Room
2-7-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MAP
Cost:7,500 yen
Registration:by Monday, 24 March

Please click link below for registration form.
Contacts at the CCIFJ: Nobuko Yoshida, 03-3288-9623 & Julien Arnaud, 03-3288-9627
Online Partnering System for Foreign Companies and Japanese SMEs in Chiba by Chiba Overseas Business Support Center (COBSC)

As part of its trade promotion activities, Chiba Overseas Business Support center (COBSC) has created a Database Portal Site, easy to use and free of charge, to help foreign firms locate suitable business partners among SMEs in Chiba. The Database contains a list of Japanese SME's and their current export or import activities. Foreign firms are free to contact any of the Japanese businesses listed directly through a contact form.

Contact Information:
Chiba Overseas Business Support Center ( COBSC)
c/o Chiba Industry Advancement Center 23rd Fl WBG Marive East 2-6 Nakase, Mihama-ku Chiba 261-7123, Japan
TEL: +81-43-299-2907 FAX: +81-43-299-3411

News from Finland

Pekkarinen targets power self-sufficiency by 2020

Mauri Pekkarinen (centre), Finland's economics affairs minister, was quoted as saying by Alma Media on Saturday that the country sought to eliminate the need to import electricity, namely from other Nordic countries and Russia, by 2020.

Mr Pekkarinen said Finland's aim was to halt the rising trend in total power consumption and to build new renewable energy generating capacity in order to help reduce the need for imported power.

EU leaders agreed last year to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent from their 1990 levels by 2020.

Finland, a country that is currently building what will be its fifth nuclear power station, has imported up to a fifth of its electricity over the past few years.

Grins of the week

Milking it

A woman and a baby were in the doctor's examining room, waiting for the doctor to come in. The doctor arrived, examined the baby, checked his weight and found it somewhat below normal. The doctor asked if the baby was breast fed or bottle fed.

"Breast fed," the woman replied.

"Well, strip down to your waist," the doctor asked. She did. He pressed, kneaded, rolled, cupped, and pinched both breasts in a detailed, rigorously thorough examination.

Motioning for her to get dressed he said, "No wonder this baby is under weight! You don't have any milk."

"I know," she said, "I'm his grandmother, but I'm glad I came."

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 600 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, 16 individual and one special member.