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  ISSUE 11/2012 18 April 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

In this bulletin I have information about two events in May, both giving a good opportunity to enlarge your network and both should be interesting, though from completely different perspectives. Read more below!

The Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey is running in its second week, it will close on Friday. In case you represent a Finnish affiliated company in Japan and have not yet submitted the survey, click here to do it! Shouldn't take more that 3-4 minutes of your time.

On Friday we play the 20th Stora Enso Cup. After winning 5 times in a row, FCCJ lost the previous match in November so now it is time for revenge. Wish us good luck, or at least nice weather, perhaps a nice day in the nature with old and new friends is more important than the result!

Wednesday, 16 May
Giving Back To Japan 2: Community Leaders Report

During the past 12 months, a great deal of progress has been made in terms of relieving people's immediate needs, yet years of reconstruction stretch ahead in Tohoku. And while the Government of Japan is of necessity first addressing major infrastructural needs, the view from the region's cities and towns is understandably more focused on the minutiae of repairing the social fabric of communities that have literally been torn asunder.

On May 16, 2012, The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Tohoku Planning Forum, supported by 16 national chambers of commerce and Hitotsubashi University ICS, will present GIVING BACK TO JAPAN 2: Community Leaders Report, a public forum featuring leaders of cities and towns across Tohoku, whose communities face different reconstruction issues and are at different stages of reconstruction.

The speakers will be the following mayors: Mr. Kimiaki Toda (Ofunato), Mr. Kiichi Numazaki (Yamada), Mr. Hidetoshi Watanabe (Aizu Misato), Mr. Tsuneaki Iguchi (Iwanuma), Mr. Yoshiaki Suda (Onagawa).

Television and radio presenter Peter Barakan will guide a discussion about communities' rebuilding processes and ongoing needs, as well as allowing the elected officials to present their suggestions for ways in which individuals and organizations can help their communities toward their goal.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 16 May, 17:30-20:00
Venue: Hitotsubashi Memorial Hall, 2F 2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo MAP
Cost:Free entrance. Contributions (to reconstruction-focused charities) welcomed.
Registration:by Thursday, 10 May

Sign up soon to secure a place as our quota is only 18 seats! Note that due to space restrictions, this is a members' only event.

Wednesday, 23 May
Joint Nordic Chambers Networking Event

On the occasion of the opening the Tokyo SkyTree on 22 May, the Swedish Chamber has secured a premium venue for a great view to the SkyTree and the Tokyo night from Restaurant Luke, located on the 47th floor with an open terrace in the Luke Tower in Tsukiji, Chuo-ku.

This is a joint Networking Event with other Nordic Chambers, SWEA (Swedish Women's Educational Association) and YCN (Young Chambers Network).

The event will be from 19:00 to 21:00 - 2 hours of free food and free drinks for a favourable discounted cost of 5,000 yen (normal cost 7,500 yen).
After the event, there will be cash bar for everyone who wishes to stay longer.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 23 May, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Restaurant Luke, St. Luke's Garden 47F,
8-1, Akashicho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo MAP
Cost: 5,000 yen - collected at the door
Registration:by Thursday, 17 May

Sign up soon (click link at right) to secure a place as our quota is limited!
Note that due to space restrictions, this is a members' only event.

News from Finland

Too intolerant for Finland? Finns Party losing luster

A year after their big parliamentary win, support for the Finns Party continues to slide. A new Helsingin Sanomat poll finds that the party currently enjoys popular backing around 16 percent, which is some 7 percentage points down from last summer.

The nationalistic Finns Party now ranks fourth in terms of popular support. The eurosceptic party has suffered several setbacks since its refusal to join the government coalition last spring, despite emerging as the biggest winner in the general elections.

The Finns Party's declining public support may point to citizens tiring of its repeated negative comments about immigrants and sexual minorities.

Most recently, a Finns Party parliamentary aide called on foreigners in Finland to wear Nazi-style armbands to aid police in their identification.

In October Finns Party MP Teuvo Hakkarainen said in an interview that immigrants and homosexuals should be banished to the island province of Åland. He has also used the N-word when complaining about immigrants arriving at Finland's borders.

Last summer Finns Party MP Jussi Halla-aho raised ire by suggesting that a return to military dictatorship would be the only way to solve Greece's debt problems. Halla-aho, known for his controversial political blogs, was once charged but acquitted with incitement against an ethnic group for online comments about the Prophet Muhammad.

Grin of the Week

Men and Women one-liners.

Promised to compensated the ladies for the one last week....
  • I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat that comes home late at night. - Marie Corelli
  • Needing a man is like needing a parachute. If he isn't there the first time you need him, chances are you won't be needing him again.
  • Some say a computer is a woman, if you do something wrong, they'll remember every bit of it. Some say a computer is a man, if you had just waited one more week, you could have gotten a better model for less.
  • The average woman prefers brains over beauty but the average man can see better than he can think.
  • First, God created man. Then he had a better idea.
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, 12 individual and one special member.