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  ISSUE 2/2012 19 January 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

If you have not done so already, it is time to sign up for our first event in 2012 is a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening on Thursday, 26 January, this time at a new venue, the Finland Café in Daikanyama. Read more below!

In February we will have a luncheon meeting on Tuesday 28th with Mr. Martin Schulz, Senior Economist at Fujitsu Research Institute as our guest speaker. Mr. Schulz will give us an insight in the euro zone challenges and his views on the economic outlook for Japan. Mark the date in your calendar, I will have more information about the event in my next bulletin.

Thursday, 26 January
FCCJ Club Evening at Finland Café

Our first event in 2012 will be a Club Evening, held on Thursday, 26 January. This time we will have a new venue for a change, the Finland Café in Daikanyama.

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

Date & Time: Thursday, 26 January, 19:00-21:00
Place: Finland Cafè, Daikanyama Plaza B1, 24-7, Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 5,000 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and buffet
Registration:by Monday 23 January

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

More about Finland 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 at right.

EU Executive Training Programme (ETP) 2012

We are pleased to inform you about the launch of three new training cycles of the Executive Training Programme (ETP) for the period 2012-2015, starting this year.

The ETP is a European Commission funded programme which provides a year of high quality Japanese or Korean language, business and cultural training for EU managers from European companies wishing to establish or expand their activities in Japan or Korea, as well as a scholarship during this period, and the opportunity to do an internship in a Japanese or Korean company.

Over the last 30 years the ETP has gained considerable prestige and a reputation for vastly improving the ability of European companies to develop a successful strategy for their Japanese or Korean operations. ETP has given more than 1000 participants and 800 sponsor companies a competitive advantage in these markets and delivered tangible results, as well as a boosting the careers of participants.

The programme is open to EU participants from European companies with a turnover above 1 Mio Euro and more than 5 employees, considering establishing or expanding their activities in the Japanese or Korean markets. Applications for the upcoming cycle which starts in November 2012 are accepted until 31st May 2012 via Applicants should be quick to take advantage of the limited number of places available.

Please refer to the attached flyer and visit for full details of the programme, its application process and its training curriculum amongst others.

Should you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the ETP team at

Invitation to Kyoto for Meeting Planners

Kyoto Convention Bureau invites you to join fellow event planners for a two day learning-focused workshop in Kyoto about using this city to add value to your corporate events. The itinerary will look at Kyoto from the perspective of meeting, incentive travel and corporate event planning. We aim to show you all of the things that you know to expect from Kyoto hospitality, plus one or two things that perhaps you do not.

Dates: Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th February 2012

Scope of invitation
Round trip travel to Kyoto, transport arrangements in Kyoto, one night hotel accommodation, meals, all education activities

Who should take part?
Programme participants must be responsible for planning, organising, recommending or making financial decisions for any of these types of event in Japan. In principal participants will be executives from end-user companies who are involved with meetings, conferences and incentive travel programmes.

For more information, registration and schedule, click links below.

News from Finland

Halonen raises property purchases with Putin

Finland's president, Tarja Halonen, is currently in Moscow winding down the last weeks of her presidency. While Halonen, her Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are on first-name terms, the trio did not evade difficult questions when they met on Tuesday.

One such issue is land deals. Russia has banned real estate sales to foreigners in most of the areas bordering Finland. There had been hopes in Finland that Russia would reciprocate Finns' relaxed attitude towards Russians buying property in the east of Finland.

Halonen hinted to Putin that real estate deals could be eased for Finns in Russia. The Russian leader asked for examples of the difficulties faced by Finns, which the Finnish leader agreed to provide. Finnish irritation at property policies for foreigners in Russia has not previously been raised at such a high level.

Grin of the Week

A solution to the declining birth rate in Japan?

A little town had a high birth rate that had attracted the attention of the sociologists at the state university. They wrote a grant proposal; got a huge chunk of money; hired a few additional sociologists, anthropologist and a family planning and birth control specialist; moved to town and began designing their questionnaires.

While the staff was busy getting ready for their big research effort, the project director decided to go to the local drugstore for a cup of coffee. While drinking it, he told the druggist what his purpose was in town, then asked him if he had any idea why the birth rate was so high.

"Sure," said the druggist. "Every morning the six o'clock train comes through here and blows for the crossing. It wakes everybody up, and, well, it's too late to go back to sleep, and it's too early to get up."
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.