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  ISSUE 5/2015 19 February 2015  
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The next event is a great networking opportunity with the other Nordic Chambers, and the American chamber - a Nomu-nication Party on Friday, 6 March. Read more below!

We have also decided the date and venue for our Annual General Assembly. It will be held on Wednesday, 8 April starting at 17:00 at the Embassy of Finland. The meeting will be followed by a reception. More about this in my coming bulletins but mark this in your calendar already now, if you are a member (if not, perhaps you should consider joining...this event is free for members).

Fresh from the mill we have a new contribution from our columnist in his Aoyama View column, this time titled: "Spring, Sibelius, Chocolate, Budget and Big, Bad Putin ".

Click banner at right for an interesting read!

Friday, 6 March - Joint ACCJ and Nordic Chambers Nomu-nication Event
The Vikings meet Dixieland

What is Nomu-nication?
A combination of the Japanese word "Nomu", to drink, and "Communication" the term refers to the ability of alcohol to transcend cultural barriers, bulding relationships and bonding over drinks.

'The business meeting was slow and difficult, and we just weren't seeing eye to eye. Everything changed about midway through dinner though - that's the power of nomunication!"

Please join us for a fast moving Nomu-nication networking opportunity co-organized by the American and Nordic Chambers of Commerce in Japan! The festivities will feature a live New Orleans Dixieland band from Waseda University.

Join with the ACCJ and other Nordic leaders at our Nomu-nication event with special emphasis on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. We are looking for your support.
Sport clothes and informal dress are encouraged.

Date & Time:Friday, 6 March 2015, 19:00 - 21:00
Venue: Embassy of Sweden, Exhibition Hall
1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, non-members 5,000 yen (incl.light buffet and free drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks)
Registration:by Tuesday, 3 March

The fee will be collected at the door and we will provide you with a receipt. Note that we will charge cancellations after Wednesday, 4 March at 13:00 and no-shows.

To register, please click link at right!

News from Finland

Rail connection to Helsinki-Vantaa airport opens in summer

In the Helsinki region, a long-awaited rail link to the airport is to open on July 1st. However, there are still a few hitches along the way in the train-to-the-plane system.

Underneath Helsinki airport, construction workers are beavering away in an effort to get the new train station ready in time for the summer. Their work will create a historic connection between Finland's main airport and the country's rail network.

It hasn't all been smooth sailing for the 700-million euro project. The underground walkway linking the station to the terminals won't be ready until late September, more than two months after the official opening of the airport station. Until then passengers will have to take a shuttle bus or walk the 200 metres to the terminals.

That's not about to spoil airport manager Ville Haapasaari's mood. He says the new link-up will put Helsinki on the same footing as its European competitors, providing an easy route to the city centre.

The airport and bus-weary travellers have been waiting for such a project for more than 60 years. When it opens it will revolutionise travel in the Helsinki region by linking two commuter rail lines to form a loop through Vantaa. Airport trains might skip three stations to cut journey times, but they'll stop everywhere else.

Grin of the Week

The inconvenient truth...

A policeman pulled a car over and told the man driving that he was going 70 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.
"I was only going 50!" the driver protested.

"Not according to my radar," the police said.
"Yes, I was!" the man shouted back.

"No you weren't!" the trooper said.
With that, the man's wife leaned toward the window and said, "Officer, I should warn you not to argue with my husband when he's been drinking."
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.