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  ISSUE 13/2011 19 May 2011  
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If you plan to attend the luncheon meeting next Tuesday with Finnair President & CEO Mika Vehviläinen and have not yet signed up fro the event, time to do so soon! To sign up and find out more about the event, scroll further down!

The joint Finnish charity project Disaster Relief with a Finnish Touch, which I introduced in my previous bulletin, is taking more concrete shape day-by-day. The project will be jointly organized by all the major Finnish actors in Japan, including the Embassy, Finpro, Tekes, The Finnish Institute in Japan, Visit Finland and of course FCCJ. We have also already secured cooperation from many of our member companies, as well as Moominworld in Naantali.
For more about the project, go here.   

The first event in the project is the Charity Evening at the Embassy on Wednesday, 1 June. Read more below!

Again this week a new contribution from our paper salesman on Aoyama dori in his column "Aoyama View", this time titled "Eccentric Finland ", where he asks what is your image of Finland and presents interesting thoughts on what makes Finland, and the Finns eccentric.
Click banner at right to read the story!

Tuesday, 24 May - Joint Nordic Luncheon Meeting
Mr. Mika Vehviläinen, President & CEO of Finnair

Our next regular luncheon meeting, which is a joint Nordic Chamber event, will be held on Tuesday, 24 May as a joint Nordic event with Mr. Mika Vehviläinen, President & CEO of Finnair, as our guest speaker.

The theme of Mr. Vehviläinen's presentation is: "Finnair - Asian Strategy and Japan"

Date & Time:Tuesday, 24 May, 12.30-14:30 (note time)
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
Cost: 6,000 yen (members), 8,000 yen (others) - collected at the door
Registration:Friday, 20 May

Mr. Vehviläinen's Profile
Mika Vehviläinen (51) has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Finnair Oyj since February 1, 2010. Before joining Finniar, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks. He joined Nokia in 1991 and has since worked not only in Networks, but also in Nokia Mobile Phones and Nokia Ventures Organization.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Business from the Helsinki School of Economics and an Advanced Management Program Degree from Harvard Business School.

About Finnair
The most direct route from Europe to Japan and other important Asian destinations is via Helsinki. Finnair operates a total of 74 flights per week to Asia, flies to three destinations in Japan (daily to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya), 11 destinations across Asia, and more than 40 European cities- adding up to more than 400 routes. In addition to fast and diverse connections, Finnair offers a modern, environmentally sound fleet and excellent service

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link below, no latest tomorrow Friday.. To check if you have already registered, click here.

Wednesday, 1 June - FCCJ Charity Event
Disaster Relief with a Finnish Touch

As part of our relief effort with we will organize a Charity Event at the Embassy of Finland on Wednesday, 1 June at 18:00.

We promise you an interesting evening with special entertainment by the famous Finnish popular music singer Matti Esko, as well as good food and drinks. Matti Esko is in Japan especially for the Charity events - courtesy of Finnair (flight tickets) and Honka Japan (accommodation and local transportation).

But perhaps even a better reason to participate is that you could make a valuable contribution for our relief effort by taking part in the charity auction and lottery, as well as purchase some special items at the sales counter.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 1 June, 18.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Finland   MAP
Cost: 10,000 yen (mainly as charity donation) - collected at the door
Registration:Friday, 27 May

The main objective of the event to collect funds to make sure that enough gifts and other items (e.g. playground equipment, small cabins, sports equipment) can be procured for the visit by the Moomins to Tohoku area planned for early August.

Please feel free to invite as many colleagues as friends as possible!
The participation fee (donation at the door) is reasonable but we give you many opportunities to contribute more in the sales, lottery and charity auction. So do not forget to bring enough cash., although more expensive purchases can be invoiced.

For a flyer presenting the project and the event, incl. registration form, click link below.
You could also register for the Charity event by clicking here.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May - Finnish Music Event
FINLAND FEST - world music show case

FINLAND FEST 2011 comes to town very soon! It is an annual festival gig for traditional music from Finland. This year it features two of the most radical bands who plays traditional music - Värttina and Alamaailman Vasarat.

Värttina, returns to Tokyo for their first visit in 11 years. A Finnish band that has grown from mostly traditional vocal music to combining traditional language and lyrics with modern music and themes. They are probably the most famous traditional band from Finland and been in the top of the business for last 28 years. You can watch their music video at

Alamaailman Vasarat, is probably the most unique band from Helsinki. They have got very strange line up of instruments - huge saxphone called Tubax, then Trombone and two cellos! Plus drum and keyboards. All instrumental music and it is written by band front man Stakula. You can watch their music video at

These two bands come to Shibuya and share the stage for the first time. Don't miss this eccentric Finnish music nights in Tokyo. Saturday 28 May and Sunday 29th May at Shibuya O-West. Start 18:00; Ticket 6,500 yen (standing); Tel: :03-5784-7088

For more information click link at right.

News from Finland

Finnish PM-elect sees rainbow coalition

Jyrki Katainen (cons), Finland's prime minister-elect, on Wednesday invited five parties to join his National Coalition party in talks to form a government.

Katainen told reporters that the five parties were the Social Democrats, the Left Alliance, the Green League, the Swedish People's party and the Christian Democrats.

Katainen had met the leaders of the Left Alliance and the Green League earlier on Wednesday, with the two parties voicing conditions related to social security and eurozone bailouts.

Katainen said at a news conference that a broad coalition was required in order to be able to address the big challenges of the next legislative period: creating economic growth, addressing public sector deficits, combating poverty and preventing young people's social exclusion.

The government formation talks are to begin on Friday, with Katainen stressing that the Left Alliance's rejection of eurozone bailouts would have to be addressed.

He repeated that no coalition partner would be allowed to opt out of any policy.

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.