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  ISSUE 30/2016 19 December 2016 

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

As the holiday season is closing in, this will be my last bulletin in 2016 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members and other readers of my bulletin for all your support and good cooperation this year and wish you:

Note that the FCCJ office will be closed from 20 December (afternoon) to 8 January.
I will read my mails occasionally during this time but cannot promise immediate response.

Our first event in 2017 is the traditional "Shinnenkai" (New Year) Club Evening at the Scandinavian Center on Wednesday, 25 January, see more details below.

Our columnist in "Aoyama View" has made a roundup of the year, titled "AOYAMA AWARDS: THE BEST AND THE WORST IN JAPAN 2016".

Click banner at right to find out who are the "losers and winners", in politics, business, culture and sports!

Wednesday, 25 January - FCCJ Networking Event

Our first event in 2017 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 25 January. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by food and drinks!

H.E. Mr. Jukka Siukosaari, Ambassador of Finland to Japan, will give us his impressions of his first 5 months in Japan and a update on current affairs at the Embassy.

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

Date & Time:Wednesday, 25 January, 18:30-21:00
Place: Scandinavian Center
2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Including buffet and free flowing drinks
Registration:by Monday, 23 January

To register, click link at right. 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.
Thursday, 16 February - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition

Here is the sports event you all have been waiting for!
-What better way than to start the year by bonding with your colleagues and friends?!

Professional bowlers, beginners are equally most welcome! It is a team competition, each team consists of four player and each player play two games. Make your own team with your colleagues and business partners, spouses are very welcome! Individual members are of course also welcome and will play in teams set up by FCCJ.

Date & Time:Thursday, 16 February, 19.00-22:00
Place: Tokyo Port Bowl in Shibaura
1-13-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku (near JR Tamachi Station) [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen/person (incl. 2 games play fee, party fee afterwards)
Registration:by Thursday, 9 February

If you cannot make your own team you could also register individually and we will make a team for you.

Note: For award ceremony, your prize contribution will be much appreciated! (4 prizes a team)

METSÄ - Moominvalley Park Update

(Repeat this from last week's bulletin as it had some errors, information also added)

At a press conference on 6 December, FinTech Global Inc. and Moomin Monogatari, Ltd., confirmed that they are planning to open Metsä in autumn 2018 at Lake Miyazawa, a wooded lakeside setting in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture.

This natural environment will infuse Metsä with a Northern European atmosphere and create a space that provides for a truly enriching experience. Metsä will comprise two zones - Metsä Village (opening schedule - autumn 2018), commercial facilitates offering a Northern European lifestyle experience, and MOOMINVALLEY PARK (Grand opening schedule - spring 2019) a theme park built around the Moomin storybook characters.

Metsä Concept
Metsä which means forest in Finnish, is premised on the concept of imparting six values and 3 guidelines that will provide memorably satisfying an enriching experiences for each and every visitor.

Metsä Village
The village will allow visitors to experience something of Northern Europe lifestyles. No entry fee will be charged for the village, and it will function as a public park, where facilities and activities are close to nature. We are also planning a covered European style market, where visitors can purchase fresh local produces, arts, and crafts, and a hotel with en-suite saunas, and a facility to enjoy lakeside glamping.

Visitors will get to know the Moomins and their friends and make wonderful new discoveries - Moomin House, where Moomin family lives, the light house and bathing hut that appear in the original stories, and several attractions going through the world of Moomins. The park will convey the charm of Moomin Stories, and creative imagination of their author, Tove Jansson. There will be restaurants and a big Moomin Store with original park products.

Click link at right for the full Press Realease. The newly opened web site is at:
News from Finland

No white Christmas in Finland? Holiday week starts out warm
Yle meteorologists say that those areas of the country that can already boast at least 10 cm of fallen snow will have a postcard Christmas. Scanter amounts are likely to melt away by Dec 24.

Christmas week, starting on Monday, Dec 19, will be warm in many parts of Finland. Daytime temperatures in the south will be above freezing all week; Lapland will see subzero temperatures, but not before making the mercury rise up past zero.

Estimates show that nighttime temperatures will mostly be below zero throughout the country, daytime highs on the plus side.

Yle meteorologist Anne Borgström says that southern and south-western households needn't hold their breaths for a white Christmas.

"Wherever there's less than 10 cm of snow, that small amount may melt away before Christmas eve. In places with more than that, the landscape will likely stay snowy," Borgström says.

According to Sunday morning's snow map the ten-centimetre line runs north of a line reaching up to Pori in the west and down to Porvoo in the south-east.
Grin of the Week

FAA Inspects Santa's Vehicle

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) decided to send an inspector to Korvatunturi (Santa Claus' home) to check out Santa's sleigh before allowing him to fly on Christmas Eve.

The inspector arrives and checks the reindeers and they look good, he checks the harnesses and they look okay, he checks the sleigh and it is also okay. Then he says, "Santa, lets take it up for a check ride and if everything looks good I'll certify you to fly."

Santa hitches the reindeers up and taxis onto the runway and just as he's starting his takeoff roll he looks over and notices the inspector has a shotgun on his lap.
"Hey! Whats the shotgun for!?" Santa yells.

The inspector says, "Well, Santa, I'm really not supposed to tell you this, but there is going to be an engine failure on takeoff."

Wish you Happy Holidays and
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 700 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.