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  ISSUE 2/2011 20 January 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This bulletin is mainly a last reminder of our first event in the new year, the Club Evening on Tuesday 25 January. If you plan to attend and have not yet signed up, do so at latest tomorrow Friday! Read more below.

The following event is a luncheon meeting Thursday, 24 February where we will have Mr. Tsutomu Okuda, Chairman & CEO, J-Front Retailing as our guest speaker. More about that in my next bulletin, but mark the date in your calendar already now!

 
Tuesday, 25 January
FCCJ Club Evening at Moomin Bakery & Café

Our first event in 2011 will be a Club Evening, held on Tuesday, 25 January at the Moomin Bakery & Cafe in Tokyo Dome City La Qua, Korakuen. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by Finnish style food and drinks!

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

Event details
Date & Time: Tuesday, 25 January, 19:00-21:00
Place: Moomin Bakery & Cafe
Tokyo Dome City La Qua 1F, 1-1-1, Korakuen, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 5,000 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and buffet
Registration:by Friday 21 January

More about Moomin Bakery & Café: http://www.benelic.com/moomin_cafe/tokyo_dome

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 below.
To see who has alerady signed-up,  click here. 

Friday, 25 - Sunday, 27 February
The 7th Foreign Embassy and World Businessmen Skiing Competition

In case you like skiing, please read on...

The Association of Industry and Corporate Skiing of Japan is organizing the 6th Foreign Embassy Staff & World Businessmen Skiing Competition at the Maiko Korakuen Ski Resort, Niigata prefecture between 25th and 27th of February. The resort is about 2.5 hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen and local train/bus. By car it is about 210 km and takes about 3 hours.

Our Embassy if considering participating and would be interested to "join forces" with the FCCJ to get a Finnish team to the event. If you are interested, please contact Mikko Koivumaa at the Embassy for further steps. Note that there are several events, individual and team competitions. The team event is on Saturday, individual events on Sunday, so it is possible to travel Friday night and only spend the weekend (Friday is parctise and welcoming party)

Date:Friday, 25 - Sunday 27, February
Venue: Maiko Korakuen Ski Resort, Niigata pref. MAP.
Cost:4,000 yen + travel (Shinkansen) ca 15,000 yen & lodging 6,500 - 15,000 yen/night
Team competition: 15,000 yen for 3 competitors
Registration:by Tuesday, 25 January

For more details, please refer to the attached sheet (link below; pdf 2.3 MB).
"Finland in Our Hearts" - The expatriate summer festival in Turku 1- 4 July

The Institute of Migration arranges a festival "Finland in Our Hearts" for expatriate Finns and their friends from 1 to 4 July ,2011, when Turku is the European capital of culture. We welcome Finns from near and far to take part in the event. The festival program includes a parade, lectures and seminars, pesäpallo and golf tournaments, a film festival, folk dance festival, tori - Market Place, music and dance.

Additional information on the homepage of the festival: www.migrationinstitute.fi/usj/

Click link at right for a handout:
Embassy of Finland on Facebook

You can now find the Finnish Embassy in Tokyo on Facebook. Follow in real time to find out about current Finland-related themes and events. The Embassy hopes to serve the general public even better than before - at the same time shedding a bit more light on what's going on inside its premises.

For more information and to join, click link at right!

News from Finland

Finland's EK sees manufacturing investment rising by 12 pct

The Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) said in a statement Wednesday its investment survey indicated that manufacturing investment would rise by some 12 per cent this year, having risen by about 13 per cent last year.

"The cautious climate is reflected in the high proportion of investments to replace old production capacity," Penna Urrila, a senior economist at EK, said in the statement.

"As much as 45 per cent of investments planned for this year will be replacement investments, whereas expansion investments will account for less than a 25 per cent."

The agency added that industry output had risen by 6.2 per cent year-on-year in November


Grin of the Week

Replacement with comparable worth...

Larry's barn burned down, and Susan, his wife, called the insurance company.

Susan: We had that barn insured for fifty thousand and I want my money.
Agent: Whoa there just a minute, Susan; it doesn't work quite like that.
We will ascertain the value of the old barn and provide you with a new one of comparable worth.

Susan, after a pause: I'd like to cancel the life insurance policy on my husband.
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
send it to:
fccj@gol.com

ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
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.