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  ISSUE 17/2012 20 June 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The rainy season started early in Tokyo and we shouldn't have typhoons in the middle of June, but we had a fairly strong one last night. So turbulent times, not only in Europe, but perhaps on a more temporary basis here in Japan. Although both seem to be uncontrollable by man...

As the holiday season approaches, we have only one event before the summer break, the FCCJ Design Evening on Thursday, 5 July. Read more about that below. Our next event will be towards the end of August, details in my coming bulletins. The registrations for the 10th Anniversary Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup has also been opened, so golfers read more about this exciting event below.

This week we have a new contribution from Japan veteran in Finnish business his column Aoyama View, this time titled "Politics and football, prime ministers like pop stars - how to combine serious with fun ".
The title says it all, so click banner at right for an interesting read on a variety of subjects!

 
Thursday 5 July
FCCJ Design Evening at Aoyama 1-chome

Honka Japan Inc. opened its new Japan head office and showroom at a premier location at Aoyama 1-chome crossing in Tokyo in May 2012.

The showroom also features products by iittala, Arabia and Artek and their representatives will give brief presentations on the current developments in their business in Japan.

We will have presentations from:
  • Marko Saarelainen, Honka Japan Inc.
  • Anni Ailinpieti, Artek Branch Office in Japan
  • Tomokazu Kobayashi, Scandex Co., Ltd.

  •       (iittala, Arabia, Hackman)

    Mikko Koivumaa, Press & Culture Counsellor at the Embassy of Finland, will also give an overview of current and planned activities promoting Finnish Design in Japan.

    Details:
    Date & Time:Thursday, 5 July, 19:00 - 21:00
    Venue: Honka Japan Inc.
    Kozuki Capital East 4 F, 1-2-7 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo MAP
    Cost:Members 3,000 yen, non-members 5,000 yen - collected at the door
    Registration:by Friday, 29 June

    Note: due to space restrictions (max 30), non-members accepted only after registration dead-line.
    To sign up, click link at right.


    Report from the Joint Chambers Summer Cocktail


    On Friday 15 June, 330 members from 12 chambers' of commerce gathered for the traditional summer cocktail at the Canadian Embassy in Akasaka. The event was organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

    The participants, including 6 from the FCCJ, enjoyed good food and drinks and a lot of networking with old and new friends.


    Friday, 28 September - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
    Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2011 - Registration Open!

    We are pleased to announce that the 10th Anniversary North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2012, will be played on Friday, 28 September, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

    The organizing task-force is working hard to make this 10th Anniversary event a memorable one for all participants. Among other exciting new features we will have an "after-party", free for all players with spouses at, the Mercedes-Benz Connection in Nogizaka (opposite Tokyo Midtown) on the week after the event.

    Registration
    The registration for the event has now been opened. The participation fees are same as last year, i.e. a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,000 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, for a total of 24,000 yen. Note that bus transportation is free for the 40 first to sign-up for it.

    Sponsoring the event
    If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Sponsors who sign up now will have the additional benefit of getting a full one year exposure on the web site (until we open the 2013 site). In addition to visibility on the web site, the sponsors will be included in printed material produced for the event, such as posters, information guide to players and the pocket guide. Sponsors will also be promoted at the "after-party".
    Your contribution could be either money or goods/services. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services).

    Charity
    The organizing task-force has continued to work closely with the club to reduce costs, so all surplus from the event, including some portion of the participation fee and sponsorship, will be donated to charity along with the presently established charity fundraising activities.

    To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
    Friday, 22 June- Danish Chamber Event
    On The Way Home: GEORG JENSEN JAPAN SPECIAL SALE

    FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF DANISH & SCANDINAVIAN COMPANIES IN JAPAN

    Date:        Friday, June 22, 2012 14:00-20:30 (last entry 20:00)
        18:00- Presentation by Ms. Keiko Inuzuka, President of Georg Jensen Japan.

    Location: Georg Jensen Nihonbashi Flagship
         1F, YUITO / Nihonbashi Muromachi Nomura Bldg.
         2-4-3 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
         (Mitsukoshimae Station on Ginza or Hanzomon Line, 1 min. from Exit 9)
         TEL: 03-6743-7722


    Sale Items: 10-65% OFF on Jewellery and Home Items (Living, Dining, Kitchen, Office)
    There will be no returns with the sale items purchased.

    For more information and to sign-up, directly with the Danish Chamber, click link below.
    JMEC Looking for Assistant Program Director

    The Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster the development of foreign business in Japan while enhancing the business skills of up-and-coming executives. It is a program centered on a competition to write the best business plan.

    JMEC is currently seeking an Assistant Program Director for part-time work (an average of 25 hours per week) beginning September 3rd, 2012. The main function of the Assistant Program Director is to work with the Program Director to ensure a smooth implementation and delivery of each JMEC competition, beginning in September and concluding in June. Work will be done from home and requires access to a PC. The job does not provide visa sponsorship.

    For more details, click ling at right.

    News from Finland

    Finnish PM: Crisis has not gone away

    Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen says that the government being formed in Greece must adhere to the obligations undertaken by the previous government. He stressed to Yle that the Greek elections did not solve the EU financial crisis.

    Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen. Image: Yle "The crisis is still pressing. The election result is such that it did not make the crisis worse. A lot of uncertainty still hangs over Greece and many other countries," said Katainen on Monday.

    Katainen considered it a good thing that the parties committed to an austerity programme did better at the polls than they did in May. He said that he hopes a government can be formed in Athens as soon as possible.

    "That, for its own part, would alleviate uncertainty."

    According to Prime Minister Katainen, the Greeks should be able themselves to reach agreement on stabilizing their economy.

    "They have made international commitments with the IMF and with other eurozone countries, and it should be possible to be able to observe them," Katainen stressed.


    Grin of the Week

    Barbie Dolls

    A busy executive was driving home one evening when he suddenly realizes that it is his daughter's birthday and that he hasn't bought her anything. Out the corner of his eye he sees a shopping mall.

    After a frantic search he finds a toy store. When asked what he would like, he simply says "a Barbie doll".
    The shop assistant looks at him in and asks "Which Barbie would that be, sir?"

    The man looks surprised so the assistant continues "We have Barbie Goes to the Gym for $19.95, Barbie Goes to the Ball for $19.95, Barbie Goes Shopping for $19.95, Cyber Barbie for $19.95 and Divorced Barbie for $265.00"

    The man can't help himself and asks "why is Divorced Barbie $265.00 when all the other Barbies are selling for $19.95?"

    "That's obvious!" says the assistant, "Divorced Barbie comes with Ken's house, Ken's car, Ken's furniture ....
    A final note (and last minute addition to this bulletin):
    The Delegation of the EU to Japan will hold Europafest at the Delegation on June 30. Events will include the EU Embassy Cup Table Soccer Competition.
    For more details about the activities and for visitors registration:
    http://www.tokyoparty.org/party.php?p=europafest&lang=en

    For Team Registration for the EU Embassy Cup: http://www.embassycup.com/index.php?lang=en
    The table soccer competition is open to all nationalities and entities may enter with more than one team


    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, 12 individual and one special member.