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  ISSUE 34/2012 20 December 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

As the holiday season is closing in, this will be my last bulletin in 2012 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 in 2012 and wish you:

Our first event in 2013 is a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening held at Aquavit Tokyo in Kita-Aoyama on Wednesday, 23 January. Read more below.

In February we have a Special Event on Friday the 22nd - A Tour of the Diet and Lunch with Marutei Tsurunen, Member of the House of Counsillors. More information will be provided later but mark the date and time (starting at 11:45) in your calendar already now!

Wednesday, 23 January
FCCJ Club Evening at Aquavit Tokyo

Our first event in 2013 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 23 January. This time we will have a new venue for a change, the Aquavit Tokyo in Kita-Aoyama.

Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by Scandinavian style food and drinks!


Date & Time:Wednesday, 23 January , 19:00-21:00
Place: Aquavit Tokyo, Aoyama OM Square 1F, 2-5-8, Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members: 5,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Including buffet and 2 hour free drinks
Registration:by Monday 23 January

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

More about Aquavit Tokyo;:

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 at right.

ETP Programme - Application Open for the 2013/2014 Cycle

The opening of recruitment for the 2013/2014 cycle of the Executive Training Programme (ETP), a prestigious EU-funded business support and excutive training programme, has been announced.

The ETP programme provides a 26,400-euro grant per participant for Japan (24,000 euro for Korea) and includes 30-week intensive language and business training at Waseda University and a 12-week internship at a leading Japanese company. Applications for the 2013-14 cycle close on May 31, 2013. The training cycle will be from November 2013 to November 2014.

For more information, including a letter of recommendation from EU Ambassador, H.E. Hans-Dieter Schweisgut, check the links below.

  • ETP website (includes online application)
  • Letter from EU Ambassador
  • ETP Leaflet
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    News from Finland

    EC VP Rehn warning: Cut public debt now

    European Commission Vice President and Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn says Finland must act quickly to nip the growth of public debt in the bud.

    An economic report of European Union countries published in Brussels highlights the disturbing growth of Finland's public debt.

    European Commission Vice President Olli Rehn called on the government to moderate the growth of salaries and to pursue pension reform, measures he said had already been implemented in other European countries.

    "Public finances show that Finland has not been able to maintain the stability programme it laid out. Finland's (public) debt will rise to as much as 55 percent next year and soon after that in the next five years, which will be in the next term of government, it will rise to around 60 percent," Rehn said Wednesday in an interview on Ylefs Ykkosaamu radio programme.

    "In the European Union, thatfs the level at which measures to restrain excess debt and budget deficits will kick in," he added.

    Grin of the Week

    Christmas Tale: How Santa's reindeer Rudolf got his name

    There was a Russian man named Rudolph, a high ranking member of the KGB.
    One evening Rudolph and his wife, Helga, were walking along, and it begins to snow.
    "My, my, look at the lovely snow," said Olga.

    "No, that is not snow, that is rain!" replied Rudolph.
    "No, no, no, this is snow," she said.
    "Look, there is a palace guard, we will ask him."

    Rudolph went to the palace gaurd and said "is it raining or snowing?"
    The gaurd was no dummy, so he said "what do YOU think it is doing, Rudolph?" Rudolph replied, "raining.", and the gaurd said "yes comrade, I was going to say raining, also!"

    So Rudolph and Olga went walking off. The gaurd could just barely hear the KGB official say:

    Enjoy the holidays and
    Best regards

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

    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.