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  ISSUE 5/2014 21 February 2014   
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This is the final reminder of our tour to the National Olympic Stadium on Thursday, 27 February. With Finland finally getting a Gold medal at Sochi, perhaps suitable to revive some of the great memories of our sporting past. Read more below!

We have also fixed three more events in the coming months; first a casual Joint Nordic After-Work event on 13 March (more below), then our Annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 1 April and the Stora Enso Cup on Friday, 11 April. Mark these dates in your calendar.

Our columnist has found some time between clearing snow this week to provide a new piece in his column "Aoyama View", appropriately titled "Snow and Smile for People, Serious Faces for Leaders ".

Click banner at right for another great read!

Thursday, 27 February - FCCJ Special Event
Tour of the National Olympic Stadium

Our event in February will be a special tour of the National Olympic Stadium in Meiji Jingu. The stadium, built in 1958 as the main stadium for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, will be demolished to make place for the new stadium for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The demolition work will start in July so this is a good chance to see the stadium before it is gone.

The stadium have brought some nice memories for Finns, especially in Javelin throw with Pauli Nevala winning Gold in 1964 and Kimmo Kinnunen also Gold at the World Championships in 1991. We can still see their names on winners' panels at the stadium.

The tour will take 1.5 hours and after that we will have lunch together at Restaurant Umaya nearby.

Date & Time:Thursday, 27 February, 10.30-13:00
Venue: National Olympic Stadium
10-2, Kasumigaoka-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:3,000 yen/person (incl. entrance fee and lunch)
Registration:by Monday, 24 February

Note that we have to limit the participation to 25 so please sign up soon!

The Stadium is just one minute from the Kokuritsu-Kogijo station on the Oedo Line.
We meet up at the main entrance of the stadium (see map at right below).

To register, click link at right!

Thursday, 13 March - Joint Nordic Event
Casual After Work at the Balcony

Well into the new year we felt that we needed something to spice up the busy period for everyone with some friendly and laid-back networking.
Instead of setting up a venue and taking registrations, we have opted for the second casual After Work Evening together with our Nordic colleagues and friends from the chambers of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland.

FCCJ, together with our Nordic sister-chambers, invites all members to "After Work at the Balcony".

Date & Time:Thursday, 13 March, 19.00-
Venue: Balcony Bar & Restaurant, Izumi Garden Tower 3F [MAP]
Cost:Free (pay at the bar for what you eat and drink)
Registration:No registration needed

Balcony Bar & Restaurant is conveniently located within the premises of Izumi Garden Tower, midways along the outside escalators. There is a cozy lounge-area inside, and if you are one of the people who thinks the temperature feels just like a Nordic summer, there are tables and chairs on the outside as well.

Please "pop-in" after work for some drinks and snacks. No fee, you just pay at the bar for what you eat and drink. Good news – Happy Hour until 20:00!

Hope to see many of your happy faces on 13 March!

Thursday, 27 Febuary - Seminar and Reception
EU-Japan, New Strategic Partnership for Future

The EU Studies Institute in Tokyo, HEC Paris and Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank are pleased to invite you to an International Economic Symposium on the theme of "EU-Japan, New Strategic Partnership for Future."

Date:   Thursday 27 February 2014
18:30 - 20:15 Symposium (followed by reception until 21:30)

Place:  Josui Hall, 1-1, 2-chome, Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3261-1101

Please confirm your participation by 21 February 2014 directly with the organiser by: fax (042-580-9109) or by e-mail:

For more information and registration, please click links below (English and Japanese versions)

Tuesday, 11 March - JMEC Event
Announcing JMEC Business Innovation² !

JMEC is pleased to announce the JMEC Business Innovation² series.

These events will feature business speakers presenting on current topics in the areas of business innovation, strategy, marketing as well as professional development and training. Our first one will be held on Tuesday, March 11 at the Belgian Embassy.


Philippe Auvaro, VP & Head of Business Innovation, GlaxoSmithKline
Inspiring, Planning and Making Innovation Happen - A Perspective

Greg Story, President of Dale Carnegie Institute
Coaching to Become Better Managers
6 Essential Steps for Coaching Your Team

We invite you to listen to our keynote speakers, enjoy Vedett—one of Belgium's coolest beer brands, Belgian food—and meet old and new JMEC friends!

When: Tuesday March 11, 19:00-21:30. Doors open 18:30.

Where: Belgian Embassy, Thomas Cornelisz Hall, access: Kojimachi Station. 2 min. walk from Exit 5.

Entry Fee: ¥3,500 prepaid. ¥4,500 at the door.
Enjoy a buffet of Belgian food and beer, wine, tea and mineral water. The ticket includes 2 alcohol drinks. Additional alcohol drinks are ¥500 each at the cash bar.

To for more information and to register on-line, click the link at right!

Danny Risberg New EBC Chairman

Mr. Danny Risberg, CEO of Philips Electronics Japan, Ltd., has been elected Chairman of the European Business Council in Japan (EBC). Mr. Risberg will assume the position on February 13, 2014 replacing Mr. Duco Delgorge, who stepped down from the office of EBC Chairman as of December 31, 2013 after two years of dedicated service in that position.

Chosen to lead the EBC from 2014 through 2016, Mr Risberg brings unique experience and an in-depth understanding of Japan following a long, exceptionally successful career in Japan. Mr. Risberg has worked in Japan as a senior executive for Philips Electronics for many years.

He has a long history with the EBC, having made significant contributions to the EBC as the organisation's Vice-Chairman and as a member of the EBC Board of Governors in his capacity as a Committee Chairman Representative. Mr. Risberg has also served for several years as the Chairman of the EBC Medical Equipment Committee.

EBC Update on Tax Reform 2014

European Business Council in Japan (EBC) Tax Committee has put together a brief presentation on the various changes to be introduced by the 2014 tax reform from April 1, 2014. Included in the document are links that provide further information, courtesy of the Tax Committee members.
Please be aware that the overview is not intended to give a complete explanation of all changes included in the tax reform.

To find out more, please click link below for details and reports from the EBC Web Site!

News from Finland

Nokia considers buying Juniper to expand network unit: report

(Reuters) - Nokia is considering buying U.S.-based Juniper Networks to merge into its telecommunications network gear business, German's Manager Magazin Online reported, citing unidentified sources.

Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) Chief Executive Rajeev Suri traveled to the United States late last year to discuss with Juniper's management closer cooperation and a possible merger that would strengthen NSN's weak U.S. business, the online magazine said on Thursday.

Juniper has a stock market value of $13.7 billion, making it a major takeover target for Nokia, but Manager Magazin said Nokia could use Juniper's $3.1 billion cash to help finance the purchase.

NSN will be Nokia's primary operation after the sale of its devices and services business to Microsoft in a 5.4 billion euro ($7.4 billion) deal, which is expected to close by the end of next month.

Nokia had indicated it is looking at a number of options as part of its strategic review to be completed in March.

A source familiar with NSN's strategy said no such deal was imminent. Analysts have said, however, that NSN and other network equipment players are likely to pursue M&A because high costs of developing better mobile broadband infrastructure puts players with bigger research and development budgets at an advantage.

Grin of the Week

The Danger of Being a Politician?

A bus filled with politicians was driving through the countryside one day, on the campaign trail. The bus driver, caught up in the beautiful scenery, loses control and crashes into the ditch.

A farmer living nearby hears the horrible crash and rushes out to discover the wreckage. Finding the politicians he buries them.

The next day, the police come to the farm to question the man. "So you buried all the politicians?" asked the police officer. "Were they all dead?"

The farmer answered, "Some said they weren't, but you know how politicians lie."
Have a nice weekend &
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 64 corporate members, 12 individual and one special member.