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  ISSUE 12/2014 21 May 2014  
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Our next event is a Joint Nordic Chamber Business Luncheon, organized by FCCJ on Thursday, 29 May with one of Japan's most well-known economists, Mr. Masaaki Kanno, Managing Director and Chief Economist, JPMorgan Securities Japan, who will talk about "How Abenomics has changed Japan's economy - What is needed from now on". Read more below and sign-up soon in case you have not done so already, dead-line is Friday.

Our event in June will be a luncheon meeting were we have Ad Bertens, Vice President, Wartsila Japan Services as our speaker. Wartsila has a long and successful history in Japan but we have not had them speaking to FCCJ before, so high-time. More information in my next bulletin but mark the date, Thursday, 19 June in your calendar already now!

We have also a new column in "Aoyama View" from our productive columnist Timo Varhama. This time mainly about energy issues in Japan, titled: Energy for Summer? More Scare than Politicians' Will for Endless Debates.

Click banner at right for an educating and interesting read!

Thusday, 29 May - Joint Nordic Chambers Business Luncheon organized by FCCJ:
Masaaki Kanno: "How Abenomics has changed Japan's economy - What is needed from now on."
On Thursday, 29 May the FCCJ will organize jointly with the other Nordic chambers a Business Luncheon with one of Japan's preeminent economists, Mr Masaaki Kanno, Managing Director and Chief Economist, JPMorgan Securities Japan.

The theme of Mr Kanno's presentation is "How Abenomics has changed Japan's economy -
What is needed from now on.

  Date & Time:Thursday, 29 May, 12.00-14:00
 Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Basil, 2F [MAP]
  Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
  Registration:by Friday, 23 May

About Masaaki Kanno
  Mr. Masaaki Kanno is a Managing Director and Chief Economist, Japan. He is responsible for outlining the firm's official view on the Japanese economy.

He joined J.P. Morgan in April 1999. Prior to his arrival, Mr. Kanno was an Associate Director at the Research and Statistics Department of the Bank of Japan, where he worked since 1974. His career at the BoJ included serving as the Bank's Deputy Chief Representative in Europe, secretary to the Governor in charge of Diet issues and Chief FX Trader in the International Department as well as secondment to the Japan Center of Economic Research as a Senior Economist.He has been member of committees and councils of the ministries of the government, including SNA committee of the Cabinet Office and the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Ministry of Finance. In 2007 and 2008, he worked as member of the Financial Market Working Group, in Cabinet Office, which published the reports on reforming and deregulating Japan's financial and capital markets. He is also a regular commentator on Morning Satellite, early morning business program of TV Tokyo.

Mr. Kanno received a BA in Economics from the University of Tokyo in 1974 and an MA in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1979.

About J.P. Morgan
  JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Tuesday, 27 May and "no-shows".

To register, click link at right. To check who has already signed up, click here!

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation:
Host a European engineering student in Japan for 8 months, sponsored by the Vulcanus internship programme!

"Vulcanus in Japan" is a 1-year internship programme for European engineers and science-major students, managed by the EU-Japan Centre. Every year, highly skilled and motivated Vulcanus participants are selected to undertake industrial internships in Japan for 8 months, following an intensive 4-months' Japanese language course and seminars. The 2014-2015 Vulcanus programme will start from September 2014, with an industrial internship from January to August 2015.

Contact EU-Japan Centre if you are interested in hosting a Vulcanus-sponsored intern in Japan. We are currently recruiting European firms in Japan willing to host interns for the period from September 2014 to August 2015.

Contact Noriko YUDAHIRA at the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation in Tokyo:
E-mail: Phone: 81-(0)3-6408-0281

Additional programme details and application forms for host companies can be found at:

NEW BOOK: Flower Design Finland

A Finnish Flower Design guidebook has been published by the Rikuyosha publisher company in Japan. The book was written by Mrs. Kumi Henttinen. Since 2008 she has been running a Nordic Style Flower Design school -LINOKA kukka- in Japan. Kumi has studied flower design, worked in a flower shop and ran own flower shop in Finland.

The book is available at the book stores, Amazon net shop or by the publisher Rikuyosha:
  • Amazon

  • Rikuyosha

  • Flower Design school -LINOKA kukka-

  • News from Finland

    Vapaavuori expects decision on Fennovoima nuclear plant in August

    Economic Affairs Minister Jan Vapaavuori says government isn't likely to make a decision on the construction of a nuclear power plant by the power consortium Fennovoima before August. Vapaavuori told Yle that the project is still important to the main government partner the National Coalition Party.

    Economic Affairs Minister Jan Vapaavuori said the senior government partners won't back down on the proposed nuclear power plant project in Pyhajoki, northwest Finland.

    Speaking on Yle's Aamu-tv breakfast programme Tuesday Vapaavuori confirmed that the government wouldn't be making a decision on the proposed nuclear power plant in Pyhajoki, northwest Finland until August.

    Vapaavuori's comments followed reports by the daily Aamulehti that a decision to proceed with the project would be deferred to the end of summer this year.

    "I wouldn't use the word defer. From the start it's always been highly likely that this would happen. From the very beginning I've said that government would look at the matter in June at the earliest," Vapaavuori told Yle Tuesday.

    The minister noted that it's important to proceed with strict adherence to the law since the issue of nuclear power is a divisive and emotive issue. According to Yle he would not take a position on whether or not the Green League would exit the government if the administration gave the plant a green light.

    Grin of the Week

    Kindness from the bench?

    Staring down from the bench to announce the terms of the divorce decree, the judge turned to the husband and said:
    "I'm going to award her alimony in the amount of $250 a month."

    To which the woman's about-to-be ex replied:
    "That's mighty kind of you, judge. I'll try to help her all I can, too."
    Have a great week &
    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.