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  ISSUE 22/2017 21 July 2017 
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We still have some slots left for the Joint Nordic Beer Garden Evening on Tuesday, 1 August. A good excuse to have a beer or two at the start of the hottest month in Tokyo. Details below!

The following event is the traditional Yakatabune event, the "Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise" on Friday, 25 August. Time to sign up before we run out of slots. More information below.

Christmas might still feel far away in the middle of the summer but the Nordic Chambers have already started preparations for the 25th Scandinavian Christmas Ball held on Thursday, 7 December and Westin Hotel Tokyo. If you want to know more, go to the updated web site!

After returning from his summer trip to Finland our "Aoyama View" columnist made a new contribution, this time from Karuizawa where he was acclimatizing to the heat of Tokyo. This time the column is titled "From Cool Finland to Hot Tokyo: A Round-Up of Recent Happenings".
Click banner at right to find out more!

Tuesday, 1 August - Joint Nordic Summer Event

Traditionally the Nordic Chambers have given their members the summer period off but we are always trying to renew ourselves and are about to break this tradition by organizing the first Joint Nordic Beer Garden Evening on Tuesday, 1 August.

We have reserved 60 seats at the Forest Beer Garden in Meiji Jingu Gaien for a two hour all you can eat and drink party. Click here for menu.
We meet up at 19:45 in front of the venue (see below), buy tickets and get seated to start the drinking and eating at 20:00 sharp for maximum value for the money!

Sign up soon because seats are limited to the 60 seats we have reserved!


Date & Time:Tuesday, 1 August, 19:45 - 22:00
(Registration from 19:45, Party starts at 20:00)
Venue: Forest Beer Garden, 14-13 Kasumigaoka cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Men: 4,200 yen - Women: 3,900 yen (Including 2 hour buffet and free flowing drinks (beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks)
Registration:by Friday, 28 July

Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Cancellations after registration dead-line and no-shows will be invoiced.
To register, click link at right. 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.
Friday, 25 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last seven year's cruises we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 25 August. Thanks to our sponsors, the participation fee for members and their guests is substantially subsidized.

We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style. For images from last year's event, click here.

Date & Time:Friday, 25 August, 18.30-21:00
Embarkation:Funayado Miuraya, 1-1-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku , Tokyo
Cost:9,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 18 August

We expect the event to be sold out this year as well, so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click links at right.
Production of EBC's Year 2017 White Paper
- Request for Sponsorship & Pre-Orders

The EBC White Paper continues to be at the forefront of trade policy discussions with both the Japanese and European Authorities and is the most tangible product of our committeesf year-long deliberations and advocacy activities. We are now seeking sponsors for the 2017 edition of this important document.

Release of this yearfs report will be especially critical as its release is expected to coincide with the conclusion of negotiations for an EU-Japan FTA/EPA. It is essential for EBC committees to continue applying pressure on both authorities through this report. Negotiated items must be implemented. The many issues not included in the FTA and new issues must be addressed.

The full range of sposnorship categories are as follows: Pinnacle Sponsors (500,000 yen), Gold-Star Sponsors (250,000 yen), Blue-Star Sponsors (150,000 yen), Special Sponsors (100,000 yen) or Sponsors (50,000 yen).

The EBC will also take advance orders for the white papers at 5,000 yen for one set (1 English and 1 Japanese version per set). Companies placing advance orders will be listed in the white paper as Supporters.

Please click links at right for more information and to sign-up as sponsor or make advance orders.
News from Finland

Finnish power firm TVO wins second ruling in dispute with French nuclear supplier Areva

The Finnish power company TVO is celebrating a second intermediate decision in its favour from the International Chamber of Commerce in a long-running dispute with nuclear reactor contractor Areva. The companies have been locked in years-long litigation over cost overruns and delays in the delivery of the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor in southwest Finland.

The intermediate decision does not address the billion-euro claims tabled by both sides over the delay in the project. TVO has demanded some 2.6 billion euros to compensate for costs incurred by the delay. For its part, the French-German Areva-Siemens consortium wants TVO to fork out 3.5 billion euros representing outstanding payments and related profits.

Areva-Siemens was supposed to hand over the number 3 reactor at the Olkiluoto nuclear site in 2009, but the latest forecasts indicate that it will not be production-ready before the end of 2018.
Grin of the Week

Inventive kid...

Kid: Teacher can I go to the bathroom?
Teacher: You have to say your ABC's first.
Kid: Ok, a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,q,r,s,t,u,v,w.x.y and z.
Teacher: Where's the p?
Kid: It's running down my leg!!
Have a nice weekend and
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 700 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.