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  ISSUE 30/2012 21 November 2012  
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It is always good to start with an apology...

In my previous bulletin I informed that the traditional Christmas Luncheon at the Embassy of Finland will be held on 18 December. But due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to move it, so the new date is Wednesday, 12 December, starting at 12:30. So mark this in your calendar instead, I will provide more information in my next bulletin.

It is time to sign-up for the Stora Enso Cup unless you have not done so already. We have now 34 players on the list but we have room for 6 more. Read more below and sign-up soon!

It might be 33 days to Christmas but only 16 to the Scandinavian Christmas Party on Friday, 7 December and the dead-line for registrations is Friday next week. So time to sign-up!
Details below.

Report from the FCCJ Luncheon Meeting on Wednesday, 14 November
Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman and Representative Director, JR Central

At our luncheon meeting on Wednesday, 14 November we had a prominent guest speaker, Mr. Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman and Representative Director of Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central). Mr. Kasai is also the Honorary Consul of Finland in Nagoya.

In his presentation, titled "Challenges Japan faces in the 21st century", Mr Kasai brought up the Senkaku issue, the future of nuclear power in Japan, the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and Japan's fiscal problems, which in part are similar, although more difficult, than those the privatization of Japan National Railways (JNR) faced, which Mr. Kasai is very familiar with.
According to Mr. Kasai, Japan should be involved in the TPP from the beginning to be able to formulate the rules, and not just follow rules set up by others. He was also of the opinion that Japan should first be a part of a TPP before starting negotiations with Korea and China on free trade agreements.

The luncheon, held for the first time at Grand Hyatt Tokyo attended by 33 participants was concluded by a lively Q&A session..

For more about the event, click links at right

Friday, 30 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2012

The 21st Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 30 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.

This time the venue is the same as in spring, Taiheiyo Club Narita Course, which is conveniently located just 6 km off the Tomisato I.C. (one before Narita) on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway.

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form (registration dead-line Friday 23rd), click link at right.
Friday, 7 December - The Social Highlight of the Year for the Nordic Chambers
Registration open for the Scandinavian Christmas Party

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, is this year held on Friday, 7 December at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel.

As this is the 20th anniversary, the party committee is working on an exciting program with great food and drinks. Don't miss out on this opportunity to join one of the best parties in town for a very reasonable cost, taking into account what it includes!

Registration Open!
The registration for the party has now been opened. Please sign up soon to secure your seats! Sign-ups are on a first-come, first serve basis, although sponsors are guaranteed seats (Gold and Silver sponsors can reserve full tables).

Sponsor Recruiting
Currently we are recruiting sponsors and advertisers for the party. To get maximum benefit and exposure for your contribution, sign up soon. Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable as it has been throughout the years, for a reasonable cost of participation.

To sign-up as participant or sponsor, click link at right.

Monday, 26 November - BLCCJ Seminar
Delighting Customers in Japan XI

The Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BLCCJ) is organizing for the 11th time a seminar on "Delighting Customers in Japan", this year on Monday 26 November, and invites members of other chambers to this event.

Speakers this year are: Mr. Loic RETHORE, President & Representative Director, NESTLE NESPRESSO K.K.; Mr. Francois STROOBANT, Country Manager Japan, PERFETTI VAN MELLE EXPORT FAR EAST JAPAN; and Mr. Toshifumi OKUI, former President, HARLEY-DAVIDSON Japan.

Date & Time:Monday, 26 November, 17.30-19:00
  • registration from 17:00
  • networking cocktail from 19:00-20:15
  • Venue: NYK Building 15F, 2-3-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku [MAP]
    Cost:6,000 yen
    Registration:by Thursday, 22 November

    If you are interested in this event, click link at right! Note that you should sign up directly with the BLCCJ.
    News from Finland

    Finnair to outsource cabin crew services on flights to Spain and the Canaries

    Finland's national carrier Finnair is to outsource its cabin crew services on flights to Barcelona and Madrid as well as on leisure flights to the Canary Islands. The announcement came on Tuesday at the end of consultative talks on redundancies.

    Staffing changes on its flights to Spain will start next February at the earliest and on flights to the Canaries next autumn.

    The company also plans to restructure the size of cabin crew staffing levels on intercontinental flights. Local staff will be used on flights on its New York route in addition to charter flights to and from Asia. Similar changes have already been implemented on some flights to Asian destinations.

    Possible staff cuts will be made, the company says, by means of layoffs or unpaid leave. Finnair plans to lay off a maximum of 100 cabin crew staff next February. The layoffs will be for a period of around one month.

    Grin of the Week

    Can a woman keep a secret?

    At a dinner party, several of the guests were arguing whether men or women were more trustworthy. "No woman," said one man, scornfully, "can keep a secret."

    "I don't know about that," answered a woman guest. "I have kept my age a secret since I was twenty-one."

    "You'll let it out some day," the man insisted.

    "I hardly think so!" responded the lady. "When a woman has kept a secret for twenty-seven years, she can keep it forever."
    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.