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  ISSUE 7/2011 22 March 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Into the second week of the disaster I still hope all of my readers in Japan are safe and at least those outside the hardest struck areas are able to go on with their lives as normally as possible, despite the uncertainty of the nuclear situation in Fukushima and radiation risks, disruptions in the infrastructure and food supply. Although, I feel, the disruptions in the Tokyo area are really minor and do not affect much the daily life if you take into account the huge devastation caused by the tsunami and the massive resources needed for the relief efforts..

Even though the FCCJ office is running, the situation naturally affects our events. The Joint European Luncheon on Thursday, 24 March has been postponed to the first part of April. Our events in April - the Annual General Assembly on 11 April and Stora-Enso Cup on 22 April - are still on, but in case the situation does not improve, they might be affected. As the General Assembly was scheduled to be held at the Embassy, its relocation (see below) might also force us to change venue even if it is held.
I will keep you informed in subsequent bulletins.

Here is some important information, mainly for Finnish citizens and companies:

  Embassy of Finland
  • The Embassy has relocated its functions from Tokyo to Hiroshima on 18 March.
    It is open 13.00-20.00 and the contact information is as follows:
    Address: 2-19 Tsurumi-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0045
    Phone during business hours: 050-5532 5717
    Phone outside business hours: +358-40-551-6571 (Ministry for Foreign Affairs)
  • If you are living, or travelling in Japan and have not yet confirmed you current status to the Embassy or to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, please do so at soon as possible by email to Sanomat.TOK@formin.fi. You can also do it on the Embassy's Facebook page (see below). It is important that you notify the Embassy also if you leave Japan.
  • The Embassy provides information and situation reports mostly on Facebook and Twitter but also on their home page.
  • The Embassy provides Iodine tablets for Finnish citizens. If you think you need, please contact their office in Hiroshima (info above). The tablets can be delivered at the Embassy building in Tokyo.
  • The latest travel advisory for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland can be found: here (in Finnish and Swedish):
Other information
  • Due to the relocation fo the Embassy, the Finnish Institute in Japan, and Tekes are closed. Finpro staff is working remotely..
  • If you plan to travel, note that according to current information (see links) that both Finnair and SAS run on a normal schedule in and out of Japan. Contact the airlines for details and check the access to and from Narita Airport, which might be irregular.
  • As a general rule, follow the information and instructions by the local authorities.
EBC Disaster Relief Fund

Following the devastation of northeastern Japan and recognition of the enormous task of helping countless people to rebuild their shattered lives, the European Business Council in Japan (EBC) has established a disaster relief fund to help those in need.

We hope to combine the significant resources of European businesses in Japan and thereby make a significant contribution to the massive relief effort that is taking place.

For more information and sign-up form, click link below.

EBC Disaster Relief Fund

JETRO "Business Hotline" for your business emergency

JETRO, would like to offer its deepest condolences to the persons affected by the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake, occurred on March 11th, 2011.

JETRO has established an emergency hotline for Foreign companies in Japan who have business concerns/difficulties due to the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake. The consultation is limited to international business issues and items related to company operations in Japan (e.g. tax accounting issues, human resources, etc.).

Please contact:
JETRO Invest Japan Department
(TEL:03-3582-4684, Email: BizHotline@jetro.go.jp)

http://www.jetro.go.jp/en/invest/newsroom/announcements/2011/20110318299.html

Please note; contact me any time you have a question, I monitor the situation continously,

Please stay calm and safe and
Best regards

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

ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
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 62 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.