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  ISSUE 17/2011 22 June 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Even though we do not have any regular FCCJ event in July, we will be kept busy during the summer planning for events in the Autumn. There's already a lot on the "drawing board" for August, September and October, see below.

We are also working on the joint Finnish Relief Effort in Tohoku and are now planning for the first visit to the area, by the real Moomins, which will take place on the 3rd of August in Sendai. I will keep you informed on this and report how we will use the money collected at our charity events early June. If you have any questions on this, or want to contribute, please mail me!

Report from the Joint ACCJ/FCIJ Event
Event: After Tohoku: Does Japan Still Have a Pulse?
Approximately 120 ACCJ and FCIJ members and guests attended the luncheon event on Thursday, 16 June at which a summary of the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey as well as the results of the ACCJ's Pulse Surveys were presented. The presenters, Clas Bystedt of the Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) and Debbie Howard, ACCJ President Emeritus, generated strong interest in the subject matter as evidenced by the many questions asked by audience members during the Q&A session following their presentations. The event was open to the press, and fifteen members from various outlets attended the presentation.

The Pulse Surveys were carried out as a part of the ACCJ's Tohoku Earthquake Information Facilitation Project. The surveys ultimately demonstrated that the personal and business lives of respondents are rapidly returning to normal, that both the Japanese and foreign business communities maintain a strong level of confidence in the future, and that ultimately the perceptions and opinions of the two business communities share more similarities than differences.

We were extremely fortunate to have Mr. Nobuhiko Sasaki, Director-General, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, address the audience with a brief speech at the opening of the event.

For more about the surveys, click links at right!

Wednesday 29 June - EBC & EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation Seminar
Fukushima Nuclear Accident and Industrial Impact

The EBC and the EU-Centre for Industrial Cooperation are offering a seminar on: "The Fukushima nuclear accident and industrial impact - experiences and expectations from the European and Japanese industry perspectives"

Dr. Jens-Uwe Schmollack of TUV Rheinland Industrie Service GmbH is a radiation expert with 20 years experience in radiation protection and 13 years in nuclear power safety - he will present the European perspective. Mr. Yoshiro Hikota of JETRO will provide the Japanese Government's perspective on efforts to help Japanese companies cope with the various European import controls that have emerged since the nuclear disaster. Please see the attached flier for more detailed information.

The seminar will be held at the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation on June 29 from 16:00-18:00. Light refreshments will be provided. There is no charge for joining the seminar and everyone is welcome.

For more information and registration (directly to the EBC) , click link at right.

Thursday 30 June - Japan Merket Expansion Competition Event
JMEC Wine Tasting and Networking

As the JMEC 17 program has just finished and summer is around the corner - get ready for the summer by re-energizing your network, making new contacts and enjoying a Canadian wine tasting at the Roppongi Hills Club!

Date & Time:Thursday, 30 June , 19:00 - 22:00
Embarkation: Roppongi Hills Club, Roppongi Hills Building 51F
Cost:6,500 yen (food & drink)
Registration:Space is limited, so register today by emailing

Join JMEC alumni and other supporters for a networking event which includes a Canadian wine tasting and buffet dinner in the beautiful surroundings of the Roppongi Hills Club. Situated on the 51st floor of the Roppongi Hills Building you can enjoy great wine, delicious food and good conversation with spectacular views of the Tokyo skyline at night.

The wine tasting will be lead by Norman Hardie, one of Canada's most famous and exciting winemakers and will include some of his greatest wines. The food has been specially selected to match with the wine by award-winning Executive Chef at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and Roppongi Hills club, Stig Drageide, of 2-star Michelin fame.

For full details, click link at right.
Wednesday, 24 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair - Finn Tour Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last year's cruise we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair - Finn Tour Code Share Yakatabune on Wednesday, 24 August!

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-sashim dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 24 August , 18.30-21:00
Embarkation: Funayado Amisei, 2-1-26, Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 16 July

Even though we have reservced a bigger boat (max, capacity 80) this year, we expect the event to be sold out, so please sign up soon to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click link at right.

Friday, 30 September - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2011 - Registration Open!

We are pleased to announce that the 9th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup, will be played on Friday, 30 September at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force has been working closely with the club to reduce costs, so some portion of the participation fee and sponsorship will be donated to charity along with the presently established charity fundraising activity.

Registration Open
The registration for the event has now been opened. The participation fees are same as last year, i.e. a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,000 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, for a total of 24,000 yen, of which a part will go to charity..

Sponsoring the event
If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Sponsors who sign up now will have the additional benefit of getting an almost full one year exposure on the web site (until we open the 2012 site). Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services) and all surplus from the sponsorship money will go to charity.

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
Wednesday 5 - Saturday 8 October
Business Promotion and Contact Trip to Vladivostok

Business delegation led by H.E. Mr. Jari Gustafsson, Ambassador of Finland to Japan and H.E. Mr. Matti Anttonen, Ambassador of Finland to Russia

To evaluate the opportunities for tri-party cooperation between Finland, Japan and Russia in the Russia Far East Region, the FCCJ in cooperation with the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce and our Embassies in Tokyo and Moscow is conducting a Business Promotion and Contact Trip to Vladivostok in October.

Due to its' unique geographical location in the Russian Far East, Vladivostok offers many opportunities for trade and business cooperation between Finland, Russia and Japan. As a significant business center, in 2012, Vladivostok will host the 24th Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum.

As the program is drawn up by the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce and the Embassies of Finland in Moscow and Tokyo, in cooperation with the Russian Embassy in Tokyo, it creates a unique opportunity to meet with local decision makers at the highest level. There will also be a meeting with Japan Center in Vladivostok and get to know Japanese business people operating in the area.

For more information and registration, click link at right!
Urgent Message from the EBC:
Outreach to Members regarding the EU - Japan Free Trade Agreement

As you know, at the May 28 Summit, the EU and Japan agreed in principle to enter a trade agreement and will immediately start preliminary discussions in an exercise to define/scope the content ahead of starting formal negotiations. The EBC has been asked by the Commission via the EU Delegation to make a highly detailed and technical contribution to these processes.

Consequently, the EBC's Executive Operating Board and Board of Governors decided at their meetings last week upon an immediate course of action with our committees to identify, prioritise, and flesh out in technical detail all of the key issues, compiling them in an English-language digital compendium listing items committee-by-committee. This will be made available to the EU negotiators on a continuous basis.

For more details click link at right.

PS. FCCJ will organize an information event on this issue on 28 June at 16:00.
We will inform details to related companies later.

News from Finland

Nokia unveils first and only Meego handset

Nokia on Tuesday unveiled its first handset running Meego, an operating system the company will bin after throwing in its lot with Microsoft in February.

The new N9 will most probably be the only Meego model, with Nokia planning to launch the first Microsoft handsets in a few months' time.

Grin of the Week

Back by popular requests...;-).

Good News and Bad News
An artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any interest in his paintings currently on display.

"I've got good news and bad news," the owner replied. "The good news is that a gentleman inquired about your work and wondered if it would increase in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all fifteen of your paintings."

"That's wonderful!" the artist exclaimed, "What's the bad news?".

With concern, the gallery owner replied, "The guy was your doctor."
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 62 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.