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  ISSUE 26/2010 22 November 2010  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Early in the last week of November (Christmas is soon here!) I would like to remind you of two events that have registration dead-lines this week. For one of them, the luncheon meeting with Minister Väyrynen on Wednesday, you should sign-up today if you plan to attend and have not yet registered. The dead-line for registrations to the Scandinavian Christmas Party (on Friday, 3 December) is coming Friday. We still have about 10 seats available in the FCCJ section so hurry up!
For more about these, read below.

FCCJ retains the Stora Enso Cup
Report from the Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge

Center FCCJ Vice President Hirokuni Yoshida (second best net), best net Hisako Noto. Right Stora Enso's Tuomo Kuuppo and left SCCJ golf committee chair Eiji Takagi.

The 17th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 19 November at Taiheiyo Club - Narita Course in Chiba Prefecture. The event was played in nice autumn weather - sunny, although a bit chilly in the morning. 32 players participated in the competition (18 from FCCJ , 14 from SCCJ, including three guests.

The Finnish Chamber came on top now for the fifth time in a row, this time beating the Swedish Chamber by a fairly large margin, 3.1 strokes on average per player, 82.5 versus 85.8 as average for the best 80% in each team. This was the ninth time the FCCJ won, and the FCCJ now has one more win than the SCCJ, nine wins against 8.

For a full report from the event, click link at right.

Wednesday, 24 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Dr. Paavo Väyrynen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development

This is the final call for our luncheon meeting on Wednesday, 24 November where we will have Dr. Paavo Väyrynen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland as our guest speaker. Minister Väyrynen is in Japan accompanied by a business delegation, which will also participate in the luncheon meeting.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 24 November, 12.45-14:30 note time!
Venue: Hotel Okura, Oak Room (Main Bldg.. 2F)  MAP
Cost:6,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday, 22 November

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, click link at right - but do it today!
To see who have already registered, click here.

Friday, 3 December
The 18th 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, 3 December. This year we will have a new venue for the party, Happo-en in Shirokanedai. We believe that the new venue will be an interesting one and create a new kind of experience. We also promise some new and exciting idea in the concept and program for the party

Registration for the party
The registration dead-line coming Friday, 26 November, please make sur to sign up as soon as possible if you plan to attend. The ballroom at Happo-En is a bit smaller than at our previous venues so we expect to be sold-out (max. 400 persons).

Sponsor Recruiting
We are still recruiting sponsors for the party. 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 a sponsor, click link at right!

Thursday, 9 December
FCCJ Christmas Luncheon Meeting

Note: Due to space limitations, this event is for members and staff of member companies only.

The traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon is again this year held at our Embassy, were we can enjoy a delicious Finnish style Christmas lunch prepared by the Embassy's chef.

H.E. Ambassador Jari Gustafsson will give us an update on current developments in the Japan Finland relations and latest news from the Embassy. .

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Thursday, 9 December, 12:00-14:00
Place: Embassy of Finland
(3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku)  MAP 
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Note: Members and members guests only
Registration:by Monday, 6 December

Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 7 December and "no-shows".

If you would like to attend and have not signed up, please click link below.

Wednesday, 1 December - EU-Japan Centre Seminar
Priorities for the Renewed Economic, Industrial and Trade Policies of the EU and Japan

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is pleased to invite you to the forthcoming seminar in Tokyo. Seminar - "Priorities for the Renewed Economic, Industrial and Trade Policies of the EU and Japan"
The speakers include Mr. Heinz Zourek, Director-General, DG Enterprise & Industry, European Commission, Mr. Hideichi Okada, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Mr. Tommy Kullberg, Chairman, European Business Council in Japan (EBC)

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Wednesday, 1 December, 15:00 - 17:00
Place: Tokyo Kaikan (3-2-1 Ichiban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)  MAP 
Language: English/Japanese (with interpretation)
Cost:Free (pre-registration required)
Registration:Email your name, affiliation, position, telephone

The EU and Japan have recently re-defined their main economic growth policies' strategic objectives for the next ten years. In the EU, the European Commission presented "Europe 2020" strategy in March 2010, aiming to promote a "smart, sustainable and inclusive growth". In Japan, "New Growth Strategy 2020" presented last year sets out Japan's new policy orientations. New growth strategies of both the EU and Japan point out the increasingly similar challenges faced by the Japanese and European industries. In this context, what are the convergences in the EU's and Japan's visions of the priority sectors that should be promoted to enhance future economic growth, and of the support policies for industry that should be implemented ? Could these convergences result in a more cooperative and fruitful relationship, in both the industrial and trade arenas?

For more details and registration, cliik link at right.
News from Finland

OECD raises Finnish GDP growth forecast

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Thursday it expected to see Finland's gross domestic product (GDP) growing by 2.7 per cent this year and by three per cent over the next two years.

The Paris-headquartered organisation had forecast 1.7-per cent growth for this year and 2.5 per cent for 2011 in its previous outlook, published in June.

"The economy has rebounded strongly on the back of sharply recovering exports, and unemployment has started to recede," the OECD said in a statement.

"Activity will continue to benefit from firm world trade growth, while renewed confidence and lower unemployment will support domestic demand, leading to robust investment and output growth in the years ahead. Remaining slack will nevertheless hold inflation down."

Grin of the Week

Hope it doesn't happen to you....yet....

Two senior couples are walking along, wives in front, husbands in back. Herb says to Sam, "Gee, we went to a new restaurant last night and had the best meal ever. Good prices too."

Sam says, "Well, we like to eat out too. What was the name of the restaurant?"

Herb says, "You'll going to have to help me out here a little. What's the name of that pretty flower, smells sweet, grows on a thorny bush?"
Sam says, "How about rose?"

"Yes, yes, that's it!" cries Herb, then calls ahead to his wife.
"Rose. Hey, Rose. What was the name of the restaurant we ate at last night?"
Have a good 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 62 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.