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  ISSUE 29/2011 22 November 2011  
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Sometimes loosing is like winning...

The Finnish team lost on Friday in the Stora Enso Cup against the Swedes. Normally sports competitions between the two countries are highly charged events, but this is a very friendly challenge, always played in great spirit and comradery. As the Finns had won six times in a row before Friday's event, many of us felt that perhaps that in the spirit of the competition, it would be time for the Swedes to get some revenge, which also happened. Read more below.

We should perhaps not talk about Finland against Sweden as 19 of the 30 participants were Japanese, and even one Dane, actually it is FCCJ members against SCCJ members. This of course creates great networking opportunities and justifies spending a Friday out of the office playing golf. Although I admit that those who do not enjoy the game of golf might disagree...

On a more serious note; don't miss our last luncheon meeting of the calendar year next week Tuesday. Read more below and sign-up at latest on Friday!

Report from the Finland-Sweden Golf Challenge on Friday, 18 November

Tuomo Kuuppo of Stora Enso Japan presents the trophy to the winning team, from left SCCJ Board Member Stefan Gustafsson, Ambassador Lars Vargö and former SCCJ Chairman Carl-Gustav Eklund.

The SCCJ reclaims the Stora Enso Cup!

The 19th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 18 November at Taiheiyo Club - Narita Course in Chiba Prefecture. Despite some rain in the morning, the competitors enjoyed the friendly game.

30 players participated in the competition (17 from FCCJ , 13 from SCCJ, including seven guest.

The Swedish Chamber came deservedly on top this time, after FCCJ had taken the six previous cups in a row. SCCJ won by a fairly large margin, 3.3 strokes on average per player, 81.42 versus 84.72 as average for the best 80% in each team.

This was the ninth time the SCCJ won, but the FCCJ is still leading with ten victories.

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

Tuesday, 29 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
JP Takala, Head of Japan R&D, Nokia Siemens Networks Japan

Our next regular luncheon meeting will be held on Tuesday, 29 November when Mr. JP Takala, Head of Japan R&D, Nokia Siemens Networks Japan Corp. will speak about NSN current business in Japan and their strategies and challenges going forward.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 29 November, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F)
Cost: 6,000 yen (members), 8,000 yen (others)
- collected at the door
Registration:by Friday, 25 November

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  • 600+ Communications Service Provider (CSP) customers in 150 countries including 80 of the top 100 CSPs globally
  • Number 1 in mobile broadband with over 450 radio customers and the most commercial LTE references of any vendor
  • Number 1 in customer experience management with over 1.8b subscriber data management end users
  • A leader in services with 36K+ professionals in more than 150 countries worldwide
  • Best smart device experience - up to 50% less signaling traffic and 80% longer battery life

  • If you would like to attend, please click link at right.

    Friday, 2 December - EU-Japan FTA/EPA Seminar organized by the BLCCJ
    -- Unlocking the Trade Potential -- Tommy Kullberg, Chairman, EBC

    Earlier this year, The European Union and Japan finally agreed to start talks on a free-trade agreement (FTA) that will potentially inject much-needed fresh impetus into the economies of both Japan and the EU. With bilateral trade already at 110 billion euros a year, tackling all obstacles to free trade would release a big potential for business on both sides.

    The EBC has been lobbying intensively for an FTA over the last few years. Outgoing EBC Chairman Mr. Tommy Kullberg, supported by a panel of EBC experts, will give you the latest status on the ongoing negotiations and will explain the EBC's position and input from the various business sectors represented by the EBC.

    The seminar will be followed by a networking cocktail (incl. finger food buffet) from 19:00 onwards

    Date & Time:Friday, 2 December, 18.00-20:30
    Venue:Conrad Hotel Tokyo, Nagisa Room (Annex 2F) MAP
    Cost: 9,000 yen (members), 10,000 yen (others) - collected at the door
    Registration:by Monday, 28 November

    As this will be the last opportunity to hear Mr. Kullberg in his role as EBC Chairman, from which he will retire at the end of this year, please come along to hear his views on the FTA/EPA and say farewell at the networking cocktail.

    If you would like to attend, please click link at right.

    Friday, 9 December
    The 19th 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, 9 December.

    This year we have decided to move back to the venue used for the party in 2005-2009, The Westin Tokyo Hotel. We believe that moving back to Westin will improve the party experience for several reasons. The ballroom is much bigger than the one at last year's venue, which means that we could increase number of participants to 420 and all activities, incl. dancing, can be held in the same room.

    To sign-up as participants and/or sponsor go to the web site for the party. About 45% of the available seats have been reserved. To secure your seat(s), register early!
    We are aslo recruiting more 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. As an added bonus for Gold and Silver sponsors who reserve full tables we will put your logo sign on your table (instead of table number).

    News from Finland

    Katainen says Finland ready for EU treaty change

    Jyrki Katainen (cons), the Finnish prime minister, said Sunday Finland was ready for EU treaty change in order to introduce tougher rules on member states' public finances.

    Speaking to the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE), Katainen said Finland had no particular reason to oppose treaty change provided the outcome was an increase in fiscal discipline.

    Katainen repeated that his government opposed the creation of so-called eurobonds, adding that the root cause of the eurozone sovereign debt crisis was that certain countries had enjoyed access to overly cheap credit too long.

    Grin of the Week

    Smart Senator

    A senior Senator called his travel agent and had a question about the documents he needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, the agent reminded him that he needed a visa. "Oh, no I don't. I've been to China many times and never had to have one of those."

    The agent double checked and sure enough, his stay required a visa. When I told him this he said, "Look, I've been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express."
    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.