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  ISSUE 3/2014 23 January 2014   
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This is the last reminder for the "Working Luncheon" on Monday, 27 January with Mr. Ilpo Kokkila, Chairman of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK). Registration dead-line is today so if you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, do so now. Details below!

Our seasoned columnist has again this week a new contribution, this time titled "Three Wise Men VS. One PM, Two Ex and a Colorful Crowd - Business Doing Well, Politicians Think They Know Better ".
Click banner at right for another great round-up of issues inside and around Japan, as well as matters related to Japan-Finland business!

Monday, 27 January - FCCJ Working Luncheon
Mr. Ilpo Kokkila, Chairman of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK)

Our next meeting will be a working luncheon held on Monday, 27 January when we have Mr. Ilpo Kokkila, the Chairman of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) as our guest speaker. Mr. Kokkila is in Japan invited by the Japanese Gorvenment.

Date & Time:Monday, 27 January, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Mayfair Room, South Wing 12F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 23 January

About Ilpo Kokkila
Ilpo Kokkila was born in 1947 in Saarijärvi.
He graduated as Master of Science in Technology from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1974. He is the main owner and founder of SRV Group Plc., currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is also the Chairman on Pontos Oy.

Mr. Kokkila began serving as the Chairman of the Board of the Confederation of Finnish Industries at the beginning of 2013. He is also a board member of Kesko Oy and served as the Chairman of the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013.

About the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK)
Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) is the leading business organization in Finland. Our main task is to create an internationally attractive and competitive business environment for companies operating in Finland.

We represent and defend the interests of the Finnish business community – both on the national level, as well as in the EU. We are engaged in dialogue and cooperation in all subjects relevant to our members such as corporate legislation, taxation, trade policy, innovation environment, SME entrepreneurship and climate politics. Furthermore, we are centrally involved in labour markets together with our member associations.

We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Friday, 24 January and "no-shows".

Tursday, 27 Febuary - Seminar and Reception
EU-Japan, New Strategic Partnership for Future

The EU Studies Institute in Tokyo, HEC Paris and Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank are pleased to invite you to an International Economic Symposium on the theme of "EU-Japan, New Strategic Partnership for Future."

Date:   Thursday 27 February 2014
18:30 - 20:15 Symposium (followed by reception until 21:30)

Place:  Josui Hall, 1-1, 2-chome, Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3261-1101

Please confirm your participation by 21 February 2014 directly with the organiser by: fax (042-580-9109) or by e-mail:

For more information and registration, please click links below (English and Japanese versions)

Friday, 14 Febuary
Osaka Special Zone Promotion Seminar in Tokyo

Presentations on Osaka's excellent investment environment ! (free of charge, only in Japanese)

In the keynote lectures, executives from two companies, Japan's first full-scale LLC operating in Osaka and a Tokyo-based environmental management company newly coming to Osaka Special Zone, will give the concrete investment attractiveness they do feel from the private company view.

In the next introduction lectures, you will be provided with information on the Special Zones such as Osaka's hottest "Grand Front Osaka" and the bay area, where the local tax reduction down to zero can be applied We are looking forward to seeing business people with the interest in Osaka.

Date: Friday, 14 February 2014
Time: 13:30 - 16:00 (registration 13:00- )
Place: Conference Square M+ 10F (2 min from the JR Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Gate)
Organizer: Osaka Prefectural Government, Osaka City Government

For more information (in Japanese) and registration, click the link at right!

News from Finland

Rauma finalises STX shipyard purchase deal

The southwestern city of Rauma has finally inked a deal to purchase the Rauma shipyard, which is currently owned by the floundering Korean-owned shipbuilding company STX. The dockyard will be redeveloped to host a local business park.

The long-drawn-out talks between the two sides have finally culminated in a deal that will see the city purchase the waterfront property for around 18 million euros.

STX Finland will remain a tenant on part of the property until the end of June to complete two ongoing shipbuilding orders.

The purchase agreement was signed Wednesday morning, with the Rauma city board giving its blessing to the deal shortly afterwards. The matter is still to be discussed by the local city council.

Last September STX Finland announced plans to shutter the dockyard, leaving 600 workers jobless. The city of Rauma intends to establish a business park on the dockyard property, creating hundreds of new jobs in the process.

The park is expected to host companies operating in the marine sector. Ship engines manufacturer Rolls Royce has indicated it intends to expand its Rauma operations to the dockyard site. Rolls Royce alone could create as many as 100 new jobs by the end of the decade.

Grin of the Week

Wife or Mistress?

A doctor, a lawyer and a manager were discussing the relative merits of having a wife or a mistress. The lawyer says: "For sure a mistress is better. If you have a wife and want a divorce, it causes all sorts of legal problems."

The doctor says: "It's better to have a wife because the sense of security lowers your stress and is good for your health."

The manager says: "You're both wrong. It's best to have both so that when the wife thinks you're with the mistress and the mistress thinks you're with your wife -- you can go to the office and do some work.
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.