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  ISSUE 5/2009 23 February, 2009  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Guess times are getting busy for most of you. Also the chamber has a fairly hectic schedule in the coming two months with five events, three of them listed below. In addition; the Annual General assembly on Tuesday 7 April and the joint Nordic luncheon with new EBC Chairman Tommy Kullberg on Friday, 17 April, more about those in my coming issues of the bulletin.

Please note that there's still time to register for the luncheon on Wednesday with Ambassador Julin, please read more below!

Wednesday, 25 February - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
H.E. Mr. Jorma Julin, Ambassador of Finland to Japan

Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Wednesday, 25 February, where we will have H.E. Mr. Jorma Julin, Ambassador of Finland to Japan as our speaker. Ambassador Julin will talk about the economic integration in Asia and how the current economic downturn might affect it.

During the last few years free trade and economic partnership agreements (FTAs, EPAs) have rapidly made headway in Asia. A great number of agreements are under negotiation. As the result of this development Japan and its competitors are gaining better market access and investment environment. For third countries this can mean new opportunities in Asia but also tougher competition.

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Wednesday, 25 February, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday, 23 February

Profile of Ambassador Julin
Mr Julin entered the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1971 and has held posts in the Finnish missions in Bonn and Teheran and the Permanent Delegation of Finland to the OECD in Paris. He has been the Finnish Ambassador to Seoul and from 2000 until 2005, Head of the Permanent Delegation to the OECD in Paris. At the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, he has served, among others, as Director and, from 1996 to 2000, as Director General of the Department for External Economic Relations.

He took up his position in Tokyo 1 September 2005.

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link below, TODAY!.
To check who has already registered, click HERE!
Tuesday, 17 March
FCCJ Club Evening at Moomin Bakery & Café

It is again time for a Club Evening at the Moomin Bakery & Café in Tokyo Dome City La Qua, Korakuen. It will be held on Tuesday, 17 March.

Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by Finnish style food and drinks!
See details below.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 17 March, 19:00-21:00
Place: Moomin Bakery & Cafe
Tokyo Dome City, LaQua 1F, 1-1-1, Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-Members: 4,500 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and light buffet
Registration:by Friday, 13 March

More about Moomin Bakery & Café: http://www.benelic.com/moomin_bc/main.html

We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse! Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right!
Friday, 10 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge 2009

The 15th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 10 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K. Members of the SCCJ members will also play for their Spring Golf Cup and FCCJ members for their Golf Cup.

Details:
Date & Time:Friday, 10 April 2009 (start from no. 1 and 10, first tee-off at 9:46)
Venue: Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West
1044-1 Inno, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka 412-0008
Cost:18,700 yen (incl. green fee, caddie, lunch and party after play)
to be settled directly to the club
Registration:by Friday, 27 March, by enclosed form or mailing  mailing me 
Note 1: Remember to give your HCP
Note 2: If you want to go to the course the previous evening, the course has a nice lodge. See flyer for details.
In case you need accommodation, you need to register by 9 March.

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation Seminar:
Global economic activities and EU merger regulations:
Legal and Economic Analyses

On 10 March, the Delegation of the European Commission to Japan and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation will co-organise a seminar entitled "Global economic activities and EU merger regulation: Legal and Economic Analyses" and will invite experts from Europe and Japan to discuss issues of interest to Japanese business.

The seminar will examine how the EU merger review is conducted, how the "relevant market" is determined and what measures are likely to be taken in the event a transaction raises serious doubts as to its compatibilit with EC competition law, with regard to those transactions on a global scale. It will attempt to clarify, in particular, so-called "extraterritorial application" the notion and treatment of a corporate group, and the timeframe within which the merger review process is conducted. The seminar topic will also include such questions as standard of proof, one-stop shop control and issues of the EC filing in reality

Details:

Date & Time:Tuesday, 10 March, 14:30-18:00 + networking cocktail 18:00-19:00
Venue: Westin Tokyo, (Ebisu Garden Place, 1-4-1, Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo)
Organisers: The Delegation of the European Commissions to Japan
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Participation:Free (Registration required)
Language:English / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)

Registration: Mail to  seminar@eu-japan.gr.jp, or download the registration form from the link below.

Inquiries: EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation (Tel: 03-3221-6161 Ms Higuchi, Ms Miyamoto)

News from Finland

Mannerheim film stalls over funding pullout

The producers of a film about Gustav Mannerheim said Friday that they would be forced to suspend pre-production because a Danish company behind the 10-million-euro project's production company had pulled out, citing the global financial crisis.

Shooting had been scheduled to begin next month.

Markus Selin, a producer, said it would be a disaster if shooting had to be postponed.

The producers added they would attempt to raise further Finnish funding.

Mannerheim, an aristocrat, adventurer and soldier who started his career in the Imperial Russian Army, commanded the Whites in the Finnish civil war and the whole country's armed forces during the second world war before briefly serving as president.

Grin of the week

The Engineer at the Golf Course

A pastor, a doctor and an engineer wait for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumes, "What's with these guys? We've been waiting for 15 minutes!"

The pastor says, "Hey, here comes the groundskeeper. Let's have a word with him."

"Say, George, what's with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?" the doctor asks.

The groundskeeper tells them that the other golfers are a group of blind firefighters who lost their sight saving the clubhouse from a fire and that they come and play for free whenever they want.

The group is silent for a moment.

The pastor says, "That's so sad. I will say a special prayer for them tonight."

The doctor says, "Good idea. I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist buddy and see if there's anything he can do for them."

The engineer says, "Why can't these guys play at night?"

Have a good week & 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 68 corporate members, 15 individual and one special member.