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  ISSUE 5/2012 23 February 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We are up and running in the new office, although it took some time to set-up connection to internet, actually we got online 20 minutes ago. So my apologies to any emails left unanswered during this time If you sent me mail and got a "mailbox full" error message, please resend the mail. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Just in case repeat our new contact information, also because I had a small error in the post code (second from last digit should be 6, not 5):
Forest View Meguro 101
5-11-17, Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0064
Tel. 03-5725-9596   Fax. 03-5725-9597

Also note that the registration dead-line for our luncheon meeting on Tuesday is tomorrow Friday! More about the meeting below.

Tuesday, 28 February
FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Martin Schulz, Fujitsu Research Institute

Our next regular luncheon meeting will be held on Tuesday, 28 February when Mr. Martin Schulz, Senior Economist, Fujitsu Research Institute is our guest speaker.

Mr. Schulz will give us an insight in the eurozone challenges and his views on the economic outlook for Japan. He is a renowned expert in these areas and a popular speaker and frequently quoted in international media.


Date & Time:Tuesday, 28 February, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
Cost: 6,000 yen (members), 8,000 yen (others) - collected at the door
Registration:by Friday, 24 February
About Martin Schulz
Martin Schulz is Senior Economist at the Fujitsu Research Institute (FRI), a private think tank and consultancy that focuses on economic policy and corporate strategy in Japan. He is in charge of research and consultation on macroeconomics, finance, and corporate overseas strategies. Additionally, Martin is a consultant to government institutions like Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). His work is widely quoted in international media - with regular interviews at Bloomberg, CNBC, the BBC, etc.

Previously, Martin was a visiting researcher at the Bank of Japan and University of Tokyo, Assistant Professor of Economic Policy and Monetary Integration at Free University Berlin in Germany, and guest professor at a number of universities in Europe and Japan.

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. If you want to check if you, and who else, have already signed up, click here.

Wednesday, 7 March
The Katerva Conference on Innovation in Sustainability 2012

Katerva means "the wisdom of crowds" in ancient Greek, and Katerva's mission is to mobilize the world toward sustainability using the power of the "crowd" for positive change. Working collaboratively through a global network of experts and thought leaders leveraging virtual platforms, we can and will change the face of how business is carried out and redefine our future.
  • Hear from Katerva Award winning companies whose ideas have been recognized as the most Innovative on the Planet for 2011 - the Katerva Awards: Identify and accelerate the most promising sustainability ideas on the planet.
  • Learn from studies in global trends in Sustainability from leading organizations including the Harrison Group, FutureFoundation and Deloitte-Touche, (which will present it groundbreaking paper just debuted at Davos a few weeks ago).
  • Network with thought leaders from corporate, government, diplomatic, venture and entrepreneur communities from Japan, the US, UK, Europe, India and Africa.
Date:&Time: Wednesday, 7 March, 09:00 - 16:00 (doors open at 08:30)
Venue:           United Nations University, Global Headquarters, Tokyo
Admission:   6,500 yen (includes catered networking lunch)

For more information and link to registration form, click link at right

Get engaged in the top-of-the class Finnish school education in Tokyo!

The Finnish School in Tokyo invites you and your company to get engaged in and support the school’s important work as a promoter of Finnish language and culture in Japan. It can be easily done via a sponsorship program of the school available both for enterprises as well as for private persons.

The Finnish School in Tokyo is a school for children between 3 to 18 years of age whose parent or parents are Finnish or who are otherwise interested in Finland and Finnish language, tells Eija Pajarinen, Chairman and one of the four Finnish teachers of the school. For the semester 2011-2012 there are 28 children attending the classes that are currently held once or twice a month.

Joining the sponsorship program means that the company or individual supports the school financially, in a form of an annual fee, the sponsor has a possibility to attend the various school activities. Naturally, the names of the sponsors will be highlighted in the school's homepage, information letters and other communications.

The annual fee is set for 2.000 yen for an individual sponsor and minimum of 20.000 yen for an enterprise sponsor. For more information and inquiries, click links at right

News from Finland

Europeans' trust in Nokia weakens

Consumer confidence in Nokia phones has weakened both in Finland and the rest of Europe. The Finnish phone maker is, however, the most trusted mobile brand in Europe, according to a Readerfs Digest survey.

Nokia was the most trustworthy brand in every country except France, where Samsung was consumersf go-to mobile phone.

Of the fifteen countries surveyed, only Croatia and Romania showed increased trust in Nokia in the last year. Trust weakened in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria, Portugal, Poland, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Sweden and France.

Trust in Nokia remained steady in Russia. The Korean handset manufacturer Samsung was considered the most reliable mobile brand among eight percent of respondents, while Apple was most trusted by three percent of those surveyed.

Some 30,000 people were interviewed for the survey

Grin of the Week

Chair Man of the Board

To surprise her husband, an executive's wife stopped by his office. When she opened the door, she found him with his secretary sitting in his lap.

Without hesitating, he continued dictating, "...and in conclusion, gentlemen, budget cuts or no budget cuts, I cannot continue to operate this office with just one chair."
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.