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  ISSUE 8/2009 23 March, 2009  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We are right now in a busy period with many events and the FCIJ Business Confidence Survey (run by us) starting on Monday, 13 April.

But after Joint Nordic Business Luncheon with the new EBC Chairman Tommy Kullberg on Friday, 17 April (read more below) we will give you a "breather" - our next event after that is on Thursday, 28 May with Hitotaka Sakurada, General Manager, F-Secure KK.

  Report from FCCJ Club Evening on Tuesday 17 March
Enjoying good food and networking at the Moomin Bakery & Café


The first networking event in 2009 was a club evening held on Tuesday 17 March at the Moomin Bakery & Café in Tokyo Dome City La Qua, Korakuen. This was the fourth time to have the club evening at this venue, the previous time was in August last this year.

37 members and guests, out of them almost two-thirds newcomers, joined and got a taste of Finnish style delicious food, including fresh Finnish bread from their own bakery, drinks, including Finnish beer and mingle with old and new friends in a informal atmosphere with Moomins as interested spectators.

For more images from the club evening, click link at right!
Tuesday, 7 April
FCCJ Annual General Assembly & Dinner with the Board of Trustees
The 10th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held at the

Embassy of Finland on Tuesday, 7 April, 2008 at 17.00

The General Assembly will handle matters according to Article 9 in the Articles of Association of FCCJ.

Dinner with the Board of Trustees at 18:00
After the Assembly (at 18:00), we will have an update from H.E. Mr. Jorma Julin, Ambassador of Finland to Japan, followed by a Dinner hosted by Ambassador Julin. We have invited our Board of Trustees members and you will have opportunities to discuss with them during the dinner.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right!
To check who has registered, click HERE!

Friday, 10 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge 2009

This is the last reminder of 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.

We have at this moment 22 signed of for the FCCJ team and 16 for SCCJ, but there's space for a few more!

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 

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.

Friday, 17 April - Joint Nordic Business Luncheon organized by the SCCJ
Tommy Kullberg: "The art of adding a zero to your business....!"
SCCJ organizes a Joint Nordic Business Luncheon with Mr. Tommy Kullberg, Chairman, European Business Council (EBC) and member of the SCCJ Board if Trustees

Details:

Date & Time:Friday, 17 April, 12:00-14:00
Place: Happo-en, 1-1-1, Shirogane, Minato-ku, Tokyo
[MAP]
Cost:Members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday, 10 April

Most foreign companies are trading far below their international market shares in Japan - still the second largest market in the world for most business segments. Over the years many companies have made costly mistakes and even completely withdrawn from the market.
What are the common mistakes we insistently keep on doing? What are the main regulatory issues we are facing and what can we do to remove them?

If you would like to attend, please click link at right!
Note that if you are not a FCCJ member, contact the SCCJ.
Monday, 13 April
Japanese Government Procurement Seminar for Fiscal Year 2009
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs organizes a Seminar on Goverment Procurement for Fiscal Year 2009 as follows.

Date & Time:Monday, 13 April, 10:00-15:00
Place: Mita Kaigisho, 2-1-8 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:free
Language:Japanese with simultaneous translation to English
Registration:by Monday, 6 April

For more information on the program and registration details, click link at right.
Open Position at Vaisala
Experienced Marketing Manager to Tokyo office

Your role is to design and execute advanced local marketing strategies and campaigns to attract new customers, strengthen relationships with existing customers as well as raise value perception and brand awareness.

You will report to Corporate Marketing Director and as a member of the Tokyo management group to the President of Vaisala KK with a dotted reporting line.

You have a proven track record in leading B-to-B marketing in an international business environment. You have excellent influencing and communication skills and you have evidence of successful performance in a matrix organization. You are fluent in written and spoken Japanese and English.

We offer fascinating challenges in an international company and growing business. At Vaisala you will have the opportunity to work with curious, motivated and professional people within an organization that strongly supports personal growth and development.

Applications by email by 3 April. For further information about the position and Vaisala click link below!
News from Finland

Finnair to add flights to Tokyo for the summer season

Finnair will add three weekly flights on Helsinki - Tokyo service during the peak summer season from June to September.

Currently Finnair flies scheduled flights to Tokyo four times weekly with Airbus A340 aircraft and with the additional scheduled charter flights Tokyo will be served daily during the high season.

The new capacity will accommodate the demand from Japanese group travel which is at its highest level to Finland and Scandinavia during the four months.

The flights will be flown on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Helsinki and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Tokyo Narita airport from 13 June to 30 September 2009..


Grin of the week

Last request

Mary Clancy goes up to Father O'Grady after his Sunday morning service, and she's in tears.

He says, "So what's bothering you, dear?"
She says, "Oh, Father, I've got terrible news. My husband passed away last night."

The priest says, "Oh, Mary, that's terrible. Tell me, Mary, did he have any last requests?"
She says, "That he did, Father..."

The priest says, "What did he ask, Mary?"
She says, "He said, 'Please, Mary, put down the Goddamn gun...'"
Have a good week & best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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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.