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  ISSUE 15/2012 24 May 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Starts feeling like summer, at least measured by Finnish standards. But a pity for those who tried to enjoy the opening of Tokyo Skytree on Tuesday in rain and cold weather and elevator problems. Last night we could however enjoy a nice view of the tower from the 47 floor of a building in Tsukiji at the Nordic Networking Event. Read the report below.

Apart from the Joint Chambers Summer Cocktail on 15 June (see below) we will organize one event before the summer break - the FCCJ Design Event at Aoyama 1-chome on 5 July. Mark this in your calendar already now, I will have details in my next bulletin

This week we have a new contribution from Japan veteran in Finnish business his column Aoyama View, this time titled "The new Skytree: Hope it can keep its lights on! ".
Click banner at right for a concise and entertaining read on everything from Skytree, Facebook, Helsinki, SISU, energy and politics.

Report from the Joint Nordic Chambers Networking Event

"See the Tokyo Skytree from a Bird's View"
The day after the official opening to the Tokyo Skytree, members of the Nordic chambers gathered for a networking event at Sky Restaurant Luke located at the 47 floor of the St. Luke's Tower in Tsukiji.
The restaurant has an unobstructed view of the Skytree.

The event was attended by about 140 members of the SCCJ, FCCJ and DCCJ, who, apart from the great views, enjoyed delicious food and plentiful of drinks, and of course networking with old and new friends.

For more about the event, organized by the Swedish Chamber, click links at right.

Friday 15 June
Annual Joint Chamber Summer Cocktail

The sun is shining and the temperature is rising! Just in time for most popular joint Chamber functions of the year.

Organized by the Canadian Chamber and annually attracting roughly 300 guests, the Joint Chamber Summer Cocktail Party held at the Embassy of Canada continues to offer an excellent opportunity to meet new contacts, develop business leads, and catch up with friends and business acquaintances before the summer holiday season.

Date & Time:Friday, 15 June, 18:30 - 20:30
Venue: Embassy of Canada, 4F. MAP
Cost:Members 8,000 yen, non-members 9,000 yen
- invoiced before the event
Registration:by Friday, 8 June

Note that FCCJ has a quota of 10 so sign up soon if you plan to attend.

Midsummer Party at Finland Village

The Midsummer Party at Finland Village in Koumi-machi, Nagano prefecture is held on Saturday, 2 June, starting at 17:00.

If you would like to experience a truly unique Finnish style event in a different setting, please join. For a report from last year's event, click here.

The Village is about 3 hours drive from Tokyo, or a bit over 2 hours by train (Nagano Shinkansen to Sakudaira and then Koumi line). You could stay at the village at 5,000 yen/night/person (children under 12 2,500 yen). We are planning to have a work party at the village Friday afteroon and Saturday before the party starts.

If you are interested and would like to know more, click link at right.

News from Finland

Over 200 Finnair employees moving to Flybe

Finnair is turning over a third of its European flights to its British partner. While flights will continue to be sold under Finnair's name, they will be operated by Flybe.

Last year Finnair and Flybe formed Flybe Nordic AB, of which Flybe owns 60% and Finnair 40%. The companies have now made arrangements according to which Finnair will transfer twelve 100 seat Embraer aircraft to Flybe. Starting October 2012 Flybe will operate these aircraft on Finnair routes for Finnair. The transfer also includes 100 cabin personnel and 120 pilots.

According to Finnair, a savings agreement completed with the Finnish Airline Pilots' Association, pilots transferring to operate Flybe flights would return to Finnair in stages to be trained as Airbus pilots for Finnair's growing Asian traffic.

The new arrangements are part of Finnair's efforts to improve the profitability of its European network, and intended as a platform for growth for Flybe Nordic. Finnair currently has a programme in place that targets 140 million euro annual savings to restore profitability and improve competitiveness.

Grin of the Week

Rapid Promotion

The boss called one of his employees into the office. "Rob," he said, "you've been with the company for a year. You started off in the post room, one week later you were promoted to a sales position, and one month after that you were promoted to district manager of the sales department. Just four short months later, you were promoted to vice-president. Now it's time for me to retire, and I want you to take over the company. What do you say to that?"

"Thanks," said the employee.
"Thanks?" the boss replied.a "Is that all you can say?"

"I suppose not," the employee said. "Thanks, Dad."
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, 12 individual and one special member.