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  ISSUE 27/2012 24 October 2012  
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We haven't had an own luncheon meeting for a while but on Wednesday 14 November we will have a high-profile event with Mr. Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman and Representative Director of JR Central. Read more about the luncheon below.

The registration for the Scandinavian Christmas Party held on Friday, 7 December has now been opened. Sign-up soon to secure your seat(s), we also need more sponsors, so please consider that too! More below!

Between the luncheon and the Christmas Party we have the Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between FCCJ and SCCJ, on Friday 30 November. Mark this in your calendar, more information in my next bulletin.

The Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey is running in its second week, it will close on Friday. In case you represent a Finnish affiliated company in Japan, or your company does significant business with Finland, and have not yet submitted the survey, click here to do it!
Shouldn't take more that 3-4 minutes of your time.

This week we also have a new contribution from Japan veteran in Finnish business his column Aoyama View, this time titled "It's not just some foresaken islands... ". But our columnist does not only cover the issue over the Senkaku islands but also domestic and international politics. Click banner at right for an interesting read!

Report from European Chambers Cocktail Party on Thursday, 18 October

Albout 160 members and guest from 8 European Chambers enjoyed a delightful evening at the Hyatt Regency in Shinjuku on Thursday, 18 October.

The event gave the participants an opportunity to meet new contacts, develop business leads and catch up with friends and business partners. The evening featured drinks, a delicious buffet and networking.

The event was organized by the CCIFJ (French) and co-organized by European Chambers in Japan: DIHKJ (German), BCCJ (British), FCCJ (Finish), ABC (Austrian), BLCCJ (Belgian-Luxembourg), SCCIJ (Swiss) and SCCJ (Swedish). With the kind support of European Business Council in Japan (EBC). 10 members from the FCCJ participated

For more images from the event click links at right!

Wednesday, 14 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman and Representative Director, JR Central

Our next regular luncheon meeting will be held on Wednesday, 14 November when we have a distinguished speaker, Mr. Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman and Representative Director, Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central). Mr. Kasai is also the Honorary Consul of Finland in Nagoya

Date & Time:Wednesday, 14 November , 12.00-14:00
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Drawing Room 2F [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 9 November

About Yoshiyuki Kasai
Yoshiyuki Kasai is the Chairman and Representative Director of Central Japan Railway Company (JRC), which operates the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train system linking Japan's principal metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. JRC is also the developer of the maximum speed 581 km/h Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) System.

Mr. Kasai joined Japan National Railway (JNR) in 1963 and played a major role in JNR's reform. After the break-up and privatization of JNR, he was appointed President of JRC in 1995, and then Chairman in 2004. He succeeded in dramatically improving the Tokaido Shinkansen transport service by opening the new Shinagawa Station and achieving the speed-up of all Shinkansen trains to 270 km/h in 2003. JRC has now launched a project to develop the Chuo Shinkansen as the bypass of Tokaido Shinkansen, by the SCMAGLEV technology.

Among his public services, Mr. Kasai is the Chairman of the "Committee on National Space Policy", and also a member of the "Nuclear Damage Liability Fund" and the "Government Revitalization Unit".

Mr. Kasai published four books including "Japanese National Railways, its Break-up and Privatization (2003)". He earned his B.L. from the University of Tokyo in 1962 and his M.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right to register.
Friday, 7 December - The Social Highlight of the Year for the Nordic Chambers
Registration open for the Scandinavian Christmas Party

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, is this year held on Friday, 7 December at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel.

As this is the 20th anniversary, the party committee is working on an exciting program with great food and drinks. Don't miss out on this opportunity to join one of the best parties in town for a very reasonable cost, taking into account what it includes!

Registration Open!
The registration for the party has now been opened. Please sign up soon to secure your seats! Sign-ups are on a first-come, first serve basis, although sponsors are guaranteed seats (Gold and Silver sponsors can reserve full tables).

Sponsor Recruiting
Currently we are recruiting sponsors and advertisers for the party. To get maximum benefit and exposure for your contribution, sign up soon. Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable as it has been throughout the years, for a reasonable cost of participation.

To sign-up as participant or sponsor, click link at right.

Japan Market Expansion Competition

Is your company looking for business training possibilities for the staff?

Business plan competion, JMEC 19, is now open for participants to apply. Designed to further the development of foreign business in Japan while strengthening the business skills of up-and-coming business executives. JMEC is also a great networking ground for talented persons in Japan. This "mini-MBA" provides a top-class lecture series in autumn 2012 and business plan project in spring 2013 under the guidance of seasoned business executives. Top projects will be rewarded by attractive prizes like computers and airline tickets. Past project providers have been for example Honka, Finnair and UPM.

Dead-line for applications is October 31.

Please contact program director Pierre Couret at 090-4666 5072, or apply directly here!

Nordic Walking Event in Kita-Karuizawa - Sunday 11 November

Having originated in Finland, 'Nordic Walking' is now rapidly gaining popularity in Japan. Kita-Karuizawa (30 minutes from Karuizawa shinkansen station) is organizing Nordic Walking event on Sunday, 11 November starting from 8.30 AM. Participation fee: 1,500 yen.

Criss-crossing the plateau situated above 1000 meters, in a climate similar to Southern Finland, there are 5 km and 10 km courses in the middle of breath-taking views. Finland-inspired "Luomu Forest Cafe" and Savotta's original tent saunas are also available for participants.

More information at
or from Pekka Laitinen (080-5172 5984)

News from Finland

Ryanair jets out of Turku

The budget airline Ryanair will shut down operations in Turku next summer after just one season. The airline has blamed the decision on soaring fees.

Come next summer the Ireland-based low-cost airline Ryanair will terminate flights on all four routes operating out of Turku airport to Barcelona and Malaga in Spain, Brussels and London.

"We are disappointed that we are forced to end operations in Turku after just one season," said Ryanair communications head Stephen McNamara.

"We were prepared to fly up to 100,000 passengers through Turku and that would have created scores of jobs," the company added.

Ryanair announced that it would transfer operations - and jobs - to another more affordable European airport where passengers are not as heavily taxed.

Grin of the Week

Up there forever?

350 passengers including an Irishman were in a four engine jumbo jet heading over the Pacific Ocean. Suddenly there is an announcement; "Ladies and Gentlemen engine #2 has died. We will be 30 minutes late"
"Damn!" Said the Irishman.

10 minutes later, "I'm sorry, engine #3 has died. We'll be 1 hour late".
20 minutes later, "Everyone, engine # 4 has died, sorry, we'll be 2 hours late".

Suddenly the Irishman speaks out; "Bloody hell, If the last engine goes we'll be stuck up here all day!!"

Rather unlikely that all engines die on a modern aircraft, but it has happened, and quite rarely ending in a disaster. Perhaps most famous successful landing on water is the US Airways flight that landed on Hudson River three years ago. Modern jetliners are not built to glide, but they still do it quite well. With no engines, they drop at a ratio of about 15:1, i.e. if it flies at 10,000 m it could glide about 150 km. An Air Transat plane from Toronto to Lisbon lost both engines over the Atlantic but managed to glide 120 km to the Azores and land quite safely.
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.