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  ISSUE 28/2016 24 November 2016 

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

Time runs and it is just one month to Christmas Eve, and less than two weeks to the Scandinavian Christmas Ball, which is held on Wednesday, 7 December at The Westin Tokyo Hotel in Ebisu.
We currently have about 240 signed up for the event but we would like to have about 30 more. The official registration dead-line is tomorrow Friday, but we can accept registrations still until Wednesday next week. Click banner above for more.

Our first event in 2017 is the traditional "Shinnenkai" (New Year) Club Evening at the Scandinavian Center on Wednesday, 25 January, see more details below.

Many things happen in the world of politics and economics so our columnist has also this week made a new contribution in "Aoyama View", titled "TPP is dead – or is it? What comes next?".

Click banner at right to get views on if we are in for a "New World Order"!

Wednesday, 25 January - FCCJ Networking Event

Our first event in 2017 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 20 January. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by food and drinks!

We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

Date & Time:Wednesday, 25 January, 18:30-21:00
Place: Scandinavian Center
2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Including buffet and free flowing drinks
Registration:by Monday, 23 January

To register, click link at right. 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.
Saturday, 28 - Sunday, 29 January
2nd Inter-Chamber Ski-Race in Hakuba

The Austrian Business Council organizes, in coopertion with the German and the Swiss Chambers a cross-chamber ski race + family fun event in Happo-One, Hakuba, Nagano Pref. on Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 January.

Enjoy the friendly competition of an international ski race and after party. Children of all ages are welcome!

For more information and instuctions on how to register, click link at right.
Business News from Finland

There's gold in them fells
Finland, the European Union's leading producer of gold, is attracting mining companies from around the world. They are now prospecting for the precious metal in southern Finland as well as Lapland.

Finland is gradually emerging as a significant producer of gold. Europe's largest gold mine is located at Kittilä in the fells of Finnish Lapland, and now a potential new mine in Häme is stirring interest among mineral companies.

A quantity of the coveted soft metal has recently been confirmed at the Satulinmäki claim in Tammela, near Somero in the south-west. The Geological Survey of Finland initially detected it, and now Australian mining company Avalon Minerals and Canada's Nortec Minerals have carried out drilling tests this autumn and are comparing the data with that from the state agency.

"Because we've matched those results, we're encouraged," Avalon CEO Malcolm Norris told Yle. "There is some gold there. We've seen the gold, because it's visible in some places. We're encouraged, but it is still early days."

Avalon isn't the only foreign firm interested in Finland's gold: other companies from Sweden, Canada and Australia are also hot on the trail.

Pekka Suomela, president of the mining industry association, says that Finland is the EU's largest gold producer, with an output of 8,000 kilos last year. Some 5,500 kilos of that comes from the EU's largest goldmine in Kittilä, Finnish Lapland.
Grin of the Week

One way of getting a promotion...

The village blacksmith finally found an apprentice willing to work hard at low pay for long hours. The blacksmith immediately began his instructions to the lad, "When I take the shoe out of the fire, I'll lay it on the anvil; and when I nod my head, you hit it with this hammer."

The apprentice did just as he told. Now he's the village blacksmith.

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 700 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.