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  ISSUE 3/2013 25 January 2013  
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We started of the 2013 with a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening on Wednesday, 23 January at the Aquavit Tokyo in Kita-Aoyama. Despite some conflicting events in the Finnish community in Tokyo we had a good attendance and a mix of Japanese and Finnish members and some visitors for Finland provided for great networking and a lot of discussions. The free flowing discussions perhaps partly assisted by the 2 hour "nomihoudai" 'unlimited free drinks)...
For more about the event, read below.

Our February event will be a tour to the Japanese Parliament and lunch with Mr. Marutei Tsurunen, Member of the House of Councillors, on Friday, 22 February. Details below

Also this week we also have a new contribution from our productive Japan veteran in Finnish business in his column Aoyama View, this time titled "Another View on New Year".
Click banner at right for an interesting read!

Report from the FCCJ Club Evening on Wednesday, 23 January

The first event in the new year was a "Shinnenkai" club evening at a new venue, the Aquavit Tokyo in Kita-Aoyama, a stylish venue on Aoyama dori.

This time the theme was Angry Birds and Antti Sonninen from the creator of the Angry Birds, Rovio Entertainment told about their plans for Japan, where they already have a number of licensing agreements in place.

The 32 members and guests attending enjoyed a relaxed networking evening Nordic style food and drinks. The two hour free drinks was appreciated and gave a good value for the participants fee

For more images from the event, please click link at right!

Friday, 22 February - FCCJ Special Event
Tour of the Diet and Lunch with Marutei Tsurunen

In February we have a rather exclusive event, a visit and tour of the Japanese Parliament (Diet), including a lunch with Mr. Marutei Tsurunen, Member of the House of Counsillors

We will first have a lunch at the Councillors office building where Mr. Tsurunen will brief us on the parliament and current issues. After the lunch we will have the tour of the Diet which takes about 60 minutes.

Note that we will meet up at 11:45 in the lobby of the Diet members' building (Giin-kaikan), see map.

Date & Time: Friday, 22 February, 11:45-14:00
Place: The Diet, Members' office building (Sangiin Giin-kaikan)
2-1-1, Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku [MAP]
Cost:Members: 3,000 yen, non-members: 4,000 yen
Registration:by Monday 18 February

Please note that we will collect the fee at the venue 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. Note that we can take 32 persons, so sign up soon!

News from Finland

Nokia reports 440 million euro profits

Nokia's latest quarterly report shows an upturn in the mobile company's fortunes. A year ago the phone manufacturer posted losses of nearly one billion euros. However despite the upturn, Nokia has suspended its annual dividend payment.

The mobile company was racking up profits again in the last fiscal quarter. In its latest quarterly report for 2012, Nokia posted profits of 439 million euros for the October-December period. Just one year ago the company reported losses of 954 million euros for the same period. However company turnover dipped from 10 to eight billion euros in Q4 of 2012 compared to twelve months earlier.

"We are very encouraged that our team's execution against our business strategy has started to translate into financial results. Most notably we are pleased that Nokia Group reached underlying operating profitability in the fourth quarter and for the full year 2012," said Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.

This time Nokia is not paying dividends from last year's profits. Shareholders have received dividends every year for the past 20 years - until now. The handset maker has been making operating losses for the past one and a half years.

The mobile giant's net income in the last quarter was boosted by profits from Nokia Siemens Networks. The company's net cash position was strengthened by nearly 800 million euros, of which 650 million euros was generated by the Finnish-German telecom equipment company. In contrast, previous quarterly results have reported dwindling assets.

Grin of the Week

How men are and how they exercise...

Men are like fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it's a woman's job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you'd want to have dinner with.

How do men exercise at the beach?
By sucking in their stomachs every time they see a bikini.
Have a great weekend and
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.