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  ISSUE 16/2014 25 July 2014  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

It's been a while... we had our summer vacation and have been back in business a couple of weeks, and have been working hard with the help of our board and President Marko-san to plan for our events for the rest of this year.

Most events are now in place, apart from the two events described below (the Yakatabune Cruise and the 12th Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup) we have also fixed an evening event on Thursday, 18 September at Nokia in Roppongi Hills (JP Takala talking about the "New Nokia") and a luncheon meeting on Friday, 17 October (with Shinichi Koizumi, former Executive Vice President of Toray Industries Inc.). I will provide more information on these in my coming bulletins, but mark the dates in your calendar already now. We also have 3-4 other events in the pipelines, details of these also in subsequent bulletins, but be prepared for our most active autumn season ever.

Note that the Yakatabune Cruise is almost fully booked. So if you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, do so at your earliest convenience. Otherwise you will be left stranded, literally!

Our columnist Timo Varhama is also back from his summer vacation and has taken time to write a new issue of "Aoyama View". This time titled: From World Cup Fun Back To Grim Reality. .

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Friday, 29 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Event
Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Cruise

Based on the success of last four year's cruises we have again decided to start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Friday, 29 August.

We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style.

Date & Time:Friday, 29 August , 18.30-21:00
Embarkation: Funayado Miuraya, 1-1-10, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku , Tokyo
Cost:9,000 yen for members, non-members 11,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 25 August

The event will soon be sold out, so please sign up now to secure your seats!
For more information and registration form for the event, click link at right.

Friday, 10 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2014 - Registration Open!

We are pleased to announce that the 12th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2014, will be played on Friday, 10 October, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force is working hard to make this event as successful as previous years' events. New this year is that although we play at the same club, we will now use half of the East Course (first 9 holes-same as before) and then half of the West Course (second 9 holes) as the East Course last nine 9 holes are under construction.

Also this year we will have an After-Party, free for all players with their significant other at the Mercedes me in Tokyo Midtown on Thursday, 16 October at 19:00.

Registration
The participation fees are a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,700 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, for a total of 24,700 yen. Note that bus transportation is free for the 40 first to sign-up for it.

Sponsoring the event
If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Your contribution could be either money or goods/services. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services).

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Nokia profits up in Q2 results

Nokia has reported increased profits in the second quarter of 2014. The firm made 284 million euros of profit between April and June, compared to just 12 million euros for the same period one year ago. The sake of the company's phone business to Microsoft helped improve the results.

Nokia's future as a company focused on providing network solutions, rather than mobile phones, looks to be bright. The company made big profits in the second quarter of 2014 after selling its mobile devices unit - the cornerstone of Nokia's rise in the 1990s - to Microsoft.

In the second quarter Nokia's turnover decreased by seven percent, in large part because the firm stopped selling mobiles. The Networks business had a turnover of 2.5 billion euros, while the HERE maps service brought in 200 million euros.

At the same time the company was no longer responsible for the expenses attached to the mobile devices unit, and so profits jumped from 12 million euros in the second quarter of 2013 to 284 million euros.

The firm's cash pile was also much bigger, with 6.5 billion euros in the bank. 5.44 billion euros of that came from Microsoft as payment for the phone-making unit.

Grin of the Week

You have been in Japan too long if...

This is a kind of reality check for us non-Japanese who have stayed in this country for a long time - should we plan to stay forever or is it time to pack up...
  • You think that 4,000 yen is a reasonable prize for a nice melon.
  • You make a bow after getting the money from the ATM.
  • You consider any city apart from Tokyo as "countryside".
  • You want to travel, but have no time because of your work and are reluctant because foreign countries are so dangerous.
  • You say 'sumimasen' whenever you want to apologize for things that might happen or maybe not.
  • You buy gifts for co-workers whenever you leave town, even if it's just for a few hours.
  • You answer "hai!" even when speaking English to non-Japanese friends.
  • You can convert katakana back to English without having to first sound it out ten times slowly.
  • You go back to your home country and are surprised to see so many "gaijin".
Have a nice weekend and
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
send it to: fccj@gol.com

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 64 corporate members, 12 individual and one special member.