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  ISSUE 30/2011 25 November 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Ahead of the weekend, a quick reminder of our remaining two events this year.

The dead-line to sign-up for our Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday is today! Read more below and sign-up if you are able to attend!

There's one week to go to the registration dead-line for the Scandinavian Christmas Party held on Friday, 8 December. In case you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, do it soon!

Below also a reminder of the EU-Japan FTA/EPA Seminar with outgoing EBC Chairman Tommy Kullberg.

Tuesday, 29 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
JP Takala, Head of Japan R&D, Nokia Siemens Networks Japan

Our next regular luncheon meeting will be held on Tuesday, 29 November when Mr. JP Takala, Head of Japan R&D, Nokia Siemens Networks Japan Corp. will speak about NSN current business in Japan and their strategies and challenges going forward.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 29 November, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F)
Cost: 6,000 yen (members), 8,000 yen (others)
- collected at the door
Registration:by Friday, 25 November

About Nokia Siemens Networks
Every day a quarter of the world's population connect using Nokia Siemens Networks infrastructure and solutions. This is a significant part of the resource that, by 2015, will connect five billion people and many more devices and applications.

  • Top 3 player in key carrier markets: #2 wireless, #3 wireline, #2 services
  • 600+ Communications Service Provider (CSP) customers in 150 countries including 80 of the top 100 CSPs globally
  • Number 1 in mobile broadband with over 450 radio customers and the most commercial LTE references of any vendor
  • Number 1 in customer experience management with over 1.8b subscriber data management end users
  • A leader in services with 36K+ professionals in more than 150 countries worldwide
  • Best smart device experience - up to 50% less signaling traffic and 80% longer battery life

  • If you would like to attend, please click link at right. See here who has alredy registered.

    Friday, 9 December
    The 19th 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, 9 December at the The Westin Tokyo Hotel.

    To sign-up as participants and/or sponsor go to the web site for the party. About 60% of the available seats have been reserved. To secure your seat(s), register early!

    We are still recruiting more sponsors for the party. 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.

    As an added bonus for Gold and Silver sponsors who reserve full tables we will put your logo sign on your table (instead of table number).

    Friday, 2 December - EU-Japan FTA/EPA Seminar organized by the BLCCJ
    -- Unlocking the Trade Potential -- Tommy Kullberg, Chairman, EBC

    Earlier this year, The European Union and Japan finally agreed to start talks on a free-trade agreement (FTA) that will potentially inject much-needed fresh impetus into the economies of both Japan and the EU. With bilateral trade already at 110 billion euros a year, tackling all obstacles to free trade would release a big potential for business on both sides.

    The EBC has been lobbying intensively for an FTA over the last few years. Outgoing EBC Chairman Mr. Tommy Kullberg, supported by a panel of EBC experts, will give you the latest status on the ongoing negotiations and will explain the EBC's position and input from the various business sectors represented by the EBC.

    The seminar will be followed by a networking cocktail (incl. finger food buffet) from 19:00 onwards

    Date & Time:Friday, 2 December, 18.00-20:30
    Venue:Conrad Hotel Tokyo, Nagisa Room (Annex 2F) MAP
    Cost: 9,000 yen (members), 10,000 yen (others) - collected at the door
    Registration:by Monday, 28 November

    As this will be the last opportunity to hear Mr. Kullberg in his role as EBC Chairman, from which he will retire at the end of this year, please come along to hear his views on the FTA/EPA and say farewell at the networking cocktail.

    If you would like to attend, please click link at right.

    News from Finland

    Nokia reports "excellent start" of Windows handset sales in UK

    Nokia said in a statement Wednesday that sales of the Lumia 800, the company's first Windows-based handset, were off to an "excellent start" in the UK.

    "Based on earliest data the sales start of the Lumia 800 is the best ever first week of Nokia smartphone sales in the UK in recent history," Nokia added.

    By contrast, analysts have reported lacklustre sales.

    Nokia began shipping Windows handsets in western Europe earlier this month.

    Grin of the Week

    Scared with a university education

    As a sergeant in a parachute regiment I took part in serveral night time excersises. Once, I was seated next to a Lieutenant fresh from Jump School. He was quiet sad looked a bit pale so I struck up a conversation.

    "Scared, Lieutenant?", I asked.
    He replied, "No, just a bit apperhensive."

    I asked, "What's the diffrence??"
    He replied, "That means I'm scared with a university education."
    Have a great weekend &
    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, 16 individual and one special member.