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  ISSUE 3/2015 26 January 2015  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Our Club Evening/Shinnenkai Party at the newly opened Scandinavian Center/Moomin Kindergarten in Akasaka was a successful one, both entertaining and educating. For a report from the event, see below.

The next event is a joint event with other Nordic Chambers - A Team Building Bowling Competition on Wednesday, 4 February. This as almost fully booked so if you plan to participate and has not yet signed up, do so soonest!
Read more below!

In this issue we also have a new contribution from our columnist in his Aoyama View column, this time with the title: "Terror strikes, plenty work, sad memories wait ".

Click banner at right for an interesting read on a wide variety of subjects, as the title indicates!

Wednesday, 21 January - FCCJ "Shinnenkai" Party
Report from Club Evening at Scandinavian Center/Moomin Kindergarten

On Wednesday, 21 January we had our first event in 2015, a Club Evening & Shinnenkai (New Year) Party at the new Scandinavian Center / Moomin Kindergarten in Akasaka.

FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen wished Happy New Year and gave some welcome remarks after which Barbara Zamora Vaataja of Zava Holdings, the founder of the Scandinavian Center and Moomin Kindergarten, explained about the ideas behind and services of the center, as well as the philosophy behind the Finnish education.

The 29 participants enjoyed delicious food, plenty of drinks and a lot of networking.

For more about the event, click link at right!

Wednesday, 4 February - Joint Nordic Event organized by SCCJ
Team Building Bowling Competition

The Swedish Chamber (SCCJ) has kindly invited the other Nordic Chambers to one of their most popular annual events, the Team Building Bowling Competition held at Tokyo Port Bowl in Shibaura.

Professional Bowlers, beginners are equally most welcome! It is a team competition, each team consists of four player and each player play two games. Make your own team with your colleagues and business partners, spouses are very welcome!

Date & Time:Wednesday, 4 February, 19.00-22:00
Venue: Tokyo Port Bowl in Shibaura
1-13-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku (near JR Tamachi Station) [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen/person (incl. 2 games play fee, party fee afterwards)
Registration:by Wednesday, 28 January

If you cannot make your own team you could also register individually and we will make a team for you.

Note: For award ceremony, your prize contribution will be much appreciated! (4 prizes a team)

The 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius in Japan

The year 2015 will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the most famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (8.12.1865 - 20.9.1957).

The year offers a unique chance to learn about the life of this versatile composer. There will be numerous events during the jubilee year all around the planet.

Some of the main events in Finland include the XI International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, an international conference for Sibelius scholars, and the annual Sibelius festivals.

For general information on the jubilee year, please visit The Sibelius Birthtown Foundation's homepage (in English and Finnish):

This year Japan, too, will have an exceptionally large number of Sibelius concerts, conductor visits, lectures and other Sibelius-related events. The Embassy of Finland in Tokyo updates a page for everyone to be able to stay updated on the offering in Japan on this special year.
Click link at right for the Embassy's page on Sibelius events.
News from Finland

Relocated foreign executives happy with services in Finland

Finland Relocation Services, a private company providing work-related relocation services for a fee, has carried out a survey assessing the satisfaction of 53 highly-educated foreign experts and executives who have relocated to Finland. Although the results are not statistically significant, they do give an indication of how high-level workers representing a privileged segment of society perceive their new host country.

Survey respondents were quick to recognize the traditionally-recognized merits of their new home land: general safety and security, a high level of trust among individuals, clean air and an efficient public transport system.

Finland was also praised by the executive and expert respondents as a country in which it is easy to deal with the public authorities. They said it is easy to get by using English in almost every situation in Finland and customer service representatives are pleasant.

"Finland has clear and simple rules when it comes to administration and the people are friendly and helpful," said one of the survey respondents. Over 70 percent of the survey respondents said dealing with public authorities in Finland was easy or very easy.

"The best thing about Finland is its acceptance of foreigners. I haven't felt like an outsider here," said another.

Grin of the Week

Fair Judge

"Mr. Clark, I have reviewed this case very carefully," the divorce court judge said, "and I've decided to give your wife $775 a week."

"That's very fair, your honor," the husband said. "And every now and then I'll try to send her a few bucks myself."
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.