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  ISSUE 8/2012 26 March 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This is the final reminder for our Annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 3 April at the Embassy of Finland. If you are a FCCJ member and plan to attend and have not yet signed up, please do so soon. Check more about the assembly below.

In this bulletin I also announce an event organized by the American Chamber titled "Revitalizing Tohoku: Reigniting Volunteering Efforts for Reconstruction". As this event is so close to our general assembly, we kindly ask those who are interested in the event to sign up directly with the ACCJ. Details below.

Note that Europe (except Belarus, Iceland and Russia) moved to Daylight Saving Time (DST) on Sunday morning, so time difference e.g. between Japan and Finland is now just 6 hours. In US (except Arizona and Hawaii that do not apply DST) and Canada the change was made already on 11 March.

Tuesday, 3 April - Members Only
FCCJ Annual General Assembly
The 13th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held at the

Embassy of Finland on

Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 at 17.00

Registration dead-line: Thursday, 29 March.

The Assembly will handle matters according to Article 9 in the Articles of Association of the FCCJ.

Dinner at 18:00
After the Assembly (at 18:00), we will have a dinner hosted by Ambassador Jari Gustafsson.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member. If space available, additional representatives from member companies can be accepted, but will charged 7,000 yen per person.
If you would like to attend, please click link at right, no later than Thursday!
To check who has already registered, click HERE!

Thursday, 5 April - ACCJ Revitalizing Tohoku event:
"Reigniting Volunteering Efforts for Reconstruction"

One year has passed since the earthquake and tsunami devastated the Tohoku area. Relief efforts quickly started and peaked during the Golden Week holiday. Since then, volunteerism has fallen steadily while much difficult recovery remains to be done. If you have already volunteered in Tohoku, would you do it again? If you haven't gone up yet, how should you get involved? Is there anything you can do from Tokyo?

Join us to hear about the volunteer experiences from people who have given their time both in Tohoku and from Tokyo, and learn what is still needed as Tohoku moves forward with a long reconstruction phase. Efforts encompass not just physical volunteering but also knowledge sharing for businesses that need assistance.

The panel discussion will be followed by a cocktail networking party, where organizations such as Second Harvest Japan, Peace Boat, NADIA, and representatives from Hands On Tokyo (HOT), HOPE International Development Agency, Habitat for Humanity and Japan Emergency Network, will be available to explain more about how you can participate in their relief/reconstruction activities.

Date & Time:Thursday, 5 April, 18:00 - 21:00
(18:30 - 19:30: Panel Discussion and Q&A, 19:30 - 21:00: Networking)
Venue: Goethe-Institut Tokyo MAP
Cost:4,000 yen (finger food & open bar):
Organized by:ACCJ Tohoku Revitalization Task Force and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
Registration:by Monday, 2 April

For more information and registration form, please click link at right.
Tuesday, 10 April - EBC/Joint Chamber Sustainable Development Conference
"The End of Business as We Know it"
Perspectives on Sustainable Development

You are invited to a special joint chamber event designed to help us all make the shift to a sustainable world. When it comes to creating a sustainable economy, failure cannot be an option - not least for future generations. But how to build a consensus, whilst ensuring that all players, including our businesses, thrive in this new, more sustainable world?

This inaugural conference, organised by the EBC, will highlight the challenges in such critical areas as energy, food, and resources, and will offer ideas, solutions and inspiration for best managing this critical juncture. Companies, NGOs and governments all have a role to play in building a better world, and in removing any barriers to this goal.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 10 April, 14.00-19:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Akebono Room (Main Bldg. 1F) MAP
Cost: 8,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 5 April

Paul Roberts, author of The End of Oil and The End of Food, Taro Kono, M.P., House of Representatives, LDP, and Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, Ambassador of the EU to Japan, head a lineup of distinguished speakers who will cover many key areas that will determine the outlook for business and peoplefs quality of life in the future.

Join this inaugural Sustainable Development Conference, organised by the European Business Council in Japan (EBC), in collaboration with other foreign chambers of commerce in Japan.

For more information and registration form, click link at right

Friday, 20 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Spring 2012

The 20th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup, is played as planned. on Friday, 20 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.. At the same time we also play the FCCJ Cup for FCCJ members and the SCCJ Spring Cup for SCCJ members.

The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture. First tee-off is at 8:35 and the cost is 18,500 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
News from Finland

New Zealand Minister attacks Finns as uneducated, unemployed

New Zealand Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee poured scorn on Finland during a recent debate, calling Finns a nation of uneducated, unemployed people with a high murder rate and little respect for women.

Brownlee was speaking during a parliamentary debate, in which he strongly rejected plans by the Labour party to model the New Zealand economy on the Finnish example.

Brownlee claimed that Finland "has worse unemployment than us, has less economic growth than us, can hardly feed the people who live there, has a terrible homicide rate, hardly educates its people, and has no respect for women."

Brownlee later said that his comments were intended to be satirical, although spiked with a grain of truth. He added that Finns should not be offended by the debate, and according to local press, conceded that "there were some aspects of Finland's economic policy that you'd have to say are admirable".

This article might aslo qualify for the column below...
To see the full speach, click here. The claims start at 3:36 min.

Grin of the Week

Modern Art

Visiting the modern art museum, a lady turned to an attendant standing nearby.
"This," she said, "I suppose, is one of those hideous representations you call modern art?"

"No, madam," replied the attendant. "That one's called a mirror."
Have a good week &
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.