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  ISSUE 8/2013 26 March 2013  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Time to sign up for our Annual General Assembly with dinner at the Embassy of Finland will be held on Wednesday, 3 April. We have already more than 30 members signed up so if you plan to attend and have not yet done so already, do it soon before we run out of space for the dinner. For more details, see below.

Our other event in April is the Stora Enso Cup, played on Friday, 19 April at G.C. Narita Hitree. Read more below.

We have also confirmed our events for May and June;
  • Thu. 16 May - Luncheon with Timo Varhama, President, UPM-Kymmene Japan KK
  • Mon. 17 June - Luncheon with Mr. Norio Sasaki, President & CEO, Toshiba Corporation
  • Details will follow in my coming bulletins, but mark the dates in your calendar already now.

    This week we have a new contribution from our Japan veteran in Finnish business in his column Aoyama View, this time titled "Spring is here, New Colors in Finance, Free Trade".
    Click banner at right for an interesting read!

     
    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 Wednesday, 3 April, 2013 at 17.00


    Registration dead-line: Friday, 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 we will have a short introduction to Team Finland by Mr. Jukka Pajarinen, First Secretary at the Embassy of Finland and after that (at 18:00) 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. To check who have signed up, click here.

    Monday, 8 April - Joint Nordic Event organized by the Swedish Chamber
    Let's listen to Lord Mayor Roger Gifford

    Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of the City of London, is taking time out of his busy schedule to come and talk to us at the Swedish Embassy's auditorium on Monday, 8 April, 17:00 - 19:00.

    He has been head of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) in the United Kingdom since 2000, and from 1994 to 1999, he headed the bank’s operations in Japan.
    In October 2012, he was elected Lord Mayor of London and became the 685th Lord Mayor of London (for 2012-13), to serve as the global ambassador for UK-based financial and business services.

    Mr. Gifford will speak briefly about his role as Lord Mayor of London and we will then be able to ask questions. The event is free for chamber members.
    Drinks will be served afterwards, sponsored by Höganäs, IFS and Scandinavia Corporation.

    For more information and registration (directly to SCCJ), click link at right.
    PS.
    I announce this event not just as a courtesy to SCCJ but also because Roger is an old friend of FCCJ, and thus certainly remembered by some of our senior members. He was, as representative of SEB, one of our founding members and also attended our inaugural reception at the Embassy on 8 June 1999 (see image at right).

    Friday, 19 April - Stora Enso Cup
    Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Spring 2013

    The 22nd Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - is played on Friday, 19 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 this time is Golf Club Narita Hitree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 9:12 and the cost is 16,000 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.
    Friday, 19 April - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Event
    Government Procurement Seminar for Fiscal Year 2013

    The Japanese Government Procurement Seminar for Fiscal Year 2013 will be held on Friday, 19 April at Mita Kaigisho (2-1-8, Minta, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]) 10:00 - 15:00. The seminar is open to domestic and foreign suppliers intersted in the Japanese Government Procurements.

    The program includes
  • General overview of the Japanese Government Procurement Procedures
  • Expected procurement for Fiscal Year 2013
  • Additional information related to procurement in which suppliers might be interested


  • For more information and registration, click link at right.
    News from Finland

    Metso looks at demerger plan

    Finnish engineering company Metso is studying the possible spin-off of its pulp, paper and power unit, saying the divestment could boost growth.

    The pulp, paper and power unit, whose products include paper machines and power plants, generated about 40 percent of Metso's net sales of 7.5 billion euros last year. However, the unit's performance has been dampened by a global downturn in paper demand.

    Metso, which last month posted a 3 percent drop in underlying core earnings to 196 million euros, said the demerger would help accelerate growth in both the new company and the remaining units - Mining and Construction and Automation.

    The paper machine business, which makes about half of its sales of the unit being spun off, has been hit by a decline in magazines and newspapers as consumers switch to digital devices. Last year, Metso slashed some 500 jobs from its Finnish paper units.

    Metso management believes that the demerger plan will be approved by the company's board by the end of the second quarter. If the plan goes ahead, the new company will be listed on the Helsinki exchange before the end of this year.


    Grin of the Week

    No need for drivers license

    My neighbor was working in his yard when he was startled by a late model car that came crashing through his hedge and ended up in his front lawn. He rushed to help an elderly lady driver out of the car and sat her down on a lawn chair.

    He said with excitement, "you appear quite elderly to be driving."
    "Well, yes, I am," she replied proudly. "I'll be 97 next month, and I am now old enough that I don't even need a driver's license anymore.

    "The last time I went to my doctor, he examined me and asked if I had a driver's license. I told him yes and handed it to him. He took scissors out of the drawer, cut the license into pieces, and threw them in the waste basket, saying; 'You won't need this anymore,' so I thanked him and left!"

    Thanks to our old friend Olli J. for this contribution!
    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.