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  ISSUE 14/2011 26 May 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The joint Finnish charity project Disaster Relief with a Finnish Touch, which I have introduced in my previous bulletins and which is jointly organized by all the major Finnish actors in Japan has its first event, a Charity Evening at the Embassy on Wednesday, 1 June. Read more below and sign up soon!
For more about the project, go here.   

Also, if you would like to experience a Finnish Midsummer "a la Japonaise", why don't you join the Midsummer Party at Finland Village on Saturday, 4th June. A lot of entertainment (incl. Matti Esko and the Finnish Karaoke Boys), and the most magnificent kokko (bonfire) east of Helsinki, and much more.
For a flyer, click here!   

Wednesday, 1 June - FCCJ Charity Event
Disaster Relief with a Finnish Touch

As part of our relief effort with we will organize a Charity Event at the Embassy of Finland on Wednesday, 1 June at 18:00.

We promise you an interesting evening with special entertainment by the famous Finnish popular music singer Matti Esko, as well as good food and drinks. Matti Esko is in Japan especially for the Charity events - courtesy of Finnair (flight tickets) and Honka Japan (accommodation and local transportation).

But perhaps even a better reason to participate is that you could make a valuable contribution for our relief effort by taking part in the charity auction and lottery, as well as purchase some special items at the sales counter.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 1 June, 18.00-21:00
Venue: Embassy of Finland   MAP
Cost: 10,000 yen (mainly as charity donation) - collected at the door
Registration:Friday, 27 May

The main objective of the event to collect funds to make sure that enough gifts and other items (e.g. playground equipment, small cabins, sports equipment) can be procured for the visit by the Moomins to Tohoku area planned for early August.

Please feel free to invite as many colleagues as friends as possible!
The participation fee (donation at the door) is reasonable but we give you many opportunities to contribute more in the sales, lottery and charity auction. So do not forget to bring enough cash., although more expensive purchases can be invoiced.

For a flyer presenting the project and the event, incl. registration form, click link below.
You could also register for the Charity event by clicking here.

Report from the Luncheon Meeting with Mika Vehviläinen

The FCCJ May Luncheon was held on Tuesday 24th as a Joint Nordic event with Mr. Mika Vehviläinen, President & CEO of Finnair as our guest speaker.

Mr. Vehviläinen started his presentation by showing a short video of Finnairs brand renewal, where one of the main theme's is "year of the customer" were they try to improve the travel experience, especially for business travelers, from end-to-end..

He pointed out that Japan is a very significant market for Japan, with 21 weekly flights they are among the biggest foreign carriers to Japan and Japan accounted for a larger share of their business than their domestic, which is quite rare among airlines.
The presentation was concluded by a lively Q&A session.

After the presentation the joint Finnish relief project "Bringing Joy to the Children of Tohoku" was briefly presented.

For a report from the event, attended by 53 members and guests, click link below.

Thursday, 9 June - Joint Chamber Summer Cocktail organized by the CCCJ
Fundraising for Tohoku

Organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan and annually attracting 300 guests, the Joint Chamber Summer Cocktail continues to offer an excellent opportunity to meet new contacts, develop business leads, catch up with friends and business acquaintances before the summer holiday season, and this year, for a good cause!

Keeping the difficulties facing Eastern Japan front of mind, this year's event is being organized to support a number charities assisting in the recovery. A portion of all ticket sales will be going to the charities present.

Date & Time:Thursday, 9 June, 18.30-20:30
Venue: Embassy of Canada, 4F MAP
Cost: 8,000 yen (members), 9,000 yen (others) - collected at the door
* cost includes a fine selection of foods and beverages
Registration:Thursday, 2 June

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

News from Finland

Iceland volcanic ash cloud reaches Finland

A plume of ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland reached Finland on Wednesday, with elevated particle levels and poor air quality, the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) said in a statement.

The FMI warned that air quality might deteriorate in southwestern Finland and in the Pirkanmaa region Wednesday morning.

The institute added that rain forecast for Wednesday was expected to be effective in trapping ash in the atmosphere.

Finavia, formerly known as the Aviation Administration, said the plume was having little impact on commercial aviation in Finland apart from cancellations of flights to or from closed airspaces in other parts of Europe.

German officials have announced that the country's northern airspace would be closed as a precautionary measure. Flights have been cancelled in Scotland as well.

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.