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  ISSUE 27/2010 26 November 2010  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This is the LAST CALL for registrations for the Scandinavian Christmas Party held next Friday (3 December).

The official registration dead-line is today, but although FCCJ has already 72 participants (65 last year), we still have seats available. Therefore we have extended the dead-line to Tuesday 30 November, but if you would like to participate, please sign up as soon as possible, unless you have done so already.
More details about the party below.

Report from the Luncheon Meeting with Minster Paavo Väyrynen

At our luncheon meeting on Wednesday , 24 November we had the honor of having one of the most prominent Finnish politicians and the second longest serving (5,787 days!) minister in the history of Finland, Dr. Paavo Vayrynen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, as our guest speaker.

Minister Vayrynen, arriving from South Korea the same morning, was accompanied by a business delegation.

The event was attended by 51 persons, incl. the business delegation.

For a full report from the event, click link at right.

Friday, 3 December
The 18th 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, 3 December. This year we will have a new venue for the party, Happo-en in Shirokanedai. We believe that the new venue will be an interesting one and create a new kind of experience. We also promise some new and exciting idea in the concept and program for the party

Registration for the party
The official registration dead-line is today (Friday, 26 November). But we have extended the dead-line to Tuesday 30 November.

Sponsor Recruiting
We are still recruiting 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.

To sign-up as participant or a sponsor, click link at right!

Thursday, 9 December
FCCJ Christmas Luncheon Meeting

Note: Due to space limitations, this event is for members and staff of member companies only.

The traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon is again this year held at our Embassy, were we can enjoy a delicious Finnish style Christmas lunch prepared by the Embassy's chef.

H.E. Ambassador Jari Gustafsson will give us an update on current developments in the Japan Finland relations and latest news from the Embassy. .

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Thursday, 9 December, 12:00-14:00
Place: Embassy of Finland
(3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku)  MAP 
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Note: Members and members guests only
Registration:by Monday, 6 December

Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 7 December and "no-shows".

If you would like to attend and have not signed up, please click link below.
To see how has already signed up, click here.

Tuesday, 30 November - NCCJ Management Forum
'Helping to Protect our Environment'

What Coca Cola and Tomra are doing and how you and your company can contribute.

The Norwegian Chamber is pleased to invite you to our next NCCJ Management Forum. This time the topic is one of the most important issues facing companies and society today - how to help protect our environment. At the Forum two companies - Coca Cola and Tomra - will inform you about what they are doing in their respective businesses to help with environmental protection. Through their presentations you will not only learn about these companies' environmental activities but also get ideas for how you and your own company can contribute. Helping protect the environment is not only good for society, but also good for business.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 30 November, 19:00 - 21:00
Venue: The Royal Norwegian Embassy, The Arctic Hall  MAP
Cost:2,000 yen (Coffee, tea, mineral water and some light food will be served)
Registration:by Friday, 26 November

For more information and registration (directly to the Norwegian Chamber) click link below.
News from Finland

EU-Russia deal on WTO accession to slash wood export duties

The Finnish wood-processing industry lobby said Thursday that Wednesday's deal between the EU and Russia, paving the way for the country's accession to the WTO, would slash wood export duties by up to three-quarters.

The Finnish Forest Industries Federation welcomed the deal.

"In addition to the cost of Russian wood, the recovery of imports will depend on the development of wood-processing industry exports and the supply and cost of domestic wood," said Timo Jaatinen, the managing director of the lobby.

Russia raised the duties on a number of occasions beginning in 2007, causing wood exports to Finland to plummet to six million tonnes last year from 17 million tonnes in 2005.

Paavo Vayrynen (centre), the Finnish foreign trade and development minister, said the wood duties had been the final obstacle blocking Russia's WTO accession path.

Grin of the Week

His request came true sooner than expected...

A man and his wife were sitting in the living room and he said to her, "Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug."

His wife got up, unplugged the TV and threw out all of his beer.
Have a nice 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.