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  ISSUE 5/2008 27 February, 2008  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We have quite a busy period ahead of us with four events in a bit over a month. First the Club Evening at the Moomin Bakery & Café on Thursday, 13 March (read more below).
Then our Annual general Assembly early April (date to be confirmed), the Stora Enso Cup, Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge on Friday 11 April at Taiheiyo Club Ichihara Course in Chiba and on Wednesday 16 April a luncheon meeting (details to be confirmed).

I will have more information on the three latter events in my next bulletins, but if you would already now have more details, and perhaps register, for the golf event, please CLICK HERE!

Report from FCCJ Tax Seminar 20 February

Mr. Yoshinori Sano, FCCJ Board Member, CPA and LTA and Managing Partner at Azabu Tax Corporation gave valuable insights in the Japanese taxation, and some good tips at the FCCJ tax seminar held on Wednesday, 20 February at Stora Enso Japan.

At the seminar, attended by 16 members, Mr. Sano handled issues related both to individual as well as corporate taxation.
His presentation was based on a lot of experience and examples from working with Finnish and other foreign affiliated companies and individuals. He also handled many tricky and detailed questions from the participants with great ability.

Thursday, 13 March
FCCJ Club Evening at Moomin Bakery & Café

Our next Club Evening will be held at the Moomin Bakery & Café in Tokyo Dome City La Qua, Korakuen on Thursday, 13 March.

Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere! See details below.

Date & Time: Thursday, 13 March, 19:00-21:00
Place: Moomin Bakery & Cafe
Tokyo Dome City, LaQua 1F, 1-1-1, Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-Members: 4,500 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and light buffet
Registration:by Monday 10 March

More about Moomin Bakery & Café: http://www.benelic.com/moomin_bc/main.html

We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse! Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

To register, please click link at right!
Tuesday, 4 March
Finland Promotion Evening at Grand Prince Akasaka

Grand Prince Akasaka (formerly known as Akasaka Prince Hotel) is organizing a Finnish dinner and cultural evening on Tuesday, 4 March. The event is supported by the Embassy of Finland, Finnish Tourist Board and Finnair.

The program contains buffet dinner with Finnish dishes, Finnish music, showing of tourism promotion DVDs and mini stalls with Finnish goods. Finnish tango and dance is one of the main features. with an authentic ensemble comprising accordion, violin, piano and contrabass.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 4 March, 18:30-21:00
Venue: Grand Prince Akasaka, Crystal Palace, New Annex Bldg. 2F   MAP
Cost:15,000 yen per person (incl. buffet dinner, drinks, service & tax)

There are still a few seats available, if you are interested, contact the hotel directly; Ms. Kayo Hayashi, tel. 03-3234-1114, email ph-k_hayashi@princehotels.co.jp.

For a flyer of the event (unfortunately only in Japanese as of now), click link below.
News from Finland

UPM-Kymmene to start making RFID tags in China

Finland-headquartered paper maker UPM-Kymmene said in a statement Monday it would start making radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags and inlays in Guangzhou in China in the third quarter of this year.

The company added that the new manufacturing site, with an initial capacity of 100 million units a year, would serve the fast-growing Asian market in all RFID areas, including ticketing and the clothing industry.

"The new manufacturing site in China will further strengthen our position as the leading RFID tag supplier globally," said in the statement Christer Harkonen, the head of UPM-Kymmene's RFID business. UPM-Kymmene currently makes tags and inlays in Finland and the US.

Grins of the week

Stewed Tomatoes

A guy is going on an ocean cruise, and he tells his doctor that he's worry about getting seasick. The doctor suggests, ''Eat 500 grams of stewed tomatoes before you leave the port.''

The guy replies, ''Would that keep me from getting sick, Doc?''

The doctor says, ''No, but it'll look real pretty in the water.''

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 600 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, 16 individual and one special member.