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  ISSUE 9/2010 27 April 2010  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Although the Golden Week is approaching and many of you might soon have your minds on something more relaxing than work, I would still like to draw your attention to three important events coming up!

First there is the FCIJ Business Confidence Survey presentation luncheon (organized by the American Chamber) on Thursday, 13 May. The survey have been closed and I can promise you some interesting results. The second event is our regular May Luncheon on Thursday, 20 May, where we will hear more about one of the larger Finnish Design events ever held in Japan, HIRAMEKI Design X Finland (held in October).

The third event is planned for September, a Study Tour to Vladivostok. Though it is still 4.5 months to the tour, we need plenty of time to make a good program that benefits all participants. That's why we need an indication of participants already by mid-May.

Read more about these below!

PS. We will be taking some days off during Golden Week. Leaving tomorrow Wednesday at noon, coming back Tuesday 4th. If you register to some event during that time, I will confirm when I am back.

 
Thursday, 13 May - Joint Foreign Chamber Luncheon
FCIJ Business Confidence Survey Presentation with Richard Jerram

Join us to see the results of the most recent Business Confidence Survey (Spring 2010) conducted by the Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ). After lunch we are delighted to present Richard Jerram who will give us his analysis and commentary on the results.

Richard Jerram is Head of Asian Economics for Macquarie Capital Securities. He has been analyzing the region for more than two decades, with a specialization on Japan, initially in Tokyo during the late 1980s bubble, followed by a period working and studying for a doctorate in London, then returning to Japan in 1996.

Richard has a BSc from University College London and an MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics. He is also a CFA charter holder.

See details below.

Date & Time:Thursday, 13 May, 12:00-14:00
Venue: Shangri-La hotel Tokyo, Ballroom (27F)    MAP
Cost:Members: 6,500 yen, others: 8,000 yen, including the full survey report
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday, 7 May

About the Survey
The Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) Business Confidence Survey has become a widely accepted bi-annual barometer for the sentiments of foreign business leaders in Japan, their views on the Japanese economy, and their own business performance.

Since the survey's inception in the Spring of 2002, the results (published at http://www.fcc.or.jp/fcij/bcs.html) have been a valuable tool not only for chambers and related embassies to assess the business climate, but also for the business and research community at large.

Thursday, 20 May - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
The Finnish Institute in Japan and HIRAMEKI Design X Finland

The themes for our luncheon meeting on Thursday, 20 May are "The Finnish Institute in Japan" and
"HIRAMEKI Design X Finland"

We will have four speakers: Heikki Mäkipää, Director and Aarne Toivonen, Culture and Communications Manager, Finnish Institute in Japan as well as Sirpa Fourastie and Hanna Punnonen, Project Managers at Design Forum Finland.

See details below.

Date & Time:Thursday, 20 May , 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Atlantic Room (Main Bldg. 1F) MAP
Cost:6,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday, 18 May

About HIRAMEKI Design X Finland
HIRAMEKI Design X Finland showcases the current phenomena of new Finnish design matched with evergreen classics during the Tokyo Designers Week in the autumn 2010. The venue of the exhibition is Living Design Center Ozone located in the Shinjuku area.

The Hirameki export promotion platform aims at delivering a current and wide perspective of Finnish design to the Japanese audience, opening new business opportunities for Finnish companies and designers as well as creating and strengthening long-term Finnish-Japanese co-operation.

Hirameki targets the Japanese industry, consumers and general public as well as Finnish and Japanese culture and business media.

Hirameki is produced by Design Forum Finland in collaboration with Living Design Center Ozone and the Finnish Institute in Japan.

Sunday, 12 - Thursday, 16 September
Vladivostok Study Tour

To evaluate the opportunities for tri-party cooperation between Finland, Japan and Russia in the Russia Far East Region, the FCCJ in cooperation with Finpro and Tekes is conducting a study and fact finding tour to Vladivostok in September.

The main objective of the tour is to find out more about the business prospects the area will offer for Finnish and Japanese companies. In addition, the tour will create opportunities to meet and discuss cooperation with governmental and business organizations at the highest level as well as with corporations that could be potential partners in future business projects. Additionally, the tour will foster increased cooperation between the participating companies.

As the program is drawn up by Finpro and the Embassy of Finland in Moscow, it creates a unique opportunity to meet with local decision makers at the highest level. There will also be a meeting with Japan Center in Vladivostok and get to know Japanese business people operating in the area.

For more information and registration, click link at right!
Friday, 1 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2010

The 8th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, now renamed Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup, will be played on Friday 1 October, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Sponsoring the event
At this point we are focusing on recruiting sponsors for the event. If you are interested in advertising, supporting and being a part of this great event, go to the web site and click 'Sponsoring' in the menu. Sponsors and advertisers are listed in the order they sign-up. The earlier you sign up, the more you benefit!

Register as a player
The registration for the event will start on Monday, 7 June. Please remember to check back then if you intend to participate. Sign-up early to guarantee your spot.

For more about the event, please click link at right to go to the event web site.
Friday 14 May
Festival of Brittany

The association "Bretons du Japon" (representing people from Brittany- the celtic region of France in Japan) organises each year the Festival of Brittany around the Saint-Yves Day (May 19th ) in Tokyo.

This year, the Breton singer and harpist Cécile Corbel will give a special live performance. The artist who has just recently composed the original soundtrack of the latest animation movie from the Ghibli Studio "Karigurashi No Arrietty" will be the ambassadress of our region -Brittany- during the whole summer as the movie is released in movie theaters around Japan.

Concert starts at 7.30 pm on Friday 14th May at the Auditorium of the Maison Franco-Japonaise in Ebisu.

Door open at 6 pm with access to some booths of products from Brittany including drinks and food.

Ticket Price: 1,000 yen to be paid on the day. Fore more information and registration, click link below.
News from Finland

Finnish food industry talks fail, lockout and strike ahead

The Finnish Food Workers' Union (SEL) on Monday rejected a settlement proposal in its labour agreement talks, meaning that food industry lockouts were expected to begin at 6 pm on Monday.

The lockout declared by the Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation (ETL) is scheduled to last two days, and is to affect 235 places of business.

Food workers are threatening to go on a five-day strike starting on 5 May. This strike is expected to affect 83 production units and almost 12,000 workers.

The food industry labour disputes have already stopped food production twice during April. The coming lockout and strike are expected to be have an even greater impact on shop selections.


Grin of the Week

Know your options

A prospective juror in a Dallas District Court was surprised by the definition of voluntary manslaughter given the panel:

"An intentional killing that occurs while the defendant is under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, such as when a spouse's mate is found in a 'compromising position.'"

"See, I have a problem with that passion business," responded one jury candidate. "During my first marriage, I came in and found my husband in bed with my neighbor. All I did was divorce him. I had no idea that I could have shot him."

She wasn't selected for the jury.
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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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 62 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.