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  ISSUE 12/2010 27 May 2010  
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Saturday, 5 June - Midsummer Party in Finland Village

One of the largest annual Finnish events held in Japan is the Midsummer Party at Finland Village in Koumi-machi, Nagano prefecture, will be held for the 9th time on Saturday, 5 June. The party, starting at 16:00 and lasting into the night, features a lot of entertainment, good food and drinks and the best and lagest "kokko" (bonfire) in all of Asia!
Click here for images from last year's party.

The event is open to everybody and no entrance fee. Food and drinks can be bought at stalls at the party.

If you plan to come and need accommodation, we still have a few vacancies in the Village, preference is given to Finland Village shareholders. Contact me if you are interested, or need the directions to the village!.

  Report from the FCCJ Luncheon Meeting on Thursday, 20 May

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

Dr. Heikki Mäkipää, Director of Finnish Institute in Japan gave first a brief introduction to the Institute, which was founded in 1997, and its current and future activities and projects.

In the second part Aarne Toivonen, Culture and Communications Manager at the Institute presented the outlines of the HIRAMEKI Design X Finland project, which will take place in connection with Tokyo Designers Week, 29 October - 7 November 2010, and is produced by Design Forum Finland in collaboration with Living Design Center Ozone and the Finnish Institute in Japan.

Sirpa Fourastie and Hanna Punnonen, Project Managers at Design Forum Finland presented the concept of the project and the seven themes, presented in different colors.

For more about the meeting, attended by 35 members and guests, click link at right!
Tuesday, 22 June - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Mr. Takehiko Tanaka, Author of the book "How to get home from work at 6 - the Finnish style of working

At our luncheon meeting on Tuesday, 22 June we will have Mr. Takehiko Tanaka, Author of the book "How to get home from work at 6 - the Finnish style of working" (free translation from Japanese title).

In his presentation, Mr. Tanaka will talk about themes like:
  • Why Finns work much shorter than Japanese and seem to enjoy life but still stay at the top rank on the international competitiveness?
  • Why both Finnish and Japanese languages are wildly different from major languages such as English but only Finns learn much better than Japanese?
  • Can Japanese stop doing unnecessary things (meetings, documents, travels) by just copying Finnish ways?
  • Should Japanese young couples come home early and dine together just as Finns do? If they did so, would they be defeated by emerging economics?

    Date & Time:Tuesday, 22 June , 12.00-14:00
    Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing. 12F) MAP
    Cost:6,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
    (collected at the door)
    Registration:by Friday, 18 June

    Mr. Tanaka's Profile
    1945  Born in Katsunuma, Yamanashi Pref.
    1968  Graduated from Keio Unisversity, Engineering Dept.
              Joined Fujitsu, Small computer Development Dept.
    1992  Vice President, Fujitsu Personal Systems, USA
    1996  Transferred to Fujitsu Computer Europe in Finland
              Vice President for Overseas market for Computer Business
    1999  Vice President of Fujitsu Siemens in Germany
    2002  Retruned to Japan and joined Fujistu PC Systems as President
    2005  Retired from Fujitsu and started own business as business translator

    To sign up for the event, click link at right.

    Wednesday, 16 June 16:00 - 17:30
    EBC HR Committee Seminar: Your New Alien Registration Card

    Changes under The New Japanese Immigration System?

    Lately there has been a lot of talk within the foreign community of the latest changes, guidelines and legislation surrounding the more practical aspects of the new Japanese immigration policy.

  • Will foreign residents have to go to the immigration office in Shinagawa to report address changes or change in employer?
  • What will happen to the re-entry permits?
  • Can I be deported if I am not carrying my Alien Registration Card?
  • What is the resident card?
  • Will I, as a foreign resident, be able to get a "jyuminhyou" too?

    The EBC HR Committee has invited a speaker from the Ministry of Justice Immigration Bureau to enlighten us of the latest developments of the new immigration system and what it will mean for foreigners living long term in Japan.

    Come and learn the answers to the above questions, the reason behind the changes in the current Japanese system, and gain the opportunity to ask you own questions about the new system that could affect you or your employees in the near future.

    For more information, click link at right!
    Nordic Job Board: New subscription model

    Focusing on multilingual and internationally-minded candidates, the Nordic Job Board run by Ecentral is serving FCCJ Members helping them to find the perfect candidates for their business needs.
    With a database of about 35,000 highly skilled candidates, Ecentral is the ultimate resource for multinational and medium size companies in Japan.

    Introducing the 2010 pricing for Ecentral services - 30% off for FCCJ Corporate members
    Following the success of the 'Crouching Tiger' campaign Ecentral is excited to begin rolling out its brand new subscription model. Choose the duration of your subscription and advertise as many jobs as you need.

    Find out more by clicking the link at right!
    News from Finland

    Finland's PM Vanhanen to hand in resignation on 18 June

    Matti Vanhanen (centre), Finland's prime minister, is to hand in his resignation as prime minister on 18 June, Vanhanen said at a lunch event for political reporters.

    Vanhanen's replacement will have been decided on the previous Saturday, 12 June, at the Centre's party conference.

    Grin of the Week

    Good news or bad news?

    The doctor looked at the woman who had come to him for an examination. "Mrs. Brown, I have some good news for you."

    The woman said, "I'm glad to hear that doctor, but I'm Miss Brown, not Mrs."

    "Oh. Well, in that case Miss Brown," said the doctor without changing expression, "I have some bad news for you."
  • In the next issue I will have information about an interesting event that will start off our Autumn season. If you are cannot wait to find out, go to our event calendar to find out!

    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.