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  ISSUE 25/2011 26 September 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

A couple of short, and rather urgent, notices at the beginning of a new week.

Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup will be played coming Friday, i.e. 30 September. Although the registration dad-line has passed, we still have a few slots in the European team. So if you would like to participate, sign-up very soon, by going here!

The American Chamber of Commerce (ACCJ) Tohoku Revitalization Task Force organizes an event with and interesting, and for many perhaps an issue of concern; "Is Food in Japan Really Safe?". Read more about the event below. Sorry for the short notice (registration dead-line is tomorrow Wednesday), but we got the information late last week.

New season, new prime minister. While we have started a new autumn business season, a new prime minister has started in charge of leading Japan out of the quagmire the previous one left the country in following the "Japan 3-11" triple catastrophe. The piles of tasks waiting the new PM to put the house in order and rebuild the economy and nation are much bigger than before. Can Yoshihiko Noda manage any better than his predecessors? Our commentator from Aoyama is back for new season, too, offering his views.
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Monday, 3 October - ACCJ Presents:

Following the nuclear accident in Fukushima, there has been great concern throughout Japan on food safety. The issue of food safety is highly charged, and there are many conflicting sources of information, not all of which has been correct. As consumers, we have a right to know. Is food in Japan really safe?

The ACCJ will present two independent nuclear experts, Dr. Wade Allison of Oxford University (Author of "Radiation and Reason") and Dr. Akira Tokuhiro of the University of Idaho (Professor of Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering).

Key questions they will address include:
  • What are the chances of the food chain being contaminated?
  • How much food is actually tested before it reaches the distribution chain?
  • How reliable are the tests and how are they conducted?
  • How much radiation (if consumed) is tolerated by the human body?
  • Why are only Iodine 131 and Cesium 134/137 cited in most testing results?
  • Does the human body recover from a radiation dose? How effectively and how quickly?
  • Are internal doses (like Iodine and Cesium) more or less harmful than
  • external doses (like X-rays and gamma rays)?

    Mr. Noriyuki Shikata, Director of Global Communications, in the Prime Minister's Office, will comment on the presentations, to be followed by a Q&A and a networking event with members from the ACCJ and other foreign chambers of commerce.

    Date & Time:Monday, 3 October, 17.30-20:00
    (17:30-19:00: Speeches and Q&A, 19:00-20:00: Networking)
    Venue: Tokyo American Club, , Manhattan Room (Lower Level) [MAP}
    Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
    Registration:by Wednesday, 28 September
    (Cancellation after this date or no show will be fully charged)

    If you would like bto attend, please confirm your attendance by clicking link at right!
    News from Finland

    Thinktank PTT sees Finnish economy contracting by 1.5 pct next year

    Pellervo Economic Research (PTT) on Thursday cut its Finnish 2012 gross domestic product forecast from 2.4-per cent growth to a 1.5-per cent contraction.

    The thinktank kept its 2011 growth forecast unchanged at three per cent.

    PTT warned that Finland would feel the impact of the eurozone debt crisis next year.

    Other forecasters have cut their forecasts for the Finnish economy as well but continue to expect the economy to grow next year.

    Survey on Eco-Hotels in Japan

    A Finnsh student at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen is doing a research for her Bachelor thesis "Possibilities and limits of effective marketing of products in terms of sustainability as illustrated with the product "Eco-Hotels" with the two regions Europe and Japan in comparison". Read more below.

    I am currently writing my Bachelor Thesis and have therefore created a survey for research purposes.

    I would greatly appreciate as many people taking this survey, as this would really help me to get more accurate results for my thesis.

    So if you are 18 years old or above, are either a European citizen or a Japanese citizen, you are very welcome to complete this survey. It only takes about 5 minutes!

    As a little reward, I will publish part of the results on my gFacebook gpage for all of you to see. I am sure it will be interesting to see the differences between Japan and Europe!

    Just follow this link to start taking the survey:

    Please try to forward this mail to as many people (friends, family, and colleagues) as possible!

    Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.

    With kind regards,

    Janu Emily Sauramo
    Undergraduate at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen, School of International Business, Germany Applied Business Languages and International Management/ Japanese Culture & Language

    Grin of the Week

    Jphnny does as instructed

    Teacher: Why are you late?
    Little Johnny: Because of the sign.
    Teacher: What sign?
    Little Johnny: The one that says, "School Ahead, Go Slow. "That's what I did.
    Have a great long 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.