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  ISSUE 26/2013 27 November 2013   
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We enjoyed the beautiful autumn weather at our golf competition against the Swedish Chamber last Friday. FCCJ won the Stora Enso Cup again, but that was perhaps secondary, more important was the nice camaraderie between the two chambers' members in a beautiful surrounding. More below!

Now it is focus on Scandinavian Christmas Ball held on Friday, 13 December. With a bit over two weeks to go and registration dead-line next week Friday, it is time to make your plans before your calendar gets stuck with other year-end parties. Read more below.

This week we have a new contribution from our semi-retired papers salesman Timo Varhama in his column Aoyama View titled "Economy is roses, Russia Friend Now, Fukushima, China Remains a Problem ".
Click banner at right for interesting reading on a variety of subjects!

Report from the Stora Enso Cup on Friday, 22 November 2013

The 23rd Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chambers was played on Friday, 22 November at Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West in Shizuoka Prefecture. The event was played in beautiful autumn weather, sunny all day with nice colors and Mt. Fuji visible close-by on almost every hole.

26 players participated in the competition (17 from FCCJ , 9 from SCCJ), including two guests. Notable was that 19 of the players were Japanese.

The Finnish Chamber came on now top for the fourth time in a row. This time the FCCJ beat the Swedish Chamber by a smaller margin than in the previous two events, 2.1 strokes on average per player, 78.5 versus 80.6 as average for the best 80% in each team. The FCCJ now has five more wins than the SCCJ, 14 against 9.

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

Friday, 13 December - The Social Highlight of the Year for the Nordic Chambers

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Ball, is this year held on Friday, 13 December at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel.

This is the 21st event and the ball committee is working on an exciting program with great food and drinks. Don't miss out on this opportunity to join one of the best balls in town for a very reasonable cost, taking into account what it includes!

Registrations for the event
If you have not yet signed up, please do so soon. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first serve basis, although sponsors are guaranteed seats (Gold and Silver sponsors can reserve full tables).

Sponsor Recruiting
Currently we are also recruiting sponsors and advertisers for the party. To get maximum benefit and exposure for your contribution, sign up soon. 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 sponsor, click link at right.

Tuesday, 10 December - NCCJ & EBC Joint Event
EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA) / Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Year End Update

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan (NCCJ) and European Business Council in Japan (EBC) cordially invite you to hear from top officials about the latest progress in the EU- Japan FTA/EPA. The EU and Japan are three rounds into their bout with the fourth round of negotiations to be held in January.

To learn about progress to date and key issues remaining to be resolved, and to receive an impression about how the discussions are conducted this is a must attend event.

  • EU Ambassador to Japan Hans Dietmar Schweisgut - Are EU - Japan Relations on the Right Track?
  • EBC Chairman Duco Delgorge - EBC and the Importance of the FTA.
  • Head of Trade EU Delegation Timo Hammaren - Latest Update on the FTA Talks.

  • Details:
  • Date & Time: Tuesday, 10 December 2013
  • 16:00 Doors Open
    16:30 - 17:30 Presentations (including Q & A session)
    17:30 - 19:00 Refreshments
  • Location: Europe House Delegation of the European Union to Japan
    4-6-28 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo MAP
  • Admission fee:
    5,000 JPY for a member of the national European Chambers of Commerce in Japan
    6,500 JPY for non-member

    Pre-payment by bank transfer required and no payments will be accepted at the door.

    Click link at right for more information and registration form.
    Winter Banquet from Finland - A Finnish Top Chef in Town

    For three weeks starting the 3rd of December, Finnish internationally engaged top chef Petteri Luoto will serve a full course dinner at Down the Stairs, from Tuesday through Saturday, culminating on Sunday, 22 December, with a special Christmas dinner.

    Each week Mr. Luoto will develop a unique theme. The restaurant, which is located in Aoyama, has a capacity of just 10-12 seats so itfs easy to book it just for your group.

    For more about Petteri Luoto, click here!
    Reservations only.

  • 1st week: Tue. 3 December - Sat. 7 December: One Year 'round Finland
  • 2nd week: Tue. 10 December - Sat. 14 December: Tokyo Casual Dinner
  • 3rd week: Tue. 17 December - Sat. 21 December: Tokyo Christmas on a Plate

  • Final Evening Sunday, 22 December: Special Christmas Dinner

  • For more information, click link at right!

    News from Finland

    NSN to drive 'New Nokia'—and hire new staff

    Nokia is constructing a new future without selling mobile phones. In the future, 90 percent of the company's revenue will come from Nokia Solutions and Networks, the firm's mobile infrastructure arm. NSN is now switching from cost-cutting to job creation.

    In the new Nokia, NSN is all-important. It will provide 90 percent of Nokia's turnover once Microsoft completes the purchase of the firm's mobile devices unit.

    Nokia's networks business has slashed expenditure and jobs in recent years, but it still employs 49,000 people, including 6,000 in Finland. Now the firm is gearing up for the mobile broadband market, and expects to hire more staff as the competition heats up.

    Around 17,000 people were laid off by NSN in 2012 and 2013. Some staff also left the company as parts of the mobile giant were hived off. That process is set to turn around this year.

    NSN's cuts were part of a re-orientation towards wireless networks. Most of the company's workforce is already involved in research and development work. Maintaining NSN's position at the forefront of mobile network development could require even more brain power in the future.

    NSN is a challenger to Sweden's Ericsson in the mobile network market, but it still has a healthy market share. The competition for 4G market share has only just begun, but firms are already making plans for the fifth generation of mobile broadband.

    Grin of the Week

    The Right Thing to Do?

    Son : Mom, when I was on the bus with Dad this morning, he told me to give up my seat to a lady.

    Mum : Well, you have done the right thing.

    Son : But mom, I was sitting on daddy's lap.
    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 64 corporate members, 12 individual and one special member.