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  ISSUE 26/2014 27 November 2014  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Our second from last event this calendar year is the Stora Enso Cup, the golf competition between the FCCJ and SCCJ, played tomorrow. After some rainy days, we keep our fingers crossed that we won't get wet!
I will have a report on how it went in next week's bulletin.

With a bit more than two weeks to go, the Scandinavian Christmas Ball on Friday, 12 December is just around the corner. Now it is time to sign-up, unless you have done so already! We have already more than 200 participants signed up but there is room for more.
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Also in this issue of the bulletin we have a contribution from our productive columnist in "Aoyama View". This time the theme is:
Japan: too many elections, too many politicians - Finland: Moomin power!

Click banner at right to know more!

Report from the European Chambers Cocktail Party on Wed. 26 November

About 200 members and guest from 13 European Chambers and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a delightful evening at the Grand Hyatt in Roppongi on Wednesday, 26 November.

The event gave the participants an opportunity to meet new contacts, develop business leads and catch up with friends and business partners. The evening featured drinks, a delicious buffet and networking.

The event was organized by the CCIFJ (French) and co-organized by European Chambers in Japan: DIHKJ (German), BCCJ (British), FCCJ (Finnish), BLCCJ (Belgian-Luxembourg), NoCCJ (Norwegian), NCCJ (Dutch), ICCJ (Italian), ISCCJ (Icelandic), ABC (Austrian), SCCIJ (Swiss) and SCCJ (Swedish). With the kind support of European Business Council in Japan (EBC). 7 members from the FCCJ participated.

For more images from the event, click link at right!

Moomin Kindergarten to open in Scandinavian Center in Tokyo

Zava Holdings K.K. has announced that it will open the first Finnish style kindergarten in Tokyo in December 2014. Zava Holdings K.K. has entered into a license agreement with Bulls, the worldwide licensing agent on behalf of Oy Moomin Characters Ltd., the intellectual property owner of Moomin characters. The agreement gives the company a right to operate Moomin International Kindergarten in Japan.

"Finland has redesigned education so children learn based on how innovation occurs. The system is highly admired around the world and we are very excited to offer it to young children in Japan. We believe Moomin is the best ambassador for Finnish education and are very excited to have partnered with Oy Moomin Characters Ltd to create Moomin International Kindergarten" said its founder, Barbara Zamora Vaataja.

The kindergarten is part of the Scandinavian Center. The center aims to be the most cohesive and flexible space in Tokyo promoting education, design, entrepreneurship, innovation and culture with a link to the Nordic countries and Japan. The Center aims to offer rich experiences for children at Moomin kindergarten, a variety of events for the community and to foster business opportunities in its collaborative working space.

The center will be located at an extensively renovated building in Akasaka, Minato-ku and it can be used to host events, exhibitions, leadership and training workshops, networking opportunities and more.

News from Finland

Finnair's largest foreign owner pulls out

One of Europe's few surviving small national carriers, Finnair remains about 56 percent state-owned after a Norwegian sell-off.

Finnair's second-largest owner has sold all its shares in the flag carrier. Funds controlled by the Norwegian investment firm Skagen AS had held about six percent of Finnair stock.

Based on Wednesday's stock price, the shares changed hands for some 16 million euros.

The national airline announced the change in its ownership base on Wednesday evening. The state of Finland and the public-sector pension fund Keva own more than 60 percent of the company's approximately 128 million shares.

The airline's next-biggest domestic owners the pension funds Ilmarinen and Varma, with about two percent each.

Two weeks ago, British airline Flybe announced it was selling its share in a joint venture with Finnair to the Finnish company and withdrawing from the Finnish market by year's end.

Grin of the Week

Don't count on it...

The new policeman pulled a speeder who was speeding down Aoyama dori.
"Can I see your license and registration?", the cop inquired.

"But officer," the fellow started, "I can explain..."
"Shut yer trap, bub!" snapped the officer. "You're going downtown and sit a while till the sargent gets back."

"But, officer, I think you really should know..."
"And I said to shut yer trap! You're going to jail!"

A few hours later the cop looked in on his prisoner and said, "Lucky for you that the sargent is at his daughter's wedding.
He'll be in a good mood when he gets back."

"Don't count on it," shot back the sap in the cell. "I'm the groom."
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.