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  ISSUE 28/2015 1627 November 2015  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The preparations for our highlight of the year, the Scandinavian Christmas Ball held on Wednesday, 16 December at Westin Tokyo Hotel, are going fine. We will have great food (tested), excellent wines (tasted) and exciting program (secret...). We already have well over 200 participants signed up. But we still have seats available so sign up now, click banner below to find out more! Note that the registration dead-line is next Friday, 4 December.

Our first event in 2016 is a Shinnenkai (New Year Party) on Wednesday, 20 January at the Scandinavian Center in Akasaka. For more details and to sign-up, see below!

In this issue of the bulletin we also have a contribution from our columnist in "Aoyama View". This time the theme is:
Refugees, bombs, business and global warming - can we control them all?

Click banner at right to know more!

Thursday, 26 November, 2015 - European Joint Chamber Event
Report from the European Joint Networking Party

About 200 members and guest from 13 European Chambers and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a delightful evening at the ANA Intercontinental Hotel in Akasaka 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: Austrian, Belgian-Luxembourg, British, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Irish, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers as well as the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce. 5 members from the FCCJ participated.

For more images from the event, click link at right!
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 - FCCJ Networking Event

Our first event in 2016 will be a "Shinnenkai" Club Evening, held on Wednesday, 20 January. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere accompanied by food and drinks!

H.E. Ambassador Manu Virtamo will give a brief update on the current situation in Finland and Finland related activities in Japan in 2016.

We encourage you also to invite other members of your staff and/or your spouse!

Date & Time:Wednesday, 20 January, 19:00-21:00
Venue: Scandinavian Center
2-18-12, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Cost:Members 4,000 yen, Guests 6,000 yen
Registration:by Monday, 18 January

Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

To register, click link at right.
News from Finland

President pledges to cut carbon footprint

Like hundreds of other Finns, President Sauli Niinisto has signed an online pledge to take steps to reduce his personal carbon footprint by half within ten years.

In part, the purpose of the pledge is to send a clear message to world leaders to reach agreement that will stabilize the global climate system and reduce the harmful effects of climate change.

President Niinisto says that be started reducing his own personal carbon footprint several years ago.

"It began when we installed a geothermal heat pump in our home," explains Niinisto.

The president has also switched to emissions-free electricity and the increased use of LED lighting. He says that he now also intends to make sure that as little food as possible in his household goes to waste.

The president is encouraging more of his countrymen to sign the pledge to cut their own carbon footprints.

President Niinisto will be heading Finland's delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference that begins in Paris on Monday.

Grin of the Week

Picking up at the airport

When I stopped the bus to pick up little five year old Chris for preschool, I noticed an older woman hugging him as he left the house.

"Is that your grandmother?" I asked Chris when he boarded.

"Yes," Chris said. "She's come to visit us for Christmas."
"How nice," I said. "Where does she live?"
"At the airport," Chris replied.
"Whenever we want her we just go out there and get her."
Hope you have a great 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 700 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.