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  ISSUE 6/2013 28 February 2013  
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Our Diet Tour and lunch with Marutei Tsurunen last Friday was very succesful and much appreciated by the 36 participants. Read more about the event below.

Our Annual General Assembly at the Embassy of Finland will be held as earlier informed on Wednesday, 3 April, starting at 17:00. For more details, see below.

This week we also have a new contribution from our Japan veteran in Finnish business in his column Aoyama View, this time titled "Election Politics Behind Budget, Economics, Diplomatics".
Click banner at right for an interesting read!

Report from the FCCJTour of the Diet and Lunch with Marutei Tsurunen

On Friday, 22 February we organized a special event that has been in the planning for almost two years, a Tour of the Japanese Parliament (Diet) and a luncheon with our "own" Finnish-born Member of the House of Councillors, Mr. Marutei Tsurunen.

The 36 participants could enjoy a nice o'bento lunch accompanied by an interesting presentation by Mr. Tsurunen, followed by a lively Q&A session.

In his presentation Mr. Tsurunen spoke about the recent elections, the reasons behind the current high support for the LDP, and the "Third force" in Japanese politics - all the new parties. Mr. Tsurunen also explained about the reasons for and his expectations of the coming Upper House elections in July, where he will run for a third 6 year term.

After the luncheon the participants enjoyed an interesting one hour guided tour of the diet building.

For a report from the event, click link at right!
Tuesday, 3 April - Members Only
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 13th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held at the

Embassy of Finland on

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013 at 17.00

Registration dead-line: Friday, 29 March.

The Assembly will handle matters according to Article 9 in the Articles of Association of the FCCJ.

Dinner at 18:00
After the Assembly we will have a short introduction to Team Finland by Mr. Jukka Pajarinen, First Secretary at the Embassy of Finland and after that (at 18:00) a dinner hosted by Ambassador Jari Gustafsson.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member. If space available, additional representatives from member companies can be accepted, but will charged 7,000 yen per person.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.

Wednesday, 6 March - EU-Japan Science Policy Seminar
"The Economics of Solar Power - How can PV contribute best to Business, Energy Production and Growth?"

With the decision of a feed-in-tariff (FIT) for solar energy at the cost of 42 Y/kWh Japan's government gave renewable energy in Japan a kick start. Households and companies are considering the suitability of PV for their individual economy. PV panels are hi-tech products the costs of which depend on the efficiency of the technology as well as on the manufacturing cost. In 2011 companies in Japan and in Europe came in to difficulties as they had to compete with cheaper panels on the market. The EU launched a WTO anti dumping probe, China initiated proceedings for solar subsidies via FITs.

What are the economics behind PV nationally and internationally? What shares are due to technology efficiency? What are the economic needs when introducing PV in comparison to other technologies? Is the level of FIT in Japan supportive? What role can PV play in the future?

Delegation of the European Union to Japan 4-6-28 Minazmi Azabu, Tokyo

Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 at 10.00 - 12:390

For more information and to register, please click link at right.
Several Finnish Decorations to Japan

The President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö has bestowed the Insignia, Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland to three Japanese; Mr. Marutei Tsurunen, Finnish-born Member of the House of Counsillors (more on Embassy web site), Mr. Tsunetada Matsudaira, the founder and chairman of the Japan-Finland Culture and Friendship Association (more on Embassy web site) and Mr. Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman of JR Central and Honorary Consul of Finland in Nagoya (more on Embassy web site).

Timo Varhama awarded medal of honor Knight, First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland

Timo Varhama, President of UPM-Kymmene Japan has been awarded by the President of Finland the prestigious medal of honor Knight, First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland.
The decoration was presented to Mr. Varhama by Ambassador Jari Gustafsson at a ceremony at the Embassy of Finland on 27 February 2013.
Timo Varhama has made a long career in Japan with UPM Kymmene and its predecessor Nippon Finnpap. He arrived in Japan 1987 as Executive Vice President of Nippon Finnpap Ltd. He transferred to Australia in 1992 for five years, then returned to become President of Nippon Finnpap, later UPM Kymmenen Japan KK. Mr. Varhama served as the President of FCCJ 2001-2004 and serves currently on its Board of Trustees. He has also been active in the Japan-Finland Culture and Friendship Association, serving currently as its Vice Chairman.

For images from FCCJ web site, click link at right.
News from Finland

Government taps more subsidies to rescue STX ship orders

A deal reached after months of debate ensures that STX will be able to deliver two ships ordered by a German cruise line, but does not solve all of the shipyard’s long-term challenges.

Financing has been secured to ensure completion of two luxury cruisers at the Turku shipyard, Minister of Economic Affairs Jan Vapaavuori announced on Tuesday.

He said that a deal was negotiated on Monday and approved by the government’s economic committee on Tuesday.

The state is granting 31 million euros in so-called innovation subsidies toward construction of the two vessels for the German company TUI Cruises. Just over half of this has already been paid out, with 15 million euros in new funds now pledged.

The state also plans to buy the property where the shipyard is located and lease it back to the shipbuilder. The deal is worth more than 23 million euros.

Vapaavuori says that STX has committed to extensive capitalisation, which will run into the millions of euros. TUI Cruises has also agreed to allow more significantly more flexibility in the financing of the project.

The minister stressed that the solution ensures that STX will be able to deliver the two ships, but does not solve all of the shipyard’s problems in the longer term.

Grin of the Week

A word of warning...if needed...

The pretty secretary came in late for work the third day in a row.
The boss called her into his office and said, "Now look Sharon, I know we had a fling for a while, but that's over. I expect you to conduct yourself like any other employee around here.

The boss pressed on, "Who told you you could come and go as you please around here?"

Sharon simply smiled, lit up a cigarette, and while exhaling said, ...."My lawyer."
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.