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  ISSUE 18/2012 28 June 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This is the final reminder of our last event before the summer break - the Design Evening at Aoyama 1-chome on Thursday, 5 July. We have space for a few more so sign up now, or latest by tomorrow evening, if you plan to attend. Read more below.

We can now also confirmed our first event after the summer break. As in the two previous years we start off with some fun; the Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise. The date is Thursday, 23 August so mark this in your calendar and sign up early after I have more information in my next bulletin. Space is limited!

For those of my readers who are not familiar with the intricacies of the Japanese language. The route numbers above are not just random numbers. In Japanese they could (also) be read as AY "yo-i-koo-kuu" (good airline) and HJ "yo-i-ro-gu" (good log). Often used by companies to select free-dial numbers for easy memorizing when they relate to their business.

Thursday 5 July
FCCJ Design Evening at Aoyama 1-chome

Honka Japan Inc. opened its new Japan head office and showroom at a premier location at Aoyama 1-chome crossing in Tokyo in May 2012.

The showroom also features products by iittala, Arabia and Artek and their representatives will give brief presentations on the current developments in their business in Japan.

We will have presentations from:
  • Marko Saarelainen, Honka Japan Inc.
  • Anni Ailinpieti, Artek Branch Office in Japan
  • Tomokazu Kobayashi, Scandex Co., Ltd.

  •       (iittala, Arabia, Hackman)

    Mikko Koivumaa, Press & Culture Counsellor at the Embassy of Finland, will also give an overview of current and planned activities promoting Finnish Design in Japan.

    Date & Time:Thursday, 5 July, 19:00 - 21:00
    Venue: Honka Japan Inc.
    Kozuki Capital East 4 F, 1-2-7 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo MAP
    Cost:Members 3,000 yen, non-members 5,000 yen - collected at the door
    Registration:by Friday, 29 June

    Note: due to space restrictions (max 30), non-members accepted only after registration dead-line.
    To sign up, click link at right. To check who has already signed-up, click here.

    Friday, 28 September - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
    Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2011 - Registration Open!

    We are pleased to announce that the 10th Anniversary North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2012, will be played on Friday, 28 September, at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

    The organizing task-force is working hard to make this 10th Anniversary event a memorable one for all participants. Among other exciting new features we will have an "after-party", free for all players with their significant other at the Mercedes-Benz Connection in Nogizaka (opposite Tokyo Midtown) on Thursday, 4 October.

    The participation fees are same as last year, i.e. a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,000 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, for a total of 24,000 yen. Note that bus transportation is free for the 40 first to sign-up for it.

    Sponsoring the event
    If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Your contribution could be either money or goods/services. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services).

    To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
    An Appeal for Contribution:
    Support to the Survivors of the Tohoku Disaster of March 2011

    Fifteen months after the Tohoku disaster on 11 March 2011, there are still tens of thousands of survivors living in temporary settings. There have been alarming news both on their physical and mental wellbeing. Public organizations are not on par with the radically increased need for support. To be able to support people before their problems get out of hand, the active role of society is necessary.

    However, the NGO's in Tohoku are mainly small, with limited capacity to develop and expand their activities. In spring 2012, COOP Miyagi started funding a programme called "TOMONY". It creates an umbrella which unites small NGO's and provides them with training and support. The Finnish Association for Mental Health (FAMH) is the oldest voluntary mental health organisation in the world, with special competence in training professionals and lay people to support people in their crises. FAMH is willing to share their experience with Tohoku actors without any charges.

    Supported by City of Sendai and Sendai-Finland Wellbeing Center, TOMONY and FAMH have decided to arrange a fact finding mission to Sendai and its surroundings 24-28 October 2012. Finnish and Japanese experts will make site visits to see grassroot support activities, organize an awareness seminar open to general public, and arrange an expert workshop to explore potential for long term collaboration. If joint analysis shows that long term collaboration should be established, project funding for it will be applied from appropriate sources.

    Due to Finnish regulations, FAMH cannot use its own funds for international travel costs. Therefore, some external funding is already needed to cover the travel costs of the two FAMH experts for the fact finding mission. The sum needed is thought to be around 4000 euro. If sponsors so wish, the ways to ensure visibility to the financial support can be discussed.

    For more details, click ling at right. If you are interested to support and/or need more information, please contact Juha Teperi, Director, Sendai-Finland Wellbeing Center.

    News from Finland

    Air Finland out of business

    The 10-year-old airline and package tour operator has ended all operations and filed for bankruptcy.

    In a brief statement on its website, the leisure airline expresses deep regret for the harm caused to its customers by the sudden announcement.

    According to STT, there are now around 1,000 Air Finland customers abroad. The carrier flew to destinations in Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey as well as Dubai.

    Grin of the Week

    Not what she expected...

    After she woke up, a woman told her husband, "I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine's day. What do you think it means?"

    "You'll know tonight." he said.

    That evening, the man came home with a package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it - to find a book entitled "The meaning of dreams"
    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, 12 individual and one special member.