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  ISSUE 21/2009 28 September, 2009  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This time I will include a full list of events until the end of the year. See further down in "Coming Events" and mark already now in your calendar those events that sounds interesting to you.

And this is the absolutely "final bell" for the Daimler & Chrysler Cup held on Friday, 2 October. We still a couple slots available, so if you would like to participate, and have yet signed up, do it now! To find out more go HERE.

  Report from the FCCJ Luncheon Meeting on Thursday 17 September

The FCCJ September luncheon meeting was held on Thursday the 17th with Mr. Taro Sakamoto, Country Manager of Brown-Forman Beverages Japan LLC as our guest speaker. The theme of Mr. Sakamoto7s presentation was Finlandia Vodka.

Brown-Forman has acquired the Finlandia Vodka brand in several step and became 100% owner in 2004. Finlandia Vodka is a premium vodka from Finland and is sold in more than 100 countries around the world.

In his presentation Mr. Sakamoto first described the history and current businesses of Brown-Forman, then explained about their vision for the Finlandia brand and the global and domestic markets, Finally Mr. Sakamoto described the various phases in the distribution history of Finlandia Vodka in Japan and the current challenges they are facing promoting the brand.

Mr. Jari Gustafsson, Ambassador-Designate of Finland to Japan attended the meeting.

For more about the meeting, attended by 25 members and guests click link at right.

Tuesday, 13 October
FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Japan Lingonberry Association

At our luncheon meeting in October we will have two speakers, Mr. Hiroto Kato, Assistant General Manager, Beverage Dept., Marubeni Corporation and Mr. Taiji Watanabe, Chairman, Japan Lingonberry Promotional Association, who will talk about lingonberry. Mr. Watanabe is also President of Izumi Kosan and a member of the FCCJ Board of Trustees.

Marubeni has started to import lingonberry, its juice and extracts from Finland in fairly large volumes, so it will be interesting to hear what they are going to do with it, and what their future plans are. A group of representatives from Finnish companies participating in Health Ingredients Japan, held in Tokyo the same week, will also attend the meeting.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 13 October, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, guests 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday, 9 October

About the Japan Lingonberry Promotional Association
The Japan Lingonberry Promotional Association was founded in December 2008. It is actively promoting the berry in Japan, already importing its juice and extracts and doing product development. The lingonberry juice being developed by Japanese beverage manufacturers are expected to hit the market by the end of the year.

If you like to attend, please click link at right.
Thursday, 8 October - Ecentral Event
Ecentral After 7: The Global Networking Event

Famous for its casual format and high profile participants, A7 is the casual networking event for current and future business leaders in Japan. Brought to you by Ecentral, 9 International Chambers of Commerce and their corporate partners, A7 gives you a unique opportunity to expand your international business network.

More than 500 people attended each of the first 2 events co-organized by Ecentral and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and A7 will continue its purpose to continually bring together international business organizations and leading Japanese companies under the theme of global networking ? developing common ideas and opportunities in a friendly, international environment.

Date & Time:Thursday, 8 October, 19:00 - 23:00
Venue: 57 bar & lounge, B1F, 4-2-35 Roppongi, Minato-ku MAP
Cost:3,200 yen (advanced bookings), 3,700 yen (on the day)
Registration:by Friday, 25 September

For more information and registration, please click links at right.
Coming Events

Our event schedule until the end of this calendar year has more or less been fixed. To enable you to plan your calendar, we list them below.

Wed. 30 Sep. Busness Luncheon organized by the SCCJ     more >>
Fri. 2 Oct. Daimler & Chrysler Cup - The North America -Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
    more >>
Thu. 8 Oct. Ecentral After 7: The Global Networking Event   more >>
Tue. 13 Oct. FCCJ Luncheon Meeting (see above)
Fri. 6 Nov. Stora Enso Cup - Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge
Fri. 13 Nov. FCIJ Business Confidence Survey Luncheon
Wed. 25 Nov. FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Fang He, Research & Develoment Dept. Manager, Takanashi Milk Products Co., Ltd.
Tue. 8 Dec. FCCJ Christmas Luncheon at the Embassy of Finland
Fri. 11 Dec. The Scandinavian Christmas Party

For more details and latest on the events, please click links at right.
News from Finland

Finnish opposition demands PM Vanhanen resign

Finnish opposition parties on Thursday told Matti Vanhanen (centre) to draw his conclusions from the long-running election campaign funding affair and resign as prime minister.

But the parliamentary groups of the Social Democratic party, the Left Alliance, the Christian Democrats and the True Finns added they would not launch an interpellation over the campaign funding irregularities.

Tarja Filatov, the chair of the Social Democrats' Parliament group, said Mr Vanhanen did not enjoy the opposition's confidence.

Annika Lapintie, the Left Alliance group leader, said the prime minister should resign.

Bjarne Kallis of the Christian Democrats accused the prime minister of lying, with Raimo Vistbacka of the True Finns saying the Finnish political system had been driven into the ground under the Centre party's leadership.

The government said in a statement that the leaders of the ruling parties had agreed to submit a statement to Parliament "on questions relating to election funding".

Grin of the Week

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Mr. Greenberg was an illiterate immigrant, but he worked hard, saved his pennies, and started a small business. It did well, and soon he had enough money to send for the wife and children. The work kept him very busy, so he never had time to learn to write, but the bank was happy to do business with him, even though his signature consisted of two X's.

He prospered, he opened more stores, the kids were transferred to private schools, the family moved into a fancy house (with one staircase going nowhere just for show) get the idea.
One day his banker, Mr. Smith, asked him to drop by.

"So vat's the problem?" Greenberg asked, a bit anxiously.

Smith waved a bunch of checks at him. "Perhaps nothing," he said, "but I wanted to be on the safe side. These recent checks of yours are all signed with 3 X's, but your signature of record has just 2."

Greenberg looked embarrassed. "I'm sorry about making trouble," he said, "but my vife said that since I'm now such a high class rich guy, I should have a middle name!"
Have a good week &
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, 15 individual and one special member.