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  ISSUE 23/2007 28 November, 2007  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

It's "pikkujoulu" time in Finland and "bonenkai" parties around the corner in Japan, so sort of busy season for everyone.

We have Scandinavian Christmas Party on Friday 7 December, still time to sign up, and the traditional Christmas Luncheon at the Embassy on Tuesday 11 December. More about those below.

Fri. 7 December - Scandinavian Christmas Party
Last reminder for participants and sponsors!

This is the last reminder for signing up for the 15th Scandinavian Christmas Party, held on Friday, 7 December at The Westin Tokyo in Ebisu. We still have some seats left so sign up a.s.ap. if you have not done so already..

We still need more sponsors for the event. Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable as it has been throughout the years.

We have now six sponsors from the FCCJ; Finnair, Nokia, Stora Enso, Vaisala, Elektrobit and Azabu Tax Coproration. But we would like to see some more companies to reach our target! So please consider...
Report from the FCCJ Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday 20 November
Andrew Silberman, President & Chief Enthusiast, AMT

At our November luncheon meeting, held on Tuesday the 20th, we had speaker who knows how to engage his audience, both figuratively and literally, Andrew Silberman, President & Chief Enthusiast of the Advanced Management Training Group. Mr. Silberman spoke about "12 Non-cash Motivators to Improve Performance".

In his presentation Mr. Silberman first explained about his own background and the company, AMT Group. Then he went on to identify the motivators for people and finally presented "A 12-cylinder Motivator Engine".

For the first time at a FCCJ luncheon meeting the speaker put the participants to work. They had to, among other things, identify their own motivators and measure their current motivation level.

For more about the meeting, attended by 27 members and guests, click link below.
Thu. 11 December - Christmas Luncheon Meeting

Note: Due to space limitations, this event is for members and staff of member companies only.

The last FCCJ event of this year, the traditional Christmas Luncheon is again this year held at our Embassy, were we can enjoy a delicious Finnish style Christmas lunch prepared by the Embassy's chef.

H.E. Ambassador Jorma Julin will give us an update on current developments in the Japan Finland relations and latest news from the Embassy.

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Tuesday, 11 December, 12:00-14:00
Place: Embassy of Finland
(3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo)  MAP 
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Note: Members and members guests only
Registration:by Thursday, 6 December

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the Embassy and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 10 December and "no-shows".
News from Finland

Finland buries EU winemaker status hopes

Sirkka-Liisa Anttila (centre), the Finnish agriculture minister, said in Brussels on Monday that the government would no longer pursue the status of a winemaking country at the EU.

The Finnish Parliament's Agriculture and Forestry Committee had ruled at the end of October that Finland should bury the project for fear of sending the wrong message about the country's climate at a time when it was fighting for the right to continue to pay the Chapter 141 national farm aid. The Grand Committee reminded the government of Parliament's stance last week.

"I respect democracy, full stop," Ms Anttila said Monday.

According to draft EU rules, only wine produced in member states listed as winemaking countries could make wine commercially available.

Grins of the week

Comparable worth

Larry's barn burned down, and Susan, his wife, called the insurance company ...

Susan: We had that barn insured for fifty thousand and I want my money.
Agent: Whoa there just a minute, Susan; it doesn't work quite like that. We will ascertain the value of the old barn and provide you with a new one of comparable worth.

Susan, after a pause: I'd like to cancel the life insurance policy on my husband.

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 600 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, 16 individual and one special member.