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  ISSUE 31/2012 28 November 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The official registration dead-line for the Scandinavian Christmas Party, held on Friday, 7 December at Westin Tokyo Hotel is getting closer.
If you have not signed-up yet, do so now so that you do not miss out on the best Christmas Party in town with a great atmosphere, five course dinner, plenty of drinks, top class entertainment (main show is a secret...) and chances to win a lot of great prizes without any need to by lottery tickets. Typically parties like this cost 25,000 - 30,000 yen (or even more) in Tokyo, but our party only 18,000 yen, all included. You could leave your wallet at home, unless you need it for the taxi ride back...

More details below.

Friday, 7 December - The Social Highlight of the Year for the Nordic Chambers
The 20th Joint Scandinavian Christmas Party

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, is this year held on Friday, 7 December at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel.

As this is the 20th anniversary, the party committee has been working on an exciting program with great food and drinks. Don't miss out on this opportunity to join one of the best parties in town for a very reasonable cost, taking into account what it includes!

Three more days to register!
The official registration dead-line is Friday, 30 November. Even though we can take some registration early next week if space is available, please sign up this week if you plan to partiicpate.

Sponsor Recruiting
We are still recruiting sponsors and advertisers for the party. 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, for a reasonable cost of participation.

To sign-up as participant or sponsor, click link at right.

Wednesday, 12 December
FCCJ Christmas Luncheon Meeting

The traditional FCCJ 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 Jari Gustafsson will give us an update on current developments in the Japan Finland relations and latest news from the Embassy. .

Note: Due to space restrictions, this is a members only event.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 12 December , 12.30-14:30
Venue: Embassy of Finland, 3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen
Registration:by Friday, 7 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 Tuesday, 11 December and "no-shows".

To sign up, please click link at right!

Invitation to Kyoto for Corporate Meeting Planners

Kyoto Convention Bureau invites FCCJ Member Companies to join fellow event planners for a two day learning-focused workshop in Kyoto about using this city to add value to your corporate events.

The itinerary will look at Kyoto from the perspective of meeting, incentive travel and corporate event planning. The aim is to show you all of the things that you know to expect from Kyoto hospitality, plus one or two things that perhaps you do not.

Date: Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th March 2013 (start and finish within business hours)
Scope of invitation: Round trip travel to Kyoto, one night hotel accommodation, meals,
    all education activities. (Applicable to full program participation only.)

To now more and register your interest, click link below (user name: kyoto | password: 2013), or contact James Kent at the Kyoto Convention Bureau, email:, phone 075-212-4140 .

News from Finland

No comfort from economic indicators

Economic indicators failed to provide comfort again in November. The consumer confidence indicator stood at 1.0 in November, down 0.6 percent since October and 3.4 in September. Businesses reported almost a total lack of growth.

Confidence in the economy was at the same level as one year ago in November but clearly below the long-term average, reported Statistics Finland.

However, consumers thought opportunities for saving to be good. Those in employment, though, felt the threat of losing their job grew slightly in November.

Neither were they comforted by industrial indicators published on Tuesday. The Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) described prospects for the future as weaker than average. No growth is anticipated in the short term

Growth in service sector was also expected to stagnate in the next few months.

Grin of the Week

Appropriate punishment?

"Cash or credit card?" the clerk at the department store asked after folding items the woman wished to purchase. As she fumbled for her wallet he notice a remote control for a television set in her purse.

"Do you always carry your TV remote?" he asked.

"No," she replied. "But my husband refused to come shopping with me, so I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him."
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.