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  ISSUE 24/2009 29 October 2009  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This time around I have mainly reminders of our events, most importantly the Stora Enso Cup, where the registration dead-line is tomorrow Friday. So if you would like to play and have not yet signed up, do it soon! More details below.

But there's also some new stuff so scroll down all the way, and we have also a new contribution from our senior statesman in the column "Aoyama View" at our web site. This time he makes an analysis of the Hatoyama government's first month in power. Interesting reading!
Click banner at right to read the column titled "How's Hatoyama doing?".

  Friday, 6 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge Autumn 2009

The 15th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 6 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K. FCCJ is defending the cup.

We have now 17 players in the FCCJ team, 13 from the SCCJ. Please sign up by tomorrow Friday if you would like to participate!

Date & Time:Friday, 6 November 2009 (start from no. 1 and 10, first tee-off at 9:45)
Venue: Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West
1044-1 Inno, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka 412-0008
Cost:18,700 yen (incl. green fee, caddie, lunch and party after play)
to be settled directly to the club
Registration:by Friday, 30 October 2009, by enclosed form or mailing  mailing me 
Note 1: Remember to give your HCP
Note 2: If you want to go to the course the previous evening, the course has a nice lodge. See flyer for details.

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Friday, 13 November
FCIJ Business Confidence Survey Presentation Luncheon with Jesper Koll

Join us to see the results of the most recent Business Confidence Survey conducted by the Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ). After lunch we are delighted to present Jesper Koll who will give us his analysis and commentary on the results.

Jesper Koll is president and CEO of Tantallon Research Japan, part of Singapore-based Tantallon Capital. Koll, who was chief economist for Merrill Lynch Japan for eight years before joining Tantallon in June, 2007, is one of the few non-Japanese members of the Keizai Doyukai, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives. He is a columnist for Asia Insight.

Date & Time:Friday, 13 November, 12:00-14:00
Venue: Westin Tokyo, Ebisu    MAP
Cost:Members: 6,000 yen, non-Members: 8,000 yen, including the full survey report
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday, 9 November

The Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) Business Confidence Survey has become a widely accepted bi-annual barometer for the sentiments of foreign business leaders in Japan, their views on the Japanese economy, and their own business performance.

If you like to attend, please click link at right. To check who has already registered, click HERE!.
Wednesday, 25 November
FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Dr. Fang He, Takanashi Milk Products

At our luncheon meeting in November we will have Dr. Fang He, Research & Develoment Dept. Manager, at Takanashi Milk Products Co., Ltd. as our speaker.

Takanashi Milk Products have had a long and extensive co-operation with Valio, the leading Finnish dairy company and Dr. Fang He has been instrumental in this co-operation. He was also Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Food Chemistry, University of Turku from March 1999 to March 2000.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 25 November, 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 Monday, 23 November

About Dr. Fang He
Dr. Fang He was born in 1961and is a Chinese national but permanent resident in Japan. He became Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Tsukuba in April 1992 after which he had technical training in Germany. In April 1992 he joined. Takanashi Milk Products and has spent his career there except for his Research felowhip in Turku and in Oklahoma, USA in 2003.

About Takanashi Milk Products Co., Ltd.
Takanashi was established in 1946 by Yoshiro Takanashi. Since then, the company has seen three generations of Takanashi sons lead the company as President. Our founder and his successors have all strived to achieve their ultimate wish; that is customer satisfaction. Takanashi's mission is to manufacture products that are of superior quality, beneficial to one's health and, very importantly, in an environmentally friendly manner.

Friday, 11 December
The 17th 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, 11 December, at the same venue as last year, The Westin Tokyo.
The committee has been working hard on a new and exciting program for this year's party. Together with the staff at The Westin Tokyo, the committee is confident that all participating chamber members, and their guests, will experience a party better than ever before!

We open registration for the party on Monday, 9 November.

Currently, we are recruiting sponsors 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.

If you sign-up as a sponsor now (click link below for online sign-up), before we open registration and announce the site to all chamber members, you will get most benefit of your contribution.
Café Alvar Aalto by Finland Café Open

Finland Café is the biggest consumer promotion event by Visit Finland celebrating 8th time this year. This year the event is jointly organized with United Destinations, which is important co-operator of Visit Finland in Japan.
Finland Cafe, under the theme of Alvar Aalto, will be open until 23 of December..

Address:    UD Studio, 1-28-9 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel & Fax:   03-3409-5155
More info:

Notice Regarding Changes to Immigration Rules

As you may have heard, there are some major changes coming to Japan's Immigration regulations and procedures. Perhaps the most significant is the proposed requirement for a Japanese Health Insurance Card for visa renewal.

We have prepared a summary of the key changes for your reference (click link below). It is expected that the Immigration Bureau will provide additional details in the coming months and we will keep you informed as soon as we have more details.

News from Finland

Finnish shipyard delivers world's biggest cruiseship

South Korean shipbuilder STX on Wednesday delivered MS Oasis of the Seas, the world's biggest cruiseship, to Miami-based line Royal Caribbean from a yard in southwestern Finland.

The 361-metre ship has berthing for about 6,400 passengers and 2,100 crew and towers 72 metres above sea level.

At a cost of some 900 million euros, the vessel is the biggest export product ever manufactured in Finland.

The ship was laid down at STX's Turku yard in November 2007. The same yard is to deliver MS Allure of the Seas, the second Genesis-class ship, next year.

Grin of the Week

Don't take it for what it looks like

An off-duty police officer, familiar with radar guns, drove through a school zone within the legal speed limit when the flash of a camera went off, taking a picture of his license plate.

The officer, thinking the radar was in error, drove by again; even more slowly. Another flash. He did it again for a third time, at an even slower speed. Same result.

"This guy must have screwed up the settings," the off-duty officer thought.

A few weeks later, when he received the violations in the mail, he discovered three traffic tickets:

Each for not wearing a seat belt!
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, 16 individual and one special member.