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  ISSUE 8/2015 30 March 2015  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Hope my readers in Japan have been enjoying the cherry blossoms!

This is the last reminder for the Annual General Assembly on Wednesday, 8 April starting at 17:00 at the Embassy of Finland. We have almost 50 participants signed up, but we have space for a few more. Read more below. Note that this is a member only event.

The next event is Stora Enso Cup, the Golf Challenge between the Finnish and Swedish Chambers, played on Friday, 17 April at G.C. Narita Hightree in Chiba pref. We also have a good number of sign-ups for this event, currently almost 20 from FCCJ, but the more, the merrier.
Read more about this as well below.

This week we also have a new contribution from our columnist in his Aoyama View column, this time titled: "Sakura: beautiful, but just for a short, fleeting moment ".

Click banner at right for an interesting read about society, politics, economy and business in Japan and a bit elsewhere as well!

Wednesday, 8 April - Members Only Event
FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The 16th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held at the

  Embassy of Finland on Wednesday, 8 April, 2015 at 17.00
 Registration dead-line: Thursday, 2 April

The Assembly will handle matters according to Article 10 in the Articles of Association of the FCCJ.

Dinner at 18:00
After the Assembly we will have a buffet dinner hosted by Ambassador Manu Virtamo.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member. If space available, additional representatives from member companies can be accepted, but will charged 7,000 yen per person.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right. To check who have signed up, click here.

Friday, 17 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Spring 2014

The 24th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - is played on Friday, 17 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..
At the same time we also play the FCCJ Cup for FCCJ members and the SCCJ Spring Cup for SCCJ members.

The venue this time is Golf Club Narita Hightree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 9:12 and the cost is 16,500 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.

Tuesday 21 April - Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber (BLCCJ) Event
Belgian Beer and Food Academy III

After two successful editions, the BLCCJ is proud to announce the "Belgian Beer and Food Academy III", the BLCCJ's third food pairing event! This prestigious event will take place on Tuesday 21 April, from 6:30pm, at the Yamato room in Hilton Tokyo (3F).

The Belgian Beer & Food Academy promises again to become an exploration of the Belgian beer paradise and Belgian cuisine. Executive Chef Philippe Egalon will explain in detail about the menu and the Belgian products and beers used, after which you will be served a full course dinner. For more details and the application form, please click link at right!

UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai 14-18 March

Finland had a visible representation at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction organized in Sendai. Former President Tarja Halonen served as panelist and made a keynote address and Ambassador Paivi Kairamo was the co-chair of the preparatory committee for the conference.

Halonen met with Margareta Wahlstrom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, who gave her the certificate of the third UN Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction nominated by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. They were joined by Ambassador Paivi Kairamo from Permanent mission of Finland in Geneva who was the co-chair of the preparatory committee for the conference.

Several thousand people participated in the conference, held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City.
For more on the conference from the Embassy of Finland web site, click links at right.

News from Finland

Turku shipyard to receive order for two cruise ships

Shipyard Meyer Werft has signed a cooperation agreement with the largest builder of luxury passenger ships, the Carnival Corporation. Two cruise ships are planned to be built at the shipyard in Turku, and two in Papenburg, Germany. The agreement is not yet a confirmed order, but a step towards a cooperation between the two companies.

The Meyer Turku release says that the agreement is an excellent opportunity to secure a long-term backlog.

"These orders, when they are confirmed, would mean a growing and more stable workload for the Finnish maritime network," the press release reads. "It would also ensure close, developing cooperation between the shipyard and its subcontractors."

The Carnival Corporation will be adding a total of nine new cruise ships to its fleet between 20192022, five of which are to be built by Fincantier in Italy. Carnival says the ships are intended to be bound for North America and Europe, but also to China and other emerging markets.

The South Korean company STX sold the Turku yard to the German Meyer Werft (who owns 70% of the shipyard) and to the Finnish government (who owns 30%) in September, 2014.

Grin of the Week

Late Night Alcohol Lecture

An elderly man was staggering down the street and stopped by a police officer who asked, "Just where are you going at 1:30 in the morning?"
The man said, "To an alcohol lecture."

The cop asked, "Where is it and who is giving it?"
The man said, "It's at my house, and my wife is giving it."
Have a great 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, 12 individual and one special member.