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  ISSUE 22/2011 30 August 2011  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Our autumn season kicked off with a successful Yakatabune Cruise on Wednesday last week attended by 57 members and guest. Read the report below.

Still back to our relief effort in Sendai beginning of the month. We have received a nice "thank you" letter from Yukino, 5 years old. She writes "The earthquake was scary. But I am fine now. Thank you for the bag. Enjoyed it very much!."
Click image at right to see the letter.

FCCJ Office Closed Thu. 1 - Tue. 12 September
We will take a late summer vacation due to some family matters in Europe so the office will be closed during the above dates. I will try to read my emails but cannot promise immediate responses.

 
Report from the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT4120 Code Share Cruise

The Chamber started off the Autumn season in style and with some great fun with the Finnair AY4159 - Finn Tour FT412 Code Share Yakatabune Cruise on Thursday, 24 August.

We had chartered our own Yakatabune boat which departed from at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise we enjoyed great Japanese tempura-sashimi dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" .

The event attracted 57 participants and made affordable by the support of our sponsors, Finnair and Finn Tour. For a lot of pictures from the event, click link at right.

Wednesday, 28 September - Networking event organized by the French Chamber
European Chambers Cocktail Party

A delightful evening awaits you at ANA Intercontinental Hotel! This prestigious venue will host 2011 European Chambers cocktails for an "after summer party".

Come prepared with your business cards: meet new contacts, develop business leads and catch up with friends and business partners! The evening will feature drinks, hors d'oeuvres and networking to celebrate the rentr?e.

European Chambers are looking forward to welcoming you and your friends so be sure to reply and confirm your attendance! More than 300 guests joined last year.

Organized by CCIFJ (French), in cooperation with DIHKJ (German), BCCJ (British), FCCJ (Finish), ABC (Austrian), BLCCJ (Belgian-Luxembourg), DCCJ (Danish), ICCJ (Italian), SCCIJ (Swiss), SCCJ (Swedish), NoCCJ (Norway) and NCCJ (Dutch). With the kind support of European Business Council in Japan.

European Chambers would like to thank Union Liquors (Denis Frères Group) for it generous donation for the wine and soft drinks served at this event.

Details:
Date & Time:Wednesday, 28 September, 18.30-21:00
Venue: ANA Intercontinental, Prominence B1F [MAP}
Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 9,000 yen
Registration:first dead-line Wednesday, 21 September
(Cancellation after this date or no show will be fully charged)

European Chambers are looking forward to welcoming you and your friends so be sure to reply and confirm your attendance by clicking link at right!
Friday, 30 September - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2011

The 9th North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup, will be played on Friday, 30 September at the same venue as in previous years, the Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organizing task-force has been working closely with the club to reduce costs, so some portion of the participation fee and sponsorship will be donated to charity along with the presently established charity fundraising activity.

Registration of Players
It is less than three weeks to the registration dead-line (16 September) so sign-up soon to guarantee your spot. As an added bonus, the bus is free for the first 40 to sign up.
The participation fees are same as last year, i.e. a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,000 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, for a total of 24,000 yen, of which a part will go to charity..

Sponsoring the event
If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Sponsors who sign up now will have the additional benefit of getting an almost full one year exposure on the web site (until we open the 2012 site). Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services) and all surplus from the sponsorship money will go to charity.

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
Wednesday 5 - Saturday 8 October
Business Promotion and Contact Trip to Vladivostok

Business delegation led by H.E. Mr. Jari Gustafsson, Ambassador of Finland to Japan and H.E. Mr. Matti Anttonen, Ambassador of Finland to Russia

To evaluate the opportunities for tri-party cooperation between Finland, Japan and Russia in the Russia Far East Region, the FCCJ in cooperation with the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce and our Embassies in Tokyo and Moscow is conducting a Business Promotion and Contact Trip to Vladivostok in October.

Due to its' unique geographical location in the Russian Far East, Vladivostok offers many opportunities for trade and business cooperation between Finland, Russia and Japan. In 2012, Vladivostok will host the 24th Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum.

As the program is drawn up by the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce and the Embassies of Finland in Moscow and Tokyo, in cooperation with the Russian Embassy in Tokyo, it creates a unique opportunity to meet with local decision makers at the highest level. There will also be a meeting with Japan Center in Vladivostok and get to know Japanese business people operating in the area.

For more information and registration, click link at right.
If you have inquiries, please contact FCCJ Board Member Pekka Laitinen.
FY2011 METI Subsidy Program for Establishing a New Asian region HQ Site in Japan or a New R&D Facility in Japan

On Tuesday August 23, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced its latest Subsidy Program for Corporate Projects involving:
1. Location of a new Asian regional HQ in Japan
or

2. Setting up of a new R&D site in Japan.
Subsidies of up to 1 billion yen will be available for companies meeting the criteria.

In brief, under the program, costs that will be subsidized by METI are (i) Survey design costs, (ii) Facility costs, (iii) Equipment costs and (iv) facility rental charges. The subsidy rate is up to one-half for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and up to one-third for non-SMEs (Limit: 1 billion yen).

JETRO is the Secretariat for this subsidy program and JETRO is accepting the applications from Tuesday, August 23, 2011 to Monday, October 31, 2011 (before noon Japan Time).

Please note that the application form can be submitted in ENGLISH and all supporting documentation also can be submitted in ENGLISH.

For further information, please visit:
  • http://www.jetro.go.jp/en/invest/newsroom/announcements/2011/20110816884.html (English)
  • http://www.meti.go.jp/information/data/c110823aj.html (Japanese)

    Please also refer to the file linked below at right..

    For further information and a consultation, please contact:
    Secretariat for Subsidy Program for Projects Promoting Asian Site Location in Japan Invest Japan Department, JETRO Contact persons: Mr. Yamada, Ms. Kashiwaya and Ms. Isono
    TEL: +81-(0)3-3582-5234 FAX: +81-(0)3-3505-1990
    E-Mail: invest-japan@jetro.go.jp
    News from Finland

    Finnish manufacturing and consumer confidence drops

    Finnish manufacturing confidence declined in August, with the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) saying in a statement Monday its indicator scored -9 points, down from +4 points in the year-ago period.

    The revised July figure is -2 points.

    Finnish consumer confidence fell this month, Statistics Finland (SF) said in a statement Monday.

    The agency's consumer confidence indicator scored +5.1 points in August, down from +11.3 points in July and +21.9 points in the year-ago period.

    The long-run average is +13.3 points.

    "Of the four components of the consumer confidence indicator, expectations concerning Finlandfs economy and the development of unemployment weakened sharply in August from the previous month and especially from the corresponding period of one year ago," the statement added.


    Grin of the Week

    Last Request

    Father O'Grady was saying his good-byes to the parishioners after his Sunday morning service as he always does when Mary Clancey came up to him in tears. "What's bothering you, dear?" asked Farther O'Grady.

    "Oh, father, I've got terrible news." Replied Mary. "My husband passed away last night."

    "Oh, Mary!" said the good father. "That's terrible. Tell me, Mary, did he have any last requests?"

    "Yes...," Mary replied sheepishly.

    "Well?"

    "He said, 'Please, Mary, put down the gun.'"
  • Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt
    If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
    send it to: fccj@gol.com

    ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
    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.