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  ISSUE 27/2009 30 November 2009  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Going into December tomorrow I guess everyone is getting busy not only to get all business done before the end of the year but also preparing for the holiday season, sending Christmas and New Year's cards and attending "bonenkai" (year end celebrations in Japan) and Christmas parties.

The registration dead-line for the Scandinavian Christmas Party is coming Friday (4 December). So far the sign-up from FCCJ has been slow and we now have only 38 participants from our chamber. Last year we had 82, so please consider signing-up for the best party in town for a reasonable cost!
More information below.

  Report from the November Luncheon Meeting

The FCCJ November luncheon meeting was held on Wednesday the 25th with the theme "Dairy Cooperation between Japan and Finland" The speaker was Dr. Fang He, Research & Development Deptartment Manager at Takanashi Milk Products Co., Ltd.

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.

The meeting, held at Hotel Okura, was attended by 19 members and guests. For a report from the event, click link at right!
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!

Registration dead-line Friday, 4 December

We are still 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.

To register for the party or to sign-up as a sponsor, click link below!

Tuesday, 8 December
FCCJ Christmas Luncheon Meeting
Note: Due to space limitations, this event is for members and staff of member companies only.

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 some impressions of his first three months "on duty", an update on current developments in the Japan Finland relations and latest news from the Embassy. .

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Tuesday, 8 December, 12:00-14:00
Place: Embassy of Finland
(3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku)  MAP 
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Note: Members and members guests only
Registration:by Thursday, 3 December

Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 4 December and "no-shows".

If you would like to attend and have not signed up, please click link below.
To check who has already registered, click HERE!
Tuesday, 8 December
Consumer Protection:
The Role of Public Administration in the EU and Japan

The Delegation of the European Commission to Japan and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation are pleased to organise a seminar on consumer affairs policy with a public address by Mrs Meglena Kuneva, the EU Commissioner in charge of Consumer Affairs.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 8 December, 14:30 - 16:30
Place: The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Tokyo, 2nd Floor, Ball Room (III/IV)  MAP 
Co-organised by: The Delegation of the European Commission to Japan
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Language: English / Japanese (simultaneous interpretation)

For more information and registration, click link at right.

News from Finland

EU's Barroso names Rehn economy commissioner

Jose Barroso, the president of the European commission, announced Friday that he had named Finland's Olli Rehn economic and monetary affairs commissioner.

Mr Rehn had served as the EU executive's enlargement commissioner since 2004.

His new portfolio is deemed one of the most high-profile ones in the commission along with the trade, competition and internal market ones.

Matti Vanhanen (centre), the Finnish prime minister, told reporters at the Finnish Parliament that Mr Rehn's new portfolio met the Finnish government's objective. "I am extremely pleased," he said. "This is certainly no consolation prize, but an absolutely top-rate post."

Grin of the Week

Lesson learned?

When white man found America, Indians were running it.
There were:
- No Taxes - No Debt - Plenty buffalo - Plenty beaver - Medicine man free - Women did all the work - Men hunted and fished all the time

The white man was dumb enough to think he could improve on that system!
Have a nice 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 62 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.