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 Wednesday, 24 February 2011 - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

Guest Speaker:
Mr. Tsutomu Okuda, Chairman and CEO, J. Front Retailing Co., Ltd.

For Mr. Okuda's full presentation, click here. (pdf 1.1 MB)

Images from the event

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The tables are set but still time for some networking.
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Newly appointed President of Kone Japan, Yasuyuki Oda, explains to Johanna Kotkajarvi, Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy.
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Kaj Forsell introduces himself to Mr. Okuda, center Isao Nishimura, who was the initiator of the event.
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Former SCCJ Chairman Carl-Gustav Eklund being introduced to Mr. Okuda by FCCJ Presindet Marko Saarelainen.
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Two seniors in the Japan-Finland business, Isamu Maeda and Kazuki Yamamoto.
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FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen makes some opening remarks.
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The event, at Hotel Okura, was attended by 34 persons.
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The top table follows Mr. Saarelainens remarks.
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Ambassador Jari Gustafsson and Tsutomu Okada.
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Mr. Okuda starts his presentation.
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Duco Delgorge (EBC Vice-Chairman) asks about a EU-Japan trade agreement.
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Mr. Okuda said that he is not so familiar with the issue but thinks it is necessary.
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Carl-Gustav Eklund (former SCCJ Chairman) asks about the increase in consumption tax.
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Mr. Okuda responded that it is necessary to increase the tax, perhaps to at least 15%. But from their business point of view it might be negative in the shorter term. Perhaps the tax should be increased by 0.5 or 1% every year...
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From left; Isamu Maeda, Hitotaka Sakurada, Akira Tomiyasu, Haruko Hashimoto and AI Takase. Back to camera Jukka Pajarinen.
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Timo Varhama thanks for the paper business JFR have given to UPM... and aska a question..
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Kimio Hashida asks about how to 'activate' the huge savings that elderly people in Japan have.
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FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen hands over a smal present to the guest speker - FInnish glassware.
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Mr. Okuda writes a message to Marko Saarelainen.
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'The Offical Photo'. Isao Nishimura, Tsutomu Okuda, Marko Saarelainen and Timo Varhama.
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