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 Wednesday, 24 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Paavo Vayrynen, Minisiter for Foreign Trade and Development

Brief recap of the presentation:
  • The Ministers Japan history, his visits to Japan and meetings with Japanese politicians, most amusing the sauna with coming prime minster Abe
  • Japan and Finland both invest heavily in human resources - education and research
  • Both countries are concerned about the environment and aging society
  • What does Finland have to offer Japan?
    A gateway to the European and Russian market, also thanks to Finnair
    Investments in research and development, cooperation between universities/research institutes
    and private sector, this cooperation is also available to Japanese companies
  • Finland expects to have a 2-3% growth this year, and also next
  • In EU, problems with Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and perhaps even Italy
  • It was probably a mistake to make such a big euro zone from the beginning
  • A double-dip in the global economy is improbable, but cannot be excluded
The presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session, see some questions and responses below.
Images from the event

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Minster Väyrynen arrives, greeted by FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen. Left Ambassador Jari Gustafsson.
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Ambassador Jari Gustafsson, Minster Väyrynen and Marko Saarelainen discuss.
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FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen makes some opening remarks.
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The event, at Hotel Okura, was attended by 51 persons.
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Minster Väyrynen strats his presentation.
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Kimio Hashida, Nokia Japan, and Pekka Säilä, Deputy Director General at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
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JP Takala (NSN) asks the first question in the Q&A session; about the difference of being the the European and Finnish parliament.
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'I got quite bored in the EU parliament so started my own business....'
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Heikki Ranta (Cargotec), asks is Finland could play a role in solving the tension on the Korean peninsula.
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'Perhaps a task for our Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President Martti Ahtisaari.'
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Veli Solehmainen (Vaisala) asks about the business opportunity in South Korea.
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'Korean markets are competitive but appreciate Finnish products'
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FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen hands over a smal present to the guest speker - a 'jimbe'.
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Preparing for the traditional hadshake.
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Marko Saarelainen hads over a private present - a book about the history of his company, Honkarakenne.
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'The Offical Photo'. Ambasador Jari Gustafsson, FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen and Minister Paavo Väyrynen.
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