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 Tuesday 26 January - Joint Nordic Luncheon Meeting

Guest Speaker:
Mr. Jyrki Katainen, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Finance of Finland
Theme:
"Economic policy after the crisis"

For Minister Katainen's presentation in full, click here!

Images from the event

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Minister Katainen discusses with FCCJ members before start of the meeting. From left. Yasuyuki Oda, Kone Japan, Veli Solehmainen, Vaisala K.K., Minister Katainen, Ambassador Gustafsson, Tuomo Kuuppo, Stora Enso Japan and Timo Varhama, UPM-Kymmene Japan. Co., Ltd.
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Networking among the participants.
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From left Kazuki Yamamoto, Stefan Nilsson (SCCJ), Pekka Laitinen, Magnus Holm (Swedish Embassy), Juho Romakkaniemi (Advisor to the minister) and Erik Ullner.
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Getting ready to start the meeting.
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FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen starts the proceedings.
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Marko Saarelainen checks if it is time start the presentation under the watchful eyes of Ambassador Jari Gustafsson. Minister Katainen checks his speaking notes...
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Minister Katainen starts his presentation.
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...and the audience is listening...
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At the main table, from left: Magnus Holm (Embassy of Sweden), Kimio Hashida (Nokia Japan), Trond Varlid (NCCJ Chairman), Hitotaka Sakurada (F-Secure KK), Timo Varhama (UPM-Kymmene Japan), Kaz Omori (Tokyo Chamber of Commerce & Industry) and FCCJ Chairman Marko Saarelainen. Back to camera: Ambassador Jari Gustafsson.
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From left: Erik Ullner (Konigstedt), Pekka Laitinen (Septem Partners), Juho Romakkaniemi (Advisor to the Minister), Stefan Nilsson (JP Morgan), Kazuki Yamamoto (Finland Japan Trading), Heikki Makipaa (The Finnish Institute in Japan), Martti Hetemaki (Permanent Under Secretary) and Petri Hautakangas (Nokia Siemens Networks). Front: Mika Makinen (mikAdvance).
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From left: Masaoki Fujita (Coil Center Fujita), Tetsuro Urabe (Ebisu Kagaku), Kristina Sawaguchi (EF Education First Japan), Mitsutoshi Kera (Benelic), Kjell Fornander (Next Inc.), Atsushi Odaira (Ebisu Kagaku) and Yasuyuki Oda (Kone Japan).
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From left: Kanji Ohashi (Mori Hospitalty Corp./Grand Hyatt Tokyo), Isao Nishimura (Nishimura & Associates), Yukio Sakurai (Board of Trustees Member), Veli Solehmainen (Vaisala K.K.), Ilse Mattlin (Secretary to the Minister), Jukka Pajarinen (Embassy of Finland), Tuomo Kuuppo (Stora Enso Japan) and Kari Varis (Financial Advisor to the Minister).
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FCCJ board members, from left; Mika Makinen, Erik Ullner, Yoshinori Sano and Pekka Laitinen.
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Start of the Q&A session.
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Former FCCJ President Mika Makinen asks the first question; about day-care for elderly people..
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Minister Katainen noted that it is not very common in Finland yet, but good idea.
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Norwegian Chamber Chairman Trond Varlid asks a question about banks too big to fail.
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Magnus Holm, Minister at the Swedish Embassy asks a question about government bond rates.
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'...prehaps they should be this high...'
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Erik Ullner, FCCJ Board of Trustees member and EBC Treasurer comments on which country has come out best from the crisis and Japanese goverment debt (which is mostly held by Japanese)
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Former FCCJ President and now Board of Trustees member Timo Varhama asks about privatization of social services in Finland.
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Marko Saarelainen presents the speaker with a small present.
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'The Official Photo'
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Minister Katainen with Finnsih Ambassador Jari Gustafsson and Magnus Holm, Minister at the Swedish Embassy.
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Kaz Omori of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry introduces himself to the minister.
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Trond Varlid and Kaz Omori discuss cooperation between the Tokyo and the Nordic Chambers.
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The meeting was attended by 35 members and guests..
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