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  ISSUE 9/2009 2 April, 2009  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Already April and we haven't seen much of the spring yet in Tokyo. Better come soon, oterwise the cherry trees might decide that they will not blossom this year...

Apart from the two events listed below, we have the Stora Enso Cup on Friday 10th of April. The registration dead-line has already passed but we have a couple of slots still available if you are interested. Click here for details.
At this moment we have 21 players in both teams, in addition 5 SCCJ guests, so total 46 players

  Last reminder: Tuesday, 7 April
FCCJ Annual General Assembly & Dinner with the Board of Trustees
The 10th Ordinary Annual General Assembly of FCCJ will be held at the

Embassy of Finland on Tuesday, 7 April, 2008 at 17.00

The General Assembly will handle matters according to Article 9 in the Articles of Association of FCCJ.

Dinner with the Board of Trustees at 18:00
After the Assembly (at 18:00), we will have an update from H.E. Mr. Jorma Julin, Ambassador of Finland to Japan, followed by a Dinner hosted by Ambassador Julin. We have invited our Board of Trustees members and you will have opportunities to discuss with them during the dinner.

This is a member only event and he dinner is free for one representative/member.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right, at latest tomorrow Friday!
To check who has registered, click HERE!

Friday, 17 April - Joint Nordic Business Luncheon organized by the SCCJ
Tommy Kullberg: "The art of adding a zero to your business....!"
SCCJ organizes a Joint Nordic Business Luncheon with Mr. Tommy Kullberg, Chairman, European Business Council (EBC) and member of the SCCJ Board if Trustees


Date & Time:Friday, 17 April, 12:00-14:00
Place: Happo-en, 1-1-1, Shirogane, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost:Members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday, 10 April

Most foreign companies are trading far below their international market shares in Japan - still the second largest market in the world for most business segments. Over the years many companies have made costly mistakes and even completely withdrawn from the market.
What are the common mistakes we insistently keep on doing? What are the main regulatory issues we are facing and what can we do to remove them?

If you would like to attend, please click link at right!
Note that if you are not a FCCJ member, contact the SCCJ.
Monday, 13 April - Italian Chamber Event
ICCJ Easter Dinner 2009

The Italian Chamber invites you at the first ICCJ Easter Dinner, an extraordinary chance for celebrating the yearly recurrence and tasting typical Italian flavours.

Date & Time:Monday, 13 April, 20:30-
Place: Elio Locanda Italiana [INFO & MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen
Registration:by Wednesday, 8 April

For more information and registration details, click link at right.
Friday, 24 April - Maison franco-japonaise Seminar
"Population Decline and Ageing in Japan: The Social Consequences"

Florian Coulmas, German Institute for Japan Studies (DIJ, Tokyo)
Discussant Marc Humbert, The Research Institute at the French-Japanese House

Japan's economic and social development since the end of the Pacific War is a story of growth and success. Life improved continuously for the vast majority of all Japanese. Yet, the level of life satisfaction in Japan is low by international comparison. The Japanese are rich, healthy and long-lived, but not as content as indicators of material wellbeing would predict. While their life-expectancy rose, their readiness to reproduce declined. Over the past half century Japan's total fertility rate (TFR) fell to less than one third of what it was in mid twentieth century.
This seminar pursues the question of how they can be combined to explain Japan's low fertility rate. It argues that the TFR decline is a response to an indication of a number of inconsistencies that the ageing society itself has produced.

Date & Time:Friday, 24 April, 12:30-14:00
Place: Maison franco japonaise, room 601, 3-9-25, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku
Cost:free (brown-bag lunch)

For more information and registration details, click link at right.
News from Finland

Finnish industry lobby says country cannot afford pay rises

The Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) said Tuesday that pay increases were not possible given the economic gloom, adding wage costs should actually fall in order to maintain the country's competitiveness at last year's level.

"The fact of the matter is that hours are short, wages high and the wage development breakneck thanks to the previous round of [pay and conditions] agreements," said Sakari Tamminen, the chairman of the lobby.

He added Finland could not afford pay rises at the moment.

"We must improve productivity and see to cost competitiveness, for wages are curently rising at a markedly faster rate here than they are in competing countries while even the exchange rates are working against us."

Grin of the week

Smart kid - or...?

The child was a typical four-year-old girl - cute, inquisitive, bright as a new penny. When she expressed difficulty in grasping the concept of marriage, her father decided to pull out his wedding photo album, thinking visual images would help.

One page after another, he pointed out the bride arriving at the church, the entrance, the wedding ceremony, the recessional, the reception, etc.

"Now do you understand?" he asked.

"I think so," she said, "is that when mommy came to work for us?"
Have a good 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 68 corporate members, 15 individual and one special member.