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  ISSUE 15/2010 5 July 2010  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Although the World Cup is reaching its final stages, I guess the excitement in Japan is a bit lower now as they, rather unfortunately, exited thorugh the penalty shoot-out with Paraguay. But for die-hard soccer fans there is still a lot to see.

The FCCJ Office has a rather quiet period now and we have no events in July. Therefor we have decided to take one week vacation, leaving tomorrow evening and coming back next week Wednesday (14th July). Note that I will have very limited email access during this period.

  Report from Luncheon Meeting with Mr. Takehiko Tanaka

At our luncheon meeting on Tuesday, 22 June we had Mr. Takehiko Tanaka, author of the book "How to get home from work at 6 - the Finnish style of working" (free translation from Japanese title) as our guest speaker.

In his interesting and entertaining presentation Mr. Tanaka brought up subjects as:
  • Why Finns work much shorter than Japanese and seem to enjoy life but still stay at the top rank on the international competitiveness?
  • Why both Finnish and Japanese languages are wildly different from major languages such as English but only Finns learn much better than Japanese?
  • Can Japanese stop doing unnecessary things (meetings, documents, travels) by just copying Finnish ways?
  • Should Japanese young couples come home early and dine together just as Finns do?

  • After Mr. Tanaka's presentation, Mr. Petri Hautakangas of Nokia Siemens Networks Japan gave some comments on his views of the working culture at companies in Finland and the NHK program he participated in. about the subject.

    For more about the luncheon, attended by 27 members and guests, click link at right.

    Thursday, 26 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Evenet
    Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Cruise

    To start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the first and only Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Yakatabune on Thursday, 26 August 2010!

    We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashim dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style.

    A Yakatabune Curise is a memorable experience as such, but we promise to have some additional attractions onboard, including lotteries from our sponsors for a lot of nice prices!

    For more information, see below!
    Date & Time:Thursday, 26 August , 18.30-21:00
    Embarkation: Funayado Amisei, 2-1-26, Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
    Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
    Registration:first dead-line Friday, 16 July

    We have already about 35 sign-ups, but there's still room as the maximum capacity is 50.
    For more information and registration form for the event, click link at right.

    EBC White Paper 2010

    This year, the European Business Council (EBC) will again produce the EBC White Paper, the hallmark annual report on the business and investment environment, in English and Japanese for release in mid November. This will be the 11th in the series.

    However, the EBC cannot produce it without kind financial contributions from their members and supporters to help cover the costs of production, translation, and distribution. Moreover, sponsorship from members and supporters makes a huge contribution to establishing the credibility of the report. . So once again, the EBC is asking its members to sponsor the publication as "Blue-Star Sponsors," "Special Sponsors" or "Sponsors" in return for visible acknowledgment in the 2 volumes and we will also place all sponsor logos on a dedicated page in our website for 12 months.
    Similar to last year, the EBC will also take advance orders for the white papers at 5,000 yen for one set (1 English and 1 Japanese version per set) to assist with cost-recovery. Companies placing advance orders will be listed in the white paper as "Supporters."

    White Paper Sponsorship
  • Blue-Star Sponsorship 150,000 yen (or more if you wish) (Company name on a 2-name page)
  • Special Sponsorship: 100,000 yen (Company name on a 10-name page)
  • Sponsorship: 50,000 yen (Company name on a 20-name page)

    Purchase Price of White Papers (including postage):
  • 5,000 yen per set: 1 English copy and 1 Japanese copy

    A sponsorship reply form and an order reply form are attached below right. If you would like to support the white paper as either a sponsor and/or would like to order copies please print out the forms and return them to the EBC secretariat by fax (3263-6223) or by e-mail (
    News from Finland

    Barroso praises Finland during Kiviniemi's first Brussels trip

    Jose Barroso, the head of the European commission, lavished praise on Finnish EU policy in general and the country's commitment to fiscal discipline as Mari Kiviniemi (centre) visited Brussels for the first time as Finland's prime minister on Friday.

    Speaking at a joint news conference with Kiviniemi, Barroso said Finland had always been at the forefront of EU integration.

    Kiviniemi called for automatic sanctions for all countries found in breach of eurozone rules.

    The prime minister went on to pledge that Finland would reduce its 4.1-per cent budget deficit to 1.3 per cent of gross domestic product next year.

    Finland exceeded the EU stability and growth pact's three-per cent deficit limit for the first time this year.

    Barroso refused to comment on the Finnish Parliament's approval of two nuclear power station permits.

    Grin of the Week

    The car industry goes World Cup....

    I my previous bulletin I had some thoughts on Japan's chances from British newspaper Podcast. Here's another one from same source:

    "If Japan had a Toyota instead of a Honda as their main striker, they would be unstoppable".
  • Have a nice week and if you are, or soon going, on vacation, enjoy it!

    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.