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  ISSUE 16/2012 7 June 2012  
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A sure sign that summer is here is that on Saturday the 11th Midsummer Party was held at Finland Village in Koumi-machi in Nagano prefecture.

Attracting about 250 participants from the area, and many Finland fans from further away, the event was held in nice weather and offered a lot of entertainment and good food and drinks. The highlights, as always where the two "kokko" (bonfires), on large on shore, a smaller one on the lake, for good measures emphasized by fireworks.

Unfortunately only 6 Finns (12 including Japanese family members and friends) participated this time, but to find out more on what you missed if you did not make it, click here. A truly enjoyable evening although some of us had red eyes on Sunday morning, most likely from all the smoke from the fires...;-)

Friday 15 June
Annual Joint Chamber Summer Cocktail

The sun is shining and the temperature is rising! Just in time for most popular joint Chamber functions of the year.

Organized by the Canadian Chamber and annually attracting roughly 300 guests, the Joint Chamber Summer Cocktail Party held at the Embassy of Canada continues to offer an excellent opportunity to meet new contacts, develop business leads, and catch up with friends and business acquaintances before the summer holiday season.

Date & Time:Friday, 15 June, 18:30 - 20:30
Venue: Embassy of Canada, 4F. MAP
Cost:Members 8,000 yen, non-members 9,000 yen
- invoiced before the event
Registration:by Friday, 8 June

Note that FCCJ has a quota of 10 so sign up soon if you plan to attend.

Thursday 5 July
FCCJ Design Evening at Aoyama 1-chome

Honka Japan Inc. opened its new Japan head office and showroom at a premier location at Aoyama 1-chome crossing in Tokyo in May 2012.

The showroom also features products by iittala, Arabia and Artek and their representatives will give brief presentations on the current developments in their business in Japan.

We will have presentations from:
  • Marko Saarelainen, Honka Japan Inc.
  • Anni Ailinpieti, Artek Branch Office in Japan
  • Tomokazu Kobayashi, Scandex Co., Ltd.

  •       (iittala, Arabia, Hackman)

    Mikko Koivumaa, Press & Culture Counsellor at the Embassy of Finland, will also give an overview of current and planned activities promoting Finnish Design in Japan.

    Date & Time:Thursday, 5 July, 19:00 - 21:00
    Venue: Honka Japan Inc.
    Kozuki Capital East 4 F, 1-2-7 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo MAP
    Cost:Members 3,000 yen, non-members 5,000 yen - collected at the door
    Registration:by Friday, 29 June

    Note: due to space restrictions (max 30), non-members accepted only after registration dead-line.
    To sign up, click link at right.

    Monday, 18 June - The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan presents:

    Role of Women in Business Speaker Series
    Special Guest, Ms. Susan Roos

    Date & Time:Monday, 18 June, 12:00 - 14:00
    Venue: Tokyo American Club, Manhattan Room (Lower Level) MAP
    Cost: Members & Guests: 3,500 yen (lunch included):
    WIB events are subject to special pricing due to subsidization by the Fund for the Advancement of Women in the Workplace
    Registration:by Wednesday, 13 June
    HOST: Women in Business Committee (MK)
    NOTE: This meeting is OFF THE RECORD

    The Women in Business Committee welcomes the distinguished Ms. Susan Roos, employment attorney and wife of U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos, for what promises to be a thought-provoking address on the challenges women face in the global workplace.

    Born in North Dakota, Ms. Roos attended Stanford University before earning her J.D. at the University of Southern California. Ms. Roos then practiced labor/employment law, defending employers in all aspects of employment-related matters, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, ADA access issues, and trade secret litigation before both federal and state courts. She was a partner at the prestigious Los Angeles-based firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton before starting her own firm in 1995. Arriving in Japan in August 2009 with her husband and two children, Ms. Roos has been very active in both the American expatriate and Japanese communities.

    If you are interested in this event, sign up directly with the ACCJ by clicking link below. If you have any questions, please contact Misaki Kondo at 03-3433-8543, or

    Moomin House Cafe @ Tokyo Skytree Town

    FCCJ member Benelic Co., Ltd. opened on 22 May a new Moomin themed cafe, the Moomin House Cafe, next to the Tokyo Skytree, inside the Skytree station. Address: Tokyo Sky Tree Town Soramachi 1F, 1-1-2, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0045, phone: :03-5610-3063. The cafe is open 08:00 - 22:30 (last order 22:00).

    Among the specialities at Moomin House Cafe are Robert's Coffee from Finland, Hattifattener's doughnuts and a special Moomin house plate (pictured right).

    For more information and access information, click here.

    FCCJ plans to hold a Club Evening at the venue when the long queues to the Tokyo Skytree have subsided so that the event can be combined with the visit to the tower.

    News from Finland

    Katainen enters lively NATO debate

    According to Finland's Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, Finnish NATO membership would not threaten Russian security. Katainen entered the debate during his visit to Washington DC.

    "Finland is a free country," said the PM. "Both Finns and foreign guests can speak quite freely in our country, but Finland will make decisions on own own defence and security based on our own basis."

    In Katainen's opinion it would be strange to think that Finland or other Nordic countries' co-operation with Nato could be a threat to Russia.

    "There is always talk, added the head of government. "Finns will take responsibility for their own security."

    Grin of the Week

    Paying back for old times

    When asked for her occupation, a woman charged with a traffic violation said she was a schoolteacher.

    The judge rose from the bench. "Madam, I have waited years for a schoolteacher to appear before this court," he smiled with delight.
    "Now sit down at that table and write 'I will not pass through a red light' five hundred times."
    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, 12 individual and one special member.