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  ISSUE 13/2012 8 May 2012  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Hope all my readers in Japan had a relaxing Golden Week holiday!

After the holidays I would like to remind you about the joint chamber event "Giving Back to Japan2: Community Leaders Report" on 16 May. Although the final registration dead-line is on Friday, the organizers plan to re-allocate the chambers' participant quotas tomorrow. Therefore I would appreciate if you inform me as soon as possible, if you plan to attend this event so that we can estimate our need. More details and registration below. Note that the event is free, although contributions to some of the six charities present is appreciated.

The Midsummer Party at Finland Village in Koumi-machi, Nagano prefecture is held on Saturday, 2 June, starting at 17:00. If you would like to experience a truly unique Finnish style event in a different setting, mark this day in your calendar. I will provide more detailed information in coming bulletins.

This week we have a new contribution from Japan veteran in Finnish business his column Aoyama View, this time titled "Politics: Winds of Change in Europe and Japan - For Better or Worse? ".
Click banner at right for a concise and entertaining read on what is going on in the world of politics.

 
Wednesday, 16 May
Giving Back To Japan 2: Community Leaders Report

During the past 12 months, a great deal of progress has been made in terms of relieving people's immediate needs, yet years of reconstruction stretch ahead in Tohoku. And while the Government of Japan is of necessity first addressing major infrastructural needs, the view from the region's cities and towns is understandably more focused on the minutiae of repairing the social fabric of communities that have literally been torn asunder.

On May 16, 2012, The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Tohoku Planning Forum, supported by 16 national chambers of commerce and Hitotsubashi University ICS, will present GIVING BACK TO JAPAN 2: Community Leaders Report, a public forum featuring leaders of cities and towns across Tohoku, whose communities face different reconstruction issues and are at different stages of reconstruction.

The speakers will be the following mayors: Mr. Kimiaki Toda (Ofunato), Mr. Kiichi Numazaki (Yamada), Mr. Hidetoshi Watanabe (Aizu Misato), Mr. Tsuneaki Iguchi (Iwanuma), Mr. Yoshiaki Suda (Onagawa).

Television and radio presenter Peter Barakan will guide a discussion about communities' rebuilding processes and ongoing needs, as well as allowing the elected officials to present their suggestions for ways in which individuals and organizations can help their communities toward their goal.

Details:
Date & Time:Wednesday, 16 May, 17:30-20:00
Venue: Hitotsubashi Memorial Hall, 2F 2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo MAP
Cost:Free entrance. Contributions (to reconstruction-focused charities) welcomed.
Registration:by Friday, 11 May

Sign up soon to secure a place as our quota is only 18 seats! Note that due to space restrictions, this is a members' only event.

Wednesday, 23 May
Joint Nordic Chambers Networking Event

On the occasion of the opening the Tokyo SkyTree on 22 May, the Swedish Chamber has secured a premium venue for a great view to the SkyTree and the Tokyo night from Restaurant Luke, located on the 47th floor with an open terrace in the Luke Tower in Tsukiji, Chuo-ku.

This is a joint Networking Event with the other Nordic Chambers, SWEA (Swedish Women's Educational Association) and YCN (Young Chambers Network).

The event will be from 19:00 to 21:00 - 2 hours of free food and free drinks for a favourable discounted cost of 5,000 yen (normal cost 7,500 yen).
After the event, there will be cash bar for everyone who wishes to stay longer.

Details:
Date & Time:Wednesday, 23 May, 19.00-21:00
Venue: Restaurant Luke, St. Luke's Garden 47F,
8-1, Akashicho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo MAP
Cost: 5,000 yen - collected at the door
Registration:by Thursday, 17 May

Sign up soon (click link at right) to secure a place as our quota is limited!
Note that due to space restrictions, this is a members' only event.
To see who has already signed up, click here.


Finnish Events in Tokyo

The Music Plant, an event organizer focusing on promoting European music in Jpan, is organizing two Finland related events in May and June.

FINLAND FEST 2012 (26 May)
As part of the Finland Fesitval 2012, preformances by three great masters of traditional music of Finland; Arto Järvelä (violin), Maria Kalaniemi (accordion) and Timo Alakotila ( piano, harmonica).
Venue: Hall Hakuju, 1-37-5, Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

For more (in Japanese) go to:
http://www.mplant.com/tradgiants/

Hokutopia Finland Festival (13 May to 10 June)
A big Finnish culture festival organized in cooperation with with Kita-ku ward in Tokyo including harmonica quartet concert, film, cooking lesson, lectures by Sirkku Sakane on healthy Finnish women and Mikko Koivumaa on a Finnish dad's role in bringing up children (both on 10 June at Kitatopia Hall, 1-11-1, Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo).

For more (in Japanese) go to:
http://www.mplant.com/finland/


Finnish Junior Fotball Team to Play in Japan

PPJ98 (Pallo-Pojat Juniors 1998) junior football team from Helsinki will make a training and match trip to Japan 3-11 June, presumably the first for a Finnish junior team..The team is hosted by the private Aoyama Soccer Club, who's owner Mr. Okoshi also is the head of the Tokyo Junior Soccer organization.

The Finnish team, consisting of 17 players born in 1998, will also train with FC Suzuka Rampole and visit a Toyota car plant and the F1 track in Suzuka.

"In addition to the sporting objectives the purpose of the trip is also to promote team spirit, offer a unique experience and support their developement as world citizens", says team leader Heikki Masalin.

For more information go to their Facebook page linked below of contact Heikki Masalin if your are interested to cooperate in this project.


News from Finland

Katainen: More questions than answers in Greece

The Finnish Prime Minister does not think France will shake the EU's common economic policy, but that post-election government talks will be tough in Greece.

He predicted that forming a new government in Greece may be difficult as the policies of the parties that scored the biggest gains are widely divergent. However, he expressed the hope that progress will be made as soon as possible.

Katainen said that the outcome of the French presidential election was to be expected.

He does not believe that under the new president, Francois Hollande, France will destabilize Europe's common economic policy.

During his campaign, Hollande promised to renegotiate the European fiscal compact to include provisions on jobs and growth. Katainen said that he believes that France and the rest of Europe have the same view on the importance of economic growth.


Grin of the Week

0 to 100 in 4 seconds

Bob was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really upset.

She told him "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 100 in 4 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE !!"

The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough - there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway.

Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought the box back in the house.

She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.

Bob has been missing since Friday.
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
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.