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  ISSUE 27/2011 26 October 2011  
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The main news this time is that we have finalized the report from the 20th edition of the Foreign Business Confidence Survey. So some very interesting findings in the report, check below for more!

The registration dead-line for our Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday, 1 November is coming Friday. So sign up, if you have not done so already. At the meeting we will get a review of the Vladivostok Tour, read more below!

The registration for the 19th Scandinavian Christmas Party has started!
Go to the party's web site and sign up soon if you plan to attend.

We also have a very fresh contribution from our Japan veteran in Finnish business on Aoyama dori in his column "Aoyama View", this time titled "Politicians to blame again - This time in Europe". Click banner at right for some interesting insights in the European debt crisis, and also a bit abut US and Japan!

 
The 20th Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey
"Tranquility and Optimism after the Calamity"


The Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) has been conducting Business Confidence surveys online twice a year since 2002 among foreign-affiliated companies in Japan. This, the twentieth, survey was conducted between October11 and 22, 2011, and received 302 valid responses from members of 17 foreign chambers of commerce and business organizations.
The survey was run and processed on behalf of all the chambers by the FCCJ.

This survey shows clearly that the problems and uncertainties caused by the 3/11 disaster are now to a large extent behind. All indicators, from views on the Japanese economy to the performance of the companies as well as their strategies for the future are more or less back to normal. The Japanese economy for the next 6 months is expected to rebound from the disaster, the index (on a scale from +2 to -2) was now +0.31 (compared to -0.93 in spring 2011), and looking 12 months ahead, the companies see an even stronger turn for the better and the index was now +0.55, a significant improvement from the +0.08 in the previous survey.

For the full report, clock link at right.

Tuesday, 1 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Report from the Business Promotion and Contact Trip to Vladivostok

Our next regular luncheon meeting will be held on Tuesday, 1 November. FCCJ Board Member and Project Manager Pekka Laitinen (Septem Partners) and FCCJ Board of Trustees Member Timo Varhama (UPM-Kymmene Japan), will talk about their impressions of the recently concluded Business Promotion and Contact Trip to Vladivostok.

We will also have a brief review of the Fall 2011 edition of the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey.

Details:
Date & Time:Tuesday, 1 November, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F)  MAP
Cost: 6,000 yen (members), 8,000 yen (others)
- collected at the door
Registration:by Friday, 28 October

About the Vladivostok Project
The main objective of the tour (conducted 5 - 8 October) was to find out more about the business prospects the area will offer for Finnish and Japanese companies. In addition, the tour created opportunities to meet and discuss cooperation with governmental and business organizations at the highest level as well as with corporations that could be potential partners in future business projects.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.


Friday, 18 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2011

The 20th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 18 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.

This time the venue is the same as in spring, Taiheiyo Club Narita Course, which is conveniently located just 6 km off the Tomisato I.C. (one before Narita) on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway.

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Monday 7 - Tuesday 8 November - Invitation to a Joint Nordic Event
The Nordic Green Japan Conference in Miraikan, Odaiba, Tokyo

Nordic Green Japan is joint initiative of the five Nordic embassies in Tokyo to promote Japan-Nordic business and research cooperation on Green Tech ? energy and environmental technologies.

The conference is organized as a combination of plenary and panel discussion sessions and eight technical break-out sessions:

1. Geothermal and tidal wave energy.
2. Wind energy.
3. Bioenergy.
4. Clean land-based transportation; hydrogen infrastructure and utilization
5. Clean maritime transportation
6. Energy policy and energy markets
7. Intelligent energy consumption, sustainable urban development
8. Smart-grid and use of advanced ICT systems


The two panel discussions will center around:
1. Nordic-Japanese cooperation in energy and green technologies
2. Energy markets and policy

Please visit www.nordic-green-asia.no for details on program and speakers.

The conference is free of charge, but by this invitation only. To register by clicking link below.
Thursday, 17 November - Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber Event
Delighting Customers in Japan

The BLCCJ is organizing for the 10th time a seminar on "Delighting Customers in Japan" on November 17th. They would like to open up this event to other Chambers members that are interested in participating.

Details are as follows:
Date & Time:Thursday, 17 November, 17.30-20:30
Venue:NYK Building 15F, 2-3-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku  MAP
Cost: 6,000 yen
- collected at the door
Registration:by Friday, 14 November

Speakers
Speakers this year are: Mr. Jerome CHOUCHAN, Managing Director Japan & South Korea, GODIVA Japan; Mr. Paul KRAFT, Director, Consumer Packaged Goods - Japan, STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY and Mr. Armel CAHIERRE, CEO, BRANDS4FRIENDS Japan.

For for details and registration form, click link at right.
News from Finland

Finnish PM says halting contagion is top EU summit aim

Jyrki Katainen (cons), the Finnish prime minister, said Tuesday that the chief aim of Wednesday's EU summit was to stop the eurozone debt crisis from escalating to a scale seen three years ago.

Katainen underlined that halting the contagion was Finland's main goal at the summit. He also said that he believed that the summit would finally produce some tangible results.

"I am hopeful," Katainen said. "I believe that decisions can be taken."

Katainen went on to repeat that Finland was against further increases in the eurozone bailout fund's size.


Grin of the Week

A reason good as any

Judge: Is there any reason you could not serve as a juror in this case?

Juror: I don't want to be away from my job that long.

Judge: Can't they do without you at work?

Juror: Yes, but I don't want them to know it.
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
send it to: fccj@gol.com

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, 16 individual and one special member.