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1 MARCH, 2001  


What a gloomy day! At least here in Tokyo. And if you follow, for reason or another, the stock markets, I think it's rather gloomy everywhere (not to talk about Finnish cross-country skiing...).

But soon I hope we get a proper "haru ichiban" (the first warm spring wind for those not familiar with Japanese). That should cheer us up!

FCCJ Annual General Assembly
The FCCJ Annual General Assembly will be held on Friday 30 March at 16.30 at the Embassy of Finland. The meeting will be followed by a buffet reception at 18.00.

This occasion is also a farewell party for the FCCJ President, Mr. Rauno Sirola, who will retire from his company, Vaisala K.K. at the end of March and leave Japan, and subsequently also retire as President of FCCJ at the Annual General Assembly.

The invitations for the General Assembly and Reception will be mailed to members next week.

Report from February Luncheon Meeting
This luncheon meeting was a joint meeting with the Swedich Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (SCCJ) and the Danish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (DCCJ) and attended by 69 persons from these three chambers.

Our guest speaker was Mr. Vesa Vainio, Chairman of Nordea who made a presentation on the theme: Consolidation in the Nordic Financial Industries.
Mr. Vainio pointed out that Nordea is the leading financial group in the Nordic and Baltic Sea region. It has a major presence in all Nordic countries and significant operations in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
For a report and pictures from the meeting, click the link to the right.

Tax Seminar for Expatriates
The seminar will be held coming Monday, 5 March 18:00-21:00 at the Nippon Finnpap conference room (8 fl.)

We have 18 participants registered, and could still accomodate one or two late-comers. If you are interested, please contact us as soon as possible.

New Member
Yoshida & Company has joined the FCCJ. The company is involved in a number of businesses, mainly in Nagano Prefecture and its President, Mr. Soichiro Yoshida, is the Honorary Consul for the four Nordic countires in Nagano.
For more information on Yoshida & Company, click link to the right.

Japan Market Entry Competition (JMEC)
Seeks Corporate Sponsors

In its 7th year, JMEC, an international business-training program supported by FCCJ is seeking corporate sponsorships. While it has 54 committed participants (a record number), the project client list is a bit below expectation. Thus they are seeking companies and individuals to help sponsor the Program.

If you are a strong believer in providing well-trained Japan-motivated young business people to live and work long term in this market, please help JMEC. By contributing to JMEC via sponsorship, you're training the next generation of company leaders.

JMEC has Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships available and is seeking for cash and prize sponsors for the May 25th, 2001 Awards Ceremony and Dinner. JMEC Patron sponsorship of Y50,000 is also available.

Please contact the Program Director for details:
Ikuko Collins
Tel & Fax: 03-3556-7991
Email: JMEC@twics.com
For more information on JMEC, click link to the right.

From other Organizations

  • Congress on Exceeding Customers' Expectations in Japan for Foreign Companies
    Organized by the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan Held at the Embassy of Sweden on 24 of April.
    For more information on the seminar, click link to the right.

  • EU-Japan Mobile Conference
    The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation has announced an EU-Japan Mobile Conference to be held on Monday March 26th from 9+30 to 16+00 in the Keidanren Hall, Ohtemachi, Tokyo. Topics covered include Carries, Handsets/technolody and Contents/industry overview.
    For details contact Fabrizio Mura at mura@eu-japan.gr.jp
    For more information on the conference, click link to the right.

News from Finland

Finland's growth outlook encouraging
Despite its gloomy predictions for the US economy, Aktia Bank said Finland's growth outlook was 'encouraging, even brilliant,' with GDP rising 4.2 pct this year and 3.4 pct in 2002.

Scandinavia's Nordea bank improved its operating profit by 17 pct to EUR 2.43 billion last year but the most successful and profitable member of the group was Finland's Merita. It's OP shot up from EUR 638 million to EUR 937 million, largely on asset sales, but it lost market share in mortgages, corporate loans and deposits.

For more news, click link to the right.

Grin of the Week
"The New OS"
Well, I am no Microsoft basher, but thought this was quite funny...

...now I continue working on my Windows 2000.....

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 220 persons among its members and related organizations.
FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchage between Japan and Finland and has today 72 corporate members.