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  ISSUE 5/2005

1 March, 2005  


One further notice to my article in my last bulletin about email spam. If you have all the security systems in place don't trust them....at least not 100%....

Most email filtering systems need some training, i.e. they might throw into your spam mailbox perfectly good mails that you would like to receive.

Some days ago I got a mail from a one our of members, which was thrown automatically into my Antispam folder. Don't exactly know the reason, but perhaps the subject line, "Company Rules" caught the attention of the filter.

So I recommend you to check every morning what has been thrown into the junk-mail and anti-spam folders and if you find legitimate mails there, create a rule to allow mails from that sender.

Report from February Luncheon Meeting

The speaker at our February luncheonheld on Wednesday the 23rd was a long serving member of the Finnish business community in Japan, as well as of the FCCJ, Mr. Hirokuni Yoshida who gave the 31 participants s at the luncheon an interesting insight in the world of stainless steel, starting from the roots of Outokumpu in the "mysterious hill" (outo kumpu in English) in Northern Karelia. The theme of his presentation was: "Outokumpu and their Current Business in Japan - Worldwide Success Through Cooperation".

Outokumpu has developed from a mining and diversified metals company to an enterprise focusing more and more on stainless steel where it is a leading global player.

The subsidiary in Japan, Outokumpu K.K., is involved in some interesting international business with great potential together with its Japanese partners and clients.

For more about the meeting, click link at right.
Joint Nordic Chamber Event organized by the DCCJ
17 March - "Japanese Higher Education Reform: Gearing up for Global Competition"

The Danish Chamber of Commerce in Japan, together with FCCJ and SCCJ, hereby invites our members to the first Joint Chamber Event in 2005. The guest speaker is Dr. Yuichiro Anzai, President of one of the most prestigious private universities in Japan, the Keio University. The theme of his presentation is: "Japanese Higher Education Reform: Gearing up for Global Competition".


Date & Time:Thursday, 17 March , 11:30-12:30
Place: International House of Japan Roppongi [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen
Registration:by Friday 11 March

  Profile of Dr. Anzai
Prof. Yuichiro Anzai assumed the office of President on 28 May 2001. He previously held the positions of Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology and concurrent Dean of the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Keio University, from 1993 to 2001. Professor Anzai earned his doctoral degree in Administration Engineering from Keio University. His professional career began at Keio University as a research assistant in the Department of Administration Engineering and he became an assistant professor in 1979. Between 1981 and 1982 Professor Anzai was a visiting assistant professor at Carnegie-Mellon University and in 1985, he served as an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at Hokkaido University. In 1988, he returned to Keio as a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering.
For more about Dr. Anzai, go to: http://www.pre.keio.ac.jp/english/profile/index.html

Please register directly with the DCCJ. For the registration form, please click link below.
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation - JOHOGEN Seminar
8 March - eProcurement in Japan: how to improve the effectiveness of your procurement process

eProcurement is the term used to describe the extensive use of electronic methods at every stage of the purchasing process from identification of requirements through payment, and potentially, to contract management. eProcurement is being put in practice by a growing number of companies at various level of their procurement strategy to improve their competitive advantage in Japan.

Mr. Blaise Anthony will tell us about his experience using such technique for CHANEL and PERITECH International represented by Mr. Philippe Limouzin, will introduce a new service currently under development that will allow any company to use eAuction for their procurement needs.


Date & Time:Tuesday, 8 March , 14:00-16:00 + coffee
Place: EU-Japan Centre for Ind. Coop., Main Conference Room 4F [MAP]

More more information and registration, please click link at right.
Joint Chambers Event organized by the CCCJ
9 March - Starting & Running a Business in Japan:
Foreign entrepeneurs share their secrets of success

This is the first in a series of workshops designed for those who are thinking about starting their own business or are already running their own business in Japan. Our panel consists of some of the most successful foreign entrepreneurs living in Japan today. They will share their insights on a variety of topics and also will be available for questions from the audience.


Date & Time:Wednesday, 9 March , 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Cocktail reception includes hors d'oeurves from 6:30-7:00 p.m; panel discussion from 7 p.m-8:30 p.m.)
Place: Canadian Embassy, Theatre, B1 [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,900 yen, guests: 5,900 yen
Registration:by Monday 7 March

Whether you are working on your plan to be successful in the Japanese market or just curious about who besides you has a proven formula, the evening should prove exciting.

To register, please click link at right.
EXPO 2005 ACIHI - Nordic Pavilion Update

The construction of the pavilion is almost finished and it is ready for the "next stage", which is equipping it with furniture and the exhibition items. At present stage the pavilion is almost completely "Finnish", with Finnish beautiful wooden floors (2 types) and the 'forest' in the pavilion, 16 assembled trees made of double the number of trunks.

A note about the VIP, conference facilities and business lounge in the Nordic Pavilion. They are offered to partners in the project, and to Nordic companies and institutions and their subsidiaries in Japan. The VIP facilities offer a good venue for many types of events: business meetings, seminars, press conferences, product launches and displays, mini exhibitions, breakfast/lunch/dinner events, cocktail receptions, etc.

There are still a number of days free, reservations should be made with the pavilion secreteriat and is on a first come, first served basis. For a description of the VIP facilities and reservation procedure, please MAIL ME.
Note: FCCJ is not involved in organizing, I am just a messenger...

News from Finland

Happy days ahead as Valmet Automotive eyes millionth car landmark
Valmet Automotive, the Finnish contract manufacturer, will next summer celebrate the millionth car to have rolled out from its sole Uusikaupunki factory, the company said in a statement Monday.
The company started to assemble cars of the Swedish Saab marque in 1969.

Most of the cars made in Uusikaupunki since then have been Saabs: the factory has churned out more than 190,000 of the 99 model and 240,000 of the 900. Since 1997 Valmet Automotive has produced more than 100,000 Porsche Boxsters. The company confirmed on Wednesday that most of the second-generation models of the sleek roadster would be made in Finland as well.

But the factory has also shipped out almost 100,000 Opels, more than 30,000 Talbots and 14,000 Lada Samaras.

The company currently employs 800 people but expects to be able to recall another 250 to produce the popular entry-level Porsche, assumed by many to come only from Stuttgart.

Grin of the week

Buy machine factory

A Japanese manufacturer is showing his machine factory to a potential customer from North-Korea. At noon, when the lunch whistle blows, two thousand men and women immediately stop work and leave the building.

"Your workers, they're escaping!" cries the visitor. "You've got to stop them."

"Don't worry, they'll be back," says the Japanese. And indeed, at exactly one o'clock the whistle blows again, and all the workers return from their break.

When the tour is over, the manufacturer turns to his guest and says, "Well, now, which of these machines would you like to order?"

"Forget the machines," says the visitor. "How much do you want for that whistle?"

That's all for this time, but remember two coming events, the FCCJ Annual General Assembly on Thursday, 31 March and the Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge on Friday, 15 April. More about these in my next issue! Or, if you cannot wait for the info on the golf match, click HERE...

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 580 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 72 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.