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  ISSUE 12

1 June, 2001  


Welcome June!
A few years back one felt that there were only Mondays and Fridays in a week, now it feels that there are just the first, and last day of the month left...
Might be age, or then I am just getting slower...

FCCJ Luncheon Meeting 15 June
The May Luncheon meeting will be held at the Capitol Tokyu Hotel in Akasaka, Nikko Room, B1 floor, on Friday, 15 June, 2001 at 12.00
Our Guest Speaker is Mr. Kazuyuki Kinbara, Deputy Director, International Affairs Bureau, Keidanren and his theme is Keidanren's Position on Japanese Foreign Trade Policy.
If you would like to know more about Keidanren, click their logo.

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the hotel and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 14 June and "no-shows".
We have sent invitations by mail to our members, but if you want to register online, please click the link to the right. Register by 13 June.
Report from Luncheon meeting with Minister Sasi
The May Luncheon meeting was held on Wednesday 23 May at Capitol Tokyu Hotel.
Finland's Minister of Foreign Trade, Mr. Kimmo Sasi, attracted 88 members and guests (incl. the Finnish Business Delegation) to this occasion.
In his speech, Minister Sasi pointed out that "Japan is, after the United States, our second biggest trade partner in the world outside of Europe. Despite the economic slowdown in Japan, our exports to Japan grew in the year 2000 about +29 % and imports from Japan grew about +6 %."
For more about the luncheon meeting, including more images and Minister Sasi's full speech, click link to the right.
Report from Finland-Japan IT Seminar
On the occasion of the visit of Finland's Foreign Trade Minister, Mr. Kimmo Sasi, the Finland Trade Center (FINPRO), in cooperation with JETRO, NIKKEI and the National Technology Agency of Finland (TEKES), organized the 'Finland Japan IT Seminar at Hotel Okura on Tuesday 22 May.

For more about the seminar, including some of the presentations and images (and find out whose those important heads are), click link to the right. PS. In case you hate to download large files (they are 2.5-4 MB), contact me. If you ask kindly, I could put them on a CD for you...

Finnish Busines Barometer in Japan
The Embassy of Finland, Finland Trade Center (Finpro) and FCCJ conducted jointly a Finnish Business Barometer 2001 survey in April among Finnish companies established in Japan. The survey was sent out to 27 companies, of which 17 responded.
The purpose of the barometer is to collect the opinions of the Finnish companies on the current economic and market situation of Japan and evaluate present and future business conditions and plans of the companies.
As for the companies' strategies in Japan, there is a strong aspiration for, and belief in further growth and expansion, with 70 % of the responses. 18 % expects to maintain current level, none reducing and 12 % consider to pull-out of the Japanese market. As the number of respondents was relatively small (17), this represents only 2 companies, and as one of the respondents have already announced their pull-out, it means that actually only one is presently considering a departure.

For a full report, click link to the right.
New Member
FCCJ has got one new corporate members, i.e.
  • Konecranes Japan
    To find more about Konecranes, click link to the right

    News from Finland
    UPM-Kymmene acquires Haindl of Germany
    UPM-Kymmene Corporation has agreed to acquire 100% of the shares of the German paper producer G. Haindl'sche Papierfabriken KGaA ("Haindl") for EUR 3.64 billion. In addition, UPM-Kymmene will assume Haindl's net financial liabilities of approximately EUR 210 million. The total enterprise value will be EUR 3.85 billion. In connection with this transaction, UPM-Kymmene has reached a separate, back-to-back agreement to sell two of Haindl's paper mills, Walsum and Parenco, to the Norwegian paper producer Norske Skog AS for EUR 1.1 billion.
    Following the transaction UPM-Kymmene will be a leading local supplier of printing papers in all main European markets with cost effective and state-of-the-art production facilities. The acquisition further enhances UPM-Kymmene's position as the leading global producer of magazine papers. Furthermore, the position in newsprint in Europe strengthens considerably. The acquisition creates significant synergies and an improved balance in fibre-base by increasing substantially the use of recycled fibre.

    For more news, click link to the right.

    Tip of the week
    (used to be 'Grin of the Week')
    Well, this time I thought I would be serious and keep the jokes for myself, and instead give you a good tip.
    You often get visitors to your office that need a map, right? So, you (or ask your secretary to) fax the map to your guest.
    But there's another, and more high-tech way of doing it; send your map to your guests i-mode phone (providing that he or she has one...).
    I have made a small test for you to see how it works. If you have an i-mode phone, click the link below. Then in the address line, replace my name with your i-mode number (or name if you have registered one). Click send, and wait for the message to arrive to your phone. When you get the message, click the link that appears on the screen, and bandwidth allowing, in a few seconds you have a map to the Embassy of Finland.
    If my time allows, I try to implement this solution to the i-mode version of the FCCJ Guidebook so that there would be a map to each member company. If you think you need one now, contact me. Have a nice, and dry weekend!

    Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt

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

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    This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 280 persons 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 73 corporate members.