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  ISSUE 17/2008 2 September, 2008  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Turbulent times...

Not only have we had a lot of rain and thunderstorms lately, but now, just when the sun came out, the turbulence reached the Japanese politics when Prime Minister Fukuda suddenly resigned. I have tired to memorize all prime ministers that Japan has had since I arrived here in 1988, but now I am about to give up. So far there have been 13, soon the 14th...

In the same period Finland has had five, and that includes the brief 9 week period for Anneli Jätteenmäki, who had to resign because of the Finnish Iraq-gate scandal. And a good guess I think is that Japan will have its 15th before Finland has its 6th...

One small secret behind the success of the Finnish education system - much less recent domestic history to study...;-)

Report from FCCJ Club Evening Thursday 13 March
Networking at Moomin Bakery & Café

The first event of the Autumn season was a club evening held on Tuesday 26 August at the Moomin Bakery & Café in Tokyo Dome City La Qua, Korakuen. This was the third time to have the club evening at this venue, the previous time was in March this year.

Despite the heavy rain, 37 members and guests joined and got a taste of Finnish style food, including fresh Finnish bread from their own bakery and mingle with old and new friends in a informal atmosphere with Moomins as interested spectators.

For many images from the club evening, click link at right.
Thursday, 18 September - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
FinNode Japan, Finpro and Visit Finland

Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday, 18 September, where we will get an update on the recent changes within the organizations promoting Finland in Japan, including the creation of FinNode Japan, the Finnish Innovation Center and the move of Finnish Tourist Board functions to Finpro.

We will have three speakers:

  • Dr. Jukka Viitanen, FinNode

  • Mr. Kaj Forsell, Finpro

  • Mr. Shigeyoshi Noto, Finpro/Visit Finland

    Date & Time:Thursday, 18 September, 12:00-14:00
    Place: Hotel Okura , South Wing 12F, Kensington Terrace [MAP]
    Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
    Registration:by Tuesday, 16 September

    If you would like to attend, please click link at right!
    Wednesday, 10 September - ACCJ Kanreki Special
    The Faces of CSR Half-Day Symposium

  • The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) is hosting a half-day seminar on September 10. Progressive business leaders should not miss this event of expert insight, panel discussions, and an innovative "Community Action Learning Session."

  • Yoko Kamikawa - Member of the House of Representatives
  • Former Minister of State Lord Michael Hastings - Global Head of Citizenship and Diversity, KPMG

  • Christopher J. LaFleur - Vice Chairman and Head of Government Relations and Corporate
          Responsibility, JP Morgan Securities Japan Company
  • Tom Pedersen - Head of the People and Communications Group, Chief Learning Officer,
          Shinsei Bank
  • Peter Sykes - President, Global Dow Automotive, General Manager, Japan & Korea Region,
          The Dow Chemical Company
  • Eiji Wakiwaka - President, BP Japan K.K.
  • Patricia Bader-Johnston - Chair, CSR Committee, CEO, Silverbirch Associates KK

    Date & Time:Wednesday, 10 September , 14:00-20:00
    Place: Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so , Ballroom (1F) [MAP]
    Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
    Registration:by Tuesday, 2 September

    For program and registration form, please click link at right.
    The Expat's Guide to Japan

    We have received a bunch of free copies of a new booklet sponsored by Visa called:
    "The Expat's Guide to Japan
        - An Introduction to living and working in the Land of the Rising Sun"

    With a bundle of information on various interesting places, shops and life in Japan introduced in English, we believe that it could be useful for foreign employees, in particular for those who are starting a new life here and do not understand Japanese.

    We have already sent copies to our member companies with non-Japanese staff (with the invitation for the September luncheon meeting) .

    If you have not received the guide and would like to have a copy, please click link below to order.

    News from Finland

    Finland's oldest company Frenckell files for insolvency

    Finnish printing house Frenckell, Finland's oldest company, has filed for insolvency, Reuters reported on Monday.

    Founded in 1642, the family-run company employs 40 people.

    Berndt von Frenckell, the chief executive, was quoted as saying by Reuters that the company had failed because of low prices on the market and a shift toward its clients doing more work themselves.

    Grin of the week

    Old age does not come alone...

    Two senior couples are walking along, wives in front, husbands in back. Herb says to Sam, "Gee, we went to a new restaurant last night and had the best meal ever. Good prices too."

    Sam says, "Well, we like to eat out too. What was the name of the restaurant?"

    Herb says, "You'll going to have to help me out here a little. What's the name of that pretty flower, smells sweet, grows on a thorny bush?" Sam says, "How about rose?"

    "Yes, yes, that's it!" cries Herb, then calls ahead to his wife.
    "Rose. Hey, Rose. What was the name of the restaurant we ate at last night?"

  • Best regards

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


    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 64 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.