Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,
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...;-)
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.
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
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!
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,
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)
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.
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.
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.
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?"
Clas G. Bystedt
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