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  ISSUE 25

2 November, 2001  


I said it before, and I say it again...
Time flies... now its already November and Christmas season is soon here, especially in Japan, were department stores start their Christmas decoration far to early for a traditionalist Finn. An don't tell me you have already started to buy Christmas presents...
But even we have to start to "think Christmas", the preparations for our big event, the Scandinavian Xmas Party are well under way and we promise you it will be a big, and memorable one! Read more below.

November Luncheon Meeting
The October Luncheon meeting is held at the Capitol Tokyu Hotel in Akasaka, Pink Pearl Room, B2 floor, on Friday, 16 November, 2001 at 12.00
Our guest speaker is:
Mr. Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Minister for Transport & Communication.
Tentatively the theme is: The policy and future perspectives of the mobile telecommunication including 3G in Finland and Europe.
Olli-Pekka Heinonen is a 36-year-old Master of Laws. He has been a member of the Finnish cabinet for nearly seven years; he served as Minister of Education (Education and Science) for five years and since 1999 he has been the Minister of Transport and Communications.
As we have reserved a big banquet room for this occasion, please feel free to invite your colleages and business partners to this occasion. Fee is same for all, 7,000 yen.
If you plan to attend and have not yet registered, please click link to the right.
If you would like to see who has already registered, click HERE .

Scandinavian Christmas Party
The Finnish, Swedish and Danish Chambers of Commerce and the Norwegian Business Forum are organizing the 9th Annual Scandinavian Christmas Party on Friday, December 7 at the Royal Park Hotel in Hakozaki, Tokyo

The evening will start with welcome drinks, Lucia and Christmas carols, followed by a Scandinavian style Christmas dinner, flavored with snaps-songs. Enjoy delicious food and an evening with old and new friends in a truly Scandinavian atmosphere! There will be an open bar and dancing to a live band.

Thanks to the many donations we are able to arrange the evening with exciting lotteries and to extend this invitation at reduced cost. (Donations are still accepted!)

We have sent out invitations to our members today. If you would like to participate, please register soon by using the reply form sent with invitations, as we have a limit to the number of participants. Note that if you have made a tentative registration, confirm your participation my faxing us the reply form. Your tentative reservation ensures that we have seats for you, but you need to confirm registration before dead-line on 16 November.

Joint Seminar: International Commercial Arbitration
The gradual internationalization of financial, commercial, economic and technical matters over the last fifty years has resulted in a major shift in the conduct of business. When corporations conclude contracts outside their national boundaries, no coherent set of legal rules is available to them. International arbitration has developed to fill this legal void, with contracts for such international relationships as the sale of goods, joint ventures or distributorships typically containing an arbitration clause. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the leading international arbitration institution. The panel discussion will focus on the options that are available and how this process may be better than the courts.

Confirmed panel of speakers include: Robert Grondine, President of the ACCJ, Dr. Sawada of the International Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Chamber member, Haig Ohighan, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.
Date: Monday, November 12
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM (followed by a cocktail reception)
Place: Canadian Embassy Theatre B1
Price: 3,000
Registration deadline: Monday, November 5
For further information and registration, click link at right.

The EBC has released the 2001 edition of its premier annual policy report, "Supporting the Reform Process -The EBC Report on the Japanese Business Environment 2001." This 86-page report was published in an attempt to identify the unresolved issues affecting trade and investment in Japan and to provide constructive suggestions for improving the Japanese business environment for the benefit of all concerned.

EBC's report, which covers 27 key areas, recommends a suite of specific measures relating to product approval, regulatory burden, regulatory transparency, regulatory oversight, standards harmonisation, accounting practices and financial supervision, procurement, government influence in the private sector, tariffs, taxation, border control, and the legal environment.

The report, available in both English and Japanese costs 5,000 yen. More more information and orders, please clcik link below.
News from Finland
Consumers confident in their own eceonomy
The consumers confidence in their own economy is still strong. According to Statistics Finland's consumer barometer in October, 26 % of the consumers believed that their own economy would improve over the next year. Only 9 % thought that their economy would get worse.

10 % were planning to buy a car during the coming 6 months and 7 % plans to buy an apartment within a year. Travel plans abroad have however decreased since September, but still 37 % have travel plans to international destinations.

The opinions on the Finnish economy were gloomy. 19 % believed in an improvement but 40 % of the consumers though that the country's economy would get worse still.
For more news, click link to the right.

Grin of the Week
You might be an engineer if ...
  • choosing to buy flowers for your girlfriend or upgrading your RAM is a moral dilemma.
  • you take a cruise so you can go on a personal tour of the engine room.
  • in college you thought Spring Break was metal fatigue failure.
  • you bought your wife a new CD-ROM drive for her birthday.
  • you have more friends on the Internet than in real life.
  • you spent more on your calculator than you did on your
  • your laptop computer costs more than your car.

Sorry all engineer friends....

That's all for now, have a nice weekend and,

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 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 74 corporate members.