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  ISSUE 25/2008 2 December, 2008  

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

Although, as you could read in the news section below, the Finnish presence in Japan got a bit of a setback when Nokia announced last week their withdrawal from the Japanese handset market, there are also some positive news in this respect. On 28 November iittala's Japanese importer Scandex opened the iittala Ginza shop.

The shop, open 11:00 - 20:00, has an area of 100 sq.m. New products will be first introduced in Japan in this shop.
Address: daVinci Ginza Annex 1F, 6-2-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. For a map click HERE (in Japanese)

Talking about Ginza and Nokia, they will also open a store in Ginza early next year for their high-end brand Vertu. I will keep you informed about this as more details become available.

But now to our businesses!

A Successsful and Enjoyable 16th Scandinavian Christmas Party!

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, was held on Friday, 28 November at The Westin Tokyo.
394 members from FCCJ (82 participants), SCCJ (Sweden), DCCJ (Denmark), ICCJ (Iceland) and NCCJ (Norway) and their guests enjoyed a fantastic evening together with delicious Nordic Christmas influenced food and wine, and a lot of other drinks. The party started with a Lucia parade, followed by Christmas Songs by a group from Sophia University, a much appreciated performance by Little Fats and ending off the night with a lot of dancing to the tunes of Brad and the Hitmen.

To find out more about the party, with many pictures, click link at right!
Friday, 12 December
FCCJ Christmas Luncheon Meeting

Note: Due to space limitations, this event is for members and staff of member companies only.

The last FCCJ event of this year, the traditional Christmas Luncheon is again this year held at our Embassy, were we can enjoy a delicious Finnish style Christmas lunch prepared by the Embassy's chef.

H.E. Ambassador Jorma Julin will give us an update on current developments in the Japan Finland relations and latest news from the Embassy.

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Friday, 12 December, 12:00-14:00
Place: Embassy of Finland
(3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku)  MAP 
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Note: Members and members guests only
Registration:by Tuesday, 9 December

Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 10 December and "no-shows".

If you would like to attend and have not signed up, please click link below.
To check who has already registered, click HERE!
Thursday, 4 December - NCCJ Knowledge Evening
'Powering the Future: A Focus on Solar Energy - Status & Opportunites'

In close co-operation with Innovation Norway and the Norwegian Embassy the NCCJ is pleased to invite you a Knowledge Evening with some of the leading experts and companies within the field of renewable energy - in particular solar energy. In spite of Norway's rather cold winters and depressingly wet autumns, Norwegian scientist and companies have been closely involved in the development of efficient, affordable and commercially viable solar industries and solutions.

Date & Time:Thursday, 4 December, 19:00- 21:00
Venue: Royal Norwegian Embassy, Multifunction Hall (Auditorium) [MAP]
Cost: free

For more information and to register directly with the NCCJ, click link below.

Tuesday, 9 December - DCCJ Event
How Nordic Companies can Succeed in Japan

The Danish Chamber (DCCJ) invites members of the other Nordic Chambers to a seminar with Chiyuki Komuro, President of Team CK

Japan is often described as being a very difficult and cumbersome market to gain acess to whereas doing business with Danes and Scandinavians can be a frustrating experience for many Japanese business people.

Chiyuki Komuro, has sucessfully worked with a large number of Danish companies in Japan and has thus obtained a significant insight into the challenges and pitfalls companies face when doing business in the Japanese market. Her reference include large as well as smaller sized companies across a range of industries and sectors.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 9 December, 19:00- 21:30 (registration from 18:30)
Venue: Danish Embassy, Residence [MAP]
Cost: 6,000 yen
Registration:by Thursday, 4 December
Please note that cancellations after deadline and no-show will be invoiced.

team CK. Co., Ltd.
Consultant and agent for the advancement of overseas enterprise to the Japanese market, especially Europe, USA, India and Thailand.
Consultant and agent for the advancement of Japanese enterprise to non-Japanese markets, especially Europe, USA, India and Thailand.
On behalf of its clients, team CK performs a diagnosis of the corporated business plans, adapting the plan to the needs of the local market in order to cultivate new business partners and distributors. team CK also conducts marketing research, gathering all necessary business information on the behalf of its clients. As an additional service, team CK offers a variety of tailor-made marketing and creative development services upon request by clients.

For more information and to register directly with the DCCJ, click link below.

Highly recommended: "The power of Finnish education"

Finland became already quite well known as the country with high level education system according to PISA test by OECD. Newly published "The power of Finnish education" written by Mrs. Riikka Pakkala is highly recommended among many books already published on Finnish education in Japan. As Mrs. Riikka Pakkala is an experienced teacher in Finland., her story telling is quite lively. Also translation work to Japanese by Ms. Noriko Kobayashi is excellent.
Riikka is now living in Japan with her husband Samuli (President of Vaisala K.K.) and two children

" The power of Finnish education" -How Finland got to No.1-
Published by Gakushu Kenkyusha
Price: 720 JPY (tax excl)
Order from Amazon.co.jp

News from Finland

Nokia to leave Japanese mainstream market to locals

Nokia said Thursday it would stop selling all handsets, with the exception of its no-expense-spared Vertu range, in Japan.

"In the current global economic climate, we have concluded that the continuation of our investment in Japan-specific product variants is no longer sustainable," said in a statement Timo Ihamuotila, the head of a Nokia unit called sales and portfolio management for mobile phones.

Nokia added it would continue research and development as well as sourcing operations in Japan.

Nokia, the global market leader, has struggled to sell handsets in Japan, a market dominated by domestic manufacturers that make mobiles boasting advanced features that are largely unknown in other parts of the world.

Grin of the week

Serious emergency

A well respected surgeon was relaxing on his sofa one evening just after arriving home from work. As he was tuning into the evening news, the phone rang. The doctor calmly answered it and heard the familiar voice of a colleague on the other end of the line.

"We need a fourth for poker," said the friend.
"I'll be right over," whispered the doctor.

As he was putting on his coat, his wife asked, "Is it serious?"
"Oh yes, quite serious," said the doctor gravely.
"In fact, three doctors are there already!"

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 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 65 corporate members, 15 individual and one special member.