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  ISSUE 1/2006

3 January 2006  



Welcome to the year of the dog!

This is what we should expect...
The year of the Dog is a year for reflection and to assess ones values. There will be disturbances, revolts, but as the Dog is always on the lookout, honesty will always rule the day. This year will see great benevolent and idealistic deeds and various unusual changes; a time when broadmindedness and fairness will be supported. Although this year is one of great cynicism a sense of balance and tranquility will be upheld...

19 January - Club Evening at Juniper in Grand Hyatt Tokyo

We start off the FCCJ new year with a "Shinnenkai" Party and Club Evening at the Juniper Café and Bar at Grand Hyatt in Roppongi Hills.

Come and meet old and new friends and get a flying start to the new year in a relaxing but elegant atmosphere! See details below.
Date & Time:Thursday, 19 January, 19:00-21:00
Place: Juniper Café and Bar at Grand Hyatt Tokyo at Roppongi Hills, 4F [MAP]
Cost:3,500 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and light buffet
Registration:by Tuesday 17 January

By keeping the fee low, we try to encourage many staff members from our member companies to join, guest and spouses are also welcome!

Please note that we will collect the fee of 3,500 yen at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

If you would like to attend, please click link below.
News from Finland

Halonen to be re-elected in the first round, poll suggests

The results of a Gallup Finland poll, printed by the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat in its Saturday issue, indicate that President Tarja Halonen would secure a second term in the first round with 54 per cent of the votes if the elections were held at the time of asking.

Some 20 per cent of respondents said they would vote for Sauli Niinisto, the Conservative Party candidate, while 18 per cent supported Matti Vanhanen, the prime minister and the Centre Party challenger.

Gallup Finland interviewed more than 1,400 Finns entitled to vote on 27-29 December. The research firm puts the margin of error at 2.5 percentage points either way.

First-round advance voting will begin on Wednesday, also in Tokyo and Osaka. Please check the Embassy's web site for details.

Election day is 15 January.
Grin of the week

Wearing An Earring

A man is at work one day when he notices that his co-worker is wearing an ear-ring.

This man knows his co-worker to be a normally conservative fellow, and is curious about his sudden change in "fashion sense." The man walks up to him and says, "I didn't know you were into ear-rings."

"Don't make such a big deal, it's only an ear-ring," he replies sheepishly.

"So, really? How long have you been wearing one?"

"Ever since my wife found it in our bed."

Hope you have a good start to the year 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 600 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 72 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.