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  ISSUE 22/2005

3 October 2005  


We are in for some busy time the next two months or so with a lot of activities. Or it already started last week with the DaimlerChrysler Cup (read more about it below), where we took care of a major part of the practical arrangements. Also 17 FCCJ members participated in the event last Friday.

In October we have two events, see below. On Tuesday 8 November we have a very interesting speaker at our luncheon meeting, the famous TBS News 23 caster, Tetsuya Chikushi. Mark this day in the calendar already now. And on Friday same week, 11 November, we again play the Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge, were we have some revenge to take...

Thursday 13 October - FCCJ Club Evening at Finland Café

The FCCJ Club Evenings have become much appreciated among our members and we have had a good number of participants at the four evenings we have organized. The Club evening, an informal gathering with the main purpose of having some fun, and get to know each other a bit better, i.e. a networking event.

Date & Time:Thursday, 13 October, 19:00-
Place: Finland Cafe (Space Force), Naka-Meguro [MAP]
Cost:3,000 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and light buffet
Registration:by Tuesday 11 October

Finnish Tourist Board organizes now for the fourth time a Finland Cafe for a five week period (Tue 4 Oct. - Sun 6 Nov.). The venue also this year is Space Force in Meguro-ku. Visitors can enjoy various events, such as seminars, movies, concerts, etc. Check www.finlandcafe.com!

By keeping the fee low, we try to encourage many staff members from our member companies to join, guest are also welcome!
If you would like to register, please click link at right.
Thursday 27 October - Superconducting Maglev Test Ride

Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) has kindly organized a test drive for FCCJ members of the Superconducting Maglev train at their test center in Yamanashi prefecture.

JR Central has been engaged in the research and development of the Superconducting Maglev system as a new transport method for the 21st century. As the future management entity of the Chuo Shinkansen, JR Central believes that the Superconducting Maglev will realize the advanced performance and speed capabilities required of the Chuo Shinkansen. On 2 December 2003 the Superconducting Maglev achieved a manned world record speed of 581 km/h. During test drives with pasengers, the speed is limited to 500 km/h.

For more about the Maglev project, click here.

Date & Time:Thursday, 27 October, 11:00-13:00
Place: Yamanashi Maglev Test Center
271-2, Ogatayama, Tsuru-City,
Yamanashi prefecture
Cost:Transportation only (details later)
Registration:by Wednesday 12 October

Tentative Schedule
11:00 Arrive at the Test Center
11:05 Presentation of the technology of Superconducting Maglev
11:20 Test riding of the Superconducting Maglev (500km/h)
11:50 Visit to the operation room and the rooftop of the test center which oversee the test line
12:10 Q&A
12:40 Depart from the Test Center

The number of participants is limited to 12, so this event is for FCCJ members only, and one representative per company on a first-come-first served basis. If you would like to participate, please click link at right. We will provide particpants with details regarding transportation to the test center later.
The Third Europe - North America Golf Challenge:
The North American Team Retains The DaimlerChrysler Cup!

The European and North American business communities in Japan held the third friendly golf tournament at Atsugi Kokusai Country Club on Friday 30 September. Sponsored by German-American auto giant DaimlerChrysler and 30 other companies, the tournament brought together 142 players, including nine ladies, from the American and Canadian chambers of commerce on one side and the European Business Council on the other side. 17 FCCJ members participated.

Playing stroke play with handicap and calculating an average score for the best 80% of each team, the North American team came out on top by 2 strokes. The tournament was the third of its kind to take place in Tokyo, and will be played annually in the future.

For more information, click link at right.
Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey - Autumn 2005

The Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) Business Confidence Survey has become a widely accepted barometer for the sentiments of the foreign business in Japan and their views on the Japanese economy and their own performance. It has been conducted already seven times (since Spring 2002) and the results have been a valuable tool for the chambers and related embassies to assess the business climate for foreign businesses in Japan.

The eight survey is now in the planning and will be conducted between Tuesday 11and Friday 21 October. We will send out a notice about this next week Tuesday to our foreign affiliated members.

To cover some of the expenses related to making this survey we are now looking for a sponsor. The sponsor will have a banner sized 180 x 230 mm (linked to their web site) on all survey forms for the about 15 chambers participating in this survey. So the banner would be potentially viewed by thousands of foreign executives in Japan. See HERE for banner ad on the FCCJ form in the spring survey.
For more information and pricing, mail me by clicking link at right.
Looking for qualified, multilingual manager?

A 34 year old Finn with a B. Sc. in Electric Engineering (major in telecommunications) is looking for a challenging management position in Finnish company in Japan. He has 7 years of telecommuni-cations experience gained in Project Management and Quality Assurance positions in Nokia, Japan, Nokia, Finland and Nokia, China. He has also attended the ETP-program (2001-2002) and therefor has a good command of Japanese, as well as of, in addition to his native Finnish, English, Swedish and some Chinese.

If you are interested in this person, please click link at right and I will send you his CV.
News from Finland

Finns come in second in European happiness ranking

In Europe, only the Danes are happier than the Finns, the Norwegian News Agency (NTB) reported Thursday, quoting the latest European Social Survey (ESS), funded by the European Commission, the European Science Federation and national funding bodies.

Finns were assessed only a hair's breath chirpier than the Danes. The Swiss followed close on the heels of the Finns. The Norwegians came in fourth and the Swedes managed fifth position.

The ESS questionnaire featured 150 questions on the quality of life, media monitoring habits, political attitudes, religion, healthcare, family and work.
Grin of the week

More golf... I did all of that?

After a particularly poor game of golf, a popular club member skipped the clubhouse and started to go home. As he was walking to the parking lot to get his car, a policeman stopped him and asked, "Did you tee off on the sixteenth hole about twenty minutes ago?"

"Yes," the golfer responded.

"Did you happen to hook your ball so that it went over the trees and off the course?"

"Yes, I did. How did you know?" he asked.

"Well," said the policeman very seriously, "Your ball flew out onto the highway and crashed through a driver's windshield. The car went out of control, crashing into five other cars and a fire truck. The fire truck couldn't make it to the fire, and the building burned down. So, what are you going to do about it?"

The golfer thought it over carefully and responded...

"I think I'll close my stance a little bit, tighten my grip and lower my right thumb."

That's all for now, have a good week!

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 580 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.