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  ISSUE 14/2009 4 June, 2009  
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Time flies... already June and soon half of the year has gone. We have one more event before the summer break (no event in July), a luncheon meeting on Tuesday 30 June with an interesting theme: "What Will Pull Japan Out of its Recession?". Hope many of you can join!

Even though the highlight of the year for our golfers - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan, better known as the Daimler & Chrysler Cup - is held after about 4 months, on Friday, 2 October, we have already opened registration for the event. We expect it again to be "sold-out" (72 players in each team), so if you plan to participate, better sign up before you go on summer vacation!

More about these two events below!

  Report from the FCCJ Luncheon Meeting Thursday 28 May

The FCCJ June luncheon meeting was held on Thursday the 28th with Mr. Hitotaka Sakurada, General Manager, F-Secure KK as our speaker.

Mr. Sakurada talked about "IT security market dynamics and potential opportunity in Japan", where he touched upon themes like Japan IT Security market size and segmentation, market drivers cerate trend as today, what are the future trends and where is Japan market uniqueness and potential opportunity.

F-Secure is one of the most successful Finnish companies and they also enjoy a good and expanding business in Japan.

This time we were honored to have a very important guest at the luncheon, Mr. Hiroshi Maruyama, the Ambassador Designate of Japan to Finland. Mr. Maruyama will take up his position in Helsinki on 10 June 2009 .

For more about the meeting, attended by 23 members and guests, click link at right.

Tuesday, 30 June - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Darrel Whitten, Editor and Publisher of The Japan Investor:
"What Will Pull Japan Out of its Recession?"

Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Tuesday, 30 June, where we will have Mr. Darrel Whitten, Editor and Publisher of The Japan Investor as our guest speaker.
The theme of Mr. Whitten's presentation is: "What Will Pull Japan Out of its Recession?"


Date & Time:Tuesday, 30 June, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, guests 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday, 26 June

Profile of Mr. Whitten
Darrel Whitten is editor/publisher and managing directro of The Japan Investor, and lived and worked in Japan for the past 31 years. A native of California, he began his Japan career as an investment analyst for Nomura Securities and has been director and managing director of Japanese investment research for Prudential Securities, Lehman Brothers and ABN AMRO Securities. Darrel has been providing investors with value-added research on Japanese financial markets for over 20 years. Darrel is also founder and managing director of Investor Networks Inc. Investor Networks is a Tokyo-based independent IR consultancy that provides IR consulting services to listed Japanese companies. He is also an advisor to The Gerson Lehrman Group's Council of Advisors for the Legal, Economic & Regulatory Affairs Advisory Board.

He graduated cum laude from Sophia University in Tokyo with a major in economics and a minor finance in 1978.

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

Friday, 2 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
Daimler & Chrysler Cup 2009 - Registration Open!

We are pleased to announce that the 7th Annual North America-Europe Golf Challenge - the Daimler & Chrysler Cup - will be played on Friday 2 October at the same venue in previous years, Atsugi Kokusai C.C. As always we expect to have approximately 72 players on both teams.

Registration Open
The registration for the event has now been opened. The participation fees are same as last year, i.e. a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,000 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, for a total of 24,000 yen

Sponsoring the event
If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Sponsors who sign up now will have the additional benefit of getting an almost full one year exposure on the web site (until we open the 2010 site).

Last year the web site received more than 120,000 hits and we expect the number to be exceeded this year. In addition, the sponsors will be included in printed material produced for the event, such as posters, information guide to players and the pocket guide. Your contribution could be either money or goods/services. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services). For more details, see the web site.

To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Putin affirms Russia will supply energy to Finland

Russia is prepared to supply Finland with all the energy it needs, whether it is oil, natural gas, electricity or coal, affirmed Vladimir Putin, Russia's prime minister, during his visit to Helsinki on Wednesday.

In a meeting with Matti Vanhanen (centre), Finland's prime minister, President Putin also emphasised Russia's decision to give up roundwood export duties.

President Putin's plane was delayed one hour when arriving in Finland around noon on Wednesday. He is scheduled to end his visit later on Wednesday.

Grin of the Week

Americans vs. Europeans - a warm up for the Daimler & Chrysler Cup

A gum-chewing American and a Frenchman are sitting together in a restaurant. The American feel really proud to be an American, so he starts a conversation.

He asks the Frenchman, "When you eat bread, do you eat all of it?"
"Mais oui!, of course!" responds the Frenchman.

"Well," says the American, "we only eat the soft part of it. The rest we collect in containers, take to a factory and put through a mill. What comes out are little breads that we sell in France.

"And what about steaks?" he continues. "Do you eat all parts of them?"
"Bien sur! We do," replies the Frenchman.

"You don't say!" says the America, grinning. "We don't! We only eat the meaty part of the steak. The greasy part we collect in containers, take to a factory, put through a mill, and what comes out are little steaks that we sell in France."

Now the Frenchman is really riled . So he asks, "And what do Americans do with their used condoms?"

"Hey, we throw them away of course," says the American.

"Ha!" exclaims the Frenchman. "We collect them in containers, take them to a factory and put them through a mill. What comes out is chewing gum that we sell in America!"
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 64 corporate members, 15 individual and one special member.