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  ISSUE 18/2004

4 October, 2004  


We lost the battle but won the war...

I am referring to the DaimlerChrysler Golf Cup which was played on Friday. The North American team won this time (Europe won last year), but it was a fantastic event where 139 business people representing European and North American companies in Japan enjoyed a day together in a very friendly atmosphere. A lot of new contacts were made and old ones strengthened. As the FCCJ played a major role in organizing this event, we could claim a victory for a successful event.

And the weather was up to the occasion. After the typhoon scare earlier in the week we could also enjoy very warm and sunny weather. Read more about the event further down.

6 October - The First FCCJ Club Evening - at Finland Cafe

Based on the responses from our member survey in June, we have now decided to organize the first FCCJ 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.
Come an enjoy a nice Finnish atmosphere in Tokyo at the FInland Cafe!

Date & Time:Wednesday, 6 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 Monday 4 October

  Finnish Tourist Board organizes now for the third time a Finland Cafe for a four week period (Tue 26 Sep. - Sun 24 Oct.). The venue this year is Space Force in Meguro-ku. Visitors can enjoy various events, such as seminars, movies, concerts, etc., and shop for a large variety of Finnish products. For more about Finland Cafe, click here!

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 attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right, at latest tomorrow Tuesday by 10:00.
22 October - Breakfast Meeting with Minister Lehtomäki

Ms. Paula Lehtomäki, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, will visit Japan in connection with the official working visit of President Tarja Halonen.

On this occasion the FCCJ will organize a breakfast meeting at Imperial Hotel with Minister Lehtomäki and the Finpro Business Delegation accompanying President Halonen to Japan. The leader of the Business Delegation, Juha Rantanen, incoming President & CEO of Outokumpu Group (from 1 Jan. 2005), as well as FCCJ President Mika Mäkinen will also make presentations at the meeting.


Date & Time:Friday 22 October, 08:30-10:00
Place: Imperial Hotel, Fuji Room (3F)
Cost:5,000 yen (collected at the door)
Profile of Minister Lehtomäki
  • Minister for Foreign Trade and Development and Minister at
          the Prime Minister's Office, 17 April 2003 onwards
  • Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration), Bachelor of Social Sciences
  • Date and place of birth: 29 November 1972, Kuhmo, Finland
  • Place of Residence: Kuhmo
  • Member of Parliament (Centre Party), 1999 onwards

  • If you would like to register, please click link at right.
    The Annual Europe - North America Golf Challenge:
    North America takes the DaimlerChrysler Cup

    The European and North American business communities in Tokyo held the second friendly golf tournament at Atsugi Kokusai Country Club on 1 October. Sponsored by German-American auto giant Daimler-Chrysler and 33 other companies, the tournament brought together 139 players, including nine ladies, from the American and Canadian chambers of commerce on one side and the European Business Community on the other side. Eleven members from FCCJ participated. Using the double Peoria (shin-peria) scoring system and calculating an average score for the best 80% of each team, the North American team came out on top by 0.4 strokes. The tournament was the second of its kind to take place in Tokyo, and will be played annually in the future.

    The North American team had 72 players, the European 67. The players represented more than 15 different nationalities. The Americans made up for the largest group, about 45 players, followed by 35 Japanese, 15 Germans, 11 Swedes and 9 Finns.
    News from Finland

    Aurora Borealis sightings transmitted to mobile phones in Finnish Lapland

    Tourists in Lapland need no more peer at the skies intermittently to spot the famed Northern Lights, a luminous meteoric phenomenon, visible only at night, usually appearing in streams and ascending toward the zenith.

    Modern technology brings the aurora alert directly to the mobile phone.

    The alert system, developed in the town of Rovaniemi in Lapland, is being further marketed. Winter last year, the system was tried out by three Rovaniemi hotels, and this winter it will be offered to other hotels both in Finland and in Sweden. The system was developed in the Testing Lab environment of the Aurora Borealis technology centre.

    "Especially Asian tourists have been interested in the system," says CEO Miikka Raulo from the know-how centre of Lapland tourism.

    Japanese travel agencies are already marketing the service. Upon arrival to Finland, the traveller is given a rental mobile, and aurora spottings are transmitted as SMS messages from a transmitter scanning the skies on the roof of his hotel.
    Grin of the week

    Efficiency expert

    An efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution. "You don't want to try these techniques at home."
    "Why not?" asked somebody from the audience.
    "I watched my wife's routine at breakfast for years," the expert explained. "She made lots of trips between the refrigerator, stove, table and cabinets, often carrying a single item at a time. One day I told her, 'Hon, why don't you try carrying several things at once?'"
    "Did it save time?" the person in the audience asked.
    "Actually, yes," replied the expert.
    "It used to take her 20 minutes to make breakfast. Now I do it in seven."

    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 550 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, 15 individual and one special member.