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  ISSUE 18/2007 4 October, 2007  

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

The good news in this bulletin, if you are European, and interested in golf, is that the European team won this year's DaimlerChrysler Cup, played last Friday, read more below.
As you know, the DaimlerChrysler name will disappear soon, but Daimler and Chrysler in Japan have decided to continue to cooperate in this event, so it will be renamed Daimler and Chrysler Cup.

I was hoping to announce our next luncheon meeting, planned to be held on Thursday 25 October, in this bulletin, but our guest speaker might have a scheduling conflict. So we have to put it on hold for a few days. As soon as it is confirmed, or we have recruited another speaker, if needed, I will send out a notice.

Report from Luncheon meeting on Wednesday 26 September
Yasuto Fujita, K.K. Integrate

At our September luncheon meeting we had an interesting and engaging guest speaker, Mr. Yasuto Fujita, President of K.K. Integrate who spoke about "Entrance strategy of Xylitol into Japanese market"

Mr. Fujita joined Xyrofinn Far East (which later became Cultor Japan and is now Danisco Japan) in 1992 and was instrumental in introducing Xylitol into the Japanese market. He founded K.K. Integrate in May this year.

In his presentation he explained about all the difficulties to get Xylitol approved, convince customers to start using it and what were the secrets behind the tremendous success in the Japanese market, where Xylitol products today account for a 200 billion yen sales.

For more about the meeting, attended by 25 members and guests, click link at right.
Report from the North America- Europe Golf Challenge Friday 28 September
The European Team takes the DaimlerChrysler Cup!

The European and North American business communities in Tokyo held their fourth friendly golf tournament at Atsugi Kokusai Country Club on 28 September in sunny and very warm weather.

Sponsored DaimlerChrysler and 28 other companies, the tournament brought together 138 players from the American and Canadian chambers of commerce on one side and the European Business Council on the other side. 14 FCCJ members participated in the event.

Playing the new peoria (shin-peria) scoring system and calculating an average score for the best 80% of each team, the European team came out on top by 0.6 strokes.

For more about the event, click link at right.
Thursday 18 October - Joint ACCJ and Nordic Chamber Event
Nomu-nication* - Nordic Night at the Swedish Embassy

The ACCJ Tokyo Membership Relations Committee teams up with the Swedish Embassy to bring you an opportunity to network, develop relationships, exchange information and learn about Nordic culture this autumn.
* Nomu-nication: a play on the words "nomu", which means drink in Japanese, and "communication"

Come meet members of the American, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic and Norwegian chambers of commerce and enjoy the famous Danish beer, Carlsberg, with Nordic snacks provided by Cafe Daisy.

Date & Time:Thursday 18 October, 18.30-20.30
Venue: Swedish Embassy, Exhibition Hall MAP
Cost:3,000 yen for members (collected at the door)
incl. drinks and light snacks
Registration:by Monday 15 October

Space is limited to 12 from FCCJ so sign up early!

If you would like attend, please click link at right.
Monday 1 October - Saturday 3 November
Finland Cafe in Tokyo

The Finnish Tourist Board Tokyo office organizes a Finland Cafe for one month in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. [ MAP ]
The object of this activity is to increase awareness of and interest in Finland by showing Finnish culture, such as design, fashions, music and foods in cooperation with other industries. Visitors enjoy Finnish food and drinks on Finnish design furniture with Finnish design table wares, hearing Finnish music, seeing scenery of Finland on a screen.

Many events are organized, like presentations by Finnish Designers and even a Jazz live performance.
For more information go to www.finlandcafe.com.

Friday 19 October
Boston Promenade Live at Ueno Park

Boston Promenade, a Big Band from Finland, will be performing at the Ueno Onshi Park Outdoor Stage, Tokyo on Friday 19th of October at 6 pm.

Boston Promenade is a group of 24 young professional musicians/students. The band's repertoire consists of entertaining jazz (e.g. Frank Sinatra) as well as hits from the 70's (e.g. Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder) and the pop/rock music of today (e.g. Robbie Williams, Brian Setzer).

Boston Promenade has traveled a lot and performed in New York, Moscow, Australia, South Africa, China, Namibia, Peru etc. Their latest trip abroad was in the summer of 2006, when the band opened the Finnish EU presidency in Warsaw, Poland and Bratislava, Slovakia.

For further information please contact our Japan Tour agents at japan@bostonpromenade.com

Boston Promenade Japan Tour 2007
Ueno Onshi Park Outdoor Stage, Tokyo
The "Suijo Ongakudo"
Friday 19th of October
Show time 6 pm
Free entrance www.bostonpromenade.com

News from Finland

Siemens to sell stake in Nokia Siemens Networks -Paper

German business weekly Wirtschaftswoche reported on its website on Monday that Siemens was mulling selling its stake in Nokia Siemens Networks.

The paper added Peter Löscher, the new chief executive of Siemens, was about to launch a wide-ranging restructuring programme and that it included the sale of the networks business.

According to Wirtschaftswoche, other Siemens units going under the hammer after a costly corruption scandal are Osram, Bosch-Siemens and home and office equipment manufacturing.

Nokia Siemens Networks said in a statement Monday that Mr Löscher would give up his seat on the network company's board and be replaced by Rudi Lamprecht.

Grin of the week

Lost in translation?

Stevie Wonder is playing his first gig in Tokyo and the place is absolutely packed to the rafters. In a bid to break the ice with his new audience he asks if anyone would like him to play a request. A little old Japanese man jumps out of his seat in the first row and shouts at the top of his voice:
"Play a Jazz chord! Play a jazz chord!"

Amazed that this guy knows about the jazz influences in Stevie's varied career, the blind impresario starts to play an E minor scale and then goes into a difficult jazz melody for about 10 minutes. When he finishes the whole place goes wild. The little old man jumps up again and shouts:
"No, no, play a Jazz chord, play a Jazz chord".

Well and truly brassed off that this little guy doesn't seem to appreciate his playing ability, Stevie says to him from the stage "OK smartie pants! You get up here and do it!"

The little old man climbs up onto the stage, takes hold of the mike, and starts to sing.....

"A jazz chord to say I ruv you................."

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 64 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.