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  ISSUE 19/2005

5 September, 2005  


Rainy Days and Mondays... today we have both of those at least here in Tokyo.
Probably only those of you of my age remember this song from 1971, and that the lyrics go Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down. But let's hope you are in good spirit, although we might have much more of the wet stuff this week as typhoon No. 14 is on its way.

We are in for an interesting week and weekend with the upcoming Lower House elections on Sunday. At least during my 17 years in Japan, the Japanese voters have never showed this much interest in politics and we could expect a much better turnout that in previous elections where less that 55 % have cast their votes.

Report from the Club Evening on 24 August at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

The fourth FCCJ Club Evening was held at the Juniper Bar and Café at Grand Hyatt Tokyo at Roppongi Hills on Wednesday 24 August, attended by 41 members and guests.

In his welcome remarks, FCCJ Board member Juhana Häkkänen noted that he was pleased to see that many participants and followed the "Cool Biz" dress code. He said that it will be interesting to see whether the participants obey the governments dress code for the winter season, "Warm Biz" at our next club evening. The Warm Biz dress code recommends "to wear knitwear, warm underwear and headwear"...

For more photos from the club evening,
15 September - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

Our first regular luncheon meeting after the summer break is held on 15 September. The theme of the luncheon is: Relations between universities and working life as a criterion of quality of higher education. A delegation of about 35 representatives from Finish university will participate.

Date & Time:Thursday, 15 September, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, White Pearl Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday 13 September

At this meeting we will not have a guest speaker, but some prepared introductions from representatives from the Finnish delegation and from our side. Main part of the meeting will be spent on discussions around this important and interesting theme.
Input from all participants is welcome!

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, click link at right.
Looking for multilingual staff?

A Japanese 31 year old female is looking for a position where she could utilize her language and communication skills. She has studied at Jyväskylä University for four years (European Masters Degree Program in Intercultural Communication) and also worked in Finland. Apart form her native Japanese, she speaks fluent Finnish, English and Chinese, and also has basic skills in Russian and Korean.

A Norwegian male who is working at the Nordic Pavilion at Aichi Expo is looking for a beginners position or similar in a Nordic company or organization operating in Japan, as I would like to continue to stay in the country. He has been responsible for arrangements (seminars, receptions, meetings etc) and practical running of these in the VIP facilities and guiding and interacting with Japanese visitors to the Nordic Pavilion. He has a Bachelors Degree from a Norwegian university and has also been studying at Waseda University.

If you are interested to have more information, please mail me by clicking ling below. I will send you resumes. Please mention which person you are interested in.
News from Finland

Finland should consider dipping into emergency oil stocks -PM

Matti Vanhanen (centre), the prime minister of Finland, said Sunday in the 7pm news bulletin of MTV3, a nationwide television channel, that the country should consider using the state's emergency oil stocks after hurricane Katrina devastated oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.

He added that the government would mull the issue over the following days.

"We have a lot of emergency stocks in for example oil and it is clear that we have to consider whether or not to use some of these reserves during the next few days. A few words around the issue were exchanged within the government, too, and the discussion should continue within the EU framework," Mr Vanhanen told MTV3.
Grin of the week

Make Love Not War

An elderly Italian man who lived on the outskirts of Monte Casino went to the local church for confession. When the priest slid open the panel in the confessional, the man said, "Father, during World War II, a beautiful woman knocked on my door and asked me to hide her from the enemy. So I hid her in my attic."

The priest replied, "That was a wonderful thing you did, my son! And you have no need to confess that." "It's worse than that, father. She started to repay me with sexual favors."

The priest said, "By doing that, you were both in great danger. However, two people under those circumstances can be very tempted to act that way. But if you are truly sorry for your actions, you are indeed forgiven."

"Thank you, Father. That's a great load off my mind. But I do have one more question ."

"And what is that?" asked the priest. "Should I tell her the war is over?"

That's all for now, stay dry and 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.