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  ISSUE 27/2005

5 December 2005  


Probably all of you are very busy now with "bonenkai" parties in Japan, "pikkujoulu" parties in Finland, and whatever holiday season/year end parties you have elsewhere. And many of you are getting geared up for our social highlight of the season, the Scandinavian Christmas Party on Friday. But hope you could spare a couple minutes to read this weeks bulletin.

Taking about Scandinavian Christmas Party, we have at this moment 468 participants signed up. There's a few seats still available, so of you are interested, contact me as soon as possible.

Report from the December Luncheon Meeting

Nokia Japan President Heikki Tenhunen gave an interesting and educating insight in the world of mobile communication at the FCCJ luncheon meeting on 1 December.

In his presentation, Mr. Tenhunen started with an historical overview of Nokia and the development of the company from multi-branch to one focused on telecommunication.

The agenda also included an overview of the mobile market, an update on Nokia's 3G strategies and their products, as well as the present status and strategies of Nokia in Japan. According to Heikki. Tenhunen, Nokia has been investing in Japan, and will continue to do so!

To find out more about the luncheon, click link at right.
Wed. 14 December - FCCJ Christmas Luncheon Meeting

The traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon is again this year held at our Embassy, were we can enjoy a Finnish style Christmas buffet prepared by the Embassy's chef.

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Wednesday, 14 December, 12:00-14:00
Place: Embassy of Finland
(3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo)  MAP 
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday, 12 December

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the Embassy and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 14 December and "no-shows".

Ms. Anu Saarela, Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy of Finland, will brief us on current issues in Japan-Finland relations and we will also get information on "Feel Finland in Science 2006" project by Dr. Heikki Mäkipää, Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan.

If you would like to attend and have not registered, please click link at right.
- FCCJ Bulletin Board

We have now opened a FCCJ Bulletin Board system to encourage more interaction and discussion between and with FCCJ Members.

The system has now the following sections; General discussion, HR Center, Buying, selling, renting and Clubs & Groups.

To be able to create new discussions and reply to entries you need to register. We have set up the system this way to avoid automatic spam messages and so that the administrator (me) will be able to control who is making entries and if needed contact the user directly.

We will also channel all job (like the one below) and openings to the bulletin board.

To access the bulletin board, please click link at right.
Japanese speaking Finn looking for project work

A 26 year old Finnish female, with business level Japanese language skills, studying at the Asia Pacific Export Marketing Course organized by Tampere University, Institute for Extension Studies is looking for a project work placement in Japan between 23 January and 30 June, 2006. The Asia Pacific program is financially supported by the Finnish Ministry of Labour.

She is a recent graduate from Cardiff University in the UK with a B.Sc (First Class Honours) degree in Business Studies and Japanese and has a keen interest in the Japanese language and culture and has studied Japanese for nearly six years, half of which while living in Tokyo..

I have her CV and Rirekisho as well as the Asia Pacific Export Marketing Course brochure on file, so if you are interested to know more, please contact me by clicking link at right.
News from Finland

Nokia share price breaks 2005 record

On Friday morning on the Helsinki Stock Exchange, shares in Nokia, the Finnish mobile phone maker, were fetching 15.13 euros, up by 2.93 per cent from Thursday's close, breaking the previous 2005 record of 15.03 euros from 19 July.

On Thursday, Nokia said it expected global handset sales to grow by more than 10 per cent next year. Also this week, Nokia announced a sizeable factory expansion in China and unveiled several new handset models.

In a related news, the National Board of Customs (NBC) said in a statement on Friday that partly thanks to mobile phone exports soaring by 84 per cent year-on-year, the Finnish balance of payment surplus rose to 877 million euros in September from the year-ago 703 million.
Grin of the week

Secret Gov't Project Revealed...

The National Transportation Safety Board recently divulged they had covertly funded a project with the U.S. auto makers for the past five years, whereby the auto makers were installing black boxes in four-wheel drive pickup trucks in an effort to determine, in fatal accidents, the circumstances in the last 15 seconds before the crash.

They were surprised to find in 49 of the 50 states the last words of drivers in 61.2 percent of fatal crashes were, "Oh, Sh*t!"

Only the state of Alabama was different, where 96.4 percent of the final words were -
"Hey Y'all, hold my beer and watch this!"

Have a good week, and be good, it's just 19 days to Christmas!

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 72 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.