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  ISSUE 1/2003

6 January, 2003  



This year it is the year of the lamb (or goat) in Japan, thus the animal to the left (to me HE looks like a goat...).

We asked him about his opinions of the economy in Japan this year, and the reaction, as you could see, could be interpreted either as "No good", or, "I don't really know"...

In any case, I wish you a happy and prosperous new year and hope that we could have a continuous good cooperation with our members and supporters also in 2003!

January Luncheon Meeting
Heikki Tenhunen
The first luncheon meeting in the new year will be an interesting one.
Our speaker is Mr. Heikki Tenhunen, President of Nokia Japan Co., Ltd. and the theme of his presenation is 3G.

Date & Time:Friday, 24 January, 2003, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu , Nikko Room
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Wednesday 22 January

Heikki Tenhunen was born in 1959 and graduated from University of Oulu as Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1986. Before joining Nokia in 1993, Mr. Tenhunen worked for Polar Electro Oy, Kera Oy and Nokia-Mobira Oy.
He has held several positions at Nokia Mobile Phones and was appointed Vice President for the GSM1900 Product Line in 1997, and Vice President of Global PC Centre Management in 1999.
In March 2001 he moved to Japan and was Vice President of Nokia Japan Co.,Ltd. until July 2002 when he was appointed President.

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the door and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 23 January and "no-shows".

If you would like to attend, please click link to the right.
Report from Christmas Luncheon

46 FCCJ members and guests enjoyed a delicious Christams buffet at the Embassy of Finland on Wednesday, 18 December.

H.E. Ambassador Eero Salovaara gave a brief review on recent developments in the Japan-Finland relations and coming events.

The main theme of the meeting was the Feel Finland 2003 project which runs through July-December next year. Dr. Katja Valaskivi, Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan noted that Feel Finland brings to Japan the best of Finnish expertise. It offers a chance to experience Finnish culture, arts and sciences more extensively than ever before. Some twenty Feel Finland events present Finnish design, visual and media art, dance, contemporary and classical music, photography and film. Also, the most acknowledged achievements of Finnish social sciences and technology are presented.

Before the luncheon, the FCCJ Board of Trustees had a meeting and its members also participated in the luncheon.
For pictures from the meeting, clcik link at right.
For Sale: A3 size Color Laser Printer

The FCCJ Office is planning to purchase a new high-speed color laser printer for printing our newsletter and other high-volume print jobs. Therefore we would like to sell our present printer, an Epson LP-8800CR. The printer is less than one year old and in perfect condition and equipped with a reverse tray for automatic double side printing. It is fast enough for normal office use, 8 ppm in color, 35 ppm in B/W. But to print our newsletter in 500 copies, double-side A3, takes almost 10 hours. That is why we are planning to upgrade. And if so, we could also provide service for companies who need

The price for a new 8800CR is 293,000 yen, but we are prepared to sell our used for 140,000 yen. If you are interested in this offer, click link to the right to mail me.
News from Finland
Finland's Foreign Trade in October
According to the National Board of Customs, Finland's trade surplus was 1.14 bill. euro. Last year the October surplus was 1.58 bill. euro. The trade surplus in the January-October period was 9.1 bill. euro.

Finland's export in January-October has developed most positively to the Middle East (+32%), Estonia (+17%), Hong Kong (+17%), Russia (+13%), the Netherlands (+11%) and Japan (+9%).
Notable declines were registered in exports to the USA (-17%), Poland (-14%), Italy (-12%), Germany and China (both -7%).
Grin of the Week

How To Prepare Chicken...

A waiter asks a man, "May I take your order, sir?"
"Yes," the man replies. "I'm just wondering, exactly how do you prepare your chickens?"
"Nothing special, sir. We just tell them straight out that they're going to die."

Talk about "communicating bad news" efficiently...
OK, this was my first "official job" in 2003, let's get the "wheels rolling"!

Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt

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send it to: fccj@gol.com

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This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 400 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 71 corporate members.