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  ISSUE 3/2004

6 February, 2004  


My apologies if some of you could not see my last bulletin properly, nor connect to the external links in it. The web server on our Internet Service Provider had a major crash a few hours after I sent the bulletin which meant that in case you tried to open the email after that, you could not see the images and the links were dead. To save bandwidth and to make it easy to send and receive this bulletin you only receive a text file.

When you open the mail, all images are downloaded from the web server, and if you click a link, the content is also downloaded. So if the server is dead, it does not work. Therefore I repeat the article about the Busienss Game in this bulletin, which also now contain some new information.

The FCCJ President Timo Varhama has again produced an excellent article in his column "Point of view" at our web site.
To read the article, titled Japan economy "bright outlook",  click here. 

February Luncheon Meeting

Our February luncheon meeting is held on Thursday the 19th.

The guest speaker is Mr. Norimasa Hasegawa, Former Ambassador of Japan to Finland.
Theme: T.B.A.

Date & Time:Thursday, 19 February, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Kyoto Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday 17 February

Ambassador Hasegawa graduated from the Faculty of Law at Tokyo University in 1967 and was appointed to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. He served the ministry in several important positions, including that of Vice-Minister for International Affairs. In August 1999 he retired the ministry and took up a position as adviser at the Daiwa Institute of Research. Ambassador Hasegawa served as Japan's ambassador to Finland and Estonia since October from 2000 to 2003.

If you would like to attend, please click link below.
Golf Events in 2004

Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
The fifth Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - will be played on Friday 16 April. FCCJ has lost the previous two competitions so this time I hope we get a large number of participants from our chamber so that we will be able to take the trophy back!

The venue has not yet been decided but put this date in your calendar already now. We will be back with more information in coming bulletins.

DaimlerChrysler Cup 2004

Now it is official. The Second Annual North America-Europe Golf Challenge - the DaimlerChrysler Cup - will be played on Friday 1 October at Atsugi Kokusai C.C.

At this point we are mainly focusing on recruiting sponsors for the event. Sponsors who sign up now will have the additional benefit of getting a full one year exposure on the web site (until we open the 2005 site).

We expect to open registration on 15 March after we have finalized all arrangements with the club.
At this moment we expect to keep the fees at same level as last year, i.e. a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,000 yen fee for the play and party, total 24,000 yen.
METI Kansai Seminar
Invest-in-KANSAI Promotion Seminar

METI-KANSAI (Kansai Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry) has been holding an "Invest-in-KANSAI Promotion Seminar" every year for the last four years to publicize "KANSAI" as an attractive investment destination.

This year, it is held in Tokyo on February 12, free of charge, to introduce the potential and attractiveness of Nanotechnology and Biotechnology industries in the Kansai region. One of the eminent speakers is Professor Tomoji Kawai of Osaka Univ., one of the most esteemed Nanotechnology authorities in Japan. For details and application, please visit our website.


Date & Time:Thursday, 12 February 14:00-16:30
Place: JETRO IBSC HALL (Invest Japan Business Support Center)
Akasaka Twin Tower, Main Bldg. 2F, 2-17-22 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Sponsors:Kansai Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI-KANSAI)
Kansai Council of Investment Promotion (K-CIP)
Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO)
Japan Regional Development Corporation(JRDC)

For more information and registration, please click link below.
BGF Championship 2004 - Get the Big Picture!

Business game training for developing managerial skills, provided by Business Game Factory Ltd.

Business Game Factory Ltd. provides premium-quality business game training in the spirit of the motto "Get the big picture!". The key elements of the service concept are business relevance, simplicity and ease of use: maximum value for minimal time and hassle.

As the training takes place through the Internet, there are no absolute limits of time and space. The training consists of five game rounds, each requiring approximately 2-3 hours, the total duration is 10 weeks. Customer care is fully available before, during and after the training. Teams typically consist of 3-5 participants.

If there is sufficient interest, FCCJ would coordinate a game between teams from companies in Japan. We could also collect individuals from smaller companies into one team.

For more information click "MORE INFO" below and "REFERENCES", and if you are interested to discuss this further, please mail me by clicking the "I AM INTERESTED" link. You could also visit the BGF web site for a large number of testimonials from participants.
News from Finland

Finland's postal code to change into FI

In postal traffic to Finland from abroad, the country code for Finland before the address numeral will be changed. The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority announced on Wednesday that the country code for Finland is the two-letter FI from the beginning of 2004. The old, three-letter country code FIN may be used in parallel for two years, to the end of 2005.

"The change complies with a recommendation by the Universal Postal Union. The Finnish federation of standards SFS has also confirmed the new code," Finland Post said in a statement to the Finnish News Agency (STT). It added that a correct and clear address is the most important element making for rapid delivery of postal dispatches. According to SFS standards, the country code should be written in block letters before the postal number and separated by a hyphen. The name of the country in lock letters should be the bottom line.

The old country code FIN was adopted in 1993. The code was the same as in motor transport.
Grin of the week

Some things you just can't explain... (rated PG)

A farmer was in a bar drinking and looking all depressed. His friend asked him why he was looking depressed and he replied, "Some things you just can't explain. This morning I was outside milking. As soon as the bucket was fill the cow kicked it down with his left foot so I tied up his left to a pole.

I began to fill up the bucket again and he kicked it down with his right foot, so I tied his right to a pole too.

As soon as I finished milking him again he knocked down the bucket with his with his tail and I took off my belt and tied up his tail with my belt.

As I was tying up his tail, my pants dropped down, then my wife came out and well, trust me, some things you just can't explain!"

Have a nice weekend &
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 500 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.