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  ISSUE 9/2002

6 MARCH, 2002  


Strange things keep happening in this country... But hopefully we are in the middle of a BIG clean-up process, and the air and business climate would clear up after its done. But one regrets now that that we were not in the food labelling business, there must have been a huge demand for labels....
Hope though that our paper companies managed to sells large amounts of release paper... (the paper on which the labels are attached before moved on to the product).

General Assembly 2001
Annual General Assembly
Date & Time:Tuesday, 19 March, 18.30 -21.00
Place: Embassy of Finland, Tokyo
Cost:Free one representative per member, others 7,000 yen
The General Assembly will be followed by a Buffet Reception (at 19:15), sponsored in part by  Nippon Finnpap Ltd.  and  AvestaPolarit Japan K.K. 
We have sent invitations to our members by mail this week. You could also register by clicking link at right, at latest by Friday 15 March. Note that if you are not the official representative of your company, nor an individual member, we will invoice the reception fee of 7,000 yen.
Richard Collasse
April Luncheon Meeting
Date & Time:Thursday, 25 April, 12.00 -14.00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hoytel, Nikko Room
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
At the April Luncheon meeting we will again have an interesting speaker, from many points of view.
Mr. Richard Collasse is the new Chairman of the European Business Community (EBC), and he has lived in Japan for over 20 years and has contributed to the EBC for many years as Chairman of the EBC Cosmetics Committee and as a Member of the EBC Council.
And, as Mr. Collasse is the President of Chanel K.K., we will also get an insight in the luxury brand business in Japan.

Stora Enso Cup:
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
FCCJ and Swedish Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Japan have decided to organize bi-annual golf competitions between members of the two Chambers. We are invited to the SCCJ Spring Golf Cup, and we will invite the Swedish Chamber to our FCCJ Golf Cup in the Autumn. We will play for a cup donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.
Here are the details for the first Golf Challenge:
Date & Time:Friday, 12 April
Place: Tamatsukuri Golf Club , Nejiki Course, Ibaraki Pref.  MAP 
Cost:ca. 18,000 yen (incl. play-fee, caddie, lunch and party fee)
Bus fee, ca. 4,000 yen, is excluded
As the number of participants is limited, please register as soon as possible by clicking link at right. Note that due to the rules of the competition, this invitation applies only to FCCJ members (incl. employees at member companies).
EBC Luncheon:
Combating Terrorist Financing and Money Laundering:
Japanese Government Measures
Guest Speaker: Mr. Kiyotaka Sasaki, Director for International Financial Issues, International Organizations Division, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance
Date & Time:Tuesday, 19 March, 12:00-14:00
Place: Tokyo American Club, 4F
2-1-2, Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost:5,500 yen
The Japanese Government has been making a sustained and diligent effort to cooperate with the global campaign against terrorist financing and money laundering. Mr. Sasaki will provide information on asset freezing of terrorist organizations under the Foreign Exchange Act as well as on-site inspections for compliance to the Act. He will brief on new legislation that MOF is drafting to further combat terrorist financing that will include more effective asset freezing.
Mr. Sasaki's presentation will be in English and to be followed by a Q&A session
For more about the luncheon, and registration form, click link at right.

DCCJ Luncheon (in cooperation with FCCJ, SCCJ and NBF):
Gerald Curtis: "Koizumi and the Politics of Reform"
Date & Time:Wednesday, 20 March, 12:00-14:00
Place: International House of Japan  MAP 
5-11-6 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost:6,000 yen
Gerald L. Curtis is Burgess Professor of Political Science and former Director of the East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Currently on leave from Columbia University, he is Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo. He is the author of numerous books and articles in English and Japanese on Japan and on United States' relations with Japan and policy in East Asia. His most recent book, The Logic of Japanese Politics, draws on his intimate knowledge of the personalities that have dominated Japan's political landscape for the past thirty years.
For more about the luncheon, and registration form, click link at right.

News from Finland
Consumer glee - industry gloom
Views on the economy diverged further in February. Manufacturers say the country is going to pot, while shoppers are in clover. Industry and employers' lobby TT said industry confidence plunged from -7 points in January to - 12 in February following a steady improvement since summer 2001. Now it looks as though the upturn will be grindingly slow, possibly even delayed until next year.

Builders are the most desperate, their already gloomy -27 points in January plummeting to - 40 last month. Building permits fell by 8 % last year from 2000; those for new homes dropped by 20 %.

With firms increasingly holding unsold stock, the confidence index shows that 12 % more businesses predict a downturn than an upturn. Worse, an alarming 38 % more expect to receive fewer orders in the near future than those expecting more, TT said.
Grin of the Week
Poor husband...
Wife accompanied her husband to the doctor's office. After his checkup, the doctor called her into his office alone and said, " Your husband is suffering from a very severe disease, combined with horrible stress. If you don't do the following, he will surely die.
  • Each morning, fix him a healthy breakfast.
  • Be pleasant, and make sure he is in a good mood.
  • And for dinner, prepare an especially nice meal for him.
  • Don't burden him with chores, as this could further his stress.
  • Don't discuss your problems with him, it will only make his stress worse.
  • Try to relax him by having the maid wear sexy lingerie and giving him plenty of backrubs.
  • Encourage him to watch some type of sporting event on television.
  • And most importantly, give him an allowance for the girls in the nightclubs.
    If you can do this for the next 10 months to a year, I think he will regain his health. "
    On the way back to their home, the husband asked the wife,
    "What did the doctor say?"
    The wife replied "He said you're going to die."
  • Huh..better keep healthy...
    That's all for this time, will be back next week!

    Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt

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