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  ISSUE 1/2002

7 January, 2002  

Dear !*SALUTATION*! !*LAST_NAME*!


..and to all of you, who do not read Japanese, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hope you have had a nice holiday season and returned to your work batteries fully charged!
In my case, spending my first Christmas in Finland for 14 years was a nice, but very cold experience, one morning the thermometer said -33°C!!
I suppose many of you are busy reading all the New Year's Cards and visiting or meeting your customers and partners, so I will be brief this time. Main reason for the bulletin now is to remind you of the luncheon meeting next week Thursday.

January Luncheon Meeting
The January Luncheon meeting will be held at Capitol Tokyu Hotel Silver Room on Thursday, 17 January, 2002 at 13.00 (NOTE TIME)
On this occasion Mr. Robert A. Feldman, Chief Economist and Managing Director at  MORGAN STANLEY JAPAN LTD.  will give his views on the present economic situation in the world and Japan.
As part of Morgan Stanley's global economics team, Mr. Feldman is responsible for forecasting the Japanese economy and interest rates, and he participates in formation of the foreign exchange and equity strategies of the firm.
In addition to numerous exposure to the various Japanese media, he has published three books, Japanese Financial Markets: Deficits, Dilemmas, and Deregulation, Nihon no Suijaku ("The Weakening of Japan", in Japanese) and Nihon no Saiki ("Starting Over", in Japanese).

Our members should have received the invitations by mail. Please register by faxing us the form, or by clicking link at right.

Finnish Events in Japan and Events in Finland
In case you are to know what kind of Finnish Events interested to know about Finnish events organized in Japan, or events in Finland, there are two good sources to check:
News from Finland
High price Finland
One trumpeted effect of a single currency for Europe is to make it easier to compare prices. A quick survey by Reuters proved the point and showed Finland to be the most expensive country in the eurozone. Its prices were at or near the top for all items from cars through milk, hamburgers, postcards and CDs to a tin of Coca Cola. The drink is four times the price in Helsinki as Madrid, where it's cheapest.

Finnish traders blamed high taxes and transport and labour costs, but lack of competition also plays a part. Consumer lobbies expect the single currency to narrow price gaps across the continent, but as one spokesman put it, no one will go to another country just to get a cheap tin of Coca Cola.
Grin of the Week
Did you leave some message on your answering machine while on holiday? If you need some nice tips for the next occasion, check below...
  1. Hi. I'm probably home, I'm just avoiding someone I don't like. Leave me a message, and if I don't call back, it's you.
  2. Hi. This is John If you are the phone company, I already sent the money. If you are my parents, please send money. If you are my financial aid institution, you didn't lend me enough money. If you are my friends, you owe me money. If you are a female, don't worry, I have plenty of money.
  3. If you are a burglar, then we're probably at home cleaning our weapons right now and can't come to the phone. Otherwise, we probably aren't home and it's safe to leave a message.
  4. Leave a beep after the message

Lastly...
The Euro seems to be, of not in everybody's pockets so at least on their lips. A trivia question, which many of you know the answer to by now; how many diferent euro coins are there?
Correct answer is 96. Of course there are coins of 8 different values, but as each country has a their own tail side (in Finland's case the lion), it makes 12 countries x 8 coins = 96!
If you haven't seen the real money, you could check what they look like at Embassy of Finland Web site: in FINNISH and in JAPANESE 

Have a nice week &
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt

If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
send it to: fccj@gol.com

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ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER
This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 300 persons 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 74 corporate members.