e-mail bulletin




 about fccj 


 contact us 

  ISSUE 19/2002

7 June, 2002  


For many of us, much (or at least our scheduling) circulates these days around the World Cup. Both from an organizational and sporting point of view one could say that "so far, so good", although they made a mess of the ticketing system.
However, we might get a test of both tonight with the England-Argentina game in Sapporo.
Let's hope the Sapporo Beer Garden is not in ruins tomorrow morning...
We also have a couple of events related to this subject, read more below.

Report from ACCJ Luncheon with Governor Shintaro Ishihara
FCCJ had the priviledge to be invited to a luncheon meeting with Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara organised by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) on 6 June 2002.
In his presentation, Governor Ishihara covered Japan's present situation from a number of angles. One clear message he conveyed was that Japan is not aware of its strengths, and do not know how to utilize its resources. 'Japan is like a poker player who does not know what kind of hand he has'.
The luncheon was attended by 400 persons. In addition to FCCJ members (20 attended), also members from the British, German and Australian & New Zealand Chamber were invited to this event.

June Luncheon Meeting
Pekka Hämäläinen
This time the theme will be about the World Cup and the future outlook for Finnish Football. Our guest speakers will be Pekka Hämäläinen, President and Teuvo Holopainen, General Secretary of the Football Association of Finland.
Date & Time:Thursday 27 June, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Nikko Room (B1F)
Cost:7,000 yen
Registration:by Tuesday 25 June, click link at right.
Mr. Hämäläinen is a lawyer and has been the president of the Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation from 1991 until his retirement early this month. He has been President of the Football Federation since 1997.

We will mail out invitations early next week, but in case you would like to register now, click link at right.
EBC Construction Committee Meeting
GOJ Measures for Market Access to the Construction Industry and Japan's PFI (Private Finance Initiatives) System
All EBC Committee members and National Chamber members are invited to join a presentation by two Japanese government officials on the construction sector. They will explain what the Japanese Government is doing to improve market access to the construction industry, and describe the system of alternative financing of public works projects in Japan (PFI - private finance initiatives).
Date & Time:Wednesday, June 19, 16:00-18:00
Place: Europa House, 6th Floor Meeting Room, Map
Registration:by Monday, 17 June
For more information and reply form, click link at right,
JETRO Briefing on Promotion of FDI in Japan
In the spirit of collaboration of the EBC with JETRO, Mr. Richard Collasse, EBC Chairman, and Mr. Keizo Tsuchiya, Director, Planning & Coordination Division, Investment Promotion Department, JETRO, agreed on arranging a special EBC briefing on JETRO's activities to promote foreign investment in Japan. JETRO's focus on this area has been increasing of late.
Date & Time:Thursday, June 20, 09:30-10:30
Place: Europa House, 6th Floor Meeting Room, Map
Registration:by Monday, 17 June
For more information and reply form, click link at right,
The Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan
Sepp Blatter, FIFA President "FIFA and the World Cup"
The Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan kindly invites members of FCCJ to attend a luncheon meeting were Mr. Joseph S. Blatter, President of FIFA will address us on the subject FIFA and the World Cup.
Here are the details:
Date & Time:Thursday, June 20, 12:00-14:00
Place: New Otani Hotel, Tokyo, Main Bldg B1F, Maino-ma
Cost:8,000 yen
Registration:by Wednesday, 19 June
For more information and registration form, click link at right,
News from Finland
37.9 % of stocks in foreign ownership
The share of stocks at the Helsinki Stock Exchange owned by foreigners rose in April by 0.7 % to 39.7 %. Due to the decrease in Nokia's share price the share calculated by market value decreased to 65 %.

The total capitalization of the Stock Exchange decreased in Aril from 200.2 bill. euro to 167.7 bill. euro. Quite a decrease in one month.
Grin of the Week
Authentic passenger statement?
This time we have message for our friends in the airline industry... Do you always have such nice customers?
Appologize to sensitive readers (do I have any....?) if this "grin" uses a bit foul language, but I think it is too cute to leave out!

The card to the right is reportedly an authentic message handed to the captain by an eight year old girl on a Quantas flight.

Thanks again to our friend in New York who provides us with the good laughs!

That's all for this week.
Have a nice weekend and safe landings...;-)

Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt

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

Open in browser >>

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.