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  ISSUE 12/2004

7 June, 2004  


When June arrives, Finns start to think about their summer cottages. But even if you are a Finn living in Japan you could still enjoy fresh country air with a lot of green, lakes and of course sauna, the occasional beer... and with the additional bonus of a beautiful mountain backdrop.

Ten "friends of the Village" spent again a refreshing weekend at Finland Village in Matsubarako, Nagano prefecture. For more about the village and what we did there, click HERE!

Now on to this weeks issues.

Report from the May Luncheon Meeting
A Successful Alliance: Kone-Toshiba
The June luncheon meeting was focused on one of, if not the most successful cooperation between a Finnish and Japanese companies, the Kone-Toshiba Alliance. FCCJ board member and Vice President (Toshiba Alliance Development) at KONE Corporation, Mr. Thomas Hietto, gave an excellent overview of the reasons for, background of, present status and future targets of the cooperation.

The Alliance, established in 1998, is the first of its kind in the elevator industry. Started as a cooperation of cross-supply of products and technology, it was strengthened by a cross-shareholding arrangement in 2002.

At the meeting Commissioner General of the Nordic Pavilion at EXPO 2005 AICHI, Mr. Pertti Huitu also gave a short update of the present status of the project.

For more about the meeting, click link at right.
Joint Luncheon Meeting organized by SCCJ - last reminder

The Swedish Chamber invites members of FCCJ and the other Nordic Chambers to a joint business luncheon held on Friday 11 June.

The speaker is Tommy Kullberg, President & CEO, IKEA Japan K.K. and the theme of his presentation is The Screws are Missing...! .
Mr. Kullberg is also Chairman of the SCCJ.

Date & Time:Friday, 11 June, 12:00-14:00
Place: International House in Roppongi [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday 8 June at 12:00

There's a few seats left so if you would like to attend, sign up now, or at latest by tomorrow (Tuesday) by 12:00, by clicking the link at right.
FCCJ June Luncheon Meeting

At our June luncheon we will have a timely presentation related to the enlargement of the European Union. Our guest speaker then is Argo Kangro, Charge d'Affaires, Embassy of Estonia.

The theme of his presentation will be: Estonia in the expanded EU and it's cooperation with Nordic countries - Opportunities for Japan

Date & Time:Wednesday, 23 June, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Take Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday 21 June

  Argo Kangro was born in 1974 and earned a B.A. degree in Law from the Nord Academy of Tallinn in 1997. After working in the insurance business he entered the Estonian School of Diplomacy in 1998 and joined the Foreign Service in 1999. Mr. Kangro held positions at Press and Information Department and Political Department, 6th Division (Asia, Africa, Latin America, Australia and the Pacific), were he was Acting Director before taking up his position in Tokyo in August 2002.

If you would like to register, click link at right.
FCCJ Member Survey

As part of the FCCJ's continuing effort to explore where we've been, where we are, and where we are going in terms of delivering value to FCCJ members, the FCCJ Board of Directors have decided to conduct a member survey to find out the opinions of our members. The Board will use the results from these research efforts to get a better understanding regarding the needs and desires of FCCJ members.

There are two separate forms, one for the head of, or main contact person at the member company and another, more simple form for other staff members. FCCJ events and activities are not restricted to only one person from corporate member companies, but any staff member could participate.

From among those who responded to the survey by the deadline, we will draw a winner for a pair of tickets for the Scandinavian Xmas Party in December (value 30,000 yen).
The dead-line for submission is Friday 18 June.

We have sent out information to all our members by mail and email, but in case you are a member (or your company is a member) and have not received (or lost) the survey invitation, click link at right and we mail you the link.
We've Got You Covered:
The EBC-MCE Executive Training Seminars
Dr. de Bono's Six Thinking Hats

EBC is offering a series of executive training seminars: "We've Got You Covered: The EBC-MCE Executive Training Seminars" in collaboration with the Management Centre Europe, the European arm of the American Management Association.

We encourage EBC members to support the EBC in this new endeavour by signing up for the first seminar, which is a full-day executive training session, including lunch, on June 17 on the topic of "Dr. de Bono's Six Thinking Hats". As explained in the attached flier, this training seminar is designed for executives with general management, staff or functional responsibilities and will be conducted by Dr. Wolfgang Lux, General Manager for Asia Pacific for the American Management Association. Dr. Lux is an accredited instructor for this program and a certificate of participation will be distributed at the completion of each training seminar. This seminar is designed to help you and your employees make faster, better decisions and cut meeting time up to 75%. The fee for the full-day event including lunch is 63,000 yen (including tax).

For more information, program and registration form, click link below.
News from Finland

HS-Gallup: Finns think EU enlargement generally a good thing

Almost 40 per cent of Finns think the May Day enlargement of the European Union was a positive development.

According to a survey commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat from Gallup Finland, almost the same amount take a neutral stance vis-a-vis enlargement, that is, they think it is neither a good nor a bad thing.
Only 15 per cent of the citizenry think enlargement is a bad thing.
Green Party supporters are significantly more satisfied than others in the 10-country enlargement.

Gallup Finland carried out the survey on behalf of Helsingin Sanomat between 18 and 26 May. One thousand telephone interviews were conducted. The sample represents the over-15 population, excluding Ahvenanmaa. The error margin is three percentage points.
Grin of the week

Little Johnny's Goldfish Died

Little Johnny was in the garden filling in a hole when his neighbor peered over the fence.

Interested in what the cheeky-faced youngster was doing, he politely asked, "What are you up to there, Johhny?"

"Well, my goldfish died," replied Johnny tearfully, without looking up,"and I've just buried him."

The neighbour was concerned, "That's an awfully big hole for a goldfish, isn't it?"

Johnny patted down the last heap of earth then replied... "That's because he's inside your cat!"

Have a nice week &

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.