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  ISSUE 16/2006

7 August 2006  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Most of our Finns have already had their holidays and those based in Japan are returning back. Welcome, hope you enjoy the warm weather..;-)

As Finland holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from July until December I suppose with the tense situation in the Middle-East some of the key ministers in the Finnish Government haven't had much of a holiday as Finland now acts as the coordinator of EU foreign relations.

The majority of Japanese will take at least some of their days off next week during the o'bon holidays but on the 21 of August most companies and organizations should be back to full strength, at least regarding manpower.

28 August - Club Evening at Juniper in Grand Hyatt Tokyo

We make a smooth start after the summer break with a Club Evening at the Juniper Cafe and Bar at Grand Hyatt in Roppongi Hills.

Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing but elegant atmosphere! See details below.
Date & Time: Monday, 28 August, 19:00-21:00
Place: Juniper Café and Bar at Grand Hyatt Tokyo, 4 F    [MAP]
Cost:Members: 4,000 yen, non-members: 4,500 yen
(collected at the door)
including one drink and light buffet
Registration:by Thursday 24 August

By keeping the fee low, we try to encourage many staff members from our member companies to join, guest and spouses are also welcome! Please note that we will collect the fee at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

If you would like to attend, please click link below to register.
Swiss Chamber Luncheon Meeting
6 September - "Communications Strategy in a Crisis"

with Ms. Deborah Hayden, Deputy CEO and Mr. David Wagner, Director of the Communications Training Group at Gavin Anderson & Company

In today's world, we must be prepared for the very real possibility of a sudden crisis that raises significant public relations concerns and reputational risks to your company. Would you know how to handle the media if your company was facing a major issue that had come to public attention? Do you know how to face potentially hostile reporters or a battery of cameras and microphones? Deborah Hayden and David Wagner will present a dynamic crisis management workshop in which you will get a very real sense of what happens when such a crisis occurs. Deborah and David will discuss the key elements of managing a crisis and provide useful tips for conducting media interviews in times of crisis.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 6 September, 12.00 - 14.00
Place: Hotel Okura Tokyo, South Wing, 12th floor, "Kensington Room"
Cost:8,000 yen
Registration:by Wednesday, 30 August

If you are interested in this event, please click link below (note: register directly with the SCCIJ).
Italian Chamber Breakfast Meeting
19 September - "Future Employment, Future Organization"

with Mr. Yasuyuki Nambu Group CEO and President - Pasona Inc.

Yasuyuki Nambu is one of the most dynamic and successful entrepreneurs in Japan. At the age of 24, he pioneered the concept of temporary employment in Japan by creating a staffing agency specializing in dispatching female workers to companies throughout the country. Mr. Nambu has since created an extensive array of businesses serving enterprises with special human resource and outsourcing needs in almost every sector of the economy at home and abroad. Under his leadership, the Group's core operation, Pasona Inc., has grown to become a leading temporary staffing agency in Japan.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 19 September, 08.30 - 10.30
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Silver Room (B2F, 4 F    [MAP]
Cost: ICCJ members 5,500 yen, non-members 7,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday 12 September

If you are interested in this event, please click link below (note: register directly with the ICCJ).
Maailman Markkinat 2006 (World Markets 2006)

The Finnish Foreign Ministry has published a report named "Maailman markkinat 2006" (World Markets 2006) which tries to answer questions on the business environment and opportunities on the main export and investment markets outside the EU.

The focus in the report is to evaluate the political and legislature changes that affects the operations of Finnish companies. Included in the report are e.g. Japan, China, India, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Brazil, Mexico, Chile and South-Korea.

The report will be issued annually and announced on the web version on Foreign Ministry's magazine "Kauppapolitiikka" (Trade Policy) at http://www.kauppapolitiikka.fi/.

The part about Japan has been written by Mr. Juha Niemi, First Secretary at the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo.

If you read Finnish, open the report by clicking link below.
EU-Japan Design Competition

A design competition for young designers has been launched for the duration of the Finnish Presidency of the European Union.

The competition is based on the theme "Improving life at home" and is open to young Japanese, or non-Japanese designers resident in Japan.

Organised by the Embassy of Finland and the Delegation of the European Commission to Japan, in co-operation with Embassies of EU member state, the competition aims to promote EU-Japan co-operation in the area of design, to raise awareness in Japan about European design, especially design educational opportunities in Europe, and to create links between Japanese and European design institutions and universities.

The entry period is from 1 July to 31 August 2006. A range of very exciting prizes, including full scholarships to study design in Europe will be awarded. A panel of of leading Japanese and European design experts will select the top product designs and announce the winners at an event in Tokyo in November.

For further information, please visit the web site by clicking link below.
News from Finland

Strong performance across Finnish business sectors

The Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) released its quarterly business tendency survey on Thursday, indicating that Finnish business is performing better than normal in all main sectors. The survey forecast further improvement in the performance of the industrial sector in the second half of the year, but little change in the construction and service sectors.

According to the EK, the order backlog and capacity utilisation rate for the manufacturing companies are approaching the levels of the peak year of 2000. Production for these companies is expected to continue to grow through the rest of the year.

Grin of the week

An American and a Japanese

An American and Japanese were sitting next to each other on a plane. The American turned and asked the Japanese, "what kind of -ese are you?"

The Japanese man answered, "I'm sorry, I don't know what you mean."

"What kind of -ese are you? - the American repeated. The Japanese was showing obvious confusion. Irritated, the American explained "are you Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, what?"
"Oh, I'm Japanese."

Soon after the Japanese turned to the American and asked him what kind of -key he was. The American, now annoyed, replied "what d'you mean, 'key'??"

The Japanese asked again, "are you a monkey, a donkey, or a Yankee?"

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 600 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, 16 individual and one special member.