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  ISSUE 22/2009 7 October 2009  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The rain keeps pouring down and will continue until typhoon no. 18 has passed sometimes tomorrow evening in Tokyo. The players at the 7th Daimler & Chrysler Cup got their (un)fair share of the wet stuff on Friday, but it did at least not dampen the European players who took back the cup.
Read more about the event below.

We have a new contribution from our senior statesman in the column "Aoyama View" at our web site. This time he makes a long and thorough analysis of the current political life in Japan after the change of power.
Click banner at right to read the column titled "Japan new government - expectations, targets, challenges and risks".

  Tuesday, 13 October
FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Japan Lingonberry Association

At our luncheon meeting in October we will have two speakers, Mr. Hiroto Kato, Assistant General Manager, Beverage Dept., Marubeni Corporation and Mr. Taiji Watanabe, Chairman, Japan Lingonberry Promotional Association, who will talk about lingonberry. Mr. Watanabe is also President of Izumi Kosan and a member of the FCCJ Board of Trustees.

Marubeni has started to import lingonberry, its juice and extracts from Finland in fairly large volumes, so it will be interesting to hear what they are going to do with it, and what their future plans are. A group of representatives from Finnish companies participating in Health Ingredients Japan, held in Tokyo the same week, will also attend the meeting.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 13 October, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, guests 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday, 9 October

About the Japan Lingonberry Promotional Association
The Japan Lingonberry Promotional Association was founded in December 2008. It is actively promoting the berry in Japan, already importing its juice and extracts and doing product development. The lingonberry juice being developed by Japanese beverage manufacturers are expected to hit the market by the end of the year.

If you like to attend, and have not yet registered, please click link at right, at latest on Friday!
To check who has already registered, click HERE!!
Report from the North America- Europe Golf Challenge Friday, 2 October
Team The European Team takes the 2009 Daimler & Chrysler Cup!
The European and North American business communities in Tokyo held their seventh friendly golf tournament at Atsugi Kokusai Country Club on 2 October.

With Daimler Japan (Mercedes Benz Japan) and Chrysler Japan as the title sponsor and 30 other sponsors, the tournament brought together 126 players from the American and Canadian Chambers of Commerce on one side and the European Business Council on the other side. The FCCJ had 10 players in the event.

Playing the new peoria (shin-peria) scoring system and calculating an average score for the best 80% of each team, the European team came out on top by 0.95 strokes.

For more about the event, click link at right.

Friday, 6 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge Autumn 2009

The 16th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 6 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K. FCCJ is defending the cup.

Members of the SCCJ members will also play for their Spring Golf Cup.

Date & Time:Friday, 6 November 2009 (start from no. 1 and 10, first tee-off at 9:46)
Venue: Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West
1044-1 Inno, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka 412-0008
Cost:18,700 yen (incl. green fee, caddie, lunch and party after play)
to be settled directly to the club
Registration:by Friday, 30 October 2009, by enclosed form or mailing  mailing me 
Note 1: Remember to give your HCP
Note 2: If you want to go to the course the previous evening, the course has a nice lodge. See flyer for details.

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
News from Finland

Finnish September car sales down 24 pct yr/yr

Car sales continued to decline in Finland, with September registrations falling by about 24 per cent year-on-year to some 7,500, Statistics Finland (SF) said in a statement Tuesday.

Some 72,600 passenger cars were registered in the January-to-September period, down by about 39 per cent from the same stint last year.

The top three makes were Toyota, Volkswagen and Ford.

Grin of the Week

We all face it some day...

Two senior couples are walking along, wives in front, husbands in back. Herb says to Sam, "Gee, we went to a new restaurant last night and had the best meal ever. Good prices too."

Sam says, "Well, we like to eat out too. What was the name of the restaurant?"
Herb says, "You'll going to have to help me out here a little. What's the name of that pretty flower, smells sweet, grows on a thorny bush?"

Sam says, "How about rose?"

"Yes, yes, that's it!" cries Herb, then calls ahead to his wife.
"Rose. Hey, Rose. What was the name of the restaurant we ate at last night?"
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 650 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 64 corporate members, 15 individual and one special member.