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  ISSUE 25/2006

7 December, 2006  

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

Christmas season is here and one substantial element in celebrating it among the Nordic Chambers in Japan is the Scandinavian Christmas Party held tomorrow night at The Westin Tokyo attended by some 410 members and guest of the Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian Chambers. Yesterday was the 89th Independence Day of Finland, a cause good to always celebrate!

Report from Joint Nordic Luncheon Meeting with Glen S. Fukushima

At the Joint Scandinavian Luncheon Meeting on 28 November, our guest speaker was Mr. Glen S. Fukushima, President & CEO of Airbus Japan KK and Senior Vice President of Airbus SAS Mr. Fukushima spoke mainly around the theme:
U.S.-Japan Relations: A European Company Perspective, but also touched upon his past, and vast, experience as a US trade negotiator and working with four U.S. multinational companies before joining Airbus in February 2005.

This was the last FCCJ event organized at the Capitol Tokyu Hotel, at least for a couple of years, as the hotel will be demolished in December and rebuilt.

For more about luncheon, which was organized by the FCCJ and attended by 36 members and guest from the Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian Chambers,

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
Report Stora Enso Cup - SCCJ took back the cup!
FCCJ team captain and Board member Kaj Foresell (left) hands over the Stora Enso trophy to Pernille Storm (individual winner) and Hans Porat of SCCJ.

The tenth Stora Enso Cup - the Golf Challenge between the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (SCCJ) and FCCJ - was played in sunny and warm enough autumn weather on Friday 1 December at the fine course at Windsor Park Golf & Country Club near Mito in Ibaraki prefecture.

This time 28 players participated in the event. After having lost twice, the SCCJ now took a sweet revenge and beat the Finnish team fairly comfortably, the SCCJ team scored 78.5 and the SCCJ team 80.6 strokes (counted on the average of best 80% in the team).

For more about the event, many images and results, please click link at right.
Thu. 14 December - Christmas Luncheon Meeting
The traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon is again this year held at our Embassy, were we can enjoy a Finnish style Christmas buffet prepared by the Embassy's chef. We will also get an update of the Finnish EU Presidency and current developments in the Japan Finland relations by H.E. Ambassador Jorma Julin.

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Thursday, 14 December, 12:00-14:00
Place: Embassy of Finland
(3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo)  MAP 
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Note: Members and members guests only
Registration:by Monday, 12 December

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the Embassy and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 12 December and "no-shows".

We have already more than 30 participants, and as the capacity is limited, please sign up as soon as possible if you would like attend by clicking link at right.
News from Finland

Finland rated world's least corrupt country

Finland's low-corruption image was once again polished as research company Gallup Worldwide said Tuesday its 101-country poll indicated that the Nordic country was the least corrupt in the world.

Denmark and New Zealand complete the top three, while Lebanon, Lithuania, Poland and Thailand were rated among the most corrupt countries.

Gallup Worldwide interviewed 1,000 people in each country in 2005-6.

Finland has consistently scored well in Transparency International's corruption perceptions indices.

Grin of the week

The Well

An Arab diplomat visiting the US for the first time was being wined and dined by the State Department. The Grand Emir was unused to the salt in American foods (french fries, cheeses, salami, anchovies etc.) and was constantly sending his servant Abdul to fetch him a glass of water. Time and again, Abdul would scamper off and return with a glass of water, but then came the time when he returned empty-handed.

"Abdul, you son of an ugly camel, where is my water?" demanded the Grand Emir.

"A thousand pardons, O Illustrious One," stammered the wretched Abdul, "white man sit on well."

See many of you at the Scandinavian Christmas Party tomorrow. Promise you, no-one sits on the well there...;-)
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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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 67 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.