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  ISSUE 1/2009 8 January, 2008  

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

A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We are back in business after a fairly long, and hopefully relaxing, holiday season.

Our first event in 2009 is a luncheon meeting on Thursday 22 January with Dan Harada, Founder & President of the Nagatacho Forum. I am sure he will have some interesting inside information to tell us from the political world of Japan.
Read more below!

Thursday, 22 January 2009 - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Dan Harada, Founder & President, Nagatacho Forum

Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday, 22 January, where we will have Mr. Dan Harada, Founder & President of Nagatacho Forum as our guest speaker. Mr. Harada will talk about the current political climate in Japan.

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Thursday, 22 January, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday, 20 January

Profile of Mr. Harada
Raised in Paris, I went to Wall Street to work, first at Smith Barney, later as assistant to John Pell, trustee of the Pell family trusts and cousin of Claiborne Pell, then chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations.

In 1987, I acquired Japanese citizenship, became a member of the LDP and founded Nagatacho Forum, a lobbying firm which assists foreign governments and companies in their relations with Japanese legislators.

The only Western face in the LDP membership, my friendships with ministers, committee chairmen and the LDP leadership are assets for our clients to tap.

About Nagatacho Forum
For years, Nagatacho Forum has been the bridge between foreign executives / governments and Japanese legislators (Diet Members).

Not only are we updating CEOs and ambassadors on the political situation, helping them reach out to legislators, we are also monitoring proceedings/ legislations and making introductory presentations to visitors.
If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
To check who has already registered, click HERE!
Wednesday, 2 February 2009
Japan - Finland Football Match

Japan and Finland will play a football match on Wednesday 4 February at 19:20 at the National Stadium (Kokuritsu Kyogijo) in Sendagaya. [MAP]
Although this is a friendly game in preparation for both team's World Cup qualifiers and neither team will both field their strongest team due to club commitments in Europe, it should still be an interesting game between fairly even teams. Japan is currently no. 32 in the FIFA World Ranking, Finland no. 43.

If you plan to go to the match we recommend that Finland supporters to gather in the away team section, south end of stadium where tickets are just 2,010 yen (free seating)..The home team section is at the other end, same price. We cannot imagine that the match would be sold out so you could most likely buy tickets on the spot.

For more information and ticketing details, click link at right.

 MORE INFO  (in Japanese)
News from Finland

Finland recommends curbs on children's mobile phone use

Finland's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) said in a statement Wednesday parents should restrict children's mobile phone use.

"Although studies carried out thus far have not shown mobile phone radiation to have had any adverse impact on health, prudence is advised when it comes to children as not all the effects are known," the watchdog added.

STUK said parents should tell children to favour texting over calls and to instruct them on the use of hands-free devices.

Grin of the week

Good composure
(my apologies to sensitive readers for a bit foul language .. but I think this flight atendant caught the situation well -- probably she wouldn't be fired by Air India even if she were a bit overweight...;))

One hour before a plane landed, its cabin lights came on, indicating to the flight attendants that breakfast could be served.

One passenger, upset because he was awakened, growled, "Who turned on the fu**ing lights!"

"Oh, no sir," The nearest flight attendant, who had had enough of this particular character, replied with forced sweetness. "These are the breakfast lights, sir, the fu**ing lights are much dimmer, and you snored right through them."

Best regards

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


ABOUT THIS BULLETIN

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 68 corporate members, 15 individual and one special member.