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  ISSUE 5/2007

8 March, 2007  

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

A busy month ahead of us. Next week Friday we will have a luncheon meeting with Gerhard Fasol, on Tuesday 3 April our Annual General Assembly and on Friday 13 April our regular golf competition against the Swedish Chamber, the Stora Enso Cup, now played already for the 11th time.

FCCJ has actually won the last two events, so let's hope that selecting Friday 13th as the date of the event will not bring us bad luck!

Read more about these below!

Fri. 16 March - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Gerhard Fasol

At our March luncheon meeting our guest speaker is Gerhard Fasol, Representative Director, CEO, Eurotechnology Japan K.K. The theme of his presentation is: "Help - my mobile phone does not work!" - Why Japan's mobile phone sector is so different from Europe's.

In his presentation, Dr. Fasol will explain the essentials of Japan's mobile phone market, why and how it is so different to Europe's. He will also talk about some of the reasons why it is so difficult for European companies to succeed and uncover opportunities and the keys to success for European companies in this important market.


Date & Time:Friday 16 March, 12:00-14:00
Place: Westin Tokyo Hotel, B1F, Kiri Room  MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday 12 March

Profile of Gerhard Fasol
Gerhard Fasol has worked with Japan's telecom sector for 22 years. He came first to Japan in 1984 to build a research cooperation with NTT Research labs. He was manager of one of Hitachi's R&D labs, was on the Faculty of the NTT Telecommunications Chair at Tokyo University and initiated and managed a "Sakigake" (=Pioneer) R&D project of the Japanese Government. Since 1996 he manages the company Eurotechnology Japan. He graduated with a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Eurotechnology Japan in Brief
Eurotechnology Japan KK advises investment banks, develops Japan business for US and European companies, and works on the European strategy for Japanese corporations. Eurotechnology has advised large financial institutions on the risks of SoftBanks US$ 15 billion loan to acquire Vodafone-Japan and on investments in the mobile phone sector, and advises European companies on M&A in Japan. Among Eurotechnology's customers are several of the world's largest corporations, as well as many small and mid-size companies and high-tech start-ups. Finland's TEKES engaged Eurotechnology to advise on Finland's strategy for mobile phone R&D for 2005-2010.

For more about Mr. Fasol's presentation, his full profile and an introduction to Eurotechnology Japan, click here!

If you would like attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
Report from Special Luncheon Meeting on 2 March with Jukka Hienonen

In cooperation with, and supported by Finnair, a special luncheon meeting was organized on Friday 2 March with Finnair President and CEO Jukka Hienonen as guest speaker. Mr. Hienonen was in town on the occasion of the formal announcement that JAL will join the oneworld alliance.

Mr. Hienonen, who has been the CEO of Finnair for a bit over a year, gave in his presentation first a brief overview of Finnair's current status, being the second oldest European airline still in operation (founded in 1923) and then explained in detail about Finnair's strategies to become a major Europe-Asia network carrier. Already now, Finnair is the third largest European carrier to Japan and China, having more flights than. e.g. British Airways. The target is daily nonstop flights to the major Asian destinations, including Tokyo.

For a report (incl. Mr. Hienonen's presentation) from the luncheon, which was attended by 37 members, click link at right.
Tue. 3 April - FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The seventh Annual General Assembly of the FCCJ will be held at
the Embassy of Finland on Tuesday, 3 April at 17.00.

The General Assembly will be followed by a presentation by Jorma Turunen, President and CEO, Finpro and a buffet reception hosted by H.E. Ambassador Jorma Julin at 18:30.
The Reception is free for one representative per FCCJ member, additional participants will be charged 7,000 yen. Note that the General Assembly is open only to members and representatives of member companies.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right. Registration dead-line is Friday 30 March.
Stora Enso Cup:
Fri. 13 April - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
The 11th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Finnish and the Swedish Chambers) is played on Friday 13 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.
This time the event is organized by SCCJ and we have decided to use the same venue as last time, the Windsor Park Golf & Country Club in Ibaraki Prefecture.

Date & Time:Friday, 13 April, first tee-off 09:29
Place: Windsor Park Golf & Country Club, Ibaraki Pref. [MAP]
Play format: Stroke play with handicap
Cost:11,000 yen (incl. green fee, sandwich lunch, party and tax)
Registration:by Friday 6 April

For further information, please click link below for a flyer which also contains a registration form. You could also  email your registration  to me.

Japanese speaking Finnish female looking for job

A 23-year old Finnish female who is studying Business Administration and Japanology at the University of Vaasa is looking for a job in Japan.

She has also studied at Sophia University as an exchange student for 4 moths and has attended Musashino Joshi Gakuin high school for one year and has some work experience in a Japanese company.

If you are interested to know more, please click link below for her CV and contact information.

News from Finland

Advance voting begins in Finland

Advance voting in Finland's general election began at 1095 polling stations, 233 of which abroad, on Wednesday.

The advance voting started actively, by 6 P.M. yesterday 163,000 had given their vote, about 4% of the eligible voters.

Advance voting ends on Saturday abroad and on 13 March in Finland. Election day is Sunday 18 March.

Advance voting in Japan is arranged from March 7th to 10th, 2007 at the following places:
Embassy of Finland, in Tokyo
March 7-9 (Wed-Fri): 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00
March 10 (Sat): 10:00-15:00

Honorary Consulate General of Finland in Osaka:
March 10 (Sat): 10:00-15:00

Grin of the week

Hard task...

Bob stood over his tee short on the 18th hole for what seemed like forever. He'd waggle, look down, look up, but never start his backswing. Finally David, his playing partner, asked, "Why on Earth are you taking so long to make this shot?"

"My wife is up there watching me from the clubhouse, and I want to make this shot a good one," said Bob.

"Good Lord," said David, "you haven't got a chance of hitting her from here."

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.