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  ISSUE 7/2007

9 April, 2007  

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

Our friends and colleagues in Finland, and some also in Japan, are still on Easter Holiday today, but needed to make a final push for our golf event of Friday, so send this bulletin today. We have a good attendance from FCCJ at the match against the Swedes, 24 participants, but as we have still two empty slots, you could still join, check below.

We had our annual general assembly last Tuesday with a record attendance. The meeting went smoothly and without any surprises. So we are now safely into a new fiscal year!

Report from the FCCJ Annual General Assembly
The eight FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Tuesday 3 April at the Embassy of Finland attended by 49 members and guests.

After the assembly proceedings Jorma Turunen, President and CEO of Finpro gave a presentation on the current activities of Finpro. The International Trade Centre (ICT) , a joint cooperation agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization WTO, awarded recently Finpro as the best trade promotion Organization in the world.

Ambassador Jorma Julin also gave a brief update on current affairs in the relations between Finland and Japan.

After the official program, the participants could enjoy Finnish style food and drinks at the reception hosted by Ambassador Jorma Julin. In the reception, 19 persons from the Finpro Asia hub meeting in Tokyo also participated.

For more about the general assembly and many images, please click link below.
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.
The venue is same 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 Tuesday 10 April

We have now 38 registered participants but space for 40, so there is two slots still available!
For further information, please click link below for a flyer which also contains a registration form. You could also  email your registration  to me. The "hard" dealine is by tomorrow Tuesday.

EU-Japan Centre of Industrial Cooperation seminar:
23-26 May - Cross Cultural Management Training for Japanese Managers

The EU-Japan Centre of Industrial Cooperation was established as a joint venture between European Commission and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for the industrial cooperation.

The Centre regularly organizes seminars for both EU and Japanese managers. The forthcoming seminar (42nd) is scheduled to be held in Tokyo in 23-26 May with the participation of 12 EU mangers visiting Japan.

P.A.R.K. Consulting, together with their Dutch partner CMC-Culture & Management Consulting was appointed as a facilitating organization including recruiting of Japanese participants.

The May workshop seminar is designed to "install" cross cultural management flexibility and awareness, such as a deep understanding of the different organizational principles and styles practiced in Japan and European countries. One of the unique points on the seminar among others is that it is free of charge, because it is supported by both the ministry and the commission as a part of EU-Japan industrial cooperation.

Please click links at right for details and registration.

News from Finland

Vanhanen includes Greens in government talks

Matti Vanhanen, chairman of Finland's Centre party and interim prime minister, announced Wednesday that he would welcome the Green League in talks to form a new government, adding his party's main coalition partner would be the National Coalition party.

As tradition dictates, Mr Vanhanen also invited the Swedish People's party to the negotiations.

The talks, led by Mr Vanhanen as the head of the party with the highest number of seats in Parliament, are to begin at the House of Estates in Helsinki next Wednesday and expected to last four or five days.

In the 18 March general election, the Social Democratic party suffered defeat at the hands of the National Coalition party.

Grin of the week

Fitness Thoughts
  • I joined a health club last year, spent about 25,000 yen. Haven't lost a kilo. Apparently you have to show up?
  • I don't exercise at all. If God meant us to touch our toes, he would have put them further up our body.
  • I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
  • I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.
  • If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.


Have a nice week & 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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ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
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.