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  ISSUE 11/2006

9 May 2006  


The report from the 9th Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey has now been completed. 426 companies (up 22 % from previous survey) from 15 chambers and business organizations participated in this survey.

The optimistic mood in the Japanese economy also reflected in this survey. On a scale from -2 (strong decline) to +2 (strong improvement), this survey's forecast on the Japanese economy for the next six months had an overall index of +1.09 (compared to +0.81 in the October 2005 survey) and an even higher index for the next 12 months, +1.12 (0.96).

Regarding their own performance, the companies reported and forecasted for the next six months further gains in sales and profitability, where the indices rose on an average of 15%. The finance industry especially has improved its business results and expects to do so even further in the coming six months.

To find out more about the survey, and the results,  CLICK HERE !

Wed. 17 May - FCCJ Club Evening and Wine Tasting

Our next Club Evening on Wednesday 17 May will be held at a different location because we are combining it with a wine tasting!

This event is organized in cooperation with Eric Dahler of Alcotrade Trust Inc. who will bring a variety of wines for tasting. If you find wines to your taste, and budget, you could make orders at favorable prices on the spot for delivery to your home or office. Again, note the change of date!

Date & Time:Wednesday, 17 May, 19:00 -21:00
Place: La Brasserie de l'institut Franco-Japonais, Ichigaya [MAP]
Cost:4,000 yen (members); 4,500 yen (non-members)
Registration:by Friday, 12 May

Note that the fee is for dinner only, the wine tasting is provided for free, but naturally Mr. Dahler expects some business...
Therefore we hope that those who will attend would also, although no obligation, seriously consider purchasing some wine. When you register you could also mention which kinds of wines you are interested in; red/white; French/Italian/Spanish/Californian/New World/etc. and price range; i.e. less than 1,000 yen, 1-2,000 yen, over 2,000 yen.

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link below.
Tue. 23 May - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Heikki Martela

At our next luncheon meeting on Tuesday 23 May we will have as our guest speaker Mr. Heikki Martela, President of Martela Group.

Mr. Martela will speak around the theme: "From 1945 to Martela's Design Event in Tokyo", about the development of Martela into the leading office furniture company in Scandinavia, and about their business in, and strategies for Japan. Details:

Date & Time:Tuesday 23 May, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Kyoto Room, B2F
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Fri. 19 May

  Profile of Heikki Martela
Born in 1956, M.Sc. (Econ), MBA President of Martela Oyj since 1 March 2002. Heikki Martela has worked in Martela since 1993 and has earlier been responsible for the Scandinavian business unit and the product development process of the Group. Served as Managing Director of Martela AB and Aski Inredningscenter AB 1993-1999. Member of the Board of Martela Oyj since 1986 and served as full-time Chairman of the Board 2000-2002

About Martela Group
Martela is the leading office furniture company in Scandinavia. The concept behind Martela is the fast and efficient delivery of good quality, ergonomically designed, dynamic interior solutions, which support its customers' business. Martela has been furnishing offices and public premises since 1945.

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
Wed 24 - Thu 26 May - Finnish Music Events in Tokyo
Finnish Music Trade Fair and Live Concerts

Finnish Music Days in Tokyo will congregate Finnish and Japanese music industry professionals and to showcase top Finnish artists via showcase live events and an exhibition for industry professionals to be held on 26 May, when 22 Finnish labels, publishers and managements will be on hand to represent their artists and music to their Japanese counterparts at a trade event to be held at the JETRO Exhibition Hall, Ark Mori Bldg., Akasaka on 26 May (10:00-18:00)

The showcases are co-produced with CreativeMan. On Wednesday 24May, the Liquid Room will be blazing and blasting Finnish metal: death/trash metal maestros Amoral, brutal modern death/black ensemble Norther and aggressive melodic trashers Pain Confessor.

Thursday night, May 25th, playing at Duo Music Exchange will be the hip-hop combo Don Johnson Big Band, beautiful pop group Mummypowder, glam bangers Private Line and the worldfs first MobileJockey Slow, who plays his DJ-set with just two Nokia N91 mobile phones and an XP10 stream controller.

Finnish Music Days in Tokyo is organized by Music Export Finland (MUSEX) and Finnish Music Information Centre FIMIC and Finpro Asia, in co-operation with the Embassy of Finland and the Finnish Institute in Japan.

For more information and tickets:

Trade Event information:Finpro Asia, Ms. Satoko Agawa, tel. 03-5447-6000
Email: satoko.agawa@finpro.fi
Live Concert tickets: CreativeMan Productions
Mr. Onta
Email: sonicman@creativeman.co.jp

ICCJ Breakfast Meeting with Richard Collasse
Tue. 30 May - The role, the importance and the areas of action of EBC in Japan

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan invite members of other chambers to a Breakfast Meeting with Mr. Richard Collasse, Chairman of the Europe Business Council in Japan (EBC) and President and General Representative of Chanel K.K.


Date & Time:Tuesday 30 May, 08:30-10:30
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Take Room, B2F
Cost:5,000 yen for members, non-members 6,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Thu. 25 May

For more information and registration form, please click link at right.
Japanese Public Procurements

The Japanese Government held on 27 April their annual seminar on the rules and practices regarding public procurements in Japan. At the seminar a guidebook titled "Questions and answers on Government Procurement Contracts - Guide to the Government Procurement Market of Japan" was distributed. In addition procurement plans for Japanese ministries for fiscal year April 2006 - March 2007 were distributed.

The Embassy of Finland has kindly provided us with copies of these documents. If you are interested to obtain these, please contact me by clicking link below.

The guidebook is in parts also available at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at:

Information in English on procurements can also be found at JETRO's website at:
News from Finland

Finland to push for spirits and beer tax hikes in EU

Eero Heinaluoma (soc dem), the Finnish finance minister, told the Finnish News Agency (STT) on Sunday that Finland, as the EU member state holding the presidency in the latter half of the year, intended to pursue increases in the minimum levels of tax levied on spirits and beer within the union.

Higher EU-wide tax minimums would increase Finland's leeway to raise alcohol tax without risking a boost in private imports from countries such as Estonia, Mr Heinaluoma said.

The minister admitted that the government had judged that any suggestion to start taxing wine would not be worth the flak from wine-producing member states.

Finnish alcohol consumption has been rising since the government cut the tax on alcohol by an average 33 per cent in March 2004.

Grin of the week

A man has six children...

A man has six children and is very proud of his achievement. He is so proud of himself that he starts calling his wife "Mother of Six" in spite of her objections. One night they go to a party. The man decides that it's time to go home, and wants to find out if his wife is ready to leave as well.

He shouts at the top of his voice, 'Shall we go home now Mother of Six?"

His wife, finally fed up with her husband shouts back,
"Anytime you're ready, Father of Four!"

Have a nice rest week!

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 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 72 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.