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  ISSUE 13/2010 9 June 2010  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

As I mentioned in my previous bulletin, the traditional the Midsummer Party at Finland Village in Koumi-machi, Nagano prefecture, was held for the 9th time on Saturday, 5 June.
The party was attended by about 250 people, including 22 from the Finnish business community in Japan.
To see how Japanese and Finns had a lot of good times together, click here.

This week we also have a new contribution from the Japan veteran in Finnish business and paper salesman on Aoyama dori in the column "Aoyama View" at our web site. This time he went abroad and wrote a column titled "Shanghai Expo shines, serves China well!". Click banner at right to read the column!

  Report from the Joint Chamber Event on 2 June organized by the ANZCCJ

Meet the Ministers: Reaching Out to Foreign Business in Japan

Photo courtesy of SCCJ
The foreign business community in Japan had rare opportunity to hear directly from senior Ministers, whose portfolios significantly impact the prospects for the Japan economy and for foreign business in Japan, at a joint chamber event held on 2 June at the Embassy of Canada..

Despite the turmoil in Japanese politics on the same day, when Prime Minister Hatoyama resigned in the morning, the event was held as planned with Mr. Harufumi Mochizuki, Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI - instead on Minster Naoshima), Mr. Masaharu Nakagawa, Senior Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Mr. Yukio Edano (pictured left), Minister of State for Government Revitalization addressing the audience and taking questions.

The event was attended by about 200 members from 15 foreign chambers in Japan, including six members from the FCCJ.
Tuesday, 22 June - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Mr. Takehiko Tanaka, Author of the book
"How to get home from work at 6 - the Finnish style of working

At our luncheon meeting on Tuesday, 22 June we will have Mr. Takehiko Tanaka, Author of the book "How to get home from work at 6 - the Finnish style of working" (free translation from Japanese title).

In his presentation, Mr. Tanaka will talk about themes like:
  • Why Finns work much shorter than Japanese and seem to enjoy life but still stay at the top rank on the international competitiveness?
  • Why both Finnish and Japanese languages are wildly different from major languages such as English but only Finns learn much better than Japanese?
  • Can Japanese stop doing unnecessary things (meetings, documents, travels) by just copying Finnish ways?
  • Should Japanese young couples come home early and dine together just as Finns do? If they did so, would they be defeated by emerging economics?

    Date & Time:Tuesday, 22 June , 12.00-14:00
    Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing. 12F) MAP
    Cost:6,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
    (collected at the door)
    Registration:by Friday, 18 June

    Mr. Tanaka's Profile
    1945  Born in Katsunuma, Yamanashi Pref.
    1968  Graduated from Keio Unisversity, Engineering Dept.
              Joined Fujitsu, Small computer Development Dept.
    1992  Vice President, Fujitsu Personal Systems, USA
    1996  Transferred to Fujitsu Computer Europe in Finland
              Vice President for Overseas market for Computer Business
    1999  Vice President of Fujitsu Siemens in Germany
    2002  Retruned to Japan and joined Fujistu PC Systems as President
    2005  Retired from Fujitsu and started own business as business translator

    To sign up for the event, click link at right.

    Friday, 18 June 18:00 - 20:30
    Joint Chamber Summer Cocktail 2010 - organized by the CCCJ

    Join us for the Annual Joint Chamber Summer Networking Cocktail, one of the most popular joint functions of the year. Meet new contacts, develope business leads and catch up with friends and business acquaintance before the summer holiday season. Enjoy a fine selection of wines and food!

    Date & Time:Friday, 18 June , 18.30-20:30
    Venue: Canadian Embassy, 4F MAP
    Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 9,000 yen
    Registration:by Tuesday, 15 June

    This event is organized by the Canadian Chamber, in cooperation with the American, Australia-New Zealand, Belgian-Luzembourg, British, Danish, French, German and Finnish Chambers, as well as the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce.

    To sign up for the event, click link at right.
    Thursday, 26 August - FCCJ Yakatabune Evenet
    Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Cruise

    To start off the FCCJ Autumn season in style and with some great fun, please join us for the first and only Finnair AY4159 - Honka HJ4169 Code Share Yakatabune on Thursday, 26 August 2010!

    We have chartered our own Yakatabune boat. It starts at Asakusa touring down Sumida River to Odaiba and back in 2.5 hours. During the cruise you could enjoy a great Japanese tempura-sashim dinner and drinks in the "all-you-can-eat & drink" style.

    A Yakatabune Curise is a memorable experience as such, but we promise to have some additional attractions onboard, including lotteries from our sponsors for a lot of nice prices!

    For more information, see below!
    Date & Time:Thursday, 26 August , 18.30-21:00
    Embarkation: Funayado Amisei, 2-1-26, Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
    Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
    Registration:first dead-line Friday, 16 July

    For more information and registration form for the event, click link at right.

    Friday, 1 October - The North-America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan
    Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup 2010 - Registration Open!

    We are pleased to announce that the 8th Annual North America-Europe Golf Challenge - now renamed the Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup - will be played on Friday 1 October at the same venue in previous years, Atsugi Kokusai C.C. As always we expect to have approximately 72 players on both teams.

    Registration Open
    The registration for the event has now been opened. The participation fees are same as last year, i.e. a 3,000 yen non-refundable registration fee and a 21,000 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, for a total of 24,000 yen

    Sponsoring the event
    If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Sponsors who sign up now will have the additional benefit of getting an almost full one year exposure on the web site (until we open the 2011 site).

    Last year the web site received more than 160,000 hits and we expect the number to be exceeded this year. In addition, the sponsors will be included in printed material produced for the event, such as posters, information guide to players and the pocket guide. Your contribution could be either money or goods/services. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services). For more details, see the web site.

    To sign-up as player and/or sponsor, please click link at right.
    Thursday, 17 June - DCCJ Event
    On-The-Way-Home with TEMPUR Japan

    The Danish Chamber invites FCCJ members to joinfor a relaxing time at DCCJ's popular event On-The-Way-Home with TEMPUR Japan. This special event will be held at Tempur Ginza Showroom where TEMPUR Japan's Managing Director Kim Mortensen will talk about the Tempur brand and their success in the Japanese market.

    TEMPUR Japan has kindly offered a special sale for this event with DCCJ. Participants will get up to 30-40% discount on Tempur products!! Don't miss this special fun evening!! Food & Drinks will be served.

    Date & Time:Thursday, 17 June, 18.30-21:00
    Venue: TEMPUR Ginza Showroom MAP
    Cost:3,500 yen for Members, 5,000 yen for non-Members
    Registration:by Tuesday, 15 June

    If you are interested to join this event, please sign up directly to the DCCJ (mentioning that you are member of FCCJ) by clicking link at right.
    News from Finland

    Finland's economic outlook unusually uncertain -IMF

    Finland's economic outlook is still unusually uncertain, according to the concluding statement released on Monday by the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Mission currently visiting Finland.

    IMF's visiting experts estimated Finland's economic growth to be only around 1.3 per cent this year and to rise to around 2 per cent in 2011.

    The statement recommended a measured structural adjustment of 0.5 to 0.8 per cent of GDP next year to reduce deficit while not jeopardising recovery. IMF also underlined the importance of reforming pensions systems, healthcare, care for the elderly as well as municipal finances.

    Grin of the Week

    Change of mind

    Dear John,
    I'm sorry I broke off our engagement. I miss you terribly and regret my decision. Please take me back.

    PS. Congratulations on winning the big prize in the World Series of Poker.
  • 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 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 62 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.