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  ISSUE 25/2009 9 November 2009  
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A number of members of the Finnish and the Swedish Chambers enjoyed a most enjoyable day outside the office on Friday playing in the 15th Stora Enso Cup in Gotemba. The FCCJ team came on top for the third time in a row, but the SCCJ still has a small advantage in total victories, 8 against 7 for the FCCJ. Read about the event below.

On a more serious note; this is the last reminder for the Business Confidence Survey luncheon with Jesper Koll on Friday 13th. This is a good opportunity to find out what foreign businesses in Japan think about the economy and their own business performance, as well as getting an analysis and commentary of the results by one of the leading foreign economists in Japan, Jesper Koll. More information below!

Also, today we start accepting registrations for the 17th Scandinavian Christmas Party, scroll down for details!

  Report from the Stora Enso Cup
FCCJ takes the Stora Enso Cup again!

From left: Tuomo Kuuppo (Stora Enso Japan), Hirokuni Yoshida (FCCJ Vice President), Timo Varhama, (Former FCCJ President), and SCCJ Chairman Carl-Gustav Eklund.

The 15th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chamber's was played on Friday, 6 November at Taiheiyo Club - Gotemba West in Shizuoka Prefecture in sunny and warm autumn at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

The course was challenging, narrow and very fast and tricky greens with the slope of M. Fuji adding an invisible challenge to the putting. 27 players participated in the competition (16 from FCCJ , 18 from SCCJ, including seven guests.

The Finnish Chamber came on top now for the third time in a row, but this time beating the Swedish Chamber by a very small margin, 0.67 strokes on average per player, 78.33 versus 79.0 as average for the best 80% in each team. This was the seventh time the FCCJ won, SCCJ has still one more, eight victories.

For a full report from the event, click link at right!
Friday, 13 November
FCIJ Business Confidence Survey Presentation Luncheon with Jesper Koll

Join us to see the results of the most recent Business Confidence Survey conducted by the Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ). After lunch we are delighted to present Jesper Koll who will give us his analysis and commentary on the results.

Jesper Koll is president and CEO of Tantallon Research Japan, part of Singapore-based Tantallon Capital. Koll, who was chief economist for Merrill Lynch Japan for eight years before joining Tantallon in June, 2007, is one of the few non-Japanese members of the Keizai Doyukai, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives. He is a columnist for Asia Insight.

Date & Time:Friday, 13 November, 12:00-14:00
Venue: Westin Tokyo, Ebisu    MAP
Cost:Members: 6,000 yen, non-Members: 8,000 yen, including the full survey report
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday, 10 November, 12:00

The Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) Business Confidence Survey has become a widely accepted bi-annual barometer for the sentiments of foreign business leaders in Japan, their views on the Japanese economy, and their own business performance.

If you like to attend, please click link at right, at latest tomorrow Tuesday at 12 noon! To check who has already registered, click HERE!.
Wednesday, 25 November
FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Dr. Fang He, Takanashi Milk Products

At our luncheon meeting in November we will have Dr. Fang He, Research & Develoment Dept. Manager, at Takanashi Milk Products Co., Ltd. as our speaker.

Takanashi Milk Products have had a long and extensive co-operation with Valio, the leading Finnish dairy company and Dr. Fang He has been instrumental in this co-operation. He was also Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Food Chemistry, University of Turku from March 1999 to March 2000.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 25 November, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, guests 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday, 23 November

About Dr. Fang He
Dr. Fang He was born in 1961and is a Chinese national but permanent resident in Japan. He became Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Tsukuba in April 1992 after which he had technical training in Germany. In April 1992 he joined. Takanashi Milk Products and has spent his career there except for his Research felowhip in Turku and in Oklahoma, USA in 2003.

About Takanashi Milk Products Co., Ltd.
Takanashi was established in 1946 by Yoshiro Takanashi. Since then, the company has seen three generations of Takanashi sons lead the company as President. Our founder and his successors have all strived to achieve their ultimate wish; that is customer satisfaction. Takanashi's mission is to manufacture products that are of superior quality, beneficial to one's health and, very importantly, in an environmentally friendly manner.

If you like to attend, please click link at right.
To check who has already registered, click HERE!!
Friday, 11 December
The 17th Scandinavian Christmas Party

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, is this year held on Friday, 11 December, at the same venue as last year, The Westin Tokyo.
The committee has been working hard on a new and exciting program for this year's party. Together with the staff at The Westin Tokyo, the committee is confident that all participating chamber members, and their guests, will experience a party better than ever before!

Registration open!
The registartion for the party is now open. As we expect the party to be fully booked this year, please sign up sooner rather that later! (click link below for online sign-up),

We are still recruiting sponsors for the party.Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable as it has been throughout the years.

If you sign-up as a sponsor now (click link below for online sign-up), before we open registration and announce the site to all chamber members, you will get most benefit of your contribution.

JMEC Business Plans Offer Foreign Firms A Competitive Edge

At a time of economic uncertainty the world over, corporations are competing more than ever to find the best employees and the best ideas to help them excel in the marketplace. The Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) creates an ideal situation to do just that. JMEC matches teams of mid-career professionals to the strategic aims of foreign companies doing business in Japan.

The objectives of JMEC are two-fold: first, to provide business training for individuals living and working in Japan, and second, to foster the expansion of foreign business in Japan. JMEC achieves these objectives by providing a comprehensive lecture series for the individuals (participants) on doing business in Japan and writing a business plan, and then putting them onto teams to write business plans for companies (project clients) looking to enter or expand into the Japanese market.

The 16th JMEC training program will commence this month, with 60 highly qualified individuals already selected to take part. There is still time, however, for companies interested in having a group of energetic business minds working on a plan for their endeavors in the Japanese market.

Place your ad into the "Japan-Book"!

The Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Finland and the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan are publishing a "Japan-Book", thus remembering the 90 years' anniversary of diplomatic and commercial relationships between our two countries. The purpose of the book is to re-emphasize the fact that Japan is very important for Finland as a trading partner and especially as a source for electronic and other components and certain technologies. Japan is also the second biggest economy in the world and the leading one in Asia.

Over 30 Finnish companies and organisations have been interviewed for the book, which also will present some practical business cases, not, however, ignoring the cultural, scientific and educational aspects of co-operation. The book will be published both in printed form and as a pdf-version in the web.
The distribution will be free of charge.

The Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce is the main financer of the book, but limited amount of advertising space will be sold to the members of the Chambers. Click link below for details.

Call for cooperation for a student's final MBA Project & Dissertation with Warwick Business School (UK)

Many European companies and organisations have failed attempting to enter and compete in the Japanese market, yet others have succeeded.

What are the issues which can be tackled to 'ensure' success in the Japanese market?

Gemma McGoldrick has lived and worked in various fields in Japan, and is currently embarking on a final MBA Project & Dissertation with Warwick Business School (UK).

Her dissertation will analyse areas which aid success for European companies entering the Japanese market.

Your support in filling the online questionnaire will be most valuable and will enable Gemma McGoldrick to analyse in detail potential pitfalls and focal areas for success.

The questionnaire comprises of approximately 30 online questions focusing on the organisations' expansion in Japan, and key areas/ areas of difficulty/ areas they felt they lacked skills or knowledge/ areas they felt were directly transferable from their home country etc.

Company information will remain confidential, and only overall results will be collated.
The questionnaire can be found at:

For more information: please contact Gemma McGoldrick, at

News from Finland

EK says Finnish firms see no quick recovery

The Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) on Thursday quoted a business survey as indicating that the country's companies remained in "a very weak" stage of the business cycle albeit with some positive signs.

"Although the market situation is in fact expected to stabilise gradually, there are no expectations of a rapid recovery and return to growth," the business lobby said in a statement.

The EK's manufacturing outlook indicator stood at -6 in October, up from -41 in the year-ago period and from -8 July this year.

The construction and services outlook indicators rose as well.

Grin of the Week

The Ends Justify The Means

A woman had some problems, so she went to her doctor of twenty years.
They had the following conversation:

Dr.: Take the red pill after breakfast with one glass of water.
Woman: Ok.

Dr: Take the blue pill after lunch with two glasses of water.
Woman: Ok.

Dr.: Take the yellow pill after dinner with three glasses of water.

After giving these instructions to the woman, she asks, "Can you tell me what's wrong with me Dr.?
Dr.: Yeah. You do not drink enough water.
Have a nice 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 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.