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  ISSUE 3/2005

10 February, 2005  


In case you haven't noticed - the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo renewed their web site last month.

Apart from a new, fresh look, it also now provides information in Finnish, in addition to English and Japanese.

For more about the embassy's services, news, Finnish related events in Japan, and information on Finland, please go to: http://www.finland.or.jp

23 February - FCCJ Monthly Luncheon Meeting

Come and find out what the new Apple building in Ginza and Finland has in common at our next luncheon meeting on Wednesday 23 February.
Our speaker is Mr. Hirokuni Yoshida, President, Outokumpu K.K. and the theme of his presentation is: Outokumpu and their current business in Japan - worldwide success through cooperation


Date & Time:Wednesday, 23 February, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Kyoto Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday 21 February

  Profile of Hirokuni Yoshida
Mr. Yoshida was born in 1950 in Tokyo. He graduated (BA Econ.) from Musashi University and joined the Steel Sales Division of Nichimen Corp. in 1974. In 1987 he moved to Outokumpu Japan K.K. as Sales Manager and was appointed President in 1994. Between 2002 and 2004 he was President of AvestaPolarit Japan K.K. (AvestaPolarit was established through a merger between Outokumpu stainless steel and Avesta-Sheffield). When AvestaPolarit and Outokumpu was merged in 2004, Mr. Yoshida became President of the new Outokumpu K.K.
Hirokuni Yoshida is married with two children.

Note: At the meeting we will also get an introduction of the new NPO Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association.
If you would like to register, please click link at right.
Open Positions at TEKES Tokyo

The National Technology Agency of Finland (TEKES)
is looking for Senior Technology Advisors for Tokyo office

- This is your opportunity to take on the innovation system challenge -

Tekes office in Tokyo serves as a gateway for cooperation in research and technology development between Japan and Finland. We bring together the R&D experts to foster new innovation.

We are looking for Japanese technology experts in any of the following fields of natural sciences: IT, ICT, biotechnology, life sciences, process technologies, engineering, health care and welfare or environmental technologies. However, in your daily work, you are expected to be able to work on any of these fields in conducting small-scale surveys on related issues, and finally report the key results to foreign (mainly Finnish) audiences.

Application and CV at latest by 23.02.2005 to TEKES Tokyo office.

For more details, please click link at right.
Japanese speaking Finn looking for job opportunities

Mr. Christian Söderman (30), who has earned a B.A. at Columbia University, New York and a M.A.(Commerce) at Waseda University, Tokyo (major: Japanese Economy; whole curriculum in Japanese), is looking for a job opportunity at a Finnish company/organization in Japan or at Japanese companies doing business with Finland. Mr. Söderman has studied Japanese for 10 years and lived for 5.5 years, at present in Matsue city in Shimane prefecture. He has a valid working visa.

Mr. Christian Söderman's CV, click link below. A Japanese version is also available from Mr. Söderman or from FCCJ office.
14 February - German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Meeting
The DIJ would like to invite you to the next meeting of the DIJ Business & Economics Study Group of the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ).
The speaker will be Mr. Rene W. Kaeppeli, Ph.D. Candidate, Rikkyo University, and he will offer a presentation about: "The Examination of Business Performance Factors in West-European Subsidiaries in Japan" It will take place on


Date & Time:Monday, 14 February, 18:30-
Place: German Institute for Japanese Studies, [MAP]
Registration:by Saturday 12 February

For more information and registration form, click link at right.
17 February - ICCJ Breakfast Meeting

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan invites members of other chambers to a breakfast meeting with Mr. Enrico Letta, Member of European Parliament, Vice-Chairman of Aspen Institute, Former Minister for Industry & Foreign Trade.

The theme is: Economic Implications of the Enlargement of the European Union.


Date & Time:Thursday, 17 February, 08:30-10:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Kyoto Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday 15 February

For more information and registration form, click link at right.
Change of Policy Director at EBC

EBC Policy Director, Casey Sedgman has been recruited from the EBC by an EBC Council member. We wish Casey all the best with his future endeavours and thank him for the fine effort he has made with the EBC during the years that he worked both part-time and full-time.

Jakob Edberg has been recruited to cover Casey's duties. Jakob has worked for the EBC in the past and was responsible for setting up their member communication system. Jakob also manages the Japanese arm of the European Wood Initiative (EWI), to which sublets part of the EBC office. Jakob will cover the EBC Policy Director's duties and manage EWI at the same time. There are good synergies in this arrangement and great potential for further development. Jakob has been working for the Swedish Embassy for several years in the area of lobbying on trade policy issues and he brings to us great expertise and much added value in a wide variety of sectors. Jakob will join EBC from the beginning of March.

Linguapax Asia 2005 Symposium - Sponsor Request

LINGUAPAX ASIA is an affiliate member of the Barcelona-based Linguapax Institute and is working in cooperation with this UNESCO-related organization. In June 2005 a symposium will be held in Tokyo on the theme of preserving linguistic heritage and supporting linguistic diversity with the aim of raising awareness of the links between language, identity, and human rights.

Linguapax Asia 2005 symposium has been approved by the EU-Japan Year of the People-to-People Exchanges and will feature several prominent speakers from the EU, including the Honorable Dr. Pirkko Kourula, Regional Representative, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Click link below for the Preliminary Pamphlet.

The Canadian Embassy has kindly offered their conference facilities for the event. However, as they are self-funded, Linguapax Asia is looking for sponsors to fund the cost of the website, the technical support on the day of the symposium, the printing of the program and presentations, etc. Budget estimate is 400,000 yen and they are soliciting donations of 30,000 to 50,000 yen from EU companies in Japan.

If you are intersted, please contact, Jelisava Sethna, Vice-Director, Linguapax Asia
News from Finland

EU should follow Finland's lead in information security -Luhtanen
Leena Luhtanen (soc dem), the minister of transport and communications, suggested on Tuesday that the European Union adopt an information security strategy modelled on the Finnish national one, drafted by her ministry in late 2003.

"Finland can show example to others in national information security policy. Finland has proposed to the European Commission that the entire EU start work on a Union-wide information security strategy based on the Finnish template," said Ms Luhtanen. Ms Luhtanen discussed the matter with Andrea Pirotti, executive director of the European Network Information and Security Agency (ENISA), the Ministry of Transport and Communications said.

The Finnish government has been planning to make information security the main theme of the upcoming 2006 Finnish EU presidency.

Grin of the week

The Wrong Way

As a old man was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang.

Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on Route 280. Please be careful!"

"It's not just one car," said Herman, "It's hundreds of them!"

One more thing to add to your calendar (in case you are a FCCJ member). Our Annual General Assembly will be held on Thursday 31 March at 17:00 at the Embassy of Finland.

Have a nice and relaxing long weekend!

Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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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 550 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.