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  ISSUE 6/2004

10 March, 2004  


There seems to be a couple of events for every week in the months to come. Below I list the most urgent ones, three interesting events courtesy of the Danish, German and the British Chambers, who have kindly also extended the invitation to FCCJ members (another good reason to be our member...).

As diligent readers of my bulletins remember from the last edition, we also have our Annual General Assembly on 31 March and the SCCJ-FCCJ Golf Challenge on 16 April "in stock". I'll come back to these in my next issue.

March Luncheon Meeting - last reminder

At our March luncheon we will have a ministerial visitor from Finland.
The guest speaker is Mr. Antti Kalliomäki, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance. The theme of Minister Kalliomäki's presentation is "On Present Challenges Facing the EU and Finland".


Date & Time:Monday, 15 March, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Take Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (payment at the door)
Registration:by Friday 12 March at 15:00

After Minister Kalliomäki's presentation we will get a brief introduction by Mr. Pekka Leppälä, President of  Finpro Marketing, on how companies could participate in the Nordic pavilion at the EXPO 2005 AICHI. After the luncheon (14:00-16:00) there will be an opportunity to discuss this issue further with Mr. Leppälä and his colleagues.

If you would like to attend, and have not registered, please click link below at latest on Friday.
Organized by the Danish Chamber:
Joint Nordic Seminar on Crisis Management

The DCCJ organizes a joint seminar on the above subject on 18 March.
This seminar will approach crisis management from three different perspectives; business continuity planning, IT and media handling. Presentations will be given by Kroll International, Maersk Data Asia and Gavin Anderson, respectively.
Date & Time:Thursday, 18 March, 09:00-13:30
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, White Pearl Room, B2F [MAP]
09:00  Introduction
09:15  Maersk Data Asia - "IT crisis and security"
10:30  Kroll International - "Business Continuity Planning - Surviving The Crisis"
11:30  Gavin Anderson - "Media Crisis Management - How do you manage the
Media in a Crisis Situation"
12:30  Lunch
Cost:8,000 yen (payment at the door)
Registration:by Monday, 15 March

Kroll International
"Business Continuity Planning - Surviving The Crisis" Business Continuity Planning (BCP) has come up fast as a "must have" function since the Kobe Earthquake and 9/11. Indeed some industry regulators require that companies show an ability to resume service within 24 hours of a critical point failure such as loss of a building. Kroll's Mike O'Keeffe will compare and contrast BCP at some well known companies and invite you to measure yourself up.

Maersk Data
Securing IT quality in the event of an incident or crisis - a practical approach to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning The Maersk Data Group manages IT for very large Danish corporations - in Denmark and abroard. Subsidiary DMSave is specialized in Business Continuity Planning and attends this conference along with Maersk Data Asia who today operates from five Asian locations, headquatered in Japan. The presentation will focus on how to secure the overall IT quality after a crisis where sufficient IT Documentation is a fundamental layer for a successful recovery in the event of an incident. Practical methods and tools are available to enable large or small organizations to have the prerequisites in place for a successful continuation of IT systems after an incident.

Gavin Anderson
"Media Crisis Management - How do you manage the Media in a Crisis Situation" Managing the media in times of crisis involves control of the process. In this session, Gavin Anderson Japan Director of Media Training, Mr. David Wagner, highlights the do's and don'ts of managing the media effectively.
If you would like to attend, please click link below.
German Chamber Luncheon meeting:
The Restoration of Japan's Manufacturing Industry -
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and its Global Strategy

By: Mr. Takashi Nishioka, Chairman, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Japan's manufacturing industry shows signs of a revival due to efforts in developing new technologies. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI> emphasizes with its global strategy the goals of "Bringing back manufacturing into Japan" and "Restoring the once growing industry." In order to achieve these goals, MHI is active in advanced technologies and the development of superior products in areas like the aerospace or home use robots.
Date & Time:Tuesday, 23 March, 12:00-14:00
Place: The Westin Tokyo, Galaxy Ballroom, B2 Floor
1-4-1, Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Tel. 03-5423-7755
Fee:7,875 yen (incl. 5% tax; to be billed after the event)
Registration:by Friday, 19 March

If you are interested in this meeting, please click link below.
British Chamber Luncheon meeting:
"The Sun, the Dragon, and the Sleeping Cowboy:
Japan's Unacknowledged Understanding with China and the Coming Collapse of American Power."

By: Author Eamonn Fingleton

When author Eamonn Fingleton addressed the BCCJ in 1998, his debunking of America's dot.com bubble seemed highly contrarian. His analysis was later published as a book entitled "In Praise of Hard Industries: Why Manufacturing, Not the Information Economy, is the Key to Future Prosperity." Earlier, he had been almost alone among observers in Japan in the late 1980s in predicting the Tokyo crash of the 1990s.

Now Eamonn Fingleton is working on another startling contrarian analysis, this time a book on the relationship between Japan and China. The book will show how, underneath a surface impression of standoffishness, Japan and China have long been working closely together. Tokyo, he believes, has quietly thrown in its lot with Beijing in a coming power struggle with a fast weakening Washington.
Date & Time:Thursday, 25 March, 12:00-14:00
Place: Roppongi Hills Club
Registration:a.s.a.p. (limited space)

A former editor of the Financial Times and Forbes magazine, Fingleton insists that the 1990s were a lost decade not for Japan but for a complacent and misinformed America. He holds that Japan has long since passed America on key measures, most notably in ability to project economic power abroad. Hence, he argues, Japan's king-making role in speeding China's rise.

If you are interested in this event, please mail me for the registration procedure by clicking link below.
News from Finland

Elektrobit buys two software firms

Finnish electronics company Elektrobit Plc said Monday it had agreed to buy a majority shareholding in two software companies. The Oulunsalo-based company acquires 80 per cent of the shares of German 3SOFT GmbH and the entire stock of Finland-based CIM-Tech Oy.

Elektrobit will pay for the 3SOFT GmbH stake by cash and by issuing over eigth million new shares. CIM-Tech deal is paid by a share issue of 4.8 million new shares.

3SOFT employs 190 software experts and its net sales amounted to 15.5 million euros in 2003. It specialises in software for the car industry. CIM-Tech employs 69 persons and its net sales were 2.9 million euros in 2003. It specialises in e.g. communications software.
Grin of the week

How to (not) make an impression..

A young businessman had just started his own firm. He had just rented a beautiful office and had it furnished with the latest IT equipment.

He saw a man come into the outer office. Wishing to appear the hot shot, the businessman picked up the phone and started to pretend he had a big deal working. He threw huge figures around and made giant commitments.

Finally he hung up and asked the visitor, "Can I help you?"
"Yeah, I've come to connect your phone lines."

Until next time,
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 500 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, 15 individual and one special member.