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10 APRIL, 2001  


FCCJ, as many other organizations and companies, started its new fiscal year on April 1st. We have a new president and a number of activities going on, which I hope you could spare of few minutes of your time to read about below.

Timo Varhama New FCCJ President
Report from Annual General Assembly
The Annual General Assembly was held on Friday 30 March at the Embassy of Finland. As the present President of FCCJ, Rauno Sirola retired, the Board elected Timo Varhama of Nippon Finnpap Ltd. as his successor. Mr. Sirola will be replaced in the board by Yoshinori Sano of Seiwa Accounting Service Inc.
The meeting and the reception held after the AGA was attended by 62 members and guests.

For more about the General Assembly and the Reception Party and to find out why the Finns bow so deep, click link to the right.

April Luncheon Meeting
Out April meeting will be held on Friday 27 April at 12:00 at Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Nikko Room. Our guest speaker will be Mr.Yuichiro Takagawa, COO from Sonera Japan K.K. and his theme is "New Keitai Life".

Sonera, which is one of the leading European telecom operators, established their office in Japan last autumn. To find our more about Sonera, click their logo above.

If you would like to participate and have not yet registered, please do so, no later than Wed. 25 April, by clicking link to the right.
Note that we collect the participation fee of 7,000 yen at the door and provide you with a receipt.

Guidebook and Web Site Renewal
We are now in the process of renewing our Guidebook (members' listing) both as a printed version and for our Web site. We have sent out information regarding this, so if you are a corporate member, please check your information as soon as possible.

An easy way to check your entry is to go the the web site (click link below and select your company from the list). If there are errors in the information, please let us know.

At the same time we have given our web site a complete overhaul. Hope you find it easier to navigate and more appealing. All information (except meeting reports) are available in English and Japanese.

To have a look at it, click the image to the right.

"More Bang for the Bucks" - FCCJ goes i-mode
We have sent out the invoices for our annual membership fee last week. As we would like our members to feel that it is worthwhile paying the fee, we offer now an additional service for the same price!

We have decided to create an i-mode version of our web site, and among other things, it includes the complete guidebook information in English and Japanese, incl. company logos in color.

If you have an i-mode company site, please let us know, then we could make a link to it from our site.
..and, if you do not have a site, but would like to have one, we could help you at a reasonable cost...

To find out more about the i-mode site and to have a look at it, even if you do not have an i-mode phone, click link to the right.

From other Organizations
  • EU-JAPAN Centre Seminar: "Business strategies of the 21st Century and Attractive Quality Creation" "
    By Prof Noriaki Kano, Science University of Tokyo
    Date: Friday, April 13th, 2001
    Time: 10:00 - 12:00
    Venue: EU-Japan Centre, main conference room 4F
    Fee: free
    For further information and online registration, click link to the right.
  • Joint Chamber Seminar: Revisions of the Commercial Code
    The Japanese government is undertaking major revisions of the Commercial Code to modernize the legal environment in response to the changing international business environment.

    Tony Zaloom, Chairman of the Commercial Code Task Force of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and a partner with Mori Sogo Law Office, and Jonathan Kushner, the ACCJ's Director of Policy Affairs, will describe the ACCJ's activities in this area and provide some important insight on the Commercial Code reform process.

    Date: Monday, April 16
    Time: 18:30-20:00
    Place: Canadian Embassy 4F
    Cost: Members 3,000
    Snacks and beverages will be available.
    If you are interested in the event, please register by 11 April by clicking the link to the right.

News from Finland
Confidence plummets

Helsinki, April 9 (Kauppalehti)
The mood among Finnish manufacturers and consumers has slumped sharply in just a couple of months. Industry and employers' lobby TT believes Europe can no longer avoid the fallout from the ailing US and Japanese economies. Europe -- and Finland -- are slowing faster than expected; although this doesn't yet show in the annual figures, it has been clear on a monthly basis since the New Year.

Industry confidence fell to minus 5 in March from January's plus 15, the first time below zero for two years. The index is reached by deducting the percentage of pessimists from the optimists. TT believes recent growth forecasts have simply been too optimistic; the US takes only 7 % of Finnish exports, so it alone cannot account for the fall.

For more news, click link to the right.

Grin of the Week
Adam and Eve
Adam was walking around the Garden of Eden feeling very lonely, so God asked Adam, "What is wrong with you?" Adam said he didn't have anyone to talk to. God said he was going to give him a companion and she would be called "woman". "This person will cook for you and wash your clothes, she will always agree with every decision you make. She will not nag you, and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you've had a disagreement."
Adam asked God, "What will this woman cost?"
God said, "An arm and a leg."
Adam said, "What can I get for just a rib?"
The rest is history...

...perhaps I should have made another story for the ladies on this mailing list...
But, on the other hand, it also shows how greedy we men are...
Have a nice week and hope you have some time to enjoy the good weather, because we don't know how long it would last...

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 220 persons among its members and related organizations.
FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchage between Japan and Finland and has today 72 corporate members.