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  ISSUE 11/2007 11 June, 2007  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Seems like summer is here. Both Japan and Finland has enjoyed some nice and warm weather lately. Although in Japan, we can expect some high humidity soon.

But before we start our summer break (there would be no events in July) we have still two events in June, one which should be useful (luncheon meeting), the other enjoyable (movie night) to you, hopefully. Read more about these, and other events below.

Does Language Matter?
Wednesday 20 June - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

At our luncheon meeting in June, held on Wednesday 20th, we will have Veli-Matti Lahti, Sales Director, Asia Pacific, SDL Japan making a presentation around the theme: "Does Language Matter? - The benefits of localization and how to do it. "

Date & Time:Wednesday 20 June, 12.00-14.00
Venue: Hotel Okura, South Wing 12F, Mayfair room MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
Registration:by Monday 18 June

Profile of Veli-Matti Lahti
Veli-Matti Lahti has worked in telecommunications industry for most of his professional career, eleven years of which were spent with Nokia. His roles have been varied and include experiences in Engineering, Sales, Marketing and Senior Management. His career has allowed him the opportunity to live and work in Finland, Great Britain, Indonesia and Japan as well as travel extensively throughout Europe and Asia Pacific. Since January 2000 he has based himself in Tokyo, Japan and joined SDL TRADOS Technologies in 2006 as Director of Sales for Asia Pacific and China. Veli-Matti has gained a Masters of Science in telecommunications from the University of Oulu, Finland and MBA from Helsinki School of Economics, Executive Education in Singapore.

About SDL Japan
Having an office in Japan since 1997, SDL offers localization solutions through software tools and also as a service. Computer Aided Translation (CAT) tools help human translators to increase their efficiency, quality and consistency in their translation work. The CAT solutions range from standalone PC program (few translators) to larger server solutions (translation department) to full scale Global Information Management systems (company-wide integrated content management systems). The services include full range of localization services e.g. project management, translation, DTP, engineering and testing..

If you would like attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
Preview of Aki Kaurismäki's movie Lights in the Dusk
Wednesday 27 June - FCCJ Film Night

At the first ever FCCJ Movie Night our members have the unique opportunity to have a preview of Aki Kaurismäki's latest movie Lights in the Dusk, in Finnish Laitakaupungin valot. The movie will start running in cinemas in Japan from 7 July.

For more about the event and the movie, please click image at right.

Date & Time:Wednesday 27 June, 18.30-20:30
Venue: The Film School of Tokyo, Theater No.1 MAP
Katakura Bldg. B1F, 3-1-2 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku
Cost:free for members
Registration:by Monday 25 June

The event is supported by EB (formerly Elektrobit), Finnair, Finnish Tourist Board and Seiwa & Co., so we are able to offer this event for free to our members. Due to limited space this is for members only and we might have to restrict number of participants per member company. To register, please click link at right.
5th Annual America North - Europe Golf Challenge:
The DaimlerChrysler Cup 2007

The 2007 Cup will be played on Friday 28 September at Atsugi Kokusai Country Club. There will be 144 players teaming up, 72 for the North American Team and 72 for the European. Note that Japanese members in the respective chambers are naturally welcome.

At last years event, played on Friday 29 September, the North American team retained the cup. So Europe has revenge to take, especially as we have now lost three times in a row.

We are also focusing on recruiting sponsors, so if you are interested in reaching the foreign business community and beyond here is your chance. The website enjoys over 7,500 page views per month.

We have already 64 players signed up for the European team so there is only 8 slots left. In case you want to take part in this great event, sign up soon!

For more details on sponsoring the event and to register, please click link below.

Jetro Seminar for Foreign-Affiliated Companies:
How the tax system affects foreign-affiliated companies operating in Japan
JETRO will hold a seminar on 21 June examining changes in Japan's tax system, based on FY2007 revisions to international tax systems, as well as aspects of Japan's tax system most relevant to foreign firms operating in the country. Invited lecturers include Mr. Nobuyuki Nakamura, Director of the International Tax Policy Division in the Ministry of Finance Tax Bureau, Mr. Jonathan Stuart-Smith, a British chartered accountant, and Mr. Yangho Kim, a licensed Japanese tax accountant and US CPA.

Date & Time:Thursday 21 June, 18.30-20:30
Venue: JETRO Headquarters Office, Ark Mori Building 5F, 1-12-32 Akasaka, Minato-ku MAP
Registration:by Wednesday 13 June

For more information and to register directly with Jetro, click link at right.
News from Finland

Finland sees wood duties quashing Russia's WTO hopes

Paavo Vayrynen (centre), Finland's foreign trade and development minister, said Sunday that Russia's plan to hike duties on roundwood exported to Finland was in the process of becoming a barrier to Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

"Finland will not yield in the wood duty issue," Mr Varyrynen added at the St Petersburg economic forum, where he held talks with Peter Mandelson, the EU commissioner for trade, among others.

Mr Vayrynen said Finland's goal was to render the wood duties into a WTO membership deal-breaker alongside the Siberia overflight fees and the tariffs charged by the Russian Railways.

"We have tried to signal to Russia that, in the long run, the wood duties are detrimental, not only to Finland, but to Russia as well."

Mr Vayrynen reminded Russia that it had made a commitment in 2004 to demolish barriers to free trade.

Grin of the week

Man smart, woman smarter...

A man calls his wife and says to her, "Honey, I just got the chance of a lifetime to go on a week-long fishing trip with my boss. Could you pack up my things so that they will be ready when I get home?" "Sure, honey," his wife answers."Oh, and could you please pack my blue silk pyjamas?" "Sure, honey," his wife answers again.

The man comes home, picks up his things and takes off for the week. He returns a week later, smiling. His wife greets him at the front door. "So honey, how was your fishing trip?"

"It was great..." the husband answers. "But you forgot to pack my blue silk pyjamas."

"No I didn't," said his wife. "They were in your tacklebox."

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 600 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 64 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.