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  ISSUE 26/2002

10 September, 2002  


As I hinted in a bulletin a couple of weeks ago, the physical connections between Japan and Finland will improve. Finnair has now confirmed that they will, after a three-year break, start Osaka flights again in June 2003 with three weekly flights. On this subject, I am also pleased to announce that we will have Finnair's President & CEO Keijo Suila as guest speaker at joint Scandinavian Luncheon meeting either on Monday 2 or Tuesday 3 December. We confirm as soon as the date is fixed.
But now to more urgent matters;

September Luncheon Meeting
Kaj Forsell
At our next meeting we will have Mr. Kaj Forsell, President, Tekla K.K. as our guest speaker and the theme for his presentation is "Tekla, Bringing 3D Modeling to the Japanese Building and Construction Industry". Tekla is leading the way in infrastructure management software globally.

Luncheon details:
Date & Time:Friday 20 September, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Nikko Room (B1F)
Cost:7,000 yen at the door
Registration:by Wednesday 18 September

Mr. Forsell commenced his career working as an auditor with Arthur Andersen for 5 years in four countries (UK, USA, Norway & Finland). After a period working as Financial Controller in London for a UK group of leasing companies, he joined ABB as Senior Vice President and CFO of the groups Global Leasing operations, stationed in Stockholm. After 6 years in Sweden, he moved to Japan and worked as CFO and Country Controller for Nokia during 1996-2000. After a short stay at Nokia Mobile Phones Head Office in Finland, he returned to Japan in November 2001 as President of Tekla K.K.

To register, at latest Wednesday 18 September, please click link at right.
Stora Enso Cup:
FCCJ Golf Competition & Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
The 4th FCCJ Golf Competition is played on Friday 11 October and this is at the same time the 2ndand Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge were we play team competition against the Swedish Chamber. Sadly we lost last time, so now it is time for a sweet revenge!
FCCJ members play for the FCCJ Golf Cup and the team competition for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.
And, the best golfer (Stableford points with handicap) will win a Business Class round-trip ticket Tokyo/Osaka - Scandinavia donated by FINNAIR.

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Friday, 11 October , first tee-off 9.03
Place: Ibaraki Golf Club , Ibaraki Pref.  MAP 
Cost:18,300 yen (incl. green fee, caddie, tax, locker)
+ party fee ca 3,000 yen
Bus:In cooperation with SCCJ we organize bus transportation from Shibuya.
Fee ca. 4,000 yen

More informaton will be mailed to our members this week. Note that due to the rules of the competition, this invitation applies only to FCCJ members (incl. employees at member companies).
If you would like to register already now, please click link at right. Give also your handicap, or three latest scores and also note in case you would like to use the bus service.
DIHKJ Seminar:
Implementation of ERP for the Mid-sized Business
FCCJ and the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (GCCIJ) is pleased to annouce the following event "TREFFPUNKT KAMMER".

Date & Time:Tuesday, September 17, 2002 , 18:00-21:00
Place: Le Meridien Pacific Tokyo, Ayame Room
3-13-3 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo
SpeakerPacific Business Consulting, Inc. Navision Solution Center in Japan
Fee: 2,000 yen (plus consumption tax)
Registration: by Thursday, September 12, 2002
Today, mid-sized companies are facing various challenges; increasing globalization, rapid changing markets, frequent technology leaps and shortening product life cycles. To be able to cope with the fast changing market needs, a customisable ERP (Enterprise Resource-Planning) solution holds a key for the success of Mid-sized Companies in the long run.

Microsoft Business Solutions offers a wide range of business software solutions that help mid-market businesses become more connected to customers, employees, partners and suppliers by automating end-to-end business processes. At the seminar, you will learn more about:
  • Ensure that your business is disruption-proof
  • Develop robust Business Continuance & Business Efficiency plans
  • Understand the technologies and IT systems involved.

  • If you would like to participate in this event, please give the person in charge at the German Chamber (Masahiro Hashiki) the name of your company and yourself, telephone & fax number and e-mail by clicking link at right. He will send you then confirmation after that he has got your application form.
    NCCJ Presentation:
    Japan's Cultural Crisis
    By Alex Kerr, author of "Dogs and Demons"
    The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan invites also FCCJ members to this interesting presentation by the author of one of the most debated books about Japan in recent time.

    Date & Time:Tuesday, October 8, 2002 , 18:00-20:00
    Place: The United Nations University Reception Hall 2nd Floor
    53-70 Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    Fee: 4,000 yen
    Registration: by Tuesday, October 1, 2002

    For more information and registration form, click link at right.
    News from Finland
    Nordea ready to be bought by bigger rival?
    The Nordic banking group Nordea is prepared to be bought by a larger European competitor if the bank's customers and owners support the move. This was told by the Danish Daily "Börsen" referring to an interview with Nordea's CEO Lars Nordström.
    According to Nordström there will be many mergers in the European banking sector within the next two years and Nordea would like to be actively involed in this process.
    Grin of the Week
    Talking about timber...
    A large Finnish lumber company advertised that they were looking for a good lumberjack.
    The next day, a skinny little guy showed up at the timber camp with his axe, and knocked on the head lumberjacks' door. The head lumberjack took one look at the little man and told him to scram.

    "Just give me a chance to show you what I can do," said the skinny man. "Okay, see that giant pine tree over there?" said the lumberjack. "Take your axe and go cut it down!"
    The skinny man headed for the tree, and in five minutes he was back knocking on the lumberjack's door. "I cut the tree down," said the little man.

    The lumberjack couldn't believe his eyes and said, "Where did you get the skill to chop down trees like that?"
    "In the Sahara Forest," replied the puny man.
    "You mean the Sahara Desert," said the lumberjack.
    The little man laughed and answered back...
    "Oh sure, that's what they call it now!

    Bet this small guy must have been working in Indonesia as well...
    A couple of bulletins back I wrote about the tree growth in Finland. Every summer day 150 soccer fields could be filled with trees up to 2.5 m.
    Now we hear (from our reliable sources in the forest industry) that in Indonesia, every hour loggers (most illegal) fell trees at a rate fast enough to lay out 6 soccer fields, and the tropical rainforests are disappearing, only 40 % of the virgin forest that excisted in 1950 remains. Talk about environmetal disaster.

    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 400 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 71 corporate members.