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  ISSUE 20/2006

10 October, 2006  

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

A couple of busy months before it is Christmas time. And businessmen travelling frequently between Tokyo and Helsinki already got a Christmas present. Read more below in the "News from Finland" section.

Christmas reminds us involved with the Nordic Chambers in Japan of the Scandinavian Christmas Party, the social highlight of the year of the chambers. It will be held on Friday 8 December at the same venue as last year, The Westin Tokyo in Ebisu.
The preparations are under way and we will launch the 2006 web site next week and I will provide more information in my next bulletin. But if you plan to attend, mark 8 December in your calendar already now. Registrations will start on 6 November.

Report from FCCJ Luncheon Meeting on Friday 22 September

At the FCCJ luncheon meeting on 22 September, Timo Varhama made a presentation around the theme "Global Paper Industry - Recent Trends and Phenomena".

In his presentation, Mr. Varhama spoke about the current situation and challenges facing his company, and the global paper industry. He noted that consolidation and globalization will continue, costs must be cut to fit market prices, need to scrap unnecessary and inefficient capacity and the business (production) should be expanded in the big growing markets.

At the luncheon, Beckie Cassidy, Executive Director of the Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) made a brief presentation of the next JMEC program.

For more about luncheon, which was attended by 27 members and guest, click link below.
Report from the DaimlerChrysler Cup on Friday 29 September

The North American team wins The Cup!

The European and North American business communities in Tokyo held their fourth friendly golf tournament at Atsugi Kokusai Country Club on 29 September. Sponsored by German-American auto giant DaimlerChrysler and 31 other companies, the tournament brought together 144 players from the American and Canadian chambers of commerce on one side and the European Business Council on the other side. 16 FCCJ members participated in the event.

Playing the new peoria (shin-peria) scoring system and calculating an average score for the best 80% of each team, the North American team came out on top by 0.21 strokes.

For more about the event, click link below.
Fri. 27 October - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Juho Lipsanen

At our next luncheon meeting on Friday 27 October our speaker will be Mr. Juho Lipsanen, President of TeliaSonera Finland. Mr. Lipsanen will talk about "TeliaSonera and the Evolving Telecom Business".

NOTE: Mr. Lipsanen is in Tokyo to attend as a panelist the Finnish-Japanese Ubiquitous Society Conference (see below) held on the same day, starting at 14:00 at the Yurakucho Asahi Hall.
As many of our members might want to attend the conference as well, we will start the luncheon promptly at 12:00 and speed it up to finish 13:40 at the latest to enable you to get to the conference on time.


Date & Time: Friday, 27 October 12:00-13:40
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Kyoto Room (B2F)
Cost: 7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration: by Wednesday 25 October

  Profile of Juho Lipsanen
Juho Lipsanen is 44 years old and holds a M.Sc. in Economics at Turku School of Economics & Business Administration. He has been employed by TeliaSonera since 2005. Mr. Lipsanen was previously President and CEO of Alma Media Corporation. He has held several management positions at ABB Ltd Switzerland and ABB Finland, including President of ABB New Ventures Ltd and Chief Financial Officer of Automation Segment.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
Fri. 27 October - Finnish-Japanese Ubiquitous Society Conference

The Embassy of Finland, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes), in collaboration with The Asahi Shimbun Company have the pleasure to invite you to:

The Finnish-Japanese Ubiquitous Society Conference:
- The New Ways for Social Interaction through Innovative Communication - The Roadmap to the Future


Date & Time: Friday, 27 October 14:00-17:30
Place: Yurakucho Asahi Hall MAP
Cost: free
Registration: by Friday 20 October

If you are interested in this conference, please click link at right for more information and registration form..
Finnish Jazz Live:
Real & True Live Series Pekka Pylkkanen's Tube Factory

The well-known Finns jazz band, Pekka Pylkkanen's Tube Factory, will perform at Shinjuku Pit Inn, Tokyo on Wed. 25 and Thu. 26 November. For further information and tickets, please go to:

If you are interested to sponsor the tour or in purchasing tickets in bulk, please contact Pekka Pylkkanen directly at:

You find more information about Pekka Pylkkanen and the Tube Factory at: http://www.pekkapylkkanen.com/

News from Finland

Finnair Doubles the Number of Tokyo Flights

From the beginning of December, Finnair will increase the number of flights on its Tokyo service. There will be four return flights between Tokyo and Helsinki instead of the present two. The Airbus A340-300 aircraft will be used on the route. The flights will operate from Tokyo to Helsinki on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and from Helsinki to Tokyo on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Japan is served by two Finnair flights nearly every day. In addition to Tokyo, the company flies to Osaka six times a week until the end of October and three times a week to Nagoya.

Grin of the week

French 'appiness

Lunching with English friends at the time of her husbands retirement, Madame de Gaulle was asked what she was looking forward to in the years ahead.

"A penis." she replied without hesitation. The embarrassed silence that followed was broken by the former President.

"My dear, I don't think that the English pronounce the word like that, it is 'appiness'"

Have a good week!

Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
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 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 67 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.