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  ISSUE 21/2004

10 November, 2004  

Dear !*SALUTATION*! !*LAST_NAME*!,


Beats a boring day in the office, right?

At least the 33 participants in the Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - thought so last Friday.

We had a great event at a fine course in sunny and warm weather. So that part was good... the bad part was that the Swedish Chamber kept the trophy for the third consecutive time. Our congratulations to the SCCJ!
But, after all, it's only golf...

16 November - FCCJ Monthly Luncheon Meeting

The next luncheon meeting is held on Tuesday 16 November.

Our speaker is Mr. Matti Suokko, Group Manager, Business Development, Mobile Platforms Division, Microsoft Corporation
Theme: "The Next Wave in Mobile Computing - and why you should care..."

Details:

Date & Time:Tuesday, 16 November, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Take Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday 12 November

  Profile of Matti Suokko
Matti Suokko is responsible for business development with Microsoftfs leading hardware manufacturer partners in Japan and China for Mobile PC platforms, including the Tablet PC. Mr. Suokko joined Microsoft in June of 1993. Over the years he has served in a variety of marketing, product development and technical project management positions at Microsoft, including leading the Windows OEM product management efforts for several Windows operating system releases. For several years he has also managed technical collaboration on future product developments with world's leading IT companies.

Mr. Suokko studied in the Master of Science program at the Tampere University of Technology in Finland, majoring in computer hardware engineering. He has also served as the Honorary Consul of Finland in the Washington state of the U.S. since year 2000.

If you would like to register, please click link at right - no later than Friday 12 November.
Report from the Stora Enso Cup
Eero Ala-Jääski of Stora Enso Japan presents the trophy to the winners

The sixth Stora Enso Cup - the Golf Challenge between the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (SCCJ) and FCCJ - was played in beautiful, sunny and warm weather on Friday 5 November at the fine course at Windsor Park Golf & Country Club near Mito in Ibaraki prefecture.

This time 33 players participated in the event. Again this time, the SCCJ team showed that Sweden is ahead of Finland, at least when it comes to golf...

But for the fourth time in a row, the Swedes took the cup, although the winning margin gets smaller every time. This time the SCCJ team scored 76.67 and the FCCJ team 77.28 strokes (counted on the average of best 80% in the team).

For more about the competition meeting, click link at right.
Scandinavian Christmas Party
The registration for the 12th Scandinavian Christmas Party is now open. We have already more than 300 persosn signed up from the five Nordic Chambers, of those about 60 from the FCCJ. We still have room for about 30 more from our chamber.

The party, held on Friday, 10 the December at the Royal Park Hotel, are in full swing and we promise to bring you again an enjoyable and exciting evening together with 450 friends from the other Scandinavian Chambers.

If you would like to participate and have not yet signed up, please do so at your earliest convenience by clicking link below. Note that due to space restrcitions, this event is open to FCCJ members only (incl. staff at member companies).


We are also still recruiting sponsors for the event. If you are interested to become a sponsor, please go to the web site (link below) for details on sponsor opportunities and sign-up form. If you are a member of another Scandinavian Chamber, please sign through your chambers sign-up form.
The EBC Report on the Japanese Business Environment 2004
Trade, Investment and the Reform Nexus

In attendance of over 200 persons representing European companies in Japan, Embassies and Japanese government officials, the EBC White Paper was launched today at the Westin Hotel in Tokyo.

In his opening remarks, the EBC Chairman Richard Collasse noted: "EBC very much supports the Japanese Government's goal of doubling foreign direct investments (FDI) within five years. FDI brings new blood to the body, boosting its energy. The EBC has been very active in helping to promote Japan as good place to invest. But as we all know, success ultimately depends on the quality of the product. We are all attracted to the large sophisticated market, advanced technologies and well-heeled customers. But at the same time we are being turned off by the high costs, long lead-times and lack of flexibility. The EBC feels strongly that Japan will not be able to attract more foreign investments until the Government takes decisive action to address the structural impediments to business development in the private sector".

Comments were also made by His Excellency, Ambassador Bernhard Zepter, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission in Japan, Director General Schwab and Deputy Director General Valenzuela of the European Commission and Mr. Ichiro Fujisaki, Deputy Foreign Minister.
For more information on the EBC White Paper, and how to order, click link below.
Italian Chamber Breakfast Meeting
Economic relationship between Japan and China

In cooperation with the European Business Council, the ICCG has the pleasure to invite the members of all European Chambers to a Breakfast Meeting with Mr. Pietro GINEFRA , Chief Representative BANCA D'ITALIA - UIC (Bank of Italy), Representative Office for Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore.

Details:

Date & Time:Monday, 29 November, 08:30 - 10:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Take Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday 22 November


For more information and registration form, please click link below.
News from Finland

Finnish labour market players strive at equal pay

Labour market organisations and the Finnish Government will together try to accomplish equal pay between women and men for work of equal value. So, within the same establishment, everybody would be paid the same for the same work or for work of equal value.

Minister of Social Affairs and Health Sinikka Mönkäre (soc dem) aims at appointing a tripartite working group already this week. It is expected to come up with ideas already early in 2005 for a programme stretching over several years.

Trade unions had hopes of tackling the issue this autumn's round of comprehensive incomes policy talks. Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) Chairman Lauri Ihalainen (soc dem) told the Finnish News Agency (STT) Tuesday in Helsinki that globalisation and employment are used as excuses in Finland, too, to allow huge differences in incomes and salaries. Especially sectors employing predominantly women are at risk, he added.
Grin of the week

Elementary, My Dear Dr. Watson

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go on a camping trip, set up their tent, and fall asleep. Some hours later, Holmes wakes his faithful friend.

"Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

Watson replies, "I see millions of stars."

"What does that tell you?"

Watson ponders for a minute. "Astronomically speaking, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Timewise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?"
Holmes is silent for a moment, then speaks. "Watson, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent."

Have a nice rest of the week and hope to see many of you at our luncheon next Tuesday!

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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ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 550 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.