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  ISSUE 10/2004

11 May, 2004  


The Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey was concluded and the Golden Week ws well spent analyzing the results...
Without revealing too much of the results yet, one thing it showed was that the foreign companies In Japan have a more positive view on the economy and the potential of the Japanese market than the Japanese companies themselves! To hear how and why, and all the rest of the results, please joint the presentation luncheon next Monday. Read more about it below.

FCIJ Business Confidence Survey Luncheon - last reminder

The 5th Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey was conducted in April. The survey received 316 responses from companies representing 14 foreign chambers of commerce and business groups. The results of the survey will be presented at a joint luncheon with members from all participating chambers. Prof. Bill Schrade from Temple University will also make comments on the survey results.

Date & Time:Monday, 17 May, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, White Pearl Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
incl. the Business Confidence Survey report
Registration:by Thursday 13 May

  The purpose of this survey (previous survey took place in October last year) is to provide an insight into what their members think about the current state of the Japanese economy and their own businesses, to obtain reliable data on how foreign companies perform in Japan and to find out their future strategies on this market. The survey idea and technical implementation is by the FCCJ.

To register, please click link at right, at latest on Thursday.
Monthly Luncheon Meeting

The next luncheon meeting will be held on the 28 of May. Our speaker will then be Mr. Thomas Hietto, Vice President, Toshiba Alliance Development, KONE Corporation and the theme of his presentation will be The Kone-Toshiba Strategic Alliance.
Date & Time:Friday, 28 May, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Nara Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Wednesday 26 May

To register for the meeting, please click link at right.
Nikkei Seminar on EU-Japan Economic Relations
Japan-EU: For Closer Economic Relations

The EBC, together with the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. Inc., the European Commission and the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Roundtable, is organizing a seminar to be held on the afternoon of June 21. The title is "Japan-EU: For Closer Economic Relations" and President Prodi, President of the European Commission, will give the main speech.

The aim of the Nikkei Symposium is to bring together the key political and business leaders on both sides in order to discuss a common EU-Japan economic agenda in the wake of the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table meeting on 20-21 June, and directly ahead of the EU-Japan Summit on 22 June. The event will be given full newspaper coverage by the Nikkei in its Japanese publications and Japanese readership of the articles is expected to be high.

The Nikkei is seeking sponsorship of the event via company advertisements and the EBC encourages your support of this endeavour. If your company is interested in placing an advertisement please contact Ms. Asako Ishibashi, Vice- President, International Affairs, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, at asako.ishibashi@nex.nikkei.co.jp or Alison Murray at ebcam@gol.com

I will provide more information on the seminar in later bulletins, but if you are interested, mark the date (21 June) in your calendar.

BCCJ Events
The British Chamber would like to pass on this information to the members of other chambers:
"Increasingly our members tell us they enjoy events that are open to other chambers. We have a few events coming up to which your members would be very welcome.

You can book using our on-line system (and even pay on line ) by going to the URLs below, and you can attend at BCCJ member rate, but please register as NON-member."

Thursday 27 May
A luncheon that will be followed by an inter-active training session on how to handle the media in times of crisis. Learn from the experts exactly what - and what not - to do.
More info & registration:https://www.bccjapan.com/asp/eventdetail.asp?eventid=1249

Tuesday 15 June
A luncheon with Lord Levene, Chairman of Lloyd's of London and someone who has had a very distinguished career across both public and private sectors.
More info & registration:https://www.bccjapan.com/asp/eventdetail.asp?eventid=1244

The BCCJ also have a few places left on board the specially chartered boat for the summer firework display on the Sumida River on July 31st. In this case, the system will quote a guest fee, but you will only be charged the member fee.
More info & registration:https://www.bccjapan.com/asp/eventdetail.asp?eventid=1215

News from Finland

Lipponen envisages deeper cooperation between Finland and Estonia

Speaker of the Finnish Parliament Paavo Lipponen, who also chairs the country's Social Democratic Party (SDP), believes that after Estonia's acceding to the European Union, Finland and its Baltic neighbour will find new ways to further deepen their mutual cooperation.

The former Finnish Prime Minister (1995-2003) said that Estonia should not be seen as a mere side show for Finland's economy but rather as an increasingly important trading partner. "To the Finnish economy, Estonia is the more important partner the broader its economic connections to other countries are," Lipponen said.

"We are part of a single large, open economic area, the European Union. In order that our economic relationship can flourish, we need to be able to work together through the utilization of the opportunities the union has offered us." According to Lipponen, as the 'Four Freedoms' of the EU internal market zone materialise, one can hardly go wrong if one expects the integration between the two countries to deepend further in subsequent years.
Grin of the week

Have a seat!

A man was sprawled across three entire seats in a theater. When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the man, "Sorry sir, but you''re only allowed one seat." The man groaned but didn't move. The usher became impatient.

"Sir," the usher said, "if you don't get up from there, I'm going to have to call the manager."

Nothing happened so he went for the manager. Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move him, but with no success. Finally, they summoned the police. The cop surveyed the situation briefly.

"All right, buddy. What's your name?"
"Sam," the man moaned.
"Where ya from, Sam?" the cop asked.
"The balcony."

That's all for this time. Will be back next week with more about the Business Confidence Survey and other matters.

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 500 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.