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  ISSUE 13/2007 11 July, 2007  

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

I guess many of my Finnish readers are on holiday, or just about to go. So the below piece of news is kind of timely.... it is not that bad to be working in Finland after all....

Finland first in OECD leave and holiday length ranking

With a whopping 39 days, Finns enjoy the longest annual statutory paid leave and holidays among members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a report by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) showed Thursday. France came second with 30 days of paid annual leave and one day of paid holidays. According to the survey, the Japanese have 10 paid annual leave. At the bottom of the table is the United States, where the grand total of statutory annual paid leave and holidays is nil.

The FCCJ also takes a kind of vacation in July, when we do not have any activities. Our next event is towards the end of August. I'll come back to that in my next bulletin when the details have been sorted out. The office will be open, except next week Tuesday and Wednesday (Monday is a public holiday in Japan).

Report from the FCCJ Movie Night on Wednesday 27 June

At the first ever FCCJ Movie Night our members had 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.

Before the start of the movie, the participants could enjoy Finnish sparkling wine and snacks.

The event was supported by EB (formerly Elektrobit), Finnair, Finnish Tourist Board, Seiwa & Co. and Union Foods, so we were able to offer this event for free to our members.

The event, held at the the Film School of Tokyo, was attended by 64 members and their spouses.

For many images from the event, click link at right.
CCCJ Speakers Event
Research In Motion: Joe Caci, Vice President of Products

The event is organized by the Canadian Chamber in cooperation with the ACCJ. Joe Caci will speak on the latest developments of wireless communications, including the wireless data requirements of today's corporate market, the range of wireless offerings in the corporate market and how to meet the expectations of the market innovatively.
This is a premium IT event with a special prize draw for a BlackBerry 8707h handset!

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
*Please note that there is no parking available at the embassy.

Date & Time:Wednesday 18 July, 18.50-20:30
Venue: Canadian Embassy, Oscar Peterson Theatre, B2 Lobby,
Cost:5,000 yen for members, 6,000 (guests, non-members)
Registration:by Friday 13 July

For more information and registration form, please click link below. Note that you should register directly with the CCCJ. Please mention when registering that you are a FCCJ member (if you are).
News from Finland

Fiskars to buy Iittala

Finnish consumer goods group Fiskars has signed an agreement to buy Finnish homeware design company Iittala for about 230 million euros from ABN Amro, management and other private shareholders.

"The transaction will even out the seasonal fluctuation of sales and profits for Fiskars Corporation, as spring is the important garden season for Fiskars Brands, crafts products mostly sell in early to mid summer, while sales and profits for the Iittala Group tend to concentrate towards the end of the year," the statement added.

"The acquisition of Iittala Group is a logical step in our strategy, which looks for growth in areas that suit us and our brand portfolio naturally."

Grins of the week

Got any money?

A few moments after the daughter announced her engagement, her father asked, "Does this fellow have any money ?"

The daughter shook her head sadly. "Oh Daddy ! You men are all alike." sighing deeply, she replied, "That's exactly what he asked me about you."

In the right spirit(s)

Knowing that the minister was very fond of cherry brandy, one of the church elders offered to present him with a bottle on one consideration - that the pastor acknowledge receipt of the gift in the church paper.

"Gladly," responded the good man.

When the church magazine came out a few days later, the elder turned at once to the "appreciation" column. There he read: "The minister extends his thanks to Elder Brown for his gift of fruit and for the spirit in which it was given."

Have a nice summer &
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.