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  ISSUE 16/2007 11 September, 2007  

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

Our activities are in full swing now after getting a good start with the luncheon with our Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva, read more about that below.

In September we'll have two events, our regular luncheon meeting on Wednesday the 26th and the many of our members participate in the DaimlerChrysler Cup, were we also have a strong presence in organizing it and 12 members participating, on Friday the 28th.

October offers three events, our luncheon meeting on Thursday 25th and then two more social events, co-organized with other chambers, offering drinking, dancing and networking!
More about these in my next bulletin.

Report from FCCJ June Luncheon Meeting 28 August

At our first luncheon meeting after the summer break on Tuesday 28 August at Hotel Okura we had a prominent guest from Finland as our guest speaker - Mr. Ilkka Kanerva, Minister for Foreign Affairs. The theme of his presentation was "Current challenges facing the Finnish society".

Minister Kanerva was in Japan for the Athletics World Championships held in Osaka (Aug 25 - Sep 2) as a Council Member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

In Tokyo, he met with his Japanese colleague, Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobutaka Machimura, who received his Finnish counterpart already the day after he had taken up his Cabinet post. This was the first ministerial meeting of Foreign Minister Machimura's term of office, which began on 27 August.

The luncheon was attended by 62 members and guests, including Embassy of Finland invitees from Japanese ministries, press and business life. For a report and more images, click link at right

Mr. Yasuto Fujita, President of K.K. Integrate
Wednesday 26 September - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

At our next luncheon meeting, held on Wednesday 26 September, we will have an interesting guest speaker, Mr. Yasuto Fujita, President of K.K. Integrate, an Integrated Marketing Communications company.
The theme of his presentation is: "Entrance strategy of Xylitol into Japanese market".

Mr. Fujita joined Xyrofinn Far East (which later became Cultor Japan and is now Danisco Japan) in 1992 and was instrumental in introducing Xylitol into the Japanese market. He founded Integrate in May this year.

Date & Time:Wednesday 26 September, 12.00-14.00
Venue: Hotel Okura, South Wing 12F, Kensington Terrace MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday 24 September

Profile of Mr. Fujita
Born in Tokyo in 1964. After graduating from Keio University he joined Ajinomoto.
In 1992 he established Xyrofinn Far East with its Finnish President. He was in charge of pre-marketing and there he applied to the Ministry of Health and Welfare for the permission of use for Xylitol. In 1997, he introduced Xylitol to Japan, which became a big boom. As a result, the market of Xylitol products (mainly chewing-gum) grew to 200 billion yen. Now he is Marketing Director for the Asia Pacific region at Danisco Japan.
In May 2007, he established a marketing agency, K.K. Integrate, which practices Integrated Marketing Communication.

If you would like attend, and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Finnish labour costs one of highest in EU -Study

Finland's has one of the highest labour costs in the EU, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter quoted a study by German research institute IMK as saying on Monday.

According to the study, an hour of labour cost the employer 27.21 euros (4,263 yen) in Finland last year, compared with the EU average of 25 euros.

Denmark and Sweden have the highest labour costs in the EU with some 32.50 euros. The lowest costs, just over six euros an hour, can be found in Poland.

Grins of the week

Having unexpected trouble...

An elderly couple walk into a doctor's office. The man tells the doctor: "Doctor, we want to have a baby. "The doctor replies: "At your age I don't think it's possible, but I'll give you a jar, come back in a few days with a sperm sample."

So the couple comes back a few days later. They give the doctor an empty jar.
The doctor says: "I was afraid of this."

The old man says: "No, it's not what you think.
I tried it with my left hand. I tried it with my right hand. She tried it with her left hand. She tried it with her right hand. She tried it with her teeth in. She tried it with her teeth out.
But we couldn't get the lid off the jar."

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.