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  ISSUE 18/2007 4 October, 2007  

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

Finally we have been able to fix our luncheon meeting for October. We had a slight scare because at one point it looked like our guest speaker would have to cancel because of overseas travel, but fortunately for us, he decided to stay in Japan and give the presentation, which I am sure will be interesting, our luncheon .
Read more below.

In this bulletin I also have some important information on the new immigration procedures into Japan. So if you are not yet aware of them, please read more further down.

Mr. Haruyuki Niimi, Chairman of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K..
Thursday 25 October - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

At our next luncheon meeting, held on Thursday 25 October, we will again have a prominent guest speaker, Mr. Haruyuki Niimi, Chairman of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.. The theme of his presentation is: "How foreign-affiliated companies should be in the Japanese market"
Generally speaking, foreign-affiliated firms are perceived by Japanese to be smarter, more profit-oriented and more drastic than Japanese firms. This is sometimes advantageous but other times not. When it comes to the relationship with the Japanese business partners, they tend to put a greater importance on stable, long-term, trustful relations than the Western firms do. A foreign-affiliated company in Japan would need to pay special attention to this if it may want to succeed in this market.

Showa Shell's 50% of equity is held by foreign major shareholders, Shell and Saudi, and therefore is recognised as foreign-affiliated. Knowing this fact and the difficulties that foreign firms would have to face in this country, the Company has adopted a so-called "hybrid management" with which it allows itself to take advantage both of the Western style management and of the Japanese style management. But until the Company came to the point when it decided to take this way, it had passed through uneasy journey.

Date & Time:Thursday 25 October, 12.00-14.00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Main Bldg. 2F, Clifford Room MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday 23 October

Profile of Mr. Niimi
Born on 5th April, 1936 and graduated with a BA in Economics from University of Washington. Joined Shell Sekiyu K.K. in 1960 and held several positions there until he became Managing Director of the newly merged Showa Shell Sekiyu in 1985. He became Vice President of the company in 1993 and Chairman in 1995. In 2002 he was Chairman & CEO and in 2005 Chairman & President and since 2006 holds the position of Chairman.

About Showa Shell Sekiyu
Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. was founded on January 1, 1985 by the amalgamation of Showa Oil Co., Ltd. which was established on August 1, 1942 (the continuing company) and Shell Sekiyu K.K. which was incorporated on April 11, 1900 (the absorbed company).

Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. is involved in the sales of gasoline, kerosine, gas oil, fuel oil, marine bunkers, lubricants, bitumen, LP gas, and other petroleum products.

If you would like attend, please click link at right.
Thursday 18 October - Joint ACCJ and Nordic Chamber Event
Nomu-nication - Nordic Night at the Swedish Embassy

The ACCJ Tokyo Membership Relations Committee teams up with the Swedish Embassy to bring you an opportunity to network, develop relationships, exchange information and learn about Nordic culture this autumn.

Come meet members of the American, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic and Norwegian chambers of commerce and enjoy the famous Danish beer, Carlsberg, with Nordic snacks provided by Cafe Daisy.

Date & Time:Thursday 18 October, 18.30-20.30
Venue: Swedish Embassy, Exhibition Hall MAP
Cost:3,000 yen for members (collected at the door)
incl. drinks and light snacks
Registration:by Monday 15 October

If you would like attend, and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
Tuesday 23 October - EU-Japan Centre JOHOGEN seminar
How can appropriate terminology help you succeed in the Japanese market?

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is pleased to invite you to the forthcoming JOHOGEN Seminar in Tokyo entitled: "How can appropriate terminology help you succeed in the Japanese market?" by Veli-Matti Lahti, Sales Director Asia-Pacific, SDL TRADOS Technologies.

Date & Time:Tuesday 23 October, 17.00-19.00 + coffee
Venue: EU-Japan Centre for Ind. Coop., Main Conference Room 4F MAP

As foreign competition in the Japanese market intensifies, a number of firms try to attract the same end-users with appropriate slogans and terms, resulting in a growing number of messages competing constantly for the attention of the Japanese customer. How can firms ensure that the marketing messaging has the highest effect on the target customers?

For more information and registration form, please click link at right.
Wednesday 31 October - Sunday 4 November
Finnish Companies at 100% Design Exhibition

A number of design oriented companies from Finland and other parts of the world are taking part in the 100% design exhibition held in Tokyo's Jingu Gaien Aoyama area from the 31st October to 4th November.

The companies are selected to exhibit by a 100% design jury to make sure that everybody suits the idea of the exhibition. Among the Finnish participants selected are: MK-Tresmer with its Palaset brand, Iittala, Secco, Johanna Gullichsen and Habitek.

The show will be aimed at both buyers interested in various design goods as well as to other designers, students and general public interested in Design. This is a great way to get to know some of the other Finnish Design companies that not so widely represented in Japan yet and to see great design live in Tokyo.

More information available at http://www.100percentdesign.jp/ or directly from the companies involved.

New Immigration Procedures into Japan

The Minstry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that new immigration procedures will come into force on 30 November this year. This will be processed through a new biometric photo and fingerprint wicket system. MoJ has decided that there will be only one line for both foreigners with re-entry permits and those without permits.

The European Business Council (EBC) has confirmed with the Minstry of Justice that foreigners with re-entry permits will not be able to use the Japanese national lines any more, but (MoJ) plans to have quite separate lines for foreigners residing in Japan (i.e. re-entry permit holders) and foreign tourists, which may improve the situation.

For details about the new procedures, please click link at right.

News from Finland

Bank of Finland raises 2007 GDP growth forecast to 4.4 %

The Bank of Finland on Monday raised its gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for both this year and the next.

The central bank now sees the Finnish economy growing at 4.4 per cent this year, up from its earlier forecast of 3.0 per cent, and at 3.1 per cent in 2008, up from 2.7 per cent.

Erkki Liikanen, the governor, warned in a statement however that recent volatility on the money market had raised risks.

"We must ensure that inflation expectations remain anchored in line with price stability. This is essential for sustainable economic growth and favourable employment development," Mr Liikanen added.

Grins of the week

You know you're living in 2007 when...
1.You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.
2.You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
3.You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
4.Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
5.You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.
6.Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
8.You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.
9.You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
10.Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.
11.You are too busy to notice there was no #7 on this list.
12.You actually checked that there wasn't a #7 on this list...

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.