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  ISSUE 13

12 June, 2001  


Even though the our activities slow down somewhat during the summer months, there's still a number of things to inform about, the most urgent our luncheon meeting coming Friday.

FCCJ Luncheon Meeting 15 June
A last reminder of the May Luncheon meeting which will be held at the Capitol Tokyu Hotel in Akasaka, Nikko Room, B1 floor, on Friday, 15 June, 2001 at 12.00
Our Guest Speaker is Mr. Kazuyuki Kinbara, Deputy Director, International Affairs Bureau, Keidanren and his theme is Keidanren's Position on Japanese Foreign Trade Policy.
If you would like to know more about Keidanren, click their logo.

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the hotel and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 14 June and "no-shows".
If you plan to attend and have not yet registered, do that at latest tomorrow, 13 June.
August Luncheon Meeting
There will be no monthly luncheon meeting in July as many of the Finnish executive are on their summer leave in Finland.
Our August meeting will be held on Friday 28 August at 12:00 at Capitol Tokyu Hotel
This time the theme will be "The Finnish Log House Business in Japan", which has almost a 30 year tradition. The first Finnish log house were brought to Japan in 1973.
As speaker we have Marko Saarelainen, President, Honka Japan Inc.
Marko has doing log house business in Japan for more than 10 years, so he knows his subject inside-out.

FCCJ Guidebook 2001
The printed version of the FCCJ Guidebook 2001 has been sent out to members.
Please remember to check your entry, and if you want to make changes, let us know. The Guidebook is constantly updated with corrections and new members, both in print and on the web.

If you have not received the Guidebook, or want additional copies, click link to the right.

JMEC Information Evening 18 June
JMEC 2001-2002 commences on October 20th, 2001 and will soon start accepting application for entrants.
Japan Market Entry Competition, commonly known as JMEC, is a non-profit organization, which organizes a management training program and competition for young business people supported by ten foreign chambers of commerce in Japan, incl. the FCCJ. JMEC is also supported by the Delegation of the European Commission in Japan.
JMEC Information Evening
Date & Time: Monday, June 18th (6:30 - 8:00pm)
Venue: Canadian Embassy, 4th Floor North
7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Brochures and applications for the JMEC 2001-2002 Program will be available that evening. For further information or reservation, please contact Ikuko Collins, Program Director, via email JMEC@twics.com or by Tel: 03-3556-7991.
For more details, click link to the right.
New Member
FCCJ has got one new corporate members, i.e.
  • Solid K.K.
    To find more about Solid, click link to the right

    News from Finland
    Less profit for SMEsy
    Small and medium firms were less profitable last year and deeper in debt, the industry and employers' federation, TT reported. Judging by last year's financial results, TT said business profit for small firms had fallen from 5.8 % of turnover in 1999 to 5.1 %, with comparable figures of 7.4 % falling to 5.8 % for medium sized firm. Whilst overall profit for manufacturers had risen to 12 % of turnover, this was all in the hands of the big companies. Small company borrowing had risen to 33 % of turnover, compared with 19 % the year before, while medium sized company debt was 27 % of turnover. TT expects solvency ratios to continue to fall, largely as a result of the massive increase in industrial investment.

    For more news, click link to the right.

    Grin of the Week
    Microsoft Error messages with Haiku
    As you know, Haiku poetry has strict construction rules. Each poem has only three lines, 17 syllables: five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, five in the third. Haiku is used to communicate a timeless message often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme brevity -- the essence of Zen:
    Your file was so big.
    It might be very useful.
    But now it is gone.
    The Website you seek
    Cannot be located, but
    Countless more exist.
    A crash reduces
    Your expensive computer
    To a simple stone.
    Having been erased,
    The document you're seeking
    Must now be retyped.

    Thanks to Ruedi at Elektrobit for passing this on, there's a lot more, if you are interested.

    Have a nice week and hope to see you on Friday!

    Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt

    If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
    send it to 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 280 persons 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 74 corporate members.