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  ISSUE 20/2005

12 September, 2005  


In Japan, they don't give typhoons names, just numbers. But many opposition politicians felt on Sunday that "typhoon Koizumi" hit, with gale force winds, ice-cold rain and a landslide of votes, not mud. Although the pre-election polls showed that Koizumi's LDP would do well, and perhaps even get a majority of the 480 seats in the Lower House, I think nobody could foresee the 296 seats they got, an amazing increase from current 211 seats.

Will be interesting to see how the "typhoon" is going to use the mandate from the voters - a fairly easy guess is that the postal privatization will be brought up soon again...

15 September - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

Our first regular luncheon meeting after the summer break is held on 15 September. The theme of the luncheon is: Relations between universities and working life as a criterion of quality of higher education. A delegation of about 35 representatives from Finish university will participate.

Date & Time:Thursday, 15 September, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, White Pearl Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday 13 September

At this meeting we will not have a guest speaker, but some prepared introductions from representatives from the Finnish delegation and from our side. Main part of the meeting will be spent on discussions around this important and interesting theme.
Input from all participants is welcome!

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, click link below, at latest tomorrow Tuesday.
JMEC - Japan Market Expansion Competition

JMEC (www.jmec.gr.jp) is a business-training program sponsored by eleven foreign Chambers of Commerce, including the FCCJ. It is supported by the Delegation of the European Commission in Japan. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the skills of young professionals while fostering the development of foreign businesses in Japan.
First place in the JMEC 11 was awarded to YMCA Foreign Community Support Committee Team.

Through participation in JMEC, individuals learn from business leaders and undertake a hands-on business-planning project for a client company. The client companies, in return, receive a detailed business plan, prepared by motivated professionals who bring fresh thinking, and, occasionally, out-of-the-box approaches and solutions to an issue.

Each year JMEC attracts highly motivated individuals working in Japan. Since its inauguration in 1993, 541 young professionals have graduated from JMEC and business plans for 101 client companies have been written. JMEC 11 finished in May 2005. 50 individuals hailing from 14 different nations, including 14 Japanese nationals graduated from the program. They prepared business plans for eight client companies.

JMEC is now recruiting young professionals and client companies for the next program year, starting in November 2005.

For more information on JMEC 12 and infiormation evenings organized on 14 and 29 September as well as on 14 October, click links at right.
REMINDER: EBC White Paper 2005

The year 2004 white paper, "Trade, Investment and the Reform Nexus - The EBC Report on the Japanese Business Environment 2004", was produced last year thanks to the generous sponsorship of many EBC members.

The EBC will again produce English and Japanese white papers simultaneously for release in early November to coincide with the European Commission's regulatory reform dialogue with the Japanese Government. The EBC is asking its members to sponsor the publication as "Blue-Star Sponsors," "Special Sponsors" or "Sponsors" in return for visible acknowledgment in the 2 volumes. EBC will also take orders for the white papers at 5,000 yen for one set (1 English and 1 Japanese version per set) to assist with cost-recovery.

  • Blue-Star Sponsorship: 150,000 yen ad up (Company name on a 2-name page)
  • Special Sponsorship: 100,000 yen (Company name on a 10-name page)
  • Sponsorship: 50,000 yen (Company name on a 20-name page)

  • 5,000 yen per set: 1 English copy and 1 Japanese copy (including postage)

    If you would like to support the white paper as sponsor and/or would like to order copies please click links below for order forms.
    NHK Music Festival
    Discount Tickets for Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert on 22 October

    The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo, has been invited to perform on Sat. 22 October at the NHK Music Festival. The concert is held at the NHK Hall in Shibuya and the program includes music by Sibelius, Beethoven and Mahler. For more on the concert, click here (in Japanese).

    NHK offers members of FCCJ a special discount of 20 % on all tickets. For more information and ticket application form (in English and Japanese), mail me by clicking link below. As we have only hard copies, please give your fax number.

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

    Finland's Social Democratic Party appoints new ministers

    The chairman of Finland's Social Democratic Party (SDP) Eero Heinäluoma is to replace finance minister Antti Kalliomäki in the cabinet, according to Finnish broadcaster Yle's text-tv Thursday afternoon. Yle advised that Mr Kalliomäki is to take up the office of education minister.

    Justice minister Johannes Koskinen and social and health minister Sinikka Mönkäre will leave their ministerial positions.

    The current transport minister Leena Luhtanen is expected to replace Mr Koskinen as justice minister. Ms Luhtanen will be replaced by Susanna Huovinen.

    Tuula Haatainen is leaving her position as education minister to take up the job of social and health minister.

    Sinikka Mönkäre has advised that she will continue in her position as a member of parliament.
    Grin of the week

    Shaky Arms Hotel

    A man and his wife check into a hotel. The husband wants to have a drink at the bar, but his wife is extremely tired so she decides to go on up to their room to rest. She lies down on the bed... just then, and elevated train passes by very close to the window and shakes the room so hard she's thrown out of the bed. She lies down once more, again a train shakes the room so violently, she's pitched to the floor.

    Exasperated, she calls the front desk, asks for the manager. The manager says he'll be right up. He is skeptical but the wife insists the story is true.

    "Look... lie here on the bed -- you'll be thrown right to the floor!"

    So he lies down next to the wife. Just then the husband walks in. "What," he says, "are you doing here?"

    The manager calmly replies, "Would you believe I'm waiting for a train?"

  • That's all for now, hope to see many of you at our luncheon meeting on Wednesday!

    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 580 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, 16 individual and one special member.