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  ISSUE 18/2008 12 September, 2008  

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


Starting in the United States, TGIF (Thanks God, it's Friday) has become a common expression of relief at the end of the work week and anticipation of relaxing or partying over the weekend. The phrase was further popularized by the 1978 movie starring Donna Summer, Thank God It's Friday. On college campuses beginning in the 1970s, the phrase (sometimes shortened to "TG") became associated with Friday afternoon beer parties.

Well, no Friday afternoon beer parties here, but still weekends are appreciated, especially long ones like now when Monday is public holiday in Japan (Respect-for-the-Aged Day).
As there's a lot coming up in the next two weeks for us, board meeting, luncheon on Thursday (read more below) and especially time consuming, the Daimler & Chrysler Cup of Friday 26th, a few uninterrupted days to work are welcome. And, could sleep a bit longer in the morning...

Regarding Daimler & Chrysler Cup; although both teams are now fully booked, we probably will have some slots still as we expect cancellations. So if you are still interested and have not yet signed up, please go to www.dccgolf-japan.com.

Thursday, 18 September - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
FinNode Japan, Finpro and Visit Finland

Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday, 18 September, where we will get an update on the recent changes within the organizations promoting Finland in Japan, including the creation of FinNode Japan, the Finnish Innovation Center and the move of Finnish Tourist Board functions to Finpro.

We will have three speakers:

  • Dr. Jukka Viitanen, FinNode

  • Mr. Kaj Forsell, Finpro

  • Mr. Shigeyoshi Noto, Finpro/Visit Finland

    Date & Time:Thursday, 18 September, 12:00-14:00
    Place: 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 Tuesday, 16 September

    If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right!
    To check who has already registered, click HERE!
    18 September, 1, 14 and 23 October - JMEC Information Evenings
    Join Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) for its landmark 15th year!

    JMEC is a business training program centered on a competition to write the best business plan. The program gives participants the chance to get hands-on experience writing a business plan while learning about business in Japan. Whether you are working full time, part-time, or are looking to get back into the business world, JMEC is a great way to enhance your resume while here in Japan.

    JMEC will be holding two more information sessions for potential participants to learn more about the upcoming program, JMEC 15. There is no fee to attend but reservations are required. To register for a session and to find out more about JMEC, please visit www.jmec.gr.jp, or contact Beckie Cassidy at info@jmec.gr.jp.

    For more on the information evenings, please click link at right.
    Fri. 3 and Sat. 4 October - Symposium by German Institute for Japanese Studies
    The Silver Market Phenomenon: Business Opportunities and Responsibilities in the Ageing Society

    The German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ) is co-organizing an international symposium on the Business Opportunities and Responsibilities in the Ageing Society together with the United Nations University, the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management (TIM), Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), and the The 21st Century Program The Science of Institutional Management of Technology (SIMOT), Tokyo Institute of Technology. The event will be held at the United Nations University, Tokyo on October 3 and 4, 2008.

    This is a unique opportunity to discuss Japan's silver market phenomenon with renowned experts from around the globe and to meet the inventor of "Paro", a robot for therapeutic treatment, the inventor of the Robot Suit HAL, Dr. Kawashima from the world success "Dr. Kawashima`s Brain Training" and many more.

    Registration is required by 22 September. The registration fee (for conference materials including the new book - The Silver Market Phenomenon) is 3,000 yen.
    For more information and registration from, please click link at right.
    Sunday, 12 October - Hotel Okura Event
    Live Index Supported by Blue Note Tokyo

    Europe's most active and popular 18 man Big Band "Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw" is finally coming to Tokyo and performing in Hotel Okura Tokyo. A guaranteed enjoyable night of unforgettable European Jazz.

    Doors Open 17:00
    Concert Start 18:00
    Location: Main Building First Floor, Akebono Room

    Price for tickets: 16,000 Yen per person
    * Price includes cover charge, two drinks, two hors-d'oeuvre, and taxes.

    For inquiries or tickets, contact Kim Knudsen at 03-3224-6600, e-mail kimk@tokyo.hotelokura.co.jp

    News from Finland

    Finnish government clears way for Imatra and Kajaani relief

    The Finnish government said in a statement Thursday it had designated Imatra and Kajaani, reeling under the mill closures announced the day before, regions undergoing sudden structural change, paving the way for state aid packages.

    The two regions are to enjoy the special status until the end of 2010.

    Paper makers Stora Enso and UPM-Kymmene had on Wednesday unveiled restructuring programmes involving thousands of job cuts in Finland and across the world.

    Grin of the week

    Getting nervous...

    A man spoke frantically into the phone: "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"

    "Is this her first child?" the emergency operator asked.

    "No, you idiot!" the man shouted. "This is her husband!"

  • Have a nice long weekend &
    Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt
    If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
    send it to: fccj@gol.com


    This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 650 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.