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  ISSUE 26

12 November, 2001  


I hope you haven't got the flu...this is really the season for it with constantly changing weather and temperature. I know of 17 very potential candidates (read the golf part below) for the flu, but hope you all are well, bar a few cases of lost self-confidence...

November Luncheon Meeting - last reminder
The October Luncheon meeting is held at the Capitol Tokyu Hotel in Akasaka, Pink Pearl Room, B2 floor, on Friday, 16 November, 2001 at 12.00 (the Minister will arrive 11.45 so try be be early).
Our guest speaker is:
Mr. Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Minister for Transport & Communication.
His theme is: The policy and future perspectives of the mobile telecommunication including 3G in Finland and Europe.
As we have reserved a big banquet room for this occasion, please feel free to invite your colleages and business partners to this occasion. Fee is same for all, 7,000 yen.
If you plan to attend and have not yet registered, please click link to the right. Registration dead-line is tomorrow Tuesday!
If you would like to see who has already registered, click HERE .

How to get wet and loose golf balls...
17 persons decided last Friday that heavy rain and cold winds do not prevent them from participating in our third golf competition held at the Gary Player Course at Manna Country Club in Chiba. But despite the bad weather, we didn't need much spirits to keep up the good spirit!

The winner of this year's competition was Mitsuo Okabe from Nippon Felt Shoji, with a net score or 75. Second was Pekka Rauhala of Sonera Japan, he had also the best gross score of 97, which proves that not only the weather, but also the course was very tough.
Third in the competition was Martti Varesmaa of Nippon Finnpap.

I will prepare a longer report from the event as soon as I have the photos... Our cameraman (name withheld, family name ends with "..nen", so he's a Finn) has forgot to send them to me... (cough!)

Scandinavian Christmas Party
The 9th Annual Scandinavian Christmas Party will be held on Friday, December 7 at the Royal Park Hotel in Hakozaki, Tokyo

We have sent out invitations to our members last week, and at present we have 66 participants registered, which is already more than expected. If you would like to participate, please register very soon by using the reply form sent with invitations. Note that if you have made a tentative registration, confirm your participation my faxing us the reply form no later than on 16 November.

News from Finland
Gloomier forecasts
The latest forecast by the Finance Ministry has reduced expectations for GDP growth this year to just 0.6 %, compared with the 2.7 % it predicted in the summer. Next year should see an expansion of 1.6 %, with unemployment up from 9.2 % to 9.4 %, meaning an extra 16,000 out of work.

Finance Minister Sauli Niinistö said the old rule that it took 3 pct growth to keep unemployment steady no longer applied because the biggest contraction is happening among export firms, which employ relatively few Finns. Meanwhile, domestic suppliers are actually recruiting workers.
For more news, click link to the right.

Urban legend
Typing particular letter combinations into Microsoft Word using Wingdings fonts produces some eerie results. Try this:
1. Open MS Word
2. Type "Q33NY" in uppercase letters
3. Change the font size to 72
4. Change the font to wingdings

Apparently "Q33NY" - supposed to be the registration number of one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, although whether this is in fact the number of one of the planes seems unlikely.

..some people are even suggesting that this is a sign that Microsoft were involved in the terrorist attack....

While you have Word open and Wingdings fonts selected, try FCCJ, that looks quite postive...

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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