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  ISSUE 10/2009 13 April, 2009  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Two important news to inform you about in the bulletin, one more serious, the other not so...

Marko Saarelainen, President of Honka Japan inc, has been elected the new FCCJ President, succeeding Mika Mäkinen who served a very successful 5 year term. We have a strong belief that Marko can successfully bring the FCCJ into its second decade and face the challenges ahead, one being an expected drop in membership due to the economic crisis. Marko was the FCCJ Vice President in 2008 and has served on the board for a total of 8 years. He has been living in Japan for almost 20 years and is fluent in Japanese.
For more about his career, see our Press Release.

The other news is that the FCCJ retained the Stora Enso Cup on Friday. But more important than the win was that everyone had a very enjoyable day in good spirit at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

Please also note in this bulletin the last reminder of the Joint Nordic luncheon on Friday with Tommy Kullberg and that today we start the 15th Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey. I will send a survey notice to our Finnish affiliated members this afternoon.

  Report from the FCCJ Annual General Assembly on Tuesday 7 April
Marko Saarelainen new FCCJ President
Mika Mäkinen (left) hands over the baton to Marko Saarelainen
The tenth FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Tuesday 7 April at the Embassy of Finland attended by 47 chamber members and members of its Board of Trustees.

The new board elected a new President for the Chamber, Marko Saarelainen of Honka Japan, Inc. He succeeds Mika Mäkinen, who successfully captained the chamber for 5 years, half of the 10 years the chamber has existed. Mr. Saarelainen, fluent also in Japanese, has been a long serving board member of the FCCJ and acted as Vice President in 2008.

After the assembly proceedings, Ambassador Jorma Julin also gave a brief update on current affairs in the relations between Finland and Japan.

After the official program, the members could enjoy a delicious dinner with the Board of Trustees hosted by Ambassador Julin.

For more about the general assembly and many images, click link at right!

Report from the SCCJ-FCCJ Golf Challenge on Friday 10 April
FCCJ retains the the Stora Enso Cup!

The 14th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chamber's was played on Friday April at Taiheiyo Club - Gotemba West in Shizuoka Prefecture in fantastic spring weather at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

The course, now used for the second time (first time in 2009) was challenging, narrow and very fast and tricky greens. But i quick survey after the game showed that most of the players would like to use it again. The event has 45 participants, 22 from FCCJ, 23 from SCCJ, including four guest.

The Finnish Chamber came on top now for the second time in a row, but this time beating the Swedish Chamber by a very small margin, 0.5 strokes on average per player, 79.83 versus 80.33 as average for the best 80% in each team. This was the sixth time the FCCJ won, SCCJ has eight victories.

For more about the event, click link at right!

Friday, 17 April - Joint Nordic Business Luncheon organized by the SCCJ

Tommy Kullberg: "The art of adding a zero to your business....!"
SCCJ organizes a Joint Nordic Business Luncheon with Mr. Tommy Kullberg, Chairman, European Business Council (EBC) and member of the SCCJ Board if Trustees


Date & Time:Friday, 17 April, 12:00-14:00
Place: Happo-en, 1-1-1, Shirogane, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost:Members: 6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday, 13 April

Most foreign companies are trading far below their international market shares in Japan - still the second largest market in the world for most business segments. Over the years many companies have made costly mistakes and even completely withdrawn from the market.
What are the common mistakes we insistently keep on doing? What are the main regulatory issues we are facing and what can we do to remove them?

If you would like to attend, please click link at right today!
News from Finland

Finnish Feb manufacturing order intake down 41 pct yr/yr

Finnish manufacturers' order intake shrank by 41 per cent year-on-year in February, Statistics Finland (SF) said in a statement Thursday.

"The exceptionally strong decline seen in the past few months in new orders in manufacturing continued in February," the agency added.

"The value of new orders fell in all the examined main industries."

Grin of the week

This story relates to the luncheon with Tommy Kullberg.... Tommy contributed it himself...

What is a chairman actually doing?

A top business executive being the chairman in a big company visited a pet shop in Tokyo to buy a parrot for his family. He found a very colorful and nice looking bird and ask how much it was. 200,000 yen was the answer from the pet shop owner.

Looking at the surprised customer he added quickly that the parrot could say several words and call his name. He thought that was far to much so he then looked a less colorful parrot but still quite nice and asked how much it was. That is 300, 000 yen answered the shop owner. Wow, what can he do? He can count to 10 and spell his name...!

Puzzled with the amount of money to spend for a parrot he finally looked at a small little gray thin bird in the corner. And how much is that one?
Oh, that is one million yen? What? - one million yen, what can he do??
We actually don't know but the other parrots call him Chairman!
Have a good week & 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 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 68 corporate members, 15 individual and one special member.