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  ISSUE 13/2008 13 June, 2008  

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

Although the summer vacation season is approaching fast, there are still many things to inform about. This time we have a couple of own events (or almost...) to promote, most notably the luncheon meeting next Wednesday with Yasushi Ozu of Nokia Siemens Networks Japan Corp.

But in case you are a golfer, please also read about the Daimler & Chrysler Cup, as the 72 slots allocated to the European team are quickly filling up. With the break-up of DaimlerChrysler, the event has been slightly re-branded and is now co-sponsored by Daimler Japan, Ltd. and Chrysler Japan Co., Ltd.

Wednesday, 18 June - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Yasushi Ozu, Country Head - Japan Sub Region, Nokia Siemens Networks Japan Corp.

Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Wednesday, 18 June, where we will have as speaker our newest member, Mr. Yasushi Ozu, Country Head - Japan Sub Region of Nokia Siemens Networks Japan Corp.

Mr. Ozu will talk about the background of Nokia Siemens Networks, their activities and plans for Japan.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 18 June, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, South Wing B2F, Ascot Hall I MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday 16 June

Profile of Mr. Ozu
Mr. Ozu has about 25 years of both domestic and international experience in the IT and telecommunications industry. He joined Nokia in 2006. Since the creation of Nokia Siemens Networks, Mr. Ozu has been the Country Head for Nokia Siemens Networks Japan, with responsibility for all customer teams in Japan.
Earlier he has held executive positions in R&D and Marketing where he was also based in United States for several years. Before joining Nokia and Nokia Siemens Network, Mr. Ozu worked for several Japanese and American IT companies.
He graduated from Electronics Department of Engineering Faculty, Hokkaido National University.

About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of communications services. The company provides a complete, well-balanced product portfolio of mobile and fixed network infrastructure solutions and addresses the growing demand for services with 20,000 service professionals worldwide. Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure companies with operations in 150 countries. The company is headquartered in Espoo, Finland.

If you like to attend and have not yet signed-up, please click link below, at latest on Monday, 16 June.
(if you are unsure whether you have registered, click here)
Friday 26 September - The 6th Annual America North - Europe Golf Challenge:
The Daimler & Chrysler Cup 2008

The 2008 Cup will be played on Friday 26 September at Atsugi Kokusai Country Club. There will be 144 players teaming up, 72 for the European Team and 72 for the North American.
Note that Japanese members in the respective chambers are naturally most welcome.

The event has been slightly re-branded and is now co-sponsored by Daimler Japan, Ltd. and Chrysler Japan Co., Ltd.

Registration for the event has been open since Monday and we have already 90 players signed up. But there are still slots available, but sign-up soon to ensure your place in the tournament!
The participation fees are same as last year, i.e. a 3,000 yen non- refundable registration fee and a 21,000 yen fee (paid to the club) for the play, caddie, lunch and party and a lot of great prizes, total cost 24,000 yen

If you want to promote your company through this event, and its web site, please sign up as a sponsor. Sponsors who sign up now will have the additional benefit of getting an almost full one year exposure on the web site (until we open the 2009 site). In addition, the sponsors will be included in printed material produced for the event, such as posters, information guide to players and the pocket guide.
Your contribution could be either money or goods/services. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services). For more details, see the web site.
To get most out of your sponsorship, sign up now!

For more information, and to sign up as sponsor or player, please click link below.

Survey: Increasing creative productivity of skilled foreign workers in Japan

Chris Berthelsen, a research student at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo is currently conducting research focusing on increasing the creative productivity of skilled foreign workers in Japan. He has asked for the input of Finnish Chamber of Commerce members in the following ways:

1) Online questionnaire:
Please take 10 minutes out of your busy day to fill in his short online questionnaire.

2) Company participation:
If you think that your company could benefit from having deeper knowledge about how to increase the creative potential of your employees then please contact him (at the address below) to discuss the possibility of participating in this study.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about his study, please contact him by e-mail at chrisberthelsen@gmail.com

Saturday, 14 June -The Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association Event
Reminder: Early Summer Outing to the Iris Garden at Meiji Shrine

The Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association has the pleasure to invite you to an early summer outing to the renowned Iris Garden in Meiji Shrine on Saturday, 14 June at 10:00. Please bring family and friends!

Meeting place is the Meiji Shrine ticket gate at JR Harajuku station and the event is expected to take two hours.
Free of charge.

Please register by using the form linked below.
Monday, 30 June - ETP Information Evening
The What, Why, How & When About ETP Japan/Korea 2009-2010

The European Business Council (EBC) will hold a meeting to provide information about the European Commission's Executive Training Programme (ETP Japan/Korea 2009-2010). Applications for the programme are currently being accepted until September 30, 2008.
The What, Why, How & When About
ETP Japan/Korea 2009-2010

Join an information evening on June 30, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. at the EBC Office in Tokyo to find out first-hand what the ETP is all about and how to apply.
Monday, 30 June - Event by Fujitsu Research Institute and jdzb
Conference on Global Energy and Climate Security

Energy and climate policy are on top of the international agenda and the upcoming Toyako G8 summit. The global dimension of climate change and energy security call for new structures of dialogue and cooperation on a truly global level. But multilateral cooperation and even a consensus for a post-Kyoto agreement won't be enough. We will also need increasing cooperation on a bilateral level - especially among the technologically most advanced countries. The Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, the Japanese-German Center Berlin (jdzb) and the Fujitsu Research Institute have therefore organized this conference.

Date & Time:Monday, 30 June, 13.00-18:00 (Reception begins at 12:30)
Venue: Keidanren Kaikan, Room 1002, 10F
1-9-4 Otemachi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo MAP
Language:Simultaneous translation available: English, German and Japanese.
Registration:by Wednesday 25 June

For more details and registration, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Robert Langer awarded the Finnish Millenium Technology Prize

Tarja Halonen, the Finnish president, on Wednesday presented an 800,000-euro prize to Robert Langer in honour of the American scientist's achievements in biomedical engineering.

Dr Langer and the more than 100 researchers at his laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered and developed many advanced drug delivery systems that have had a significant impact on fighting cancer, heart disease, mental health illnesses and numerous other diseases. His laboratory is also credited with marked advances in tissue engineering.

The biennial Millenium Technology Prize, the world's biggest technology prize, was awarded for the third time on Wednesday.

Grin of the week

The impossible report

Little Johnny was assigned a paper on childbirth and asked his mother, "How was I born?" "The stork brought you to us." "Oh," said Little Johnny. "Well, how did you and daddy get born?" he asked. "Oh, the stork brought us too." "So. . . how were grandpa and grandma born?" "Well, darling, the stork brought them too," said the mother.

The next day Little Johnny handed in his paper to the teacher. It read, "This report is impossible to write due to the fact that there hasn't been a natural childbirth in my family for three generations."

Have a nice weekend and
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 600 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.