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  ISSUE 23/2008 13 November, 2008  

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

There are of course many, many more important things in life than golf, especially for those who do not play the game..

But it gives many of our golfing members a certain satisfaction to beat the Swedish Chamber in our traditional Stora Enso Cup. After all, Finland and Sweden have a long history of tough battles in sports. Although this time the competition was not so much between Finns and Swedes, at least what comes to the FCCJ team. We had the best top eight players, but of those, seven were Japanese! And out of the 23 players in our team, 16 were Japanese. So independent of the result, at least I feel happy that so many of our Japanese members participated.

Read more about the event below.

Last reminder: Tuesday, 18 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Tyler McGee, President, Nokia Japan Co., Ltd.

Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Tuesday, 18 November, where we will have Mr. Tyler McGee, President, Nokia Japan Co., Ltd. as our speaker. Mr. McGee will talk about Nokia globally and in Japan, current developments and future focus areas.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 18 November, 12:00-14:00
Place: Hotel Okura , Main Bldg 1F, Atlantic Room [MAP]
Cost: members 7,000 yen, non-members 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday, 14 November

Profile of Mr. McGee
Tyler McGee, President of Nokia Japan, is responsible for the overall business management of all strategic and operational issues in Japan. Tyler was appointed to this position on 1st January 2006.

Tyler is also Vice President, Sales, Customer & Market operations, North East Asia, and his role covers overall sales and marketing activities in Nokia Korea as well as in Japan.

Tyler was Vice President, Sales, South East Asia Pacific, Customer and Market Operations since 2002.
Between 1999 and 2001, Tyler was Manager Director of Nokia in Australia, where he was responsible for the overall management of strategic and operational issues including sales, marketing, distribution development and logistics in that market.

Tyler first joined Nokia in Australia in 1994, and has held several senior positions in the company in sales and marketing. Tyler has over 17 years of industry experience in telecommunications and in the mobile phone industry across Europe, Australia, Canada and Southeast Asia.

If you would like to attend and have not signed up, please click link below, at latest tomorrow Friday!
To check who has already registered, click HERE!
FCCJ takes back the Stora Enso Cup convincingly!

Kaj Forsell (FCCJ, indidvidual winner), Tuomo Kuuppo (Stora Enso Japan), Hirokuni Yoshida (FCCJ team captain) and SCCJ Chairman Carl-Gustav Eklund.
The 13th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chamber's was played on Friday 7 November at Taiheiyo Club-Ichihara Course in Chiba Prefecture.

Despite the weather forecasts predicting rain for Friday, the competition was played in fine and relatively warm autumn weather. The course, although challenging, was very much appreciated by the 36 participants, 23 from FCCJ, 13 from SCCJ, including one guest.

This time the Finnish Chamber came on top, beating the Swedish Chamber by a convincing margin, more than five strokes on average per player, 74.17 versus 79.5 as average for the best 80% in each team. This was the fifth time the FCCJ won, SCCJ has eight victories.

For more about the event, click link at right.
Friday 28 November
The 16th Scandinavian Christmas Party

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, is this year held on Friday, 28 November, at the same venue as last year, The Westin Tokyo.

The registrations for the party has been open for a bit more than a week and we have currently 57 registrations from FCCJ, so there's still space as our target is 90.
Please click here if you want to sign-up. Note that the registration dead-line is Friday, 21 November.

We need more sponsors for the party. Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable as it has been throughout the years. So please consider!
Wednesday, 26 November - The EBC Year 2008 White Paper Launch
Economic Integration - The New Reform Paradigm

The year 2008 EBC Report on the Japanese Business Environment entitled, Economic Integration - The New Reform Paradigm, will be launched at a luncheon event on Wednesday, November 26.

As the EBC White Paper is the EBC's hallmark publication and the launch is our premier event, we urge you to sign up. As this is the last year for EBC Chairman, Mr. Richard Collasse, to preside over the event, we are really hoping for a very large turnout of members to support our messages.

H.E. Ambassador Hugh Richardson, EBC Chairman, Richard Collasse, and a panel of key EBC Committee Chairmen will speak at the event. The EBC will also invite the national European Ambassadors, and a large number of key Japanese Government personnel and the press to attend.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 26 November 2008, 12:00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Akebono Room, Main Bldg. 1F [MAP]
Cost: 10,000 yen (at the door)
includes one copy of each of the English and Japanese reports
Registration:by Friday, 21 November

For more information and to register directly with the EBC, click link below.

Wednesday, 26 November - Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association
Finland Gala Concert and Dinner with Seppo Kimanen and Yoshiko Arai

In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of friendly relationship between Japan and Finland in 2009, Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association his holding the third "Finland Gala Night" in the presence of Princess Takamado at Grand Hyatt Tokyo.

Date & Time:Wednesday 26 November, 18:00-
Place: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Coriander Room
Program: 18:00 Cocktails
18:30 Concert
19:30 Dinner
Fee: 20,000 yen
(incl. Concert, Drink, Dinner and Pamphlet)
Tables: 1 table for 10 persons
Attire: Black Tie or Dark Suit
Registration:by Sat. 15 November

Please enjoy the chamber music gala concert presented by Yoshiko Arai (violin), Seppo Kimanen (cello) and Haruyo Kubo (piano), followed by a superb dinner. A special pamphlet will be presented to all participants.

Please click link at right for registration form. You could also email your registration to jfcfa@yahoo.co.jp.
News from Finland

Putin says Russia to put off wood export duty increase

Vladimir Putin, the prime minister of Russia, was quoted as saying by Reuters on Wednesday that his government would postpone a roundwood export duty increase by between nine months and a year.

The increase, originally scheduled for next January, threatens to halt roundwood exports to mills in Finland. Mr Putin made the announcement after talks with his Finnish opposite number, Matti Vanhanen.

"We understand the current state of the world economy and world finances, and since a reduction of Russian wood supplies to Finnish enterprises amidst a world financial crisis may exacerbate the situation and have social consequences such as job cuts, the Russian government considers it possible to delay a planned increase in export duties for unprocessed wood by 9-12 months," Mr Putin was quoted as saying by Russian news agency Itar-Tass.

Mr Vanhanen told the Finnish News Agency (STT) that the move had come as a surprise after what had been Russia's long-standing hard line on the roundwood duty issue.
"It goes without saying that it was a surprise that a solution was found on this issue," Mr Vanhanen said. But he added that Mr Putin had made it clear that Russia would not cancel the duty increase.

On the Helsinki stock exchange, the share prices of M-real, Stora Enso and UPM-Kymmene rose on the news. Stora Enso and UPM-Kymmene welcomed the Russian government's decision but added they would not alter their restructuring programmes.

Grin of the week

Know your limits before you complain too much...

On reaching his plane seat a man is surprised to see a parrot strapped in next to him. He asks the stewardess for a coffee where upon the parrot squawks "And get me a whisky you cow!" The stewardess, flustered, brings back a whisky for the parrot and forgets the coffee.

When this omission is pointed out to her the parrot drains its glass and bawls "And get me another whisky you idiot". Quite upset, the girl comes back shaking with another whisky but still no coffee.

Unaccustomed to such slackness the man tries the parrot's approach "I've asked you twice for a coffee, go and get it now or I'll kick you".

The next moment, both he and the parrot have been wrenched up and thrown out of the emergency exit by two burly stewards. Plunging downwards the parrot turns to him and says "For someone who can't fly, you complain too much!"

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 65 corporate members, 15 individual and one special member.