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  ISSUE 3/2007

14 February, 2007  

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Happy Valentine's Day!

As promised in my previous bulletin, now we are down to some serious business...

Next week Wednesday we will have Jorma Eloranta, President and CEO of Metso Corporation as guest speaker at our luncheon meeting. And on Friday 16 March we will have another interesting speaker at our luncheon, Gerhard Fasol of Eurotechnology Japan, one of the foremost experts in Japan on the ICT industry.
Read more about those two events below.

Actually we have one more event in between those, also with a very prominent speaker, President and CEO of Finnair, Jukka Hienonen on Friday 2 March. But as this is a member only event and space is limited, I do not publish it here, but we have sent out "snail mail" invitations to our members. In case you are a member, and have not got the invitation, or misplaced it, please contact me by replying to this mail.

Wed. 21 February - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

At our next luncheon meeting, which is held on Wednesday 21February, our guest speaker is one of the leading Finnish business executives, is Mr. Jorma Eloranta, President and CEO of  Metso Corporation.


Date & Time:Wednesday 21 February, 12:00-14:00
Place: Hotel Okura, South Wing 12F, The Kensington Terrace MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday 19 February

Profile of Jorma Eloranta
Jorma Eloranta was born in 1951. He has a M.Sc. (Tech.) degree from the Department of Industrial Management, Helsinki University of Technology, 1975 and also studied at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law 1975-1976 and is a SEP Graduate from Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1988.

Mr. Eloranta has been President and CEO of Metso since March 1, 2004. He was President and CEO of Kvaerner Masa-Yards Inc. in 2001-2004. Previously, he was President and CEO of Patria Industries Group in 1997-2001, Deputy Chief Executive of Finvest Group and Jaakko Poyry Group in 1996-1997, and President of Finvest Ltd in 1985-1995.

Metso Corporation in Brief
Metso is an international technology corporation that serves customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, power generation and other selected industrial sectors. Metso Corporation comprises three business areas: Metso Paper, Metso Minerals and Metso Automation.

In 2005, Metso Corporation's net sales totaled some EUR 4,2 billion. Metso has business operations in over 50 countries, and some 25,000 employees.

If you would like attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
Fri. 16 March - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

At our March luncheon meeting, which is held on Friday 16th, our guest speaker is Gerhard Fasol, Representative Director, CEO, Eurotechnology Japan K.K. The theme of his presentation is: "Help - my mobile phone does not work!" - Why Japan's mobile phone sector is so different from Europe's.


Date & Time:Friday 16 March, 12:00-14:00
Place: Westin Tokyo Hotel, B1F, Kiri Room
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday 12 March

For more about Mr. Fasol's presentation, his profile and an introduction to Eurotechnology Japan, click here!

If you would like attend, please click link at right.
Boston Promenade

Boston Promenade, a semi-professional Finnish big band of the Student Union of Helsinki School of Economics, is going to travel to Japan in October 2007, and they are looking for contacts in Japan to develop co-operation. They have traveled around the world and played from New York to Moscow and from Lima to Sydney. They have also worked together with local Finnish Embassies and companies. Their band fits in both at medium sized cocktail-parties and parties that fill a stadium.

For more information, click link at right.
Notice for Finnish Citizens

If you have not yet registered yourself to the Embassy of Finland for the possible crisis situations, please do it as soon as possible. The form can be found from the Embassy's website www.finland.or.jp -> finnish -> konsuliasiat-> rekisteröityminen ja katastrofivalmius. Please send signed form to the Embassy by mail, fax or if scanned, by email.
Please also remember to inform the Embassy when moving out from Japan.
The Embassy of Finland will send information about e.g. the elections, instructions in crisis situations in case of a natural catastrophes and other relevant guidance to the registered persons.

Thank you for your cooperation.
The Embassy of Finland

For your convenience we have linked the notice and registration form at right.

News from Finland

Metso Paper supplies large paper making line to Oji Paper in Japan

Metso Paper will supply Oji Paper Co., Ltd. in Japan with a large OptiConcept paper making line. The new 350,000 tpy PM N-1 light-weight coated paper production line will be constructed at Oji Paper's Tomioka mill located in Anan City on Shikoku island. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2008. The total value of the order is more than EUR 100 million. The OptiConcept paper machine will have a wire width of 10.2 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. It is an all on-line machine, featuring the first on-line OptiLoad multinip calender in Japan. The delivery also includes two WinRoll winders, various auxiliaries, process systems, air systems and site services.

Within the past eight months, four new, large papermaking lines have been announced in the country, with Metso Paper selected as the main supplier for three of them: Nippon Paper's Ishinomaki mill PM N6, Hokuetsu Paper Mills' Niigata PM 9, and Oji Paper's Tomioka PM 1.

Grin of the week

On the fast track

The boss called one of his employees into the office. "Rob," he said, "you've been with the company for a year. You started off in the post room, one week later you were promoted to a sales position, and one month after that you were promoted to district manager of the sales department. Just four short months later, you were promoted to Vice President. Now it's time for me to retire, and I want you to take over the company. What do you say to that?"

"Thanks," said the employee.

"Thanks?" the boss replied.a "Is that all you can say?"

"I suppose not," the employee said. "Thanks, Dad."

Have a nice rest of the 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 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 67 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.