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  ISSUE 6/2003

14 March, 2003  


The fiscal year is comimg to an end in Japan, with all the speculations of a collapse in the economy when the banks and insurers have to book the low stock prices in their balances.

Also the FCCJ closes its books end of the month, and we can promise you already now that there's not going to be anything dramatic to report. But in any case I hope that many of our members would attend our General Assembly (read below) and voice your opinions on how we should further develope the chamber.

FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The fifth Annual general Assembly of the FCCJ will be held as
The Annual General Assembly will be held at the Embassy of Finland on Monday, 31 March, 2003 at 17.00 (note the change in time since my last bulletin).

The General Asembly will be followed by a reception at 18:30.
The Reception is free for one representative per FCCJ member, additional participants will be charged 7,000 yen.

The Reception is in part sponsored by Nippon Finnpap Ltd. and Stora Enso Japan K.K.
Stora Enso Cup:
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
The 3rd Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Finnish and the Swedish Chambers) is played on Friday 18 April for a trophy donated by StoraEnso Japan K.K.
We have (thanks to SCCJ) been able to arrange very nice venue at reasonable costs, the Taiheiyo Club's Gotemba-West Course in Shizuoka prefecture, which has been used for several championship tournaments.

Date & Time:Friday 18 April, first tee-off 9:30
Place: Taiheiyo Club Gotemba-West, Shizuoka Pref.
Play format: Stroke play with handicap
Cost:17,150 yen incl. play fee, caddie & party
Bus fee 5,000 yen
Registration:by Wednesday 9 April

The SCCJ plans to arrange a chartered bus from Shibuya if more than 20 players would like to use it, cost will be 5,000 incl. snacks and drinks.

If you would like to participate, please register now by clicking link at right. Please also mark your present handicap when you register, and if you would like to use the bus.
Joint Chamber Luncheon organized by the French Chamber
EU-Japan Relations and the latest developments in the EU
By: Berhard Zepter, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission in Japan

The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan invites members of the other foreign chambers in Japan to a luncheon with the new Ambassador of the EU to Japan.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 8 April , 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Pink Pearl Room (B2F) [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen
Registration:by Friday 4 April

Bernhard Zepter was born in Freiburg in 1944. He graduated in Law and join in 1973 the German Foreign Affairs Ministry. Before joining the European Commission in 1990, he worked many years as a diplomat and also as First Secretary of the German Permanent Mission to the NATO. He is specialist of foreign and security affairs and Multilateral Trade Negotiations and was from 1990 to 1995 diplomatic consellor and Deputy Head of the Cabinet of Jacques Delors, President of the European Commission. He is Ambassador, Head of the European Commission in Japan since October 2002.

To register, please click link at right.
JETRO Invest in Japan Seminar
Visa application in establishment of a company in Japan

JETRO will open a center for providing information & support service for investment in Japan in April. In this center, we will hold seminars regularly on various issues related to investment in Japan, such as registration, visa, employment, taxation, etc.

In the opening seminar we to talk about procedures and know-how of visa application which is a critical aspect in dispatching staff to Japan. We believe this will be a good opportunity for you to have deeper knowledge of visa issues.

Date & Time:Monday, 24 March , 15:00-16:00
Place: JETRO Business Support Center, M3 Hall
Akasaka Twin Tower Bldg. 2F, 2-17-22 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Registration:by Wednesday 19 March

More information: Invest-in-Japan Division, Ms. Izumi (Tel: 03-3584-6017 E-mail: IVC02@jetro.go.jp)

For more information and registration, please click link at right.
Support for Anu Tali Week

Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra is seeking to build a group of Finnish related companies to support a series of concerts in May-June with the young woman conductor of the Estonian-Finnish Symphony Orchestra. Donations of around 600,000 yen are welcomed in return for full promotion at the concerts, free tickets and invitations to the reception with the conductor and the Finnish cellist Jan-Erik Gustafsson who will accompany her.

For more information, click link at right.
Interested parties should contact  Kate Cowan  at Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets can also be obtained from Kate.
News from Finland

Johnny Âkerholm appointed Secretary General of the EBRD

Johnny Âkerholm, a Permanent Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Finance, has been appointed the new Secretary General of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

EBRD President Jean Lemierre announced the appointment on Wednesday. Âkerholm will begin in his new post in London in May. In the EBRD hierarchy, the Secretary General is on the third tier after the President and First Vice President.

Âkerholm commented on Wednesday that the announcement came as no surprise to him. He said that the EBRD began to seek for a new Secretary General last fall, and employed the help of head hunters in the search.
Grin of the Week

Old Fred

Old Fred's hospital bed is surrounded by well-wishers, but it doesn't look good. Suddenly, he motions frantically to the pastor for something to write on. The pastor lovingly hands him a pen and a piece of paper, and Fred uses his last bit of energy to scribble a note, then dies. The pastor thinks it best not to look at the note right away, so he places it in his jacket pocket.

At Fred's funeral, as the pastor is finishing his eulogy, he realizes he's wearing the jacket he was wearing when Fred died. "Fred handed me a note just before he died," he says. "I haven't looked at it, but knowing Fred, I'm sure there's a word of inspiration in it for us all."

Opening the note, he reads aloud, "Help! You're standing on my oxygen tube!"

Keep the oxygen running and have a nice weekend!

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 450 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 72 corporate members.