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  ISSUE 16/2004

14 September, 2004  


For a fairly small Chamber with limited resources (no full time staff) we will have a busy autumn schedule with at least 8 events in 3 months. Scroll further down to see the list as of now. And there are persistent rumors that a very high ranking VIP from Finland (accompanied by several "normal VIP's"...), would visit Japan latter half of October, which might add some more activities. But because the visit is not yet officially confirmed, nor the schedule, I cannot tell you more in this issue, but hopefully in the next, so stand-by..;-)

But the luncheon with our own VIP ('Very Informed Person') Dr. Jukka Viitanen on Friday is very official, read more below.

FCCJ September Luncheon Meeting

This is a last reminder for our luncheon meeting coming Friday (17 September).

Our speaker is Dr. Jukka Viitanen, Counsellor, TEKES Tokyo and the theme of his presentation is "Tekes - in search of Science and Technology Excellence".

Date & Time:Friday, 17 September, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Kyoto Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Wednesday 15 September

  Dr Viitanen was born in 1966 and earned his Doctorate (Management Information Systems) from Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, including two years of Ph.D. studies at the Institute for Socio-Information and Communication Studies, at the University of Tokyo, 1995-1997. His Ph.D. thesis was: "The Information Management Strategies in the Global Network Organization".
Before joining Tekes on 1 August, Dr. Viitanen was the CEO and Founder of Asia-Pacific Insight Corp. Ltd. (2002-2004) and the Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan (1999-2001).

At the meeting, Declan Collins will give a brief presentation on JMEC, the Japan Market Entry Competition, which is sponsored by eleven chambers, including the FCCJ.

If you would like to register, no later than tomorrow Wednesday, click link at right.
FCCJ Event Schedule

We will have a fairly busy autumn schedule with 8 events already confirmed or soon to be. Please check the list below and mark already now in your calendar events that you would like to participate in. Further information will be provided in subsequent email bulletins and on our web site.

Fri. 1 October DaimlerChrysler Cup
Annual Europe-North America Golf Challenge in Japan
Venue: Atsugi Kokusai C.C., Kanagawa Pref.
More Info: http://www.dccgolf-japan.com
Tue. 5 October ACCJ Luncheon meeting co-sponsored by FCCJ and other chambers
with Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara
Venue & Time: Hilton Tokyo, Shinjuku, Kiku Room (4F), 12.00-14.00
Wed. 6 October FCCJ Club Evening
Venue & Time: Finland Cafe in Naka-Meguro, 19.00 -
Theme: Discussion on the Members Survey
Fri. 22 Oct. (T.B.C.) Breakfast or luncheon meeting with high profile guest from Finland
Speaker, venue and theme to be announced
Fri. 5 November Stora Enso Cup - The Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge
Venue: Windsor Park Golf & Country Club, Ibaraki
Fri. 19 Nov. (T.B.C.) FCCJ Luncheon Meeting, 12.00 - 14.00
Speaker and theme to be confirmed
Fri. 10 December Scandinavian Christmas Party
Venue & Time: Royal Park Hotel, Hakozaki, 18:30 -
Fri. 17 December Christmas Luncheon Meeting
Venue & Time: Embassy of Finland, 12:00 - 14:00

For the latest updates on our events, click link at right.
Swiss Chamber Monthly Luncheon:
Present and future of Japanese political situation
by Mr. Atsuo Nakamura, Former Member of House of Councilors, Actor and Writer

The Swiss Chamber (SCCIJ) invites members of other chambers to attend their luncheon on 29 September with Mr. Atsuo Nakamura. Note: The speech will be in Japanese with a consecutive interpretation into English.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 29 September, 12:00-14:00
Place: Hotel Okura, Kensington Room- South Wing, 12F [MAP]
Cost:8,000 yen
Registration:by Monday 27 September

If you would like to attend, contact the SCCIJ directly by clicking link at right.
News from Finland

Kone brings clarity to its corporate structure

Kone Corporation is clarifying its company structure in Finland. The company told Monday it was moving its operative business from the parent company to two Finnish subsidiaries, owned wholly by Kone, starting October 1. The changes will not affect personnel.

The Finnish unit together with units responsable for exports and major projects will be transferred to KONE Elevators & Escalators. The facilities in the towns of Hyvinkaa and Hameenlinna will be moved to Kone Industrial. Operations serving all subsidiaries of the corporation, such as corporation government and R&D will remain in the parent Kone.

The corporation announced in August it would be split in two. One of the companies would consist of the business operations of the current KONE Elevators & Escalators division, which would continue under the name KONE Corporation. The other company would consist of the business operations of the current Kone Cargotec division, whose name would be Kone Cargotec Corporation. Both companies are to be listed on the Helsinki Exchanges.
Grin of the week

Golf Trouble

Off the seventh tee, Joe sliced his shot deep into a wooded ravine. He took his eight iron and clambered down the embankment in search of his lost ball.
After many long minutes of hacking at the underbrush, he spotted something glistening in the leaves. As he drew nearer, he discovered that it was an eight iron in hands of a skeleton!

Joe immediately called out to his friend, "Jack, I've got trouble down here!"

"What's the matter?" Jack asked from the edge of the ravine.

"Bring me my wedge," Joe shouted. "You can't get out of here with an eight iron!"

That's all for this time - hope to see many of you at the luncheon on Friday!

Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt

If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
send it to: fccj@gol.com

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This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 550 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, 15 individual and one special member.