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  ISSUE 20/2009 14 September, 2009  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Back from a relaxing holiday I would like to make a last reminder about our luncheon meeting coming Thursday. Read more below!

We have also fixed our luncheon meeting for October, which is held on Tuesday 13th. We will then have speakers from Marubeni and the Japan Lingonberry Promotional Association, who will talk about... you guessed it... lingonberry. Marubeni has started to import lingonberry from Finland in fairly large volumes, so it will be interesting to hear what they are going to do with it, and what their future plans are.

I would also like to make a last reminder about the Daimler & Chrysler Cup held on Friday, 2 October. There's still a few slots available, but registration dead-line is coming Friday. To find out more and sign-up, go HERE.

  Thursday, 17 September
FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Taro Sakamoto

At our luncheon meeting in September we will have Mr. Taro Sakamoto, Country Manager of Brown-Forman Beverages Japan LLC as our guest speaker. Mr. Sakamoto will speak about Finlandia Vodka business in Japan.

Brown-Forman acquired the Finlandia Vodka brand almost five years ago. Finlandia has had several distributors in Japan over the year, none of them have really managed to get any significant position on the Japanese market, so it will be interesting to hear what strategies Brown-Forman has to change this.

Date & Time:Thursday, 17 September, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, guests 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday, 15 September

Mr. Sakamoto's Profile
Born in Washington D.C. on Aug. 13th, 1964
Educated in Australia and Japan
Graduated Doshisha University, English Literature as major
Joined Jardine Wines and Spirits K.K. (current Diageo-Moet Hennessy) in 1987 as Sale rep in Nagoya, transferred to Marketing in 1988 to become Brand Manager for I.W. Harper and other United Distillers (current Diageo) brands. Also had short spell of being the Finlandia Brand Manager when JWS acquired the distribution-ship for the brand in 1995.
Joined Brown Forman Japan as the Marketing Manager in 1996 and promoted to Japan Country Manager in 2008.

About Brown-Forman
Brown-Forman is a diversified producer of fine quality consumer products. It was founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown in Louisville, KY, U.S. His original brand, Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, was America's first bottled bourbon and remains one of Brown-Forman's finest brands today.
Brown-Forman employs 4,120 people worldwide with about 1,000 located in Louisville. Brown-Forman, one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies and among the top 10 largest global spirits companies, sells its brands in more than 135 countries and has offices in cities across the globe. In all, Brown-Forman has more than 30 brands in its portfolio of wines and spirits.

Brown-Forman and Finlandia Vodka
Brown-Forman Corporation and Altia Corporation of Finland (Altia) have jointly owned Finlandia Vodka Worldwide Ltd. (FVW) since 2000 when Brown-Forman acquired 45% of FVW and an additional 35% in 2002.. Brown-Forman acquired the remaining 20% of the capital stock of from Altia in 2004. Finlandia Vodka is a premium vodka from Finland and is sold in more than 100 countries around the world.
Altia, the leading Finnish wine and spirits company, will continue to produce the highly acclaimed vodka as exclusive supplier of Finlandia to Brown-Forman until at least 2017.

If you like to attend, please click link at right.
To check who has already registered, click HERE!!
Wednesday, 30 September - SCCJ Event
Business Luncheon with Mr. Hiroshi Nakaso of Bank of Japan

The Swedish Chamber invites members of the Nordic Chambers to a Business Luncheon on Wednesday, 30 September with Mr. Hiroshi Nakaso, Executive Director, Bank of Japan. The title of his presentation is: "Economic and Market Development in Japan: Some thoughts on Unconventional Monetary Policies"
Date & Time:Wednesday, 30 September, 12.30-14:030
Venue: Hotel Monterey Akasaka MAP
Cost:6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday, 25 September

Mr. Nakaso's Profile
Mr. Nakaso graduated from the University of Tokyo with a B.A. in Economics and joined the Bank of Japan in 1978. Early in his career, he was seconded to the Industrial Policy Bureau of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry). Then, during 1985-87, he worked in the Bank's Policy Planning Department where he was involved in the formulation of monetary policy.
Subsequently, he was assigned to the London Representative Office until 1989. From 1990 to 1993, he was assigned to International Department and represented the Bank of Japan as a member of one of the sub-groups of the Basle Committee on Banking Supervision and also the BIS Eurocurrency Standing Committee (Committee on the Global Financial System since February 1999). In 1993, he was assigned to Financial and Payment System Department (the name was changed to Financial and Payment System Office in April 1998) which is responsible for restoring soundness to Japan's financial system. After seven years of service in Financial and Payment System Office, where he mainly dealt with Japan's financial crisis, he was transferred to the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, in June 2000. A year after, in June 2001, he returned to the Bank of Japan as Associate Director in Financial Markets Department and International Department. In May 2003, he became Director-General of Financial Markets Department. Since June 2006, he has served as Chairman of the Markets Committee, a standing committee at the Bank for International Settlements. In November 2008, he was appointed Executive Director.

To register, directly with the SCCJ, please click link at right.
Wednesday, 8 October - Ecentral Event
Ecentral After 7: The Global Networking Event

Famous for its casual format and high profile participants, A7 is the casual networking event for current and future business leaders in Japan. Brought to you by Ecentral, 9 International Chambers of Commerce and their corporate partners, A7 gives you a unique opportunity to expand your international business network.

More than 500 people attended each of the first 2 events co-organized by Ecentral and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and A7 will continue its purpose to continually bring together international business organizations and leading Japanese companies under the theme of global networking ? developing common ideas and opportunities in a friendly, international environment.

Date & Time:Thursday, 8 October, 19:00 - 23:00
Venue: 57 bar & lounge, B1F, 4-2-35 Roppongi, Minato-ku MAP
Cost:3,200 yen (advanced bookings), 3,700 yen (on the day)
Registration:by Friday, 25 September

For more information and registration, please click links at right.
EBC White Paper 2009 - Reminder

This year, The European Business Council (EBC) will again produce English and Japanese white papers for release in early November. This will be the 10th in the series.

Although the White Paper is our trademark report, this year in particular with much less funding than usual, we will not be able to produce it without financial support to cover the costs of production, translation, printing and distribution. So once again, we are asking EBC members to sponsor the publication as "Blue-Star Sponsors," "Special Sponsors" or "Sponsors" in return for visible acknowledgment in the 2 volumes and we will also place all sponsor logos on a dedicated page in our website for 12 months.
Similar to last year, the EBC will also take advance orders for the white papers at 5,000 yen for one set (1 English and 1 Japanese version per set) to assist with cost-recovery. Companies placing advance orders will be listed in the white paper as "Supporters."

White Paper Sponsorship
  • Blue-Star Sponsorship 150,000 yen (or more if you wish) (Company name on a 2-name page)
  • Special Sponsorship: 100,000 yen (Company name on a 10-name page)
  • Sponsorship: 50,000 yen (Company name on a 20-name page)

    Purchase Price of White Papers (including postage):
  • 5,000 yen per set: 1 English copy and 1 Japanese copy

    A sponsorship reply form and an order reply form are attached below right. If you would like to support the white paper as either a sponsor and/or would like to order copies please print out the forms and return them to the EBC secretariat by fax (3263-6223) or by e-mail (
    The EBC would appreciate your response by as soon as possible..
    Run for the Cure Foundation Looking for Volunteers

    The Run for The Cure Foundation's Pink Ball fundraiser is looking for volunteers. Pink Ball is a black tie fundraiser that aims to raise money to support the mission of the Foundation; to fund educational initiatives, clinical examination and mammography machines, donate funds to organizations that promote the specific mission of the Foundation and develop and execute community outreach programs. They are currently looking for volunteers to help on the planning committee as well as help on the day, October 30th.

    If you are interested to help out, please click link at right.

    News from Finland

    Finnish July manufacturing orders down 31 pct yr/yr

    Finland's manufacturing order intake fell by about 31 per cent year-on-year in July, Statistics Finland (SF) said in a statement Friday.

    The value of new orders fell by about 40 per cent from the year-ago period in the metal industry and by some 16 per cent in the paper industry.

    Grin of the Week

    To have or not to have.

    A well dressed gentlemen enters the bar of a five star restaurant, sits at the bar and orders four very expensive drinks. The bartender serves them on a silver tray, setting all four in front of the patron.

    The man then consumes all four drinks in a matter of seconds.

    The bartender comments, "Wow, you sure must have a problem."
    "If you had what I had," the man replies, "you'd drink them fast, too."

    Leaning over, the sympathetic bartender asks, "What do you have?"
    "Fifty cents," the man answers.
  • Have a good 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 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 64 corporate members, 15 individual and one special member.