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  ISSUE 23/2005

14 October 2005  


The Autumn 2005 edition of the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence survey started on Tuesday. With the upbeat mood in the Japanese companies, we also expect some interesting, and positive results reported from the foreign affiliated companies. In the survey we also this time ask the companies what they think will be the effect of the recent national elections on their business.

I sent out a survey notice to our foreign affiliated members of which many have already responded. If you have not, and have not received, or lost the notice, please MAIL me.

Report from the FCCJ Club Evening at Finland Cafe

The fifth FCCJ Club Evening was held on Thursday 13 October at the Finland Cafe in Nakameguro.

The 33 members and guests, including the new Finnish Ambassador to Japan, H.E. Mr. Jorma Julin, attending the event, could enjoy food and drinks, shop a large variety of Finnish products and discuss with colleagues at other member companies.

Finnish Tourist Board organizes now for the fourth time a Finland Cafe for a four week period (until Sunday 6 November). The venue also this year is Space Force in Meguro-ku. Visitors can enjoy various events, such as seminars, movies, concerts, etc. Check www.finlandcafe.com

For more images from the evening, click link at right.
Tue. 8 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Tetsuya Chikushi

At our next luncheon meeting on Tuesday 8 November we will have the famous TBS News 23 anchor Tetsuya Chikushi as our guest speaker.
The theme of his presentation will be: Views on current topics in Japan and Finland.

We have also invited members of the Scandinavian Chamber to the luncheon.


Date & Time:Tuesday 8 November 12:00-1400
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Silver Room, B2F
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Fri. 4 November

  Profile of Tetsuya Chikushi
Tetsuya Chikushi was born in 1935 in Oita prefecture. After graduating from Waseda University he joined Asahi Shimbun in 1959 where he served among other things as correspondent in Okinawa, Washington DC and New York and Editor for Asahi Journal,

He was appointed anchorman for TBS News 23 in 1989.

Chikushi has done exclusive interviews with many world leaders including President Clinton, Korean President Kim Dae-jung and Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji. An ardent lover of music, Chikushi is Japan's leading journalist with deep insight and a wide circle of acquaintances, as can be seen by his friendship with the His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

If you would like to register now, please click link at right.
Fri. 11 November - Stora Enso Cup - The Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge

The 7th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Finnish and the Swedish Chambers) is played on Friday 11 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.
Both Chambers will also play for their own respective cups.

Here are the details:
Date & Time:Friday, 11 November (shotgun start at 9:00)
Venue: Windsor Park Golf & Country Club, Ibaraki
Cost:11,000 yen (incl. green fee, caddie, tax and lunch/party fee and tax)
Registration:by Friday, 28 October

Note that as we play stroke-play with handicap, we need you accurate handicap. If you do not have an official handicap, give your three latest scores. The team score will be calculated from the best 80% net scores in each team.
After the registration dead-line we will send you further information, starting times, groups and directions to the course. Prize donations are naturally most welcome!

For map and more information, including the special additional pack, click here.

If you would like to register (no later than Fri. 28 October), please use the registration form at the in the above information flyer, or click link at right to register by email.
Scandinavian Christmas Party Sponsorship

In response to requests from previous participants' surveys for a new venue for the biggest Scandinavian event of the year, the organizing committee of the 13th Scandinavian Christmas Party is proud to announce that this year's party will be held at The Westin Tokyo. We hope that the hotel's convenient location in Ebisu will take the party experience to a new level, and Westin's famous kitchen is looking forward to presenting you with a fantastic culinary experience. We open registration for the party on Monday 7 November.

Currently, we are recruiting 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.

If you sign-up as a sponsor now (click link below for online sign-up), before we open registration and announce the site to all chamber members, you will get most benefit of your contribution.
EU-Japan Centre Johogen Seminar
Wed. 19 October - Intellectual Property (IP) Valuation
The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is pleased to announce the forthcoming Symposium in Tokyo entitled: "Intellectual Property (IP) Valuation - how strategies of an "Innovation Driven Society" are implemented in the Management of European Firms"


Date & Time:Wednesday 18 October14:00-1600
Place: Hotel Grand Palace (Iidabashi), Shirakaba Room, 3F  MAP
Registration:by Fri. 4 November

The symposium will be conducted in English and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation).
For more information and reigistration form, click link below.
Interested in big trucks?

UPM-Kymmene Japan is participating in the 2005 Tokyo Truck Show at the Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake. They offer free entrance tickets for those interested in this event. But you need to be in a hurry, the event closes tomorrow at 16:00.

Mr. Jouni Pesonen, Sales Manager of Plywood Sales at UPM-Kymmene Japan KK has the tickets. When you arrive at the Truck Show reception, please call his mobile phone, 080-1189-1616, and he will bring you ticket(s).

For directions to Tokyo Big Sight, click here.

News from Finland

EU approves Amer's EUR 485 mln Salomon acquisition

EU competition authorities said Thursday Finland-headquartered Amer was allowed to buy winter sports goods maker Salomon from Adidas, according to an Amer statement. US authorities had shown green light to the deal earlier.

The estimated value of the deal is about 485 million euros.

Salomon's product portfolio includes Salomon, Mavic, Bonfire, Arc'Teryx and Cliche. Amer owns Wilson, Atomic, Suunto and Precor.
Grin of the week

Don't try this at home...

An efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution. "Don't try these techniques at home."

"Why not?" asked somebody from the audience.

"I watched my wife's routine at breakfast for years," the expert explained. "She made lots of trips between the fridge, stove, table and cabinets, often carrying a single item at a time. One day I told her, "You're wasting too much time. Why don't you try carrying several things at once?"

"Did it save time?" the guy in the audience asked.

"Actually, yes," replied the expert. "It used to take her 20 minutes to make breakfast. Now I do it in ten."

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 580 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, 16 individual and one special member.