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  ISSUE 20/2008 14 October, 2008  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

For those living in Japan, hope you had a good and relaxing long weekend!
The chamber has a busy month ahead with five events, some more serious than the others.
In this issue I will focus on three of them (read more below).
In addition to these we still have a luncheon meeting on Tuesday 18 November with the President of Nokia Japan, Tyler McGee and the traditional Christmas Luncheon at the Embassy on Friday 12 December. More about these in coming bulletins.

Furthermore; we will start tomorrow the 14th edition of the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey. This survey is run by the FCCJ Office on behalf of all Foreign Chambers' of Commerce in Japan. With the global economic turbulence we could expect more dramatic swings in the results than ever before. I will send out a notice about the survey to our foreign affiliated members tomorrow.

Monday, 20 October - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Marutei Tsurunen: "Conditions to achieve a change of government"

Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Monday, 20 October, where we will have an exciting guest speaker, Mr. Marutei Tsurunen, Member of the House of Councillors. The theme of his presentation is: "Conditions to achieve a change of government".

Date & Time:Monday, 20 October, 12:00-14:00
Place: Hotel Okura , South Wing 12F, Kensington Terrace [MAP]
Cost: members 7,000 yen, non-members 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Thursday, 16 October

Profile of Mr. Tsurunen
In 1967 he traveled to Japan as a lay missionary of the Lutheran Church. In 1974 he met his second wife, Sachiko, and he became enamored with the country. Having decided to become Japanese, he gained his citizenship in 1979 and took on a Japanese version of his Finnish name. Over the next decade, Tsurunen completed the first Finnish translations of The Tale of Genji and several other Japanese books while teaching English in Kanagawa prefecture.

In 1992 he ran for the town assembly in Yugawara and was elected. He served on the Yugawara assembly until 1995, when he made his first bid for the House of Councillors and lost. In 2001 he again failed to achieve a seat but was the first runner-up for the DPJ. After the resignation of Kyosen Ohashi, Tsurunen finally entered the House of Councillors on 4 October 2002 and was re-elected in 2007.

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right!
To check who has already registered, click HERE!
Friday, 7 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge 2008

The 14th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday 7 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K. Members of the Swedish Chamber will also play for their Autumn Golf Cup.
And all could win a pair of tickets to Sweden or Finland donated by SAS!

Date & Time:Friday, 7 November 2008 (start from no. 1 and 10, first tee-off at 9:34)
Venue: Taiheiyo Club Ichihara Course
151 Okuno, Ichihara-shi, Chiba 290-0513 MAP
Cost:16,250 yen (incl. green fee, lunch with one drink and party after play)
to be settled directly to the club
Registration:by Wednesday, 28 October, by enclosed form or mailing  mailing me 
(note: remember to give your HCP)

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Friday 28 November
The 16th Scandinavian Christmas Party

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, is this year held on Friday, 28 November, at the same venue as last year, The Westin Tokyo.
The committee has been working hard on a new and exciting program for this year's party. Together with the staff at The Westin Tokyo, the committee is confident that all participating chamber members, and their guests, will experience a party better than ever before!

We open registration for the party on Tuesday 4 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.
Nordic Supplement in Nikkei Business Magazine

The Nordic Supplement aims to introduce and explain the different countries within the region (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) to senior management in Japan in the December issue of Nikkei Business Magazine.

Editorial content will focus on:
  • Environmental Technology
  • Healthcare Technology / Elderly Care Technology
  • Design
  • Import / Export of Foodstuffs (salmon; dairy products; pork)

    For more information and registration details, click link at right.

  • Internship in Tokyo

    A 22-year old Finnish male, fourth-year student in Helsinki School of Economics, is looking for an internship or a temporary employment in Tokyo area from January 2009 to the end of July 2009 or possibly December if it is mutually agreed.

    His girlfriend has started a one-year exchange at Waseda University and he is going to join her in Tokyo in January. He started a Japanese course in the summer, so by January he should be able to make do in Japanese as well.

    His major is business technology, which is a combination of logistics, information systems science, management science, technology management and policy and quantitative methods. As a minor I studied finance and accounting in ESC Dijon, France.

    For more information click link at right.
    News from Finland

    Martti Ahtisaari wins Nobel peace prize

    The former Finnish president and seasoned peace mediator Martti Ahtisaari was on Friday named winner of the Nobel peace prize.

    The Norwegian Nobel committee said in a statement it had decided to award the prize to Mr Ahtisaari "for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts".

    "These efforts have contributed to a more peaceful world and to 'fraternity between nations' in Alfred Nobel's spirit."

    Mr Ahtisaari and Crisis Management Initiative, the organization he founded, have been credited with mediating a settlement between the Free Aceh Movement and the Indonesian government in 2005.

    He served as president of Finland between 1994 and 2000.

    The laureate told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) he was extremely appreciative but also rather surprised by the honour, joking that he thought he had been disqualified on account of being 12.5-per cent Norwegian.

    Mr Ahtisaari added that he regarded Namibia as his greatest achievement because the independence process had taken such a long time.

    Grin of the week

    Advice needed (for the important things in life...)


    I have never written asking for your help before, but I really need your advice.

    I have suspected for some time now that my wife has been cheating on me. The usual signs; phone rings but if I answer, the caller hangs up.

    My wife has been going out with 'the girls' a lot recently although when I ask their names she always says, just some friends from work, you don't know them.' I think deep down I just did not want to know the truth, but last night she went out again and I decided to finally check on her.

    Around midnight, I hid in the garage behind my golf clubs so I could get a good view of the whole street when she arrived home from a night out with 'the girls. '

    When she got out of the car she was buttoning up her blouse, which was open, and she took her panties out of her purse and slipped them on.

    It was at that moment, crouching behind my golf clubs, that I noticed a hairline crack where the grip meets the graphite shaft on my 3-wood.

    Is this something I can fix myself or should I take it back to the pro-shop where I bought it?

    Best regards

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


    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 65 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.