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  ISSUE 22/2010 14 October 2010  
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Reminders, reminders, reminders..
Not much news in this bulletin but some reminders of interesting events coming up in the next two weeks. Read more about these below.

Also, the 18th edition of the Foreign Chambers Business Survey is running. It will be interesting to see if the results show that the foreign companies in Japan are getting more optimistic on the state of the economy and their own business than in the previous survey done in April 2010, or if they expect some kind of "double-dip". If you represent a Finnish affiliated company and have not yet participated in the survey, click image at right to go to the survey.

  Thursday, 21 October - Joint Nordic Business Seminar organized by the SCCJ
Yoshio Ishizaka, Advisor, Toyota Motor Corporation
(former Toyota Motor Executive Vice President)

The Swedish Chamber invites membes of the other Nordic Chambers to this event with former Toyota Motor Vice President Yoshio Ishizaka. The title of his presentation is: "Moving Forward the Toyota Way".

Date & Time:Thursday, 21 October, 18:30 - 20:30
Venue: Embassy of Sweden, Auditorium [MAP]
Cost:5,000 yen (incl. light buffet with drinks after the presentation)
Registration:by Friday, 15 October

Yoshio Ishizaka was born January 9, 1940 in Tokyo. He graduated from Hitotsubashi University in March 1963 with a degree in law and joined Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in March the following year.

Mr. Ishizaka's career has centered on overseas business. He served as senior vice president and chief coordinating officer of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) from 1986 to 1990, while working on the special project that became the Lexus Division. He then became general manager of TMCfs Europe Division in 1990. In that position he supervised accelerating efforts to build an integrated, local organization in Europe to support expanded manufacturing, marketing and product development.

Named to TMC's board of directors in 1992, Mr. Ishizaka returned to TMS (USA) to serve as president from 1996 to 1999. He returned to Japan in 1999, whereupon he was promoted to senior managing director in charge of overseas operations. In 2001, he became an executive vice president in charge of Toyota's overall overseas operations, and in 2005, he became senior advisor to the board. In June 2008, Mr. Ishizaka became an advisor.

Click link below for registration, directly with the Swedish Chamber.
Friday, 29 October - FCCJ Special Lunch Event
HIRAMEKI Design x Finland Preview

The FCCJ will organize a lunch at iittala café and exhibition tour guided by the curators Harri Koskinen and Ilkka Suppanen on the opening day of HIRAMEKI, Friday, 29 October from 12:30 to ca 15::00.

Date & Time:Friday, 29 October, 12.30 - ca 15:00
Venue: Living Design Center Ozone, Shinjuku Park Tower 3F (iittala café)
3-7-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [map]
Cost:4,000 yen (limited to 20 persons, members only)
Registration:by Tuesday, 26 October

About HIRAMEKI Design x Finland
HIRAMEKI is a moment of epiphany, spark, inspiration. Design Forum Finland will stage a design export initiative at the Tokyo Designers Week - Hirameki Design ~ Finland - from 28 October to 7 November, which will present the Japanese public with a fresh and multifaceted image of Finnish design. The exhibition will cluster the full repertoire of Finnish design, from technological innovations to individual designers, around a series of scintillating themes. The aim of the pilot initiative is to support design exports and promote co-operative ventures between Finnish designers and firms in Japan.
If you would like to attend, click link at right.
Friday, 19 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2010

The 18th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 19 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.

This time the venue is the same ans in spring, , Taiheiyo Club Narita Course, which is conveniently located just 6 km off the Tomisato I.C. (one before Narita) on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway.

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Wednesday, 27 October - EU-Japan Centre Symposium
Re-thinking CSR:
Perspectives and Experiences of Europe and Japan

Today, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has globally gained a recognition as a form of business governance and more and more companies are using it on a voluntary commitment. In a context where several business scandals have shaken public trust in business and the economic crisis has introduced more insecurity, private companies are trying to display a more ethical and sustainable behaviour in economic, social and environmental areas.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 27 October, 14.00 - 17:30
Venue: Hotel Okura, South Wing B2F, Ascot Hall
Participation: Free (Registration required, Capacity: 200 seats)
Language:English / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)

For more details and registration, click link at right.
News from Finland

Nokia increased its smartphone market share in Q2

According to market research company iSuppli's latest market share stats, Nokia actually increased its global smartphone shipments market share from 38.5% in Q1 this year to 39.7% in Q2.

That means Nokia increased its lead over RIM, whose market share fell from 18.8% to 18.5% in the same period. Apple's dipped too: from 15.7% to 13.9%.

iSuppli highlights the fact that Android smartphone makers are on the charge, pointing to big quarter-on-quarter increases for HTC, Samsung, Motorola and Sony Ericsson.

"Every brand that has put effort into designing smart phones using Googlefs mobile operating system is riding the Android wave," says iSuppli's Tina Teng.

Grin of the Week

Payment by proxy

Walking up to a department store's fabric counter, a pretty girl asked, "I want to buy this material for a new dress. How much does it cost?"
"Only one kiss per yard, " replied the smirking male clerk.

"That's fine," replied the girl. "I'll take ten yards."

With expectation and anticipation written all over his face, the clerk hurriedly measured out and wrapped the cloth, then held it out teasingly.

The girl snapped up the package and pointed to a little old man standing beside her. "Grandpa will pay the bill," she smiled.
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 62 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.