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  ISSUE 25/2005

14 November 2005  


The report from the 8th Foreign Chambers Business Confidence survey has now been completed. 349 companies from 14 chambers and business organizations participated in this survey.

As expected, the views on the Japanese economy both for the next six, and next 12 months were significantly more optimistic than in the previous survey. The respondents' views on their own business performance and forecasts on sales and profitability for the coming six months remain optimistic and about same level as in the spring 2005 survey. The strategies for Japan remain bullish, 79 % of the respondents seek further growth in Japan, 17 % plan to maintain current level and only 4 % considers downsizing.

To find out more about the survey, and the results,  CLICK HERE !

Scandinavian Christmas Party Registration

We have now opened registrations for the 13th Scandinavian Christmas Party held at The Westin Tokyo on Friday 9 December.
If you plan to attend, please register as soon as possible, because we expect the event to be sold out. The cost of participation is 17,000 yen per person. Note that all registrations should be made through the web site.

We are still 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. At present we have 36 sponsors, but only four from FCCJ so there room for a mojor improvement from our side...

Note that only Gold and Silver sponsors are entitled to reserve full tables.
Thu. 1 December - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

Heikki Tenhunen
At our next luncheon meeting on Thursday 1 December we will have Heikki Tenhunen, President of Nokia Japan Co., Ltd. as our speaker. The theme of his presentation has not been confirmed yet, but will be around recent developments in the mobile communications market and Nokia's business globally and in Japan.


Date & Time:Thursday 1 December 12:00-1400
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Nikko, B2F
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday 28 November

Heikki Tenhunen was born in 1959 and graduated from University of Oulu as Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1986. Before joining Nokia in 1993, Mr. Tenhunen worked for Polar Electro Oy, Kera Oy and Nokia-Mobira Oy.
He has held several positions at Nokia Mobile Phones and was appointed Vice President for the GSM1900 Product Line in 1997, and Vice President of Global PC Centre Management in 1999.
In March 2001 he moved to Japan and was Vice President of Nokia Japan Co.,Ltd. until July 2002 when he was appointed President.

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the door and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 23 January and "no-shows".

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
Thu. 24 November - EBC White Paper Launch

English and Japanese versions of the year 2005 EBC Report on the Japanese Business Environment will be launched at a luncheon event on Thursday, November 24. As the EBC White Paper is the EBC's hallmark publication and the launch is our premier event, we urge you to sign up.

H.E. Ambassador Bernhard Zepter will speak at the event. We will also invite the national European Ambassadors and key Japanese Government personnel. The European Commission's regulatory reform team from Brussels, led by Mr. Karel Kovanda, will participate prior to their high-level negotiations with the Japanese Government the following day.


Date & Time:Thursday 24 November 12:00-1400
Place: The Westin Hotel, Kaede Room
Cost:10,000 yen (collected at the door), fee includes one copy of each of the English and Japanese reports
Registration:by Friday 18 November

For more details and registration form, click link at right.
Report from the Golf Challenge - FCCJ finally takes the Stora Enso Cup!

The eight Stora Enso Cup - the Golf Challenge between the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (SCCJ) and FCCJ - was played in beautiful autumn weather on Friday 11 November at the fine course at Windsor Park Golf & Country Club near Mito in Ibaraki prefecture.

This time 35 players participated in the event. After having lost five times in a row, the FCCJ now took a sweet revenge and beat the Swedish team fairly comfortably, the FCCJ team scored 74.4 and the SCCJ team 77.6 strokes (counted on the average of best 80% in the team). For more about the event, many images and results,
Report from Luncheon with Tetsuya Chikushi
FCCJ had once of its most famous guest speakers at its luncheon meeting on Tuesday 8 November, news caster Tetsuya Chikushi. Chikushi visited Finland during the Athletics World Championships in August and then met among others Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen at his official residence in Kesäranta.

Chikushi's visit to Finland made a good impression on him, and therefore he agreed to give a presentation at our luncheon.

In his speech he touched upon many subjects; differences and similarities between Finland and Japan, the important role of education and recaps of interesting people he has met, from Sony founder Akio Morita to movie director Aki Kaurismäki.

For more about the presentation and many pictures,
News from Finland

Vaisala to start making weather radars

Finnish measurement instrument maker said in a Helsinki Stock Exchange statement Thursday it would launch a weather radar unit in January.

"The market for weather radars is estimated at 40-60 million euros annually. The commercial introduction of the Vaisala weather radar is estimated to take place in 2007," added the statement.

Vaisala makes measurement systems and equipment for meteorology, environmental sciences, traffic safety and industry.

Its net sales in 2004 were 181 million euros.
Grin of the week

Heat Wave

Jack was living in Arizona during a heat wave. As he got out of the shower he said to his wife:

"It's just too hot to wear clothes today honey, what do you think the neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?"

"Probably that I married you for your money."

Have a nice week!

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 600 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.