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  ISSUE 2/2002

15 January, 2002  


Feel more mature today?...;-)
Yesterday we celebrated the "Coming-of-Age Day" in Japan. Of course this was primarily and occasion for those who turn 20 this year to celebrate, among other things, that they could now buy alchohol..., which, as we could read in the papers, they took the opportunity to consume in too large quantities in some cases.
Maybe our resolution for "Coming of Age" would be to drink a bit less...

January Luncheon Meeting - last reminder
The January Luncheon meeting will be held at Capitol Tokyu Hotel Silver Room on Thursday, 17 January, 2002 at 13.00 (NOTE TIME)
Our guest speaker is Mr. Robert A. Feldman, Chief Economist and Managing Director at  MORGAN STANLEY JAPAN LTD. .
The theme of his presentation is: "Japan in 2002: Moment of Truth?".
If you would like to attend, and have not yet registered, do it within today (or absolutely at latest tomorrow Wednesday by 12 noon) by clicking link at right.
If you would like to check if you are on the list and see whoelse has already registered, click  HERE 

February Luncheon Meeting
Please note in your calendar that the February Luncheon meeting will be held at Capitol Tokyu Hotel Take Room on Friday 15 February, 2002 at 12.00
On that occasion our guest speaker is Mr. Makoto Sasagawa, General Manager, Sales & Marketing Department, Europe Division, Toyota Motor Corporation.
We will give further edtails in our next week's bulletin.

SCCJ Business Luncheon
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, jointly with DCCJ, FCCJ and NBF, offer you a rare opportunity to listen to Mr. Jörgen Lindegaard, President and CEO of  SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES 
Date: Monday, 4 February
Time:12:00 - 14:00
Venue: International House
5-11-6 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost:6,000 jen
If you would like to attend, please register by clicking link at right.

FCCJ News No. 18
We are now preparing the next issue of our printed newsletter, FCCJ NEWS which will be out early February.
If you have news from your company (e.g. changes in contact information, new staff, etc.) that you would like to convey to our readers, please drop us a line. Photos are also welcome!

News from Finland
Sour note for euro
The second honeymoon week with the euro was marred slightly by a series of embarrassments for Setec, the firm that prints the bank notes for Finland.
A number of 500 euro notes appeared with missing or incomplete hologrammes, forcing Setec and the Bank of Finland to check the 2 million of them still in their possession individually, but 106, 000 were already in circulation. Collectors were reportedly offering three times face value for such notes.

Then a number of 20 euro notes turned up without a special identification stripe, earning Setec a rebuke from PM Paavo Lipponen.

Grin of the Week
Answering Machine Message for the Mental Health Institute
Hello, and welcome to the Mental Health Hotline.
  • If you are obsessive or compulsive, press 1 repeatedly.
  • If you are co-dependant, please ask someone to press 2 for you.
  • If you have multiple personalities, please press 3,4,5 and 6
  • If you are paranoid, we already know who you are, but stay on the line while we trace your call.
  • If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a small voice will tell you which number to press.
  • If you have short term memory loss, press 9, if you have short term memory loss, press 9, if you have short term memory loss, press 9.
  • If you have low self esteem, please hang up. All our operators are too busy to talk to you.

  • Look forward to meet many of you on Thursday &
    Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt

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    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 300 persons 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 74 corporate members.