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  ISSUE 23

15 October, 2001  


New week and new challenges. Even if many of you who reads this bulletin in Finland and follow the reporting from Japan through international media, might think that Japan is on the brink of collapse (which it is not...), you should at least envy us of our nice autumn weather, clear skies and warm enough for a Finn.
This was one of the reasons why I deceded to move to Japan in the first place...

October Luncheon Meeting
The October Luncheon meeting is coming Thursday, 18 October Capitol Tokyu Hotel in Akasaka, Nikko Room, B1 floor, at 12.00.
This time the theme is: Electronic component and EMS business between Japan and Finland, and our guest speaker is Mr. Mika Mäkinen, President, Elcoteq Japan Co.,Ltd.
In 2000 the electronic components made up about half of Japan's export to Finland, more than double the value of car exports.
Mika joined Elcoteq Japan in July and took up the position of President on 1 October.

Please register by clicking link to the right, at latest by tomorrow Tuesday.
If you would like to see who has already registered, click HERE .

FCCJ Golf Competition
The third FCCJ Golf Competition will be held on Friday 9 November at the Manna Country Club, Gary Player Course, in Chiba Pref.
The costs are 18,900 yen including play fee, caddie fee, lunch (w/one drink) and party (w/one drink). In adddition we collect a participation fee of 2,000 yen.

Invitations have been sent out to our members and related organizations. Please register by faxing us the slip enlosed with the invitation, or by clicking link to the right.
If you are an employee of a member company and have not seen the invitation, please let us know and we will mail it to you.
Registration dead-line is 19 October.

FCCJ News No. 16
The October edition of FCCJ News was mailed out last week.
This issue contains a recap of the latest changes in trade between Japan and Finland, report from the two latest luncheon meetings, a member company presentation (Sky Inc.), and much more.

If you do not receive a copy, or want additional, please make an order by clicking link below.

Joint Chamber Seminar: International Commercial Arbitration
The gradual internationalization of financial, commercial, economic and technical matters over the last fifty years has resulted in a major shift in the conduct of business. When corporations conclude contracts outside their national boundaries, no coherent set of legal rules is available to them. International arbitration has developed to fill this legal void, with contracts for such international relationships as the sale of goods, joint ventures or distributorships typically containing an arbitration clause. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the leading international arbitration institution. The panel discussion will focus on the options that are available and how this process may be better than the courts.

Confirmed panel of speakers include: Robert Grondine, President of the ACCJ, Dr. Sawada of the International Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Chamber member, Haig Ohighan, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.
Date: Monday, November 12
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM (followed by a cocktail reception)
Place: Canadian Embassy Theatre B1
Price: 3,000
Registration deadline: Monday, November 5
For further information and registration, click link at right.

JETRO Trade Tie-Up Promotion (TTPP)

Jetro's TTPP supports your search for international business partners over the Internet, i.e.:
  • You can view information on foreign and domestic corporations over the Internet
  • You can make direct contact with other companies on the web.
  • You can place your business proposals on the Internet.
To find out more about this service, click right.
News from Finland
Europe's worst...?
Finland was the worst performer in the European euro zone in the second quarter of this year, according to EU statistics. Eurostat said Finnish GDP contracted between April and July by 1.7 pct from the year before. With two consecutive quarters of shrinking GDP, Finland became the only, or at least the first country in the 11 country eurozone to post a technical recession.

Only the Belgian economy also shrank in Q2, while Denmark and Holland actually managed to improve their GDP.

For more news, click link to the right.

Grin of the Week
You're next...

When I was younger I hated going to weddings ...it seemed that all of my aunts and the grandmotherly types used to come up to me, poking me in the ribs and cackling, telling me, 'You're next.'
They stopped teasing me after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.

That's all for now, hope to see many of you at our luncheon meeting on Thursday!

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 280 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.