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  ISSUE 2/2006

16 January 2006  


The Finnish presidential elections yesterday went to a second round after all. The contestants in the runoff on 29 January are Tarja Halonen and Sauli Niinistö. Read more about the results below.

The second round advance voting for Finns in Japan are held as follows:

at the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo
Wed. 18, Thu. 19 and Fri 20 January: 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00
Sat. 21 January: 10:00-15:00

at the Honorary Consulate General in Osaka
Sat. 21 January: 10:00-15:00

Now to our other issues.

19 January - Club Evening at Juniper in Grand Hyatt Tokyo

We start off the FCCJ new year with a "Shinnenkai" Party and Club Evening at the Juniper Café and Bar at Grand Hyatt in Roppongi Hills.

Come and meet old and new friends and get a flying start to the new year in a relaxing but elegant atmosphere! See details below.
Date & Time:Thursday, 19 January, 19:00-21:00
Place: Juniper Café and Bar at Grand Hyatt Tokyo at Roppongi Hills, 4F [MAP]
Cost:3,500 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and light buffet
Registration:by Tuesday 17 January

By keeping the fee low, we try to encourage many staff members from our member companies to join, guest and spouses are also welcome!

Please note that we will collect the fee of 3,500 yen at the door and provide you with a receipt. Late cancellations and no-shows will be invoiced.

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link below.
9 February - Okayama Investment Seminar

Okayama Prefecture, with the cooperation of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is organizing this seminar having for target business opportunities with foreign affiliated companies on Thursday 9 February in Tokyo.

Okayama Prefecture is by this way aiming at the development of its cluster conceptions, new technologies and products in the fields of high-precision production technologies, medicine, welfare, health and IT.

The seminar provides an excellent occasion to introduce Okayama industrial clustering and Research & Development programmes as well as learn about new businesses development in the prefecture.

For more information and registration, click link at right.
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation informs:
Vulcanus in Japan Program

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is inviting final applications for the "Vulcanus in Japan" programme, offering Japan-based companies or subsidiaries the chance of hosting a European university student in scientific fields for 8 months.

Programme founded and co-financed by METI and the European Commission.


Your Japan-based subsidiary can host top-class EU students of engineering, science or other technical disciplines, for 8 months. After a 4-month intensive course of Japanese, 35 Vulcanus students will start their in-house traineeship from January 2007.

For more information on this EU-Japan cooperation facilitation programme: click here or contact Ms Keiko Sato, tel: 03 3221 6161.
News from Finland

Second round needed in Finnish presidential elections

There will be a second round runoff between President Halonen and Sauli Niinistö, the Conservative Party challenger, on the 29 of January in the Finnish presidential elections.

The preliminary results were as follows:
  • Tarja Halonen 46.3 %
  • Sauli Niinistö 24.1 %
  • Matti Vanhanen 18.6 %
  • Heidi Hautala 3.5 %
  • Timo Soini 3.4 %
  • Bjarne Kallis 2.0 %
  • Henrik Lax 1.6 %
  • Arto Lahti 0.4 %

    The voting turnout was 70.8 %.
  • Grin of the week

    Buying a Horse

    Little Johnny attended a horse auction with his father. He watched as his father moved from horse to horse, running his hands up and down the horses' legs, rump, and chest.

    After a few minutes, Johnny asked, "Pop, why are you doing that?"

    "Because I'm thinking of buying these horses."

    Johnny looked worried, "Then I think we'd better hurry home right away!"

    "Why?" his father asked.

    "Because the UPS man stopped by yesterday, and I think he wants to buy Mom!"

    Have a good week and

    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.