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  ISSUE 5/2006

16 February 2006  


Within the next month there's a number of events which are both interesting, and educating. Please read more about these below.

Also, if you are a golfer, please mark Friday, 14 April in your calendar already now, then we will play the Stora Enso Cup - the golf Challenge between the Finnish and Swedish Chambers. We play at Windsor Park G & C.C. in Ibaraki. More information to follow in my next bulletin.

Tue. 21 February - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Markus Kajo

At our next luncheon meeting we will have as our guest speaker Mr. Markus Kajo, writer, producer and announcer at YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company) TV2 .

Mr. Kajo is in Japan to produce a series of 10 programs for the Finnish TV on "the wonders of Japan", from the latest in technology to karaoke. Mr. Kajo will explain about the project but we will also have an opportunity to discuss and bring forwards ideas which we have about what should be included in the program series.


Date & Time:Tuesday 21 February, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Kyoto Room, B2F
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Fri. 17 February

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
Wed. 8 March - Visit to IKEA Store in Funabashi organized by the Swedish Chamber

On June 11th, 2004, Tommy Kullberg had a presentation for the Nordic Chambers at International house where he elaborated around the IKEA plans and challenges ahead. We all remember the title of his speech "The screws are missing" and we all were rewarded with an "Allen Key" for future challenges in assembling IKEA furniture. Since then the hatching Australian migration birds have left the Funabashi construction site after duly being named and counted by the Japanese ornithologists. They have now been replaced with 500 IKEA co-workers completing the store for the grand opening on April 24. It will be one of the biggest IKEA stores in the world with 2300 parking places and a Swedish restaurant with more than 700 seats.

You are cordially invited to have a preview of all the preparations and be guided through the entire facilities by Tommy Kullberg and Gordon Gustavsson.


18:00Gathering at the main entrance of the IKEA store (facing Minami-Funabashi Station)
MAP in English     MAP in Japanese
By car: Parking available in the store
Train: to Minami-Funabashi approx. 30 minutes from Tokyo Station by Keiyo Line and 5 minutes walk
18:15 Welcome by Tommy Kullberg, President & CEO, IKEA Japan K.K.
18:30Presentation of the IKEA Funabashi Store by Gordon Gustavsson, Store Manager
18:45Touring the facilities incl. the Children's Daycare Center
19:45Q & A - Drinks & Snacks are by courtesy of IKEA Japan K.K.

NOTE: There will be a special pre-opening for spouses and friends when the store is completed. Preliminary date is set to April 20. On that occasion there will be shopping opportunities.

Please register A.S.A.P. as we only have 10 slots for FCCJ, therefor this event is for members (and member company representatives) only. If you would like to attend, please click link below.
Tue. 7 March - EU Seminar: Current Direction of Competition Policy in EU and Japan

On the occasion of the EU-Japan High-level Meeting on competition policy, Commissioner Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Competition will speak at a symposium entitled "Current Direction of Competition Policy in EU and Japan" co-hosted by the Fair Trade Commission of Japan (JFTC) and the Competition Law Forum (under the Japan Federation of Bar Associations).
She will deliver a keynote speech on recent developments in the EU competition policy.

She will be accompanied by Mr Philip Lowe, Director General of Competition of the European Commission, who will participate in the panel session of this symposium. We are pleased to invite you to the symposium (see attached for details). For participation, please send an application form to JFTC. Participation is free of charge.


Date & Time:Tuesday, 7 March, 9:30-12:00
Place: Japan Federation of Bar Associations
1-1-3 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Registration:by Tue. 28 February
Wed. 29 March - EBC Seminar: Corporate Law and Tax Developments in Japan
Implications for European Companies

The upcoming changes in Corporate and Tax Laws in 2006 will impact the way European companies can do business in Japan. A seminar by the EBC Tax and Legal Committee will focus on the main corporate and tax aspects relevant to your business.


Date & Time:Wednesday, 29 March, 16.30-18.30
Place: Delegation of the European Commission in Japan
Europa House
9-15 Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, TOKYO    MAP
Cost:5,000 yen payable at the door (receipt will be provided)
Registration:by Fri. 24 March
News from Finland

Foreign businesses invest in Finland

Last year 185 foreign companies invested in Finland, according to a statement by Invest in Finland Wednesday. The figure 2004 stood at 168.

Foreign acquisitions for the year numbered 109 and 76 new businesses were established.

Sweden brought 53 businesses to Finland, the USA 23, Great Britain 16, Germany 12 and Denmark 11.

Further investment also came from The Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Estonia, France and Russia. The services and trade sectors attracted the greatest amount of foreign investment, followed by the information and communications technology sectors.

Invest in Finland was active in aiding 15 businesses to locate in Finland.
Grin of the week

Follow the tracks

Three idiots decide to go hunting. The first one says he's going to get a fox. He goes out, and indeed comes back with a fox. The other two hunters ask how he did it. He says, "I see tracks. I follow tracks. I get fox."

So the second hunter says that he's going to get a rabbit. And he does. They ask him how he did it, and he says, "I see tracks. I follow tracks. I get rabbit."

So the third hunter says, "I'm just gonna shoot at anything I see."

So he goes out and comes back half a day later all beaten, bruised, bloody, and totally trashed. The other two hunters ask him what happened and he says, "I see tracks. I follow tracks. I get hit by train!"

Until next time,

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 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.