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  ISSUE 26/2009 16 November 2009  
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The results of the Fall 2009 Business Confidence Survey themed "More Balck than Red - Moving in te Right Direction" are now available.

Although the reported sales and profitability figures for the past six months were still in the red (although less that in the previous survey - Spring 2009), this survey shows that the surveyed companies see some positive developments, both regarding the state of the Japanese economy and their own performance.

The economy for the next 6 months is expected to move into black, +0.25 (compared to -0.44 in spring 2009), and looking 12 months ahead, the companies see a continued turn for the better - the index shows +0.66 (+0.21 in the previous survey). Even more importantly, the forecasts for the coming six months for sales and profitability both show a notable growth. The sales forecast index was +0.47 (previous survey +0.15) and that for profitability +0.40 (+0.13).

For the full report, click here!

  FCIJ Business Confidence Survey Luncheon
Jesper Koll, President and CEO, Tantallon Research Japan

The Foreign Chambers in Japan Business Confidence Survey Fall 2009 was presented at a joint luncheon meeting organized by the British Chamber (BCCJ) on Friday, 13 November 2009 at Westin Tokyo Hotel was and attended by 125 members from 12 foreign chambers in Japan.

After a brief introduction of the background, purpose and methodology of the survey and presentation of some notable results by Aron Kremer, Deputy Executive Director of the ACCJ and Clas Bystedt, Executive Director of FCCJ, the floor was given to Jesper Koll, President and CEO, Tantallon Research Japan.

Mr. Koll gave a very engaging speech about the challenges and opportunities that are facing economies and businesses globally and especially in Japan. His message regarding Japan was pretty much in line with the findings in the survey; there is a good reason for optimism after some tough times.

For a report from the event, click link at right!
Wednesday, 25 November
FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Dr. Fang He, Takanashi Milk Products

At our luncheon meeting in November we will have Dr. Fang He, Research & Develoment Dept. Manager, at Takanashi Milk Products Co., Ltd. as our speaker.

Takanashi Milk Products have had a long and extensive co-operation with Valio, the leading Finnish dairy company and Dr. Fang He has been instrumental in this co-operation. He was also Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Food Chemistry, University of Turku from March 1999 to March 2000.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 25 November, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, guests 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday, 23 November

About Dr. Fang He
Dr. Fang He was born in 1961and is a Chinese national but permanent resident in Japan. He became Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Tsukuba in April 1992 after which he had technical training in Germany. In April 1992 he joined. Takanashi Milk Products and has spent his career there except for his Research felowhip in Turku and in Oklahoma, USA in 2003.

About Takanashi Milk Products Co., Ltd.
Takanashi was established in 1946 by Yoshiro Takanashi. Since then, the company has seen three generations of Takanashi sons lead the company as President. Our founder and his successors have all strived to achieve their ultimate wish; that is customer satisfaction. Takanashi's mission is to manufacture products that are of superior quality, beneficial to one's health and, very importantly, in an environmentally friendly manner.

If you like to attend, please click link at right.
To check who has already registered, click HERE!!
Friday, 11 December
The 17th Scandinavian Christmas Party

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, is this year held on Friday, 11 December, at the same venue as last year, The Westin Tokyo.
The committee has been working hard on a new and exciting program for this year's party. Together with the staff at The Westin Tokyo, the committee is confident that all participating chamber members, and their guests, will experience a party better than ever before!

Registration open!
The registartion for the party is now open. As we expect the party to be fully booked this year, please sign up sooner rather that later! (click link below for online sign-up),

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.

If you sign-up as a sponsor now (click link below for online sign-up), before we open registration and announce the site to all chamber members, you will get most benefit of your contribution.

News from Finland

Finnair pilot strike to ground fleet

The Finnish Airline Pilots' Association (SLL) on Saturday rejected a state arbitrator's settlement proposal to avert a strike, grounding most of Finnair's fleet by Monday morning.

The key sticking point involves the Finnish flag carrier's outsourcing plans.

Anssi Komulainen, the human resources chief of the struggling government-controlled carrier, said the strike would nullify cost cuts achieved by other employee groups at great effort.

"We are totally stunned and apologise sincerely for the inconvenience this causes to our customers," he said in a statement.

"The SLL has now turned down three settlement proposals within a year and a half."

Finnair said long-haul flights and short-haul ones involving an overnight stay of the aeroplane would be cancelled on Sunday, with all scheduled flights but not charter ones grounded from Monday.

Grin of the Week

You hear the truth from the kids?

To stop her 4-year old daughter from biting her nails, her mother tells her it'll make her fat. "I won't do it any more, Mom," says the daughter.

Next day they are out walking when they meet a very fat man. "If I bite my fingernails, I'll be as fat as that, won't I Mom?" "You'll be fatter than that," says her mother.

They get on a bus, and sitting opposite them is a very pregnant lady. The little girl can't take her eyes off the woman's belly.

The pregnant lady feels increasingly uncomfortable under this stare, and finally leans forward and says to the little girl, "Excuse me, but do you know me?"
And the little girl responds, "No, but I know what you've been doing..."
On a final note; the FCCJ Christmas Luncheon is going to be held on Tuesday, 8 December at the Embassy of Finland. More about it in my next bulletin!

Have a nice week & 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 650 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 62 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.