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  ISSUE 36/2002

16 December, 2002  


Huh... if you participated in the Christmas Party on Friday, you might, just like me, still have sore feet and some pain in your lower back. Yes, it's the liver....

But to continue with the Finnish lessons from my last bulletin, I could cite a very suitable Finnish saying; "väsynyt, mutta onnellinen", which means roughly "tired, but happy".

Read more below about what happened at the party (well, not everything is revealed...).

Report from the Scandinavian Christmas Party

The 10th Anniversary Scandinavian Christmas part was held on Friday 13 December at the Royal Park Hotel in Tokyo.

The party was attended by 476 members and guest from the Finnish, Swedish and Danish Chambers, and the Norwegian Business Forum. The FCCJ had a record 97 participants, 20 more than last year.

In addition to delicious food and and a wide variety of entertainment, from Lucia to Awa-odori, the guest could also win many great prices, incl. 5 air tickets to Scandinavia, valuable gift and travel vouchers, a very exclusive watch, sports products, furniture and much more. All in all, 84 prizes found their happy winners during the evening.

To find out more about the party, including many pictures, please click link at right.
Christmas Luncheon Meeting - last reminder
The traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon is again this year held at our Embassy, were we can enjoy a Finnish style Christmas buffet prepared by the Embassy's chef.

Here are the details:
Date & Time:Wednesday, 18 December, 2002,
Place: Embassy of Finland (3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo)  MAP 
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday, 16 December

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the Embassy and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 17 December and "no-shows".

If you would like to attend, and have not yet registered, do it NOW, we still have space for a couple of persons.
News from Finland
Kyro becomes the leading supplier of glass processing machinery
Kyro Corporation acquires Z. Bavelloni Immobiliare in Italy and Glasto Holding B.V. in the Netherlands. Z. Bavelloni Immobiliare is the holding company for Z. Bavelloni S.p.A., the leading manufacturer of pre-processing equipment for the glass and stone industries. Glasto B.V. is the holding company for an international group of sales and service companies serving the glass and stone industries with Bavelloni machines and tools as main products. These acquisitions make Kyro's Glass Technology business group the largest supplier of glass processing machinery world wide and expand the group's business also to stone processing machinery. The acquisitions create a close co-operation between Z. Bavelloni, Glasto, and Tamglass, as all companies will be fully owned subsidiaries of Kyro Corporation.
Grin of the Week

Reindeer facts

Did you know... While both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, according to the Sodankylä Reindeer Farming Association, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers until after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen - had to be a girl.
We should have known. Only women would be able to drag a fat old man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost....

This was a rather short bulletin, because activities are slowing down because of the holiday season. But I will be back with one more bulletin before the Christmas to report from our last luncheon of the year, so stay tuned!

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 400 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 71 corporate members.