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  ISSUE 26/2008 16 December, 2008  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

As the holiday season is closing in, this will be my last bulletin in 2008.
I have though still one good piece of news to bring you, the election of Tommy Kullberg as Chairman of the European Business Council (EBC). Although we have had a great support from the outgoing chairman, Richard Collasse, who has brought both the EBC and the EU-Japan business relations to a new level, with Tommy we have the first EBC chairman from one of the Nordic chambers and him having a Finnish born wife Marja we are quite confident that we will have a continuous good cooperation with the EBC and its chairman!
Read more about Tommy Kullberg's appointment below.

Thank you Richard for your extraordinary contribution and welcome Tommy into the big boots Richard leaves behind!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our members and other readers of my bulletin for all your support and good cooperation in 2009 and wish you:

All the best for the Holiday Season &

A Happy and Prosperous New Year!

I will be back early next year!
Report from the Christmas Luncheon Meeting

The traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon, attended at maximum capacity by 37 members and guest, was held for the ninth time at the Embassy of Finland on Friday 12 December.

Before the lunch, H.E. Ambassador Jorma Julin gave a presentation on Finland in Japan where he highlighted events in 2008, which included several ministerial visits from Finland to Japan, and as a special highlight, the creation of FinNode. Ambassador Julin also gave a preview of what is happening in 2009, which marks the 90th anniversary of the signing of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan.

For images from the luncheon, please click link at right.
EBC elects Tommy Kullberg new Chairman

Mr.Tommy Kullberg has been elected new Chairman of the European Business Council in Japan (EBC) from 2009 through 2011. Mr Kullberg brings unique experience and an in-depth understanding of Japan following a long, exceptionally successful career in Japan.

"I am honoured to have been elected and chosen to represent European industry in Japan at this crucial point in time. With the global economy in turmoil and Japan eagerly seeking a new model for growth, this is an ideal time to strengthen and redefine EU-Japan relations. The outgoing chairman, Richard Collasse has made an outstanding contribution to raising the profile of the EBC. Moreover, his efforts have ensured that the EU and Japanese authorities better understand business concerns, and are more aware of the need for crucial reforms and for a new paradigm of EU-Japan relations. I am looking forward to working with all EBC members and stakeholders to see these changes through."

Mr. Kullberg has been working as a businessman and diplomat in Japan for some 20 years. He served as the President of Gadelius Trading KK and as the Chairman of many Gadelius & ABB subsidiaries in Europe and Asia. During 1994-99, he was Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo.

Mr Kullberg founded IKEA Japan KK and was CEO & President for the company 2002-2006 when he managed its successful market entry to Japan. Currently Chairman of Kullberg & Partners KK, he is actively supporting the market entry of H&M Hennes & Mauritz Japan KK as a member of the Board of Directors, while also acting as Senior Advisor for Gambro AB.
Thursday, 22 January 2009 - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Dan Harada, Founder & President, Nagatacho Forum

Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday, 22 January, where we will have Mr. Dan Harada, Founder & President of Nagatacho Forum as our guest speaker. Mr. Harada will talk about the current political climate in Japan.

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Thursday, 22 January, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday, 20 January

Profile of Mr. Harada
Raised in Paris, I went to Wall Street to work, first at Smith Barney, later as assistant to John Pell, trustee of the Pell family trusts and cousin of Claiborne Pell, then chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations.

In 1987, I acquired Japanese citizenship, became a member of the LDP and founded Nagatacho Forum, a lobbying firm which assists foreign governments and companies in their relations with Japanese legislators.

The only Western face in the LDP membership, my friendships with ministers, committee chairmen and the LDP leadership are assets for our clients to tap.

About Nagatacho Forum
For years, Nagatacho Forum has been the bridge between foreign executives / governments and Japanese legislators (Diet Members).

Not only are we updating CEOs and ambassadors on the political situation, helping them reach out to legislators, we are also monitoring proceedings/ legislations and making introductory presentations to visitors.
If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Two-fifths of Finns have tightened purse strings -Poll

Two in five Finns have reined in spending in the face of the economic downturn, commercial broadcaster MTV3 quoted the results of a survey as indicating on Sunday.

Half of the respondents said they had not changed their spending habits at all, with a fifth saying they had cancelled foreign holiday plans or forgone other highly valued outlay items.

MTV3 added that women had checked spending clearly more than men had.

Some 3,000 people were interviewed for the poll in late November and early December.

Grin of the week

A Car For Christmas

Danny had recently passed his driving test and decided to ask his clergyman father if there was any chance of him getting a car for Christmas, which was yet some months away. 'Okay.' said his father 'I tell you what I'll do. If you can get your 'A' level grades up to 'A's and 'B's, study your bible and get your hair cut, I'll consider the matter very seriously.'

A couple of months later Danny went back to his father who said 'I'm really impressed by your commitment to your studies. Your grades are excellent and the work you have put into your bible studies is very encouraging. However, I have to say I'm very disappointed that you haven't had your hair cut yet.

Danny was a smart young man who was never lost for an answer. 'Look dad. In the course of my bible studies I've noticed in the illustrations that Moses, John the Baptist, Samson and even Jesus had long hair.' 'Yes. I'm aware of that...' replied his father '... but did you also notice they walked wherever they went?'

Have nice holiday season & Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
send it to: fccj@gol.com


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 68 corporate members, 15 individual and one special member.