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  ISSUE 4/2003

18 February, 2003  


Do you sometimes feel tired and out of inspiration without any obvious reason?
If so, why don't you check your biorythm. Even if it does not immediately give your energy and smart brains back, it might help to now that there could be a scientific explanation to your "sudden loss of steam". And that if your graphs are down, it's good to know that they would go up again in a few days.
One place to check your biorythm is here.

But back to business...

Toshikatsu Fukuma
February Luncheon Meeting - last reminder

The February Luncheon meeting will be held as a joint Scandinavian Chambers' meeting, organized by the SCCJ.
Note that the venue is different from our regular one.

The guest speaker will be Mr. Toshikatsu Fukuma, Member of the Policy Board, Bank of Japan. The theme of his presentation is "Japanese Economy and Monetary Policy".

Date & Time:Monday, 24 February, 12:00-14:00
Place: International House, Roppongi [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Wednesday 19 February

Before being elected to the Policy Board of Bank of Japan in April 2002, Mr. Fukuma served Mitsui & Co. for over 40 years. From June 1998 to June 2001 he was Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer and after that Counselor until his appointment to the Bank of Japan.

If you would like to attend, please click link to the right (at latest tomorrow Wednesday).
Stora Enso Cup:
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
The 3rd Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge is played on Friday 18 April for a trophy donated by StoraEnso Japan K.K.
We have (thanks to SCCJ) been able to arrange very nice venue at reasonable costs (see below), the Taiheiyo Club's Gotemba-West Course in Shizuoka prefecture, which has been used for several championship tournaments.

Date & Time:Friday 18 April, first tee-off 9:30
Place: Taiheiyo Club Gotemba-West, Shizuoka Pref.
Play format: Stroke play with handicap
Cost:17,150 yen incl. play fee, caddie & party
Registration:by Wednesday 9 April

Please mark this date in your calendar already now, if you are a golfer. FCCJ is the holder of the cup, so we hope to have many participants to be able to defend it successfully.

If you would like to register now, please click link at right. Please also mark your present handicap when you register.
NCCJ lecture:
In search of the relative absolute;
The consumer behaviour of Japanese youth in the 00'
By: Ms. Naoko Odaka of Dentsu Inc.
The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan (NCCJ) has the pleasure to offer you the opportunity to join a lecture, in combination with their monthly Dutch Cocktail Hour. Guest speaker of the evening is Ms. Odaka Naoko.

About the speech
The Japanese society is undergoing a drastic change that is leading to a large generational gap. The elder generation has been living comfortably with a concrete social narrative shared by many, whereas the younger generation no longer has such narrative. The talk focuses on the newly emerging trend amongst the youth in Japan; their search for the "absolute" at a time when no one can secure about their belief in the "absolute".

Date & Time:Wednesday, 26 February, 17:30-21:00
17:30 - 19:00: lecture followed by Questions and Answers
19:00 - 21:00: Dutch Cocktail Hour
Place: The Tokyo Restaurant [MAP]
2-4-1 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost:2,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Wednesday 19 February

For more, and registration form, please click link at right.
News from Finland
Elcoteq to cooperate with Motorola

Elcoteq, Europe's largest electronic manufacturing services (EMS) company, plans to use Motorola's platforms to develop its customers' advanced wireless handsets for delivery of voice and high-speed data services.

"The Innovative Convergence platform is designed to enable us to reduce our customers' development costs and time to market," said Christer Härkönen, senior vice president of Elcoteq's Business Area Terminal Products. "Motorola's unparalleled wireless and semiconductor experience is assurance that we are utilizing the industryfs most comprehensive development platforms and is a good complement to our design services and manufacturing expertise. We believe the Innovative Convergence platforms will help us in realizing the expansion of our business model to offering customers complete design services."
Grin of the Week

Must help the wife...

Smith goes to see his supervisor in the front office. "Boss," he says, "we're doing some heavy house-cleaning at home tomorrow, and my wife needs me to help with the attic and the garage, moving and hauling stuff."

"We're short-handed, Smith" the boss replies. "I can't give you the day off."

"Thanks, boss," says Smith "I knew I could count on you!"

That's all for now, have a good week and I will see many of you at the luncheon meeting next Monday. If you attend, please remember the venue...

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.