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  ISSUE 12/2006

18 May 2006  


This is a rather short e-mail bulletin, but I wanted to make a reminder about our luncheon meeting next Tuesday (23 May), and also report from the successful club evening with wine tasting last night. It was so successful so I barely managed to get up this morning...

We are planning to make another tasting, perhaps later this year. Join us then and you'll know why it might be hard to get up the next morning...

Note that I will be out of office tomorrow and most of Saturday (we work from a home office so it is more or less 24-7), but in case you register for the event, or have some other questions, I'll reply as soon as I am back.

Tue. 23 May - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Heikki Martela

At our next luncheon meeting on Tuesday 23 May we will have as our guest speaker Mr. Heikki Martela, President of Martela Group.

Mr. Martela will speak around the theme: "From 1945 to Martela's Design Event in Tokyo", about the development of Martela into the leading office furniture company in Scandinavia, and about their business in, and strategies for Japan. Details:

Date & Time:Tuesday 23 May, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Kyoto Room, B2F
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Fri. 19 May

  Profile of Heikki Martela
Born in 1956, M.Sc. (Econ), MBA President of Martela Oyj since 1 March 2002. Heikki Martela has worked in Martela since 1993 and has earlier been responsible for the Scandinavian business unit and the product development process of the Group. Served as Managing Director of Martela AB and Aski Inredningscenter AB 1993-1999. Member of the Board of Martela Oyj since 1986 and served as full-time Chairman of the Board 2000-2002

About Martela Group
Martela is the leading office furniture company in Scandinavia. The concept behind Martela is the fast and efficient delivery of good quality, ergonomically designed, dynamic interior solutions, which support its customers' business. Martela has been furnishing offices and public premises since 1945.

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
Report from the Club Evening and Wine Tasting on 17 May

The first ever FCCJ wine tasting was organized at our club evening on Wednesday, 17 May at the La Brasserie de l'institut Franco-Japonais in Ichigaya. The restaurant provided excellent food to go with the wines.

The wine tasting was organized in cooperation with Eric Dahler of Alcotrade Trust Inc. who brought in seven different wines, four red and three white, for tasting. Judging from the number of people filling in orders for wine, Eric had made a good selection for us.

To find out more about the event, attended by 26 members and guests, please click link below.
News from Finland

Trade with Russia in strong growth

Exports from Finland to Russia were one third higher last year compared with 2004, while import value increased by one fourth in the same period. Growth has continued also during the first two months of this year, the Finnish National Board of Customs said in a release Tuesday.

Especially mobile phones and automobiles have accounted for increased export. Also the export of industrial machinery and equipment is experiencing growth.

Russia has already become Finland's most important export market for mobile phones, the release added. One in four mobile phones exported from Finland are sold to Russia.

Exports to Russia totalled 5.7 billion euros in 2005, which made the country Finland's most important export partner.

Grin of the week

Worth living a long life?

I recently had a health check at a new physician. After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, he said I was doing "fairly well" for my age. A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't resist asking him, "Do you think I'll live to be 80?"

He asked, "Well, do you smoke tobacco or drink alcohol?"
"Oh no," I replied. "I've never done either."

Then he asked, "Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?"
I said "No, I've heard that all red meat is very unhealthy!"

"Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, sailing or rock climbing ?"
"No, I don't," I said.

He said, "Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or sexually fool around?"
"No," I said. "I've never done any of those things."

He looked at me and said, "Then why do you give a s**t if you live to be 80?"

Take good care, with or without red meat or the other stuff...

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.