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  ISSUE 2/2009 19 January, 2008  

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

Not much new to report since my previous bulletin so this serves mainly as a reminder for our luncheon meeting this Thursday with Dan Harada, Founder & President of the Nagatacho Forum.

When we agreed with Harada-san already in October about his presentation he was supposed to speak about the political climate in Japan after the elections, which where imminent at that time. Perhaps he will now tell us when the elections will be, and give us a prediction of the outcome...
Read more below!

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 and have not yet registered, please click link at right, at latest by tomorrow Tuesday! To check who has already registered, click HERE!
News from Finland

Finnish showrooms cut 2009 sales forecast

The Finnish Information Centre of the Automobile Sector said in a statement Friday that the lobby now expected the country's showrooms to shift about 92,000 new passenger cars this year, having forecast about 120,000 units last autumn.

Last year's sales tally was about 140,000 new passenger cars, partly thanks to the introduction of an emissions-staggered car tax scheme that reduced the tax-inclusive prices of many models.

Grin of the week

Deteriorating airline food?

Tower: "United 702, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on 124.7."

United 702: "Tower, United 702 switching to Departure... by the way, as we lifted off, we saw some kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway."

Tower: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on 124.7... Did you copy the report from United?"

Continental 635: "Continental 635 cleared for takeoff... and yes, we copied United and we've already notified our caterers."

Best regards

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


ABOUT THIS BULLETIN

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.