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  ISSUE 9/2005

19 April, 2005  


Last Friday 47 members of the Finnish and Swedish Chambers enjoyed a beautiful day in the nature in Ibaraki. We also played golf, some better than others, read further about it below. My camera also caught some Scandinavian beer drinking styles. The one to the right shot 37 strokes less than the one to the left. Is it a coincidence that his style looks much more relaxed, of does it also have a positive effect on his golf?

That reminds me; on 18 May we are going to make a study tour to the Sapporo Brewery in Makuhari to see how the beer is made, hear the latest from the market and perhaps taste one of two of their products. More about this tour in my next bulletin.

Report from Stora Enso Cup - the SCCJ-FCCJ Golf Challenge

The seventh Stora Enso Cup - the Golf Challenge between the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (SCCJ) and FCCJ - was played in beautiful, sunny and warm weather on Friday 15 April at the fine course at Windsor Park Golf & Country Club near Mito in Ibaraki prefecture.

This time 47 players participated in the event. Despite having the best net and best gross player in the team, and five players among the top six, the depth of the SCCJ team proved to be too strong for FCCJ once again. This was the fifth time in a row that the Swedes took the cup, although the winning margin gets smaller every time, now less than half a stroke per player. This time the SCCJ team scored 81.68 and the FCCJ team 82.11 strokes (counted on the average of best 80% in the team).

For more about the event, many images and results, please click link below.
27 April - Club Evening at Juniper at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Come and do networking in an elegant but yet relaxed athmosphere!
Our April Club Evening will be held at the Juniper Cafe and Bar at Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Join new and old friends and colleagues in the elegant surroundings of Roppongi Hills. You can relax in this casual cafe atmosphere and enjoy delicious European style dishes.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 27 April, 19:00-
Place: Juniper Café and Bar at Grand Hyatt Tokyo at Roppongi Hills, 4F [MAP]
Cost:3,500 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and light buffet
Registration:by Monday 25 April

By keeping the fee low, we try to encourage many staff members from our member companies to join, guest and spouses are also welcome! If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
27 April - Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Government Procurement Seminar
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is holding a seminar on government procurement on April 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 17:30 p.m. at the Mita Kyoyo Kaigisho (2-1-8 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo). The seminar will be conducted in Japanese with simultaneous translation into English. Registration for attendance is required.

Date & Time:Wednesday 27 April, 10:00 - 17:30
Venue: Mita Kyoyo Kaigisho, (2-1-8 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo) [MAP]
Registration:by Tuesday 19 April

To register, please contact: Government Procurement Seminar Secretariat, Ms. Akaboshi or Ms. Nakamura, tel: 5562-3677; fax: 5562-3666.
For further information, click link below.

16 June - ALB In-House Legal Summit
ALB (Asian Legal Business), a publication of Key Media, is holding the "ALB In-House Legal Summit" in Tokyo on June 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 18:30 p.m. EBC members (incl. members of EBC affiliated Chambers of Commerce, e.g. FCCJ) are invited to joint the summit free of charge (normal price is US$1,995). The attached flyer (see below) provides details of the event and includes a reply form (dedicated EBC reply form). Please use the dedicated EBC form to ensure that you register free of charge.

Date & Time:Wednesday 16 June, 9:00 - 18:30
Venue: Happo-en, (1-1-1, Shiroganedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Fee:free for EBCmembers
Registration:by Tuesday 19 April

For further information, click link below for the flyer with registration form.

News from Finland

Prime Minister Vanhanen to run for president

Chairman of the Finnish Centre Party, Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, is to run for president as his party's candidate. Mr Vanhanen said that he would not be a candidate who keeps his "foot on the brakes" but, rather, one who keeps his hands on the wheel. Mr Vanhanen also said that his goal was to win the election.

He characterised the prime minister's duties as extremely interesting and challenging. He stated, however, that the president's task was the highest and most respected in the political system.

Referring to recent news that he and Merja Vanhanen are to get a divorce and affair allegations involving another cabinet member, the prime minister admitted that the last week and a half in his private life had been tough on him. Nevertheless, he said that, for him, the writings in the press were "only paper compared to what has really been bothering him recently".
Grin of the week

The Student

A student comes to a young professor's office hours. She glances down the hall, closes his door, and kneels pleadingly. "I would do anything to pass this exam."

She leans closer to him, flips back her hair, gazes meaningfully into his eyes. "I mean," she whispers, "I would do anything."

He returns her gaze. "Anything?"


His voice turns to a whisper. "Would you... study?"

That's all for this week, but one reminder to our Finnish affiliated member companies. In case you have not yet submitted the Business Confidence Survey, do so before Friday 22 April. In case you have lost the link I sent on 12 April, please  mail me! 

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 580 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.