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  ISSUE 18/2005

19 August, 2005  


The Expo 2005 Aichi seems to go better than expected, at least what comes to number of visitors. The official target for the Expo was 15 million, but already yesterday, with 38 days to go, this figure was exceeded. As the number of visitors seems to increase day by day, the final figure when the Expo closes on 25 September might be quite close to 20 million.

Also the Nordic Pavilion has had its fair share of visitors. On 10 August the 1.5 million mark was reached, so a total of 2 million could be a realistic target.

24 August - Club Evening at Juniper at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Our Club Evening at the Juniper Café and Bar in April was well received and attended by a record number of 50 members and guests. Therefore we start off our autumn activities with a new event at the same venue. Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing but elegant atmosphere!
Date & Time:Wednesday, 24 August, 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 22 August

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 below.
15 September - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

Our first regular luncheon meeting after the summer break is held on 15 September. The theme of the lucheon is: Relations between universities and working life as a criterion of quality of higher education. A delegation of about 35 representatives from Finish university will participate.

Date & Time:Thursday, 15 September, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, White Pearl Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday 13 September

If you would like to register already now, click link at right.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan Presents
Blue Ocean Strategy: How to make Competition Irrelevant

The ACCJ is proud to present W. Chan Kim and Rene Mauborgne, professors at France's INSEAD and the authors of Blue Ocean Strategy, their best-selling book that challenges every established requirement for strategic success.

Date & Time:Thursday, 1 September, 07:30-09:30
Place: Westin Hotel, Kaede Room [MAP]
Cost:5,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday 29 August

Blue Ocean Strategy is an International Bestseller. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves in over 30 industries, the authors argue that tomorrow's leading companies will succeed by creating "blue oceans" of uncontested market space ripe for growth.

Unlike "red oceans," which are crowded with competitors, "blue oceans" represent untapped market space and the opportunity for highly profitable growth. In this book, Kim and Mauborgne use dozens of examples to urge companies to pursue "value innovation" emphasizing utility, price, and cost positions" - to focus on the big picture, not the numbers.

To register, please click link at right.
Osaka City & CITE (Osaka City Foundation for Urban Technology) Presents
Regional Risk Diversification Conference

Osaka city will be hosting a major conference at the Tokyo New Otani Hotel on 9 September. The conference is called "Regional Risk Diversification - Osaka as the Choice for a Second City Strategy".

Date & Time:Friday, 9 September, 14:00-19:00
Place: New Otani Hotel, Tokyo
Registration:by Friday 26 August

There will be a number of high profile speakers, including William Wahba, President & Representative Director, AIG KK and Izumi Kobayashi, President & CEO, Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co., Ltd. The mayor of Osaka and several senior city officials will also be attending. The conference will be completely in English and we expect about 100 to 150 business people to attend.

For more information and registration, please click link below.
Finnair To Begin Direct Flights To Nagoya in June 2006

Finnair will begin direct scheduled passenger flights from Helsinki to Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport in June next year. Nagoya is Finnair's third route destination in Japan and its ninth in Asia. Finnair will fly to Nagoya's brand-new international airport, which opened in March this year. Finnair will operate the flights with a seventh Boeing MD-11 aircraft, which will join the fleet next winter.

"The opening of the Nagoya route is a natural continuation of our Asia strategy. Timetables have been structured to harmonize with our European flights, so that the route has good connections to Finnair's network of around thirty cities in Europe," says Henrik Arle, COO and EVP, Scheduled Passenger Traffic .

Next summer, Finnair will fly to Japan a total of ten times a week, five times to Osaka, twice to Tokyo and three times to Nagoya. The company will be the only northern European airline to offer direct flights to all of Japan's three largest cities.

News from Finland

Finnish employment heads up

Employment in Finland made a turn for the better this year. The first six months of the year saw 40,000 more people with jobs than the same period of time last year. Growth in jobs has occurred mostly in the service sector. The Ministry of Labour estimates for employment to improve further.

Minister of Labour Tarja Filatov (soc dem) said Thursday there were still variables affecting economic growth that could impact employment too.

Even though the government lags behind its goal by 10,000 jobs, Ms Filatov believes reforms to help the employment of both young and old, waiting approval at the budget talks, can work to mend the situation.
Grin of the week

Rules to give to your boss

...and if you're the boss, do you recognize yourself...
  1. Never give me work in the morning. Always wait until 4:00 and then bring it to me. The challenge of a deadline is refreshing.
  2. If it's really a rush job, run in and interrupt me every 10 minutes to inquire how it's going. That helps. Even better, hover behind me, and advise me at every keystroke.
  3. Always leave without telling anyone where you're going. It gives me a chance to be creative when someone asks where you are.
  4. Do your best to keep me late. I adore this office and really have nowhere to go or anything to do. I have no life beyond work.
  5. If you have special instructions for a job, don't write them down. In fact, save them until the job is almost done. No use confusing me with useful information.
  6. Tell me all your little problems. No one else has any and it's nice to know someone is less fortunate. I especially like the story about having to pay so many taxes on the bonus check you received for being such a good manager.
That's all for now, have a nice weekend!

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 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.