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  ISSUE 19/2006

19 September, 2006  

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

In my previous bulletin I expressed the media attention surrounding Prime Minister Koizumi's visit to Helsinki and the Asem Summit would also "spill over" to some positive reporting about Finland in Japan.

And it did!
One concrete example is that Koizumi's visit to Suomenlinna was covered in Yahoo's Japanese news, with a link to Suomenlinna page on the Finnish Tourist Board's Japanese web site. This page got almost 40,000 hits on Sunday last week. Hope the viewers also too their time to study some more about Finland at the site the same time.

Fri. 22 September - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting withTimo Varhama

At our next luncheon meeting on Friday 22 September our speaker will be Mr. Timo Varhama, President of UPM- Kymmene Japan KK.

Mr. Varhama will talk about "Global Paper Industry - Recent Trends and Phenomena", a timely theme now also in Japan will all the heated discussions on take-over and mergers.

Date & Time:Friday, 22 September 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Nara Room (B2F)
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Wednesday 20 September

  Profile of Timo Varhama
Timo Varhama was born in 1948 and graduated from Helsinki School of Economics in 1971.
Mr. Varhama has spent most of his long career in the paper industry. First with Finnpap, which he joined in 1972 in Finland, Australia, Norway, Japan, Australia and again in Japan, where he became President of Nippon Finnpap K.K. in 1997. He was instrumental in transforming the joint-venture Nippon Finnpap to UPM-Kymmene Japan KK in 2004, and has served as its President to date.

Mr. Varhama has also played an important role in the formation and development of the FCCJ and served on its board from the founding of the Chamber in 1999 to 2004. He was President 2002-2004, and serves now on the Board of Trustees.

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right, no later than tomorrow Wedensday!
REMINDER: EBC White Paper 2006

The EBC's year 2005 white paper, "Key Moment for Reform - The EBC Report on the Japanese Business Environment 2005", was produced again last year thanks to the generous sponsorship and loyal support of many committee members. Authentication via sponsorship from the members is essential in establishing the credibility of the report.

Similar to last year, we will again produce English and Japanese white papers simultaneously for release in early November to coincide with the European Commission's regulatory reform dialogue with the Japanese Government. As this is the EBC's hallmark publication, once again, we are asking EBC members to sponsor the publication as "Blue-Star Sponsors," "Special Sponsors" or "Sponsors" in return for visible acknowledgment in the 2 volumes. Similar to last year, the EBC will also take advance orders for the white papers at 5,000 yen for one set (1 English and 1 Japanese version per set) to assist with cost-recovery.

  • Blue-Star Sponsorship: 150,000 yen ad up (Company name on a 2-name page)
  • Special Sponsorship: 100,000 yen (Company name on a 10-name page)
  • Sponsorship: 50,000 yen (Company name on a 20-name page)

  • 5,000 yen per set: 1 English copy and 1 Japanese copy (including postage)

    If you would like to support the white paper as sponsor and/or would like to order copies please click links below for order forms.
    Request from the Cabinet Office
    Questionnaire on Measures under the Action Program
    The Cabinet Office has asked the EBC's assistance in distributing the Cabinet Office's annual survey on public procurement in Japan.

    Completed questionnaires and any questions that you may have regarding this exercise should be addressed to:
    Mr. Riki Tamaki, the Office of Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary
    1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8969
    Tel: 03-5253-2111 ext 82441 Fax: 03-3593-2259
    E-mail: riki.tamaki@cas.go.jp

    For more information, please click link at right.
    News from Finland

    Finnish industry lobby urges strike law reform

    Leif Fagernas, the chief executive of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), was quoted as saying in regional daily Keskisuomalainen on Saturday that the next government's programme should include a reform of strike legislation.

    In particular, the EK underlines that the maximum fine for an illegal strike in Finland is 25,900 euros. There is no ceiling in other Nordic countries.

    Grin of the week

    Working On The Fourth Husband

    A woman announces to her friend that she is getting married for the fourth time.

    "How wonderful! But I hope you don't mind me asking what happened to your first husband?"
    "He ate poisonous mushrooms and died."

    "Oh, how tragic! What about your second husband?"
    "He ate poisonous mushrooms too and died."

    "Oh, how terrible! I'm almost afraid to ask you about your third husband."
    "He died of a broken neck."

    "A broken neck?"
    "He wouldn't eat the mushrooms."

  • Have a good week!

    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 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 67 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.