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  ISSUE 15/2005

20 June, 2005  


The Third Annual North America-Europe Golf Challenge - the DaimlerChrysler Cup - will be played on Friday 30 September at Atsugi Kokusai C.C.

We opened the event for registrations a few weeks ago and after announcing it to last years players (and through word-of-mouth), we already have almost half of the assigned 72 slots in each teams signed-up for, 30 for the North American team, 41 for the European.

We are also recruiting sponsors for the event, at present we have 12, in addition to the title sponsor, DaimlerChrysler.

Go to the web site for the event to sign up as player or sponsor: http://www.dccgolf-japan.com

Last Reminder

23 June - Monthly Luncheon Meeting with Minister Tuula Haatainen

At our luncheon meeting in June we will have Ms. Tuula Hatainen, Minister of Education as our guest speaker. Minister Haatainen will speak about education in Finland and Finland's role in the education sector in EU. Finland has declared that themes of the Finnish EU presidency (in 2006) will be quality and equality in education.

Date & Time:Thursday, 23 June, 12:00-14:00
Venue: Embassy of Finland
Cost: 7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday 21 June

Profile of Minister Haatainen
  • Minister of Education, 17 April 2003 onwards
  • Member of Parliament (Social Democratic Party ), 1996 onwards
  • Nurse, Master of Social Sciences
  • Date and place of birth: 11 February 1960, Tuusniemi

  • If you plan to attend and have not yet registered, please do so at latest tomorrow Tuesday by clicking link at right.

    Report from the DCCJ Business Luncheon

    The speaker at the Joint Nordic Business Luncheon, organized by the Danish Chamber on Thursday 16 June was Mr. Nobuyuki Idei, Chairman & Group CEO, SONY Corporation.

    The theme of Mr. Idei's presentation at the joint Nordic luncheon organized by the Danish Chamber of Commerce in Japan was "Globalization of SONY". But before he started his speech, he presented two surprise guests; SONY humanoid robots "QRIO" which performed their tricks of singing and dancing to the audience.

    In his presentation Mr. Idei explained about the development of SONY from a home electronics company to a "localized global corporation" with business domains in mobile and home electronics, entertainment, personal business solutions and financial services.

    The meeting was attended by about 70 members of the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Chambers.

    For more about the meeting, click link at right.
    Invitation to ANZCCJ Seminar
    Common Mistakes - and How to Avoid Them
    presented by Philip Parker, President and CEO of P.J. Parker & Co.

    Many foreign based high tech companies generate major revenues from Japan. However, most high-tech companies entering the Japan market fail badly.
    Why do they fail? What could have they done differently?

    Dr. Philip Parker has more than 15 years experience in the telecommunications and high tech industries, Philip Parker founded P. J. Parker & Co. in 2001, with a mission: make foreign entrants into the Japan high-tech market a success. His company is the Japan representative of over ten leading IT, telecommunications and semiconductors companies, including Sylantro Systems, Netrake, Chiaro Networks, Red Bend Networks and Runcom.
    Date & Time:Thursday, 30 June, 18:30-20:30
    Venue: Australian Embassy, B2
    Cost:3,500 yen (guests 5,500 yen)
    Light buffet and refreshments included
    Registration:by Tuesday 28 June

    For more info and reservations, click link below to ANZCCJ Event page
    Invitation to BCCJ luncheon
    7 July- So What Happens Now?
    - Japan in Search of a Post 'post-lost decade' Horizon
    by Professor Noriko Hama

    Noriko Hama is currently professor at the Doshisha University Business School. She studied international economics at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. Having graduated from the university in 1975, she joined the Mitsubishi Research Institute where she has addressed a variety of macroeconomic issues including the United States economy, European integration and financial deregulation in Japan.

    In 1990 Ms Hama was appointed to the post of the Institutefs first resident economist and chief representative in London. She returned to Japan in 1998, and served as research director in the Research Center for Policy and Economy in Mitsubishi Research Institute's Tokyo headquarters. In 2002, she moved to Doshisha University Business School to take up a professorship in international economics there.

    Ms Hama writes regularly on current issues in newspapers and economic journals including The Mainichi Shimbun, Japan Times, Les Echos and The Financial Times. She is a frequent commentator for the BBC's World Service Radio and Television broadcasts, Japan's NHK Television, CNN and other current affairs media.
    Date & Time:Thursday, 7 July, 12:00-14:00
    Venue: The Roppongi Hills Club
    Cost:7,600 yen
    Registration:by Friday 1 July

    For the full details and booking mechanism, click link below.
    EBC White Paper 2005

    Due to the high quality of its white papers in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, the EBC is now regarded as an authority on the Japanese business and investment environment and our participation in the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table, at which the white paper is distributed as supportive documentation, is considered indispensable and has come to be expected. The Japanese Government is increasingly turning to the EBC for opinion and participation in hearings as well as requesting copies of the report.

    The year 2004 white paper, "Trade, Investment and the Reform Nexus - The EBC Report on the Japanese Business Environment 2004", was produced last year thanks to the generous sponsorship of many EBC committee members. This authentication via sponsorship from the members is essential in establishing the credibility of the report.

    Similar to last year, the EBC 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. The EBC is asking its members to sponsor the publication as "Blue-Star Sponsors," "Special Sponsors" or "Sponsors" in return for visible acknowledgment in the 2 volumes. EBC will also take 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.
    News from Finland

    Jukka Hienonen to replace Suila as Finnair chief executive

    Finnair's board has appointed Jukka Hienonen, 43, as president and chief executive as of 1 January 2006, the Finnish flag carrier said in a statement Friday. Mr Hienonen currently works as an executive vice president at Stockmann, a retail group.

    Keijo Suila is to retire from the job on 31 December. "During Suila's time as President and CEO, Finnair's Asian traffic has quadrupled and new growth has also been achieved in the Scandinavian market," said in the statement Christoffer Taxell, the Finnair chairman.

    The statement added that Mr Hienonen had a solid background in management and international trade.

    Since its establishment in 1923 as Aero O/Y - hence the code AY - the company has had only eight chief executives.
    Grin of the week

    Calling In Sick

    Negotiations between union members and their employer were at an impasse. The union denied that their workers were flagrantly abusing their contract's sick-leave provisions.

    One morning at the bargaining table, the company's chief negotiator held aloft the morning edition of the newspaper, "This man," he announced, "called in sick yesterday!"

    There on the sports page, was a photo of the supposedly ill employee, who had just won a local golf tournament with an excellent score.

    The silence in the room was broken by a union negotiator.
    "Wow," he said. "Just think of what kind of score he could have had if he hadn't been sick!"

  • That's all for now, have a nice week!

    Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt
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    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.