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  ISSUE 21/2005

20 September, 2005  


Sometimes it's nice when there's only three days in a working week, as in Japan this week. Yesterday was a public holiday, and another on Friday. But it tends to make you a bit busy. At least the stock traders in Tokyo seem to be, this morning the Nikkei index rose above 13,000 for the first time in 4 years.

This is a kind of emergency message, as I wanted to bring to your attention a timely business luncheon organized by the Swedish Chamber next Monday. The luncheon was confirmed late last week, that's why this short notice. Please read more about it below.

Report from Monthly Luncheon Meeting on 15 September

The theme at the luncheon meeting on Thursday 15 September was: Relations between universities and working life as a criterion of quality of higher education.

The luncheon was organized on the occasion of the visit of a 27 member delegation of university representatives from Finland.

We had no guest speaker, but two much appreciated introductions from Professor Shigeru Komori from Jobu University and FCCJ Board Member Erik Ullner followed by a very active discussions around this important and interesting theme.

The meeting was attended by 46 FCCJ and delegation members.

To find out more about the luncheon, click link at right.
Swedish Chamber Business Luncheon
26 September - "The Post Election, Japanese Economy: Internal Problems, External Relations"

The Swedish Chamber invites members of other Nordic Chambers of a Business Luncheon with Professor Noriko Hama, Professor Doshisha Business School, International Economics and Finance, European Economic Studies The title of Prof. Hama's presentation is: "The Post Election, Japanese Economy: Internal Problems, External Relations"

Date & Time:Monday, 26 September, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Misao Room, B1F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Wednesday 21 September

Ms. Hama writes regularly on current issues in newspapers and economic journals incl. 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. She also serves on a variety of committees advising the major central government ministries as well as local authorities in Japan.

If you would like to attend, click link at right.
NHK Music Festival - reminder
Discount Tickets for Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert on 22 October

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo, has been invited to perform on Sat. 22 October at the NHK Music Festival. The concert is held at the NHK Hall in Shibuya and the program includes music by Sibelius, Beethoven and Mahler. For more on the concert, click here (in Japanese).

NHK offers members of FCCJ a special discount of 20 % on all tickets. For more information and ticket application form (in English and Japanese), mail me by clicking link below. As we have only hard copies, please give your fax number.

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, click link at right.
News from Finland

Finnjet passenger ferry sent to alleviate Katrina havoc

Finland-based ferry operator Silja Line is sending its big passenger ship Finnjet to the hurricane Katrina disaster zone in the United States. Silja Line has rented the vessel to the faculty of medicine of Louisiana State University.

The faculty needs the ship as soon as possible to make up for the facilities devastated by the hurricane. The vessel will not serve as shelter for people left homeless.

Finnjet will be anchored on the shores of the Mississippi river at Baton Rouge, some 160 kilometres upstream from New Orleans. The lease lasts at least six months and can be continued, if necessary. Finnjet is to depart on its ocean voyage on 20 September and it is expected to arrive to its destination on 2 October.
Grin of the week

Mary Ellen

A man is sitting reading his newspaper when his wife sneaks up and whacks him real hard on the head with a frying pan.

"What was that for?" he asks.
"That was for the piece of paper in your trousers pocket with the name of Mary Ellen written on it" she replies.

"Don't be silly," he says, "Two weeks ago when I went to the races, Mary Ellen was the name of one of the horses I bet on."

She seems satisfied at this and apologizes.

Three days later, he is again sitting in his chair reading when she nails him with an even bigger frying pan, instantly knocking him out cold.

When he comes around he asks: "What was that for?"
"Your horse phoned!"

Our schedule for the rest of 2005 has now more or less been confirmed. If you want to check the events and dates, please click HERE. There's some interesting things coming up...

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.