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  ISSUE 9/2003

21 April, 2003  


On Friday we played the third Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge. The wather was great, Mt. Fuji beautiful and the course in excellent condition. And the company of the SCCJ members was very enjoyable, although tough...
That is, FCCJ lost. Read more about this event below.

April Luncheon Meeting - last reminder

At the April Luncheon meeting coming Friday our guest speaker will be Mr. Ryuji Kita, President, Sunarrow Limited. The theme of his presentation is "Sunarrow Business in Finland".

Here are the details:

Ryuji Kita
Date & Time:Friday, 25 April, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, B2F Take Room [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Wednesday 23 April
  Ryuji Kita was born in 1940 in Fukuoka. He graduated from Kyushu University of Faculty of Engineering in 1963, and earned his Master Degree by majoring high polymer synthesis in 1965. After Graduating, Mr. Kita started his business career at Nippon Zeon Co.Ltd., where he had engaged in research and development activities for 23 years. From 1989 he served as director of the Department of Electronic materials and high performance plastics materials. In 1999 he joined Sunarrow Co.Ltd. where he was managing director 1999-2002.
On 25 October, he was appointed to serve as the President of Sunarrow Co. Ltd.

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please do so by click link to the right at latest on Wednesday 23 April.
Stora Enso Cup:
Report from the Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Eero Ala-Jaaski, President of Stora Enso Japan presents the trophy to the winning SCCJ team.

As expected, the SCCJ team came well prepared and in numbers to take back the Stora Enso Cup at the third Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge played at the Taiheiyo Club's Gotemba West course on Friday 18 April.

The Swedish winning margin was quite clear, after all. SCCJ scored 954 strokes while the FCCJ team had 996. The stroke average of the teams were 73.4 and 76.6 respectively. The teams consisted of the 13 best players from each chamber.

51 golfers, of which 17 from FCCJ, participated in the event held in beautiful weather in Shizuoka prefecture at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

For photos and more about the competition, click link at right.
May Events

In May we have two interesting events, i.e.;

Mon. 26 May - Monthly Luncheon Meeting with SCCJ and DCCJ
Guest Speaker: Mr. Marutei Tsurunen, Member of the House of Councillors

Wedn. 28 May - Joint Chambers Luncheon
Presentation of the FCIG Business Confidence Survey

Both events are held at Capitol Tokyu Hotel, 12:00 - 14:00. Please mark these dates in your calendar already now!

To see our event calendar, click link at right.
Joint Chamber Guest Speaker Luncheon organized by CCCJ:
History of the Roppongi Hills Project and its role for the revitalization of Tokyo
by Mr. Hiroo Mori, Managing Director, Mori Building Co. Ltd.

Roppongi Hills is one of Japan's largest redevelopment projects and the most extensive urban redevelopment project in Japan ever to be realized by the private sector.
Hiroo Mori
With its focus on urban culture, this innovative project will help Tokyo present a new face to the world. The development centers around a 54-story office tower and includes residential accommodations, over 200 shops and restaurants, movie theatres, a shopping mall, hotel, art museum and broadcasting center. Mr. Hiroo Mori, Managing Director will speak on this exciting new development and plans for a similar project in Shanghai.

Date & Time:Thursday 15 May, 12:00-13:30
Place: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, 3F [MAP]
Cost:7,500 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday 9 May

To register, click link at right.
News from Finland

Finland's new government sworn in

Finland got a new government on Thursday, its 68th in succession, after president of the republic Tarja Halonen appointed Centre's chairperson Anneli Jäätteenmäki Prime minister for the next four-year parliamentary term. Jäätteenmaki (48) is Finland's first woman Prime Minister.
The Government, made up of the Centre Party, the Finnish Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Swedish People's Party, represents 117 seats of the total 200 seats in Parliament. Paavo Lipponen, chairman of the SDP, will not be joining the Government, but becomes Speaker of Parliament.
As part of this process the Finnish Parliament also made political history on April 15, 2003. This was the first time that Parliament elected the Prime Minister in an open ballot in accordance with the new Constitution which came into force on March 1, 2000. Hitherto, the Prime Minister has been appointed by the President of the Republic.
Grin of the Week

A Dinner Conversation That Went Wrong (still talking about golf...)

WIFE: "What would you do if I died? Would you get married again?"
HUSBAND: "Definitely not!"
WIFE: "Why not - don't you like being married?"
HUSBAND: "Of course I do."
WIFE: "Then why wouldn't you remarry?"
HUSBAND: "Okay, I'd get married again."
WIFE: "Would you sleep with her in our bed?"
HUSBAND: "Where else would we sleep?"
WIFE: "Would you replace my pictures with hers?"
HUSBAND: "That would seem like the proper thing to do."
WIFE: "Would she use my golf clubs?"
HUSBAND: "No, she's left-handed."

Tonight you don't need to stay late in the office waiting for phone calls from your head office, they are still today on Easter holiday!

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 450 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.