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  ISSUE 11

21 May, 2001  


Busy week for many of us. Finland's Foreign Trade Minister Kimmo Sasi is in town and many of you (us) are involved in his schedule, in one way or another. For FCCJ of course the luncheon meeting on Wednesday is the most important event, read more about that below.

FCCJ Luncheon Meeting 23 May
Mr. Kimmo Sasi, Minister of Foreign Trade will speak at our meeting on Wednesday 23 May at 12:00 at Capitol Tokyu Hotel, White Pearl Room. The theme of his presentation will be:
'The Visions of the Finnish Foreign Trade in Light of the Success in the 90's'.
As of now we have 82 participants, but the banquet room accommodates more than 100 persons, so there is still space available. Note that we collect the participation fee of 7,000 yen at the door and provide a receipt.

If you plan to attend and have not yet registered, please click the link to the right, but do it today!

If you are uncertain if you have registered, check list of participants.
The new version of our members' listing, Guidebook 2001 is now more or less completed. The Web version has been renewed and each member has a page as the one to left, both in English and Japanese (click image to see it full size.)
The printed version will be distributed at the luncheon meeting on Wednesday, and mailed to members together with our next newsletter early June.

Please note that the company information both on the web (including i-mode) and in the printed version are constantly updated, so information about our members could be changed at any time.
To check information about your company, or any other company, click link to the right.
The June issue of our printed newsletter, FCCJ NEWS, is under preparation. In this issue we will feature the results from the Business Barometer survey conducted in April. We will also have reports from the IT seminar and luncheon meeting with Minister Sasi.

As always, we will have a member company presentation, if you would like to feature your company in this issue, or if you have any other news you would like to convey to our readers, click link to the right.
We have got three new corporate members, i.e.
  • Kyowa Corporation
  • Ogawa Transport & Terminal Co.,Ltd.
  • Wartsila Japan Co.,Ltd.
    To find more about these companies, visit our web guidebook.
    The European Business Community (EBC) is the trade policy arm of the thirteen European National Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations in Japan.

    As many of our readers are perhaps not that familiar with the functions and activities of EBC, we have created an "EBC page" at our web site, which includes in addition to information about EBC, also links to the member chamber and to the EBC Monthly News Bulletins.
    Check link to the right!

    News from Finland
    "EU expansion overly optimistic"
    Johannes Koroma, Managing Director of the Confederation of Finnish Industry and Employers, thinks that the views on the time table for enlargement of EU have been overly optimistic. The Commisssion's Chairman Romano Prodi, among others, have estimated that the first new members could be accepted already in 2004.

    In Koroma's opinion, the enlargement would take place after 2005. "The Finnish industry and business life supports the enlargement. It should, however, start from a realistic standpoint, so that the balance of competition would be maintained and too large financial support to applicant countries from EU coffers would not destroy the whole operation."

    For more news, click link to the right.

    Grin of the Week
    Microsoft Purchases Evil From Satan
    Redmond, WA - Microsoft has in a recent all cash deal purchased evil from Satan for $2.7 billion. "We've been after Satan for some time," said CEO Steve Ballmer. "Negotiations were tough but I think both Microsoft and the Prince of Darkness are happy with this deal."

    "We feel that there are real opportunities with evil, and that when evil is integrated it into our next generation of Windows products consumers will appreciate evil on their desktop," said Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. "With evil integrated into Office 2001, corporations big and small will begin to see enhanced evil productivity."

    "I've been dealing with Microsoft for some time," Lucifer said. I considered an IPO, but then Steve-O and Billy came along and told me about their "Evil Everywhere" plan and that was an offer I couldn't refuse."

    Evil was founded by Satan close to the beginning of time. Most of the growth has come in the past five years with the development of the internet. Satan plans to retire to a small island in the Bahamas and write a column for the local newpaper.

    I wish you a good week and hope to see many of you on Friday!

    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 250 persons among its members and related organizations.
    FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchage between Japan and Finland and has today 72 corporate members.