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  ISSUE 11/2003

21 May, 2003  


Finally some sun in Tokyo!
Even though there might be a shortage of electricity this summer (in case TEPCO does not get approval to start up some more nuclear power reactors), there shouldn't be any lack of water - as we have experienced in the past - after all the rain we've got during the last week.

Marutei Tsurunen
Joint Scandinavian Luncheon Meeting

At the May luncheon meeting, which is joint event with the Swedish and Danish Chambers, we will have an interesting guest speaker: Mr. Marutei Tsurunen, Member of the House of Councillors, and his theme is "Things I'd like to change in Japanese politics".

Date & Time:Monday, 26 May, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Take Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Wednesday 21 May

Note that as Mr. Tsurunen have to be back at the Diet by 13:00 we will start with his presentation. So please be on time, preferrably by 11.50.

If you would like to participate and have not yet registered, please do so by clicking link at right, at latest tomorrow Thursday. To check if you are on the list, click here!
FCIG Business Confidence Survey Luncheon

The Foreign Chambers Information Group (FCIG) has conducted the FCIG Business Confidence Survey on April. The survey, which got almost 500 responses from companies representing 15 foreign chambers of commerce and business groups, will be presented at a joint luncheon with members from all participating chambers.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 28 May, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Silver Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
incl. the Business Confidence Survey report
Registration:by Friday 23 May

  The survey, conducted for the third time (previous survey took place last October) to provide an insight into what their members think about the current state of the Japanese economy and their own businesses, to obtain reliable data on how foreign companies perform in Japan and to find out their future strategies on this market. The survey idea and technical implementation is by the FCCJ.

To register, at latest on Monday by 15:00, please click link at right.
Joint Chamber Seminar organized by BLCCJ:
Congress on Delighting Customers in Japan for Sustainable Profitable Growth

Despite all the "gloom and doom" scenarios for Japan, it remains one of the premier markets in the world. As such, all international companies should have Japan as one of their top five turnover and profit contributors.

This congress is designed to help you envisage and achieve this goal. The key to success seems to be a combination of leveraging key strengths and adapting to the local market where appropriate.

Date & Time:Monday 9 June, 18:00-21:30
Congress program starts at 18:00 sharp and ends at 20:00
(Light buffet reception from 20:00)
Place: Embassy of Sweden, Auditorium [MAP]
Cost:10,000 yen
Registration:by Friday 9 May

We are privileged to have four excellent speakers from four major companies sharing with us their views on how to delight customers in Japan to achieve sustainable profitable growth.

Company Presenters
CHANELMr. Richard Collasse, President
CITROENMr. Philippe Claverol, President
COCA-COLAMr. Guy Wollaert, President
IBM Mr. Kakutaro Kitashiro, Chairman

To register, click link at right.
Lecture by Mr. Kenneth Courtis organized by NCCJ:
"Japan- Current situation and likely denouement after 13 years of deepening crisis"

Kenneth Courtis
The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan has the pleasure to offer you the opportunity to join a lecture of Mr. Kenneth Courtis, Managing Director Goldman Sachs and Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia. The NCCJ is happy to extend this invitation to members of the European Chambers of Commerce in Japan.

This congress is designed to help you envisage and achieve this goal. The key to success seems to be a combination of leveraging key strengths and adapting to the local market where appropriate.

Date & Time:Tuesday 3 June, 18:30-
The presentation is followed by a Q&A session
After the lecture beverages and snacks are served
Place: The Canadian Embassy, Theater Room [MAP]
Cost:members JPY 5,000/non-members JPY 6,000
Registration:by 27 May

For more information and registration form, click link at right.
News from Finland

Helsinki and Stockholm Stock Exchanges to merge

The Helsinki Stock Exchange operated by HEX Oyj and the Stockholm Exchange owned by OM AB are going to merge to a stock exchange named HEX. The new exchange will be based in Stockholm and the present owners ow HEX will have a 29 % share in the new company. The Swedish investment company Investor will own 12.8 % and the Swedish state 7.1 %.

The prupose is to create a unified market in the Nordic and Baltic countries for listing and trading stocks. The new company will have two divisions, HEX Integrated Markets and OM Technology.
Grin of the Week

Chair Man of the Board

To surprise her husband, an executive's wife stopped by his office. When she opened the door, she found him with his secretary sitting in his lap.

Without hesitating, he continued dictating, "...and in conclusion, gentlemen, budget cuts or no budget cuts, I cannot continue to operate this office with just one chair."

...I have two chairs in my office...

Enjoy the rest of the week and

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 460 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.