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  ISSUE 10/2007 21 May, 2007  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

I made a small design change to my bulletin to freshen it up, hope you still recognize it...;-)

The chamber will now have a month of culture... Apart from the luncheon meeting featuring Finnish Popular Music on Friday (see below) we will have the first FCCJ Movie Night on Wednesday 27 June were we will show a preview of Aki Kaurismäki's latest movie Lights in the Dusk (a.k.a. Laitakaupungin valot), which will hit the theaters in Japan in July. In between these events we will though have a business event, at our June luncheon on Wednesday 20 the theme will be How can your company benefit from localization software?. Mark these days in the calendar already now, I will be back with details in my coming bulletins.

Finnish Popular Music in Japan
Friday 25 May - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

At our luncheon meeting in May, held on Friday 25th, we will have Ms. Pauliina Ahokas, Director, Music Export Finland (Musex Finland) as our guest speaker. Ms. Ahokas is then in Japan with a large group of Finnish musicians, publishers and agents for the Finland Fest 2007, this year's Finnish Music Days in Tokyo, held from 24th to 27th of May. For more about the Music Days, click Musex logo above. Below also information about the live concert.

Date & Time:Friday 25 May, 12.00-14.00
Place: Hotel Okura, Main Bldg. The Clifford Room MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
Registration:by Wednesday 23 May

Profile of Pauliina Ahokas
Education: M.Sc. Humanities 1998. Major in musicology, minor in business administration.
Positions held: 1991-1994: Promoter and manager of PR for a rock and jazz club in Prague; 1994-1998: Various productions for artists and events. Finishes university studies; 1998-1999: Manager of marketing and public relations for the Down by the Laituri city festival; 1999-2002: Arts manager for the Finnish Institute in London; 2002- : Director of Music Export Finland

About Music Export Finland
Music Export Finland (Musex Finland) is an export association that represents the entire Finnish music industry. It was started up in December 2002 as an export group of 12 founding member companies and organisations to initiate and facilitate the marketing, promotion and sales of Finnish popular music abroad.

If you would like attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
Friday 25 May - Finland Fest 2007

As part of the Finnish Music Days in Tokyo, a live concert will be held on Friday 25 May starting at 18:30 (doors open 17:30) at Tokyo Liquidroom near Ebisu station (3-16-6, Higashi, Shibuya-ku, tel. 03-5464-0800), click here for map.

Four Finnish popular bands perform, Apocalyptica, Stratovarius, von Hertzen Brothers and The Crash.
Tickets are 5,000 yen, incl. one drink.

For more information and ticketing details please click link at right.
Maison Franco Japonaise Seminar
Japan - China In the Globalization Era:
Development Strategies and Economic Relations

The Maison Franco Japonaise is organizing a symposium titled: Japan - China In the Globalization Era: Development Strategies and Economic Relations on Sat. 26 and Sun. 27 May at the Maison Franco Japonaise, Hall 1F in Ebisu.

The symposium is co-organized with the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC, Hong Kong) with the support of the Japan Foundation, the Embassy of France, EHESS and LIA (CNRS - Tokyo University)

Free Entry. Simultaneous translation English/Japanese. For more information click link below.
News from Finland

President Halonen sees no problems in Finnish-American relations

Tarja Halonen, the Finnish president, said in an interview with MTV3 on Tuesday that she did not see any problems in the country's relations with the US.

National daily Helsingin Sanomat had reported that George Bush, the US president, had turned down Finland's request for a head of state-level meeting. President Halonen is to fly to New York on Wednesday.

President Halonen characterised her contacts with President Vladimir Putin of Russia as going beyond good neighbourly relations. "In a way Russia regards us as more important than the US does," President Halonen added.

Grin of the week

Another way of saying "You are fired!"

Some of the most tactful people on Earth are English. One office supervisor called a secretary in to give her the bad news that she was being fired. He started the conversation with:
"Miss Smythe, I really don't know how we're going to get along without you, but starting Monday, we're going to try.

Have a good week & 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 600 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 64 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.