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  ISSUE 5/2011 22 February, 2011  
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This is issue is mainly a final call for our luncheon meeting on Thursday with the J-Front Retailing Chairman and CEO, Tsutomu Okuda. Read more below and sign-up at latest by noon tomorrow, unless you have not done so already.

We also have a very fresh contribution from our Japan veteran in Finnish business on Aoyama dori in his column "Aoyama View", this time titled "Who's afraid of the mighty yen? (when there are many more serious matters to worry about...)", trying to prove that Japan is not as boring as some abroad might think. Click banner at right for an interesting read!

Thursday, 24 February - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Mr. Tsutomu Okuda, Chairman and CEO of J. Front Retailing Co., Ltd.

At our luncheon meeting on Thursday, 24 February we will have Mr. Tsutomu Okuda, Chairman and CEO of J. Front Retailing Co., Ltd., as our guest speaker. Mr. Okuda is also the Honorary Consul of Finland in Osaka.
The theme of Mr. Okuda's presentation is: "Japan's course of action to be learned from Finland". Naturally he will also talk about the current state and furture of the retail industry in Japan.

Date & Time:Thursday, 24 February, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Mayfair Room (South Wing. 12F)  MAP
Cost:6,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday, 22 February
Mr. Okuda's Profile
Born: October 14, 1939 in Tsu, Mie prefecture
April, 1964 Joined The Daimaru Inc.
Sep. 1991 Representative Director, Daimaru Australia Pty. Ltd.
May, 1995 Director, The Daimaru Inc.
May, 1996 Managing Director, The Daimaru Inc.
March, 1997 President, The Daimaru Inc.
May, 2003 Chairman and CEO, The Daimaru Inc.
Sep., 2007 President and CEO, J. FRONT RETAILING Co., Ltd.
    (to present)
Chairman, The Daimaru, Inc. (to present)

Mr. Okuda is also an Independent Director of Resona Holdings, Inc. since June 2006. He is also serving as and Director in Osaka Securities Exchange and Vice Chairman of the Kansai Economic Federation (Kankeiren). Mr. Okuda is also the Honorary Consul of Finland in Osaka.,

About J. Front Retailing Co., Ltd.,
J. Front Retailing fronts the retail operations of leading Japanese department stores The Daimaru and Matsuzakaya Holdings. The holding company was created by the merger of the two in 2007. The Daimaru, founded as a drapery shop in 1717, operates about 15 upscale shops in western Japan. Matsuzakaya, founded in 1611 as a kimono retailer, runs eight department stores in central Japan, including its flagship location in Nagoya. J. Front's Peacock Stores unit operates some 90 supermarkets in the Chubu, Kansai, and Tokyo districts of Japan. The company's other activities include construction, credit services, direct marketing, furniture making, restaurants, and wholesale textiles.

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, click link at right, today!
To see who have already registered, click here.

Thursday, 24 March
Joint European Luncheon Meeting with New EU Ambassador Schweissgut

The Austrian Business Council organizes in cooperation with the Chambers of Commerce of Belgium-Luxembourg, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland a luncheon meeting on Thursday, 24 March with Mr. Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, the new EU Ambassador to Japan, as the guest speaker.

In his speech Mr. Schweisgut will address:
  • issues of the future EU-Japan cooperation
  • cooperation of the EU delegation with the EBC
  • relevance of business topics for the Delegationfs activities

    Date & Time:Thursday, 24 March, 12.00-14:00
    Venue: The Westin Tokyo Hotel, Kaede Room  MAP
    Cost: 6,500 yen (members), 7,500 yen (others) - collected at the door
    Registration:soft deadline Wed. 2 March, hard dedline Monday, 14 February

    Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, the former Ambassador of Austria to the European Union, who previously had been Austria's ambassador to Japan, is the new Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Japan.

    Mr Schweisgut assumes his post at a pivotal time in EU-Japan relations, where one of the most pressing tasks on the agenda is to map out a new bilateral framework that will succeed the Action Plan for EU Japan Cooperation, which entered into force in 2001 and is set to expire later this year.

    If you would like to attend, please click link at right:
    News from Finland

    Helsinki keeps sixth place in Economist's liveability ranking

    The Economist Intelligence Unit on Monday ranked Helsinki as the world's sixth most liveable city behind Vancouver, Melbourne, Vienna, Toronto and Calgary.

    The Finnish capital's rank remained unchanged from last year's survey, with Vancouver staying in the top slot in five consecutive EIU liveability tables.

    Harare, Dhaka and Port Moresby bring up the rear in the 140-city survey that attempts to quantify stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

    Editor's Note:
    Austraila had four cities among the top-10, in addition to Mebourne also Sydney (7), Perth (8) and Adelaide (9). Rounding off at 10 was Auckland, New Zealand.
    The top Asian city was Osaka at number 12, tying Geneva, Switzerland and beating out the Japanese capital of Tokyo, which came in at 18. In 29th place, the top U.S. city was Pittsburgh, with Los Angeles moving up to 44th place and New York coming in at 56th. London moved up one place to 53rd while Paris came in at number 16.

    Grin of the Week

    Murphy's Lesser Known Laws

    • Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
    • Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
    • The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
    • Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.
    • Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.
    • The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.
    • A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.
  • 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 650 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 62 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.