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  ISSUE 11/2002

29 March, 2002  


Our Annual General Assembly on Tuesday went smoothly and we now have the members' approval of our activity plans and budget for the new fiscal year starting in 10 days time.
We are also happy to see some new faces, and hopefully new ideas, in our board as three new members were elected.
Read more about this below.

Report from Annual General Assembly
FCCJ President alomost choking on feedback from a member...
The FCCJ General Assembly was held on Tuesday 19 March at the Embassy of Finland.
Three new board members were elected; Mika Mäkinen, President, Elcoteq Japan Co.,Ltd., Heikki Tenhunen, Vice-President, Nokia Japan Co.,Ltd. and Erik Ullner, Chief Representative, Konigstedt Ltd.
Timo Varhama, President, Nippon Finnpap Ltd. and Hirokuni Yoshida, President AvestaPolarit K.K. will continue as President and Vice-President respectively for the Chamber.
The meeting attended by 34 members and guests was follwed by a reception hosted by Ambassador Eero Salovaara and sponsored by Nippon Finnpap and AvestaPolarit Japan. For more about the meeting, and photos, click link at right.

Stora Enso Cup:
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - last reminder
FCCJ and Swedish Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Japan have decided to organize bi-annual golf competitions between members of the two Chambers. We are invited to the SCCJ Spring Golf Cup, and we will invite the Swedish Chamber to our FCCJ Golf Cup in the Autumn. We will play for a cup donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.
Date & Time:Friday, 12 April
Place: Tamatsukuri Golf Club , Nejiki Course, Ibaraki Pref.  MAP 
Cost:ca. 18,000 yen (incl. play-fee, caddie, lunch and party fee)
Bus fee, ca. 4,000 yen, is excluded
Registrationby Friday, 29 March
Please register now if you plan to participate, definite dead-line is on Monday!
Note that due to the rules of the competition, this invitation applies only to FCCJ members (incl. employees at member companies).
April Luncheon Meeting
Richard Collasse
Date & Time:Thursday, 25 April, 12.00 -14.00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hoytel, Nikko Room
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
At the April Luncheon meeting we will again have an interesting speaker, from many points of view.
Mr. Richard Collasse is the new Chairman of the European Business Community (EBC), and he has lived in Japan for over 20 years and has contributed to the EBC for many years as Chairman of the EBC Cosmetics Committee and as a Member of the EBC Council.
And, as Mr. Collasse is the President of Chanel K.K. (since 1995), we will also get an insight in the luxury brand business in Japan.

FCCJ News No. 19
We are now preparing the next issue of our printed newsletter, FCCJ NEWS, which will be out early April. This will include a comprehensive report from the General Assembly, news from our sister organization in Finland and much more.
If you have news from your company (e.g. changes in contact information, new staff, etc.) that you would like to convey to our readers, please drop us a line. Photos are also welcome!

New Member Campaign
Now it is timely to become a member of FCCJ (yes, this bulletin is also sent to a number of people who are not, or who's company is not yet member).
Our fiscal year starts on 1 April, so when joining now you would get most benefit out of your membership fee (150,000 yen for corporate members).
As we now have basically all Finnish companies established in Japan as our members, we need to find additional Japanese companies doing business with Finland, to further enlarge our member base. There we need the help of our members to identify these, i.e. your partners in Japan that you think would benefit from joining our party.
If we get a new corporate member recommended by you, the next lucheon meeting you attend will be for free!
And if you read this and decide to become a member, same applies.
Click link at right for the membership application form.

News from Finland
European paper delivers seen rebound in 2003
West European papermakers' deliveries of newsprint and magazine paper are expected to stay flat this year, but rebound in 2003 on the back of and economic recovery, said the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPIPRINT).

They forecast the European deliveries of those grades would slip 0.3 % in 2002, but rebound by 4.5 % next year and further grow 3.4 % in 2004. The report largely reflects the industry's cautious outlook for this year but optimism for a cyclical recovery from 2003.

The European paper industry, led by Stora Enso and UPM-Kymmene, was knocked last year by the gloval slowdown that hit paper demand as publishers cut purchases when advertising plummeted.
Grin of the Week
Religious battle golf
The Pope met with the College of Cardinals to discuss a proposal from Shimon Peres, the former leader of Israel. "Your holiness," said one of the Cardinals, "Mr. Peres wants to determine whether Jews or Catholics are superior, by challenging you to a golf match." The Pope was greatly disturbed, as he had never held a golf club in his life.

"Not to worry," said the Cardinal, "we'll call America and talk to Jack Nicklaus. We'll make him a Cardinal, he can play Shimon Peres... We can't lose!" Everyone agreed it was a good idea. The call was made and, of course, Jack was honored and agreed to play.

The day after the match, Nicklaus reported to the Vatican to inform the Pope of his success in the match. "I came in second, your Holiness," said Nicklaus.

"Second?!!" exclaimed the surprised Pope. "You came in second to Shimon Peres?!!"

"No," said Nicklaus, "second to Rabbi Woods."

This might be something we should think of ahead of our game against the Swedes... Perhaps Maruyama-san could become an individual member....

Have a nice weekend!

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 340 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 74 corporate members.