| ISSUE 13/2013 || 22 May 2013 |
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,
Last week wasn't that great for many Finns because our Scandinavian neighbors got the better of us on two fronts. First the Swedes beat us in the semi-final at the ice-hockey World Championship (and perhaps even worse for some, the Swedes went to win the tournament beating the Swiss team and Finland lost the bronze medal match). Then on Saturday the Danish entry won the European Song Contest and Finland finished 24th out of the 26 contestants...
But guess these setbacks are not that important in the bigger picture of life and as a strong proponent of Nordic cooperation I think we should congratulate the Swedes and the Danes for their achievements. Hats off!
Report from Luncheon Meeting with Timo Varhama
At the luncheon meeting on Thursday, 16 May we could hear about the career, experiences and opinions of our "senior statesman" Mr. Timo Varhama, President of UPM-Kymmene Japan KK, who will retire in June after a long and distinguished career at Finnpap, Nippon Finnpap and UPM-Kymmene Japan.
Mr. Varhama started his presentations by showing a video of him growing up in Finland, were he got his first interest in Japan by reading the book "Samurai" in 1963, when was 15 years old. From then on his motto has been "Never give up". He then explained how he came to join the forest industry, first by working as a summer intern at a saw mill and after graduating from Helsinki School of Economics in 1972 joined Finnpap, the sales organization for Finnish paper mills. He has spent all of his business career with Finnpap and UPM, taking him all around the world with longer postings in Norway, Australia and 21 years in Japan.
The meeting, held at Grand Hyatt Tokyo, was attended by 30 members and guest.
For a report from the luncheon, click links at right
Monday, 17 June - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Mr. Norio Sasaki, President & CEO, Toshiba Corporation
Our next regular luncheon meeting will be held on Monday, 17 June when we have a prominent Japanese business leader, Mr. Norio Sasaki, President & CEO, Toshiba Corporation, as our guest speaker. The tentative title of Mr. Sasaki's presentation is: "Toshiba's Contribution to Finland's Energy Challenge".
Date & Time:||Monday, 17 June , 12.00-14:00
|Venue: ||Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace, South Wing 12F [MAP]|
Cost:||Members 6,000 yen, Guests 8,000 yen|
Registration:||by Thursday, 13 June|
About Norio Sasaki
Mr. Sasaki was born in 1949 in Tokyo and graduated from the faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Waseda University in March 1972.
Norio Sasaki's background is in power systems and nuclear generation. He joined Toshiba Corporation’s Nuclear Plant Design and Engineering Department, Nuclear Energy Division, in April 1972, when nuclear power generation was still in its infancy in Japan. Over the course of his career, Mr. Sasaki has made significant contributions to the development of the Japanese nuclear power generation industry. He played major roles in the purchase of leading U.S. nuclear power company Westinghouse Electric in 2006.
From June 2007 to June 2009 Mr. Sasaki oversaw Toshiba Group's overall infrastructure business, a broad range of operations that includes power generation systems, transmission and distribution systems, transportation systems, elevators and escalators, water treatment systems, and medical systems.
In June 2009, Mr. Sasaki was appointed Director, Representative Executive Officer, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Toshiba Corporation.
In January 2013, Mr. Sasaki was appointed as a member of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, headed by the prime minister. Together with the Headquarters for Japan's Economic Revival, the council will play a leading role in the government's economic policy.
Toshiba is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning information & communications systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems, including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances.
Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.3 trillion yen (US$63 billion).
If you would like to attend, please click link below. We collect the luncheon fee at the hotel. Note that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations after 13:00 on Friday, 14 June and "no-shows".
Wednesday, 19 June - BLCCJ Event
Delighting Customers in Japan XII
Japan is recognised as one of the most challenging markets in the world. Whether you are a new arrival, an “old timer”, or somewhere in between, you have the opportunity to benefit from the experiences of others who have succeeded in the 3rd largest economy in the world.
The Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan is pleased to invite you to “Delighting Customers in Japan XII”. This event is now 12 years strong and we have enjoyed many fascinating and inspiring stories about the challenges of succeeding in this perplexing market.
For the 12th edition of this event, we are again very pleased to welcome 4 distinguished speakers who will share with us their strategies, experiences and insights regarding their businesses in Japan: Mr. Bruce Goodwin, President & Representative Director, Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K..; Mr. Hideki Matsubara, President and Representative Director, Miele Japan Corp.; Mr. Philippe Jardin, Japan Country Manager, Fauchon K.K.; and Mr. Rudie Filon, Counsellor, Head of Press, Public and Cultural Affairs, Delegation of the European Union in Japan
The seminar will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session, and by a networking cocktail from 19:30 onwards.
Date & Time:||Wednesday, 19 June , 17.30-20:30
|Venue: ||Oakwood Premier Tokyo Midtown, Residents’ Lounge [MAP]|
Cost:||Members 5,000 yen, Guests 6,000 yen|
Registration:||by Friday, 14 June|
Please click link at right for more information and to register, directly to BLCCJ.
News from Finland
Jolla to sell new phone this year
A mobile firm founded by former Nokia employees is set to put a new smartphone on sale by the end of the year. The company, Jolla, was set up to continue working on an open source Linux-based smartphone when Nokia announced it was switching to the Windows Phone operating system.
The new device will run Jolla's Sailfish software, supports 4G connections, features a 4.5 inch screen, has 16g of internal memory and has an eight megapixel camera.
It is expected to retail at just under 400 euros, and should be compatible with apps designed for Android phones.
The phone is based on the Meego operating system that was shelved by Nokia in favour of closer co-operation with Microsoft. As the software comes from the open source Linux code, it got a second life as part of the Mer project. Jolla's workforce expect to produce successors to this first model.
"This will be a weak story, if we only produce one phone," Managing Director Tomi Pienimäki told Yle. "I can't tell anything concrete about our plans, but of course there are goals for us to release more phones than just this first one."
Grin of the Week
Communicate your thoughts
A little girl and a little boy were at day care one day. The girl approaches the boy and says, "Hey Tommy, wanna play house?"
He says, "Sure! What do you want me to do?"
The girl replies, "I want you to communicate your thoughts."
"Communicate my thoughts?" said a bewildered Tommy. "I have no idea what that means."
The little girl smirks and says, "Perfect. You can be the husband."
Clas G. Bystedt
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