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  ISSUE 17/2004

22 September, 2004  


For those of you interested in golf (yes, I know - there's quite a few of you) might have enjoyed a great competition over the weekend, the Ryder Cup, a team competition between the USA and Europe.

We (the foreign chambers in Japan) have our own Ryder Cup, the DaimlerChrysler Cup on Friday 1 October. Both teams (72 players in each) are at this moment fully booked, but if there is still someone that would love to join and have missed to sign up, I think I could fix a slot or two. For more on the Cup, please check HERE.

Report from FCCJ September Luncheon Meeting

Dr. Jukka Viitanen, the new (since 1 August) Counsellor at the National Technology Agency (TEKES) Tokyo office, was the speaker at our September luncheon.

Dr. Viitanen pointed out that Finland's future is in high tech, and Tekes main function is to support the process by providing selective financing for top-quality R&D, create support for innovation generation and company growth and to ensure the internationalization of the Finnish innovation system.

At the meeting, attended by 35 members and guests, Declan Collins of JMEC (Japan Market Entry Competition) also gave a brief introduction to JMEC and its benefits to project clients (companies) and participants.

For more about the meeting and Dr. Viitanen's presentation, click link at right.
ACCJ Luncheon with Governor Shintaro Ishihara

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan has kindly extended invitation to FCCJ members to this popular event with one of Japan's most famous elected officials, Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 5 October, 12:00-14:00
Place: Hilton Tokyo, Shinjuku, Kiku Room (4F) [MAP]
Cost:Members: 6,400 yen, guests: 7,500 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:A.S.A.P (limited seats available)

  Shintaro Ishihara--award-winning author, filmmaker, television personality, and the current governor of Tokyo--is one of Japan's most famous elected officials and an outspoken commentator on U.S.-Japan relations.
  Gov. Ishihara first entered politics in 1968 and has served in both the Lower House and Upper House during his thirty-year political career. He was elected governor of Tokyo in April 1999. Prior to entering politics, he won the prestigious Akutagawa literary prize for his novel "Taiyo no Kisetsu" (The Season of the Sun), but he is perhaps best known in the United States as the co-author of "The Japan That Can Say No" (with Akio Morita).

Note that we have been allocated a limited number of seats, so FCCJ members are given preference.
If you would like to register, please click link at right.
The First FCCJ Club Evening - at Finland Cafe

Based on the responses from our member survey in June, we have now decided to organize the first FCCJ Club evening, an informal gathering with the main purpose of having some fun, and get to know each other a bit better, i.e. a networking event. !````

Date & Time:Wednesday, 6 October, 19:00-
Place: Finland Cafe (Space Force), Naka-Meguro [MAP]
Cost:3,000 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and light buffet
Registration:by Monday 4 October

  Finnish Tourist Board organizes now for the third time a Finland Cafe for a four week period (Tue 26 Sep. - Sun 24 Oct.). The venue this year is Space Force in Meguro-ku. Visitors can enjoy various events, such as seminars, movies, concerts, etc.
For more about Finland Cafe, click here!

By keeping the fee low, we try to encourage many staff members from our member companies to join, guest are also welcome!
If you would like to register, please click link at right.
Request from the EBC:
Questionnaire on the Japanese current government procurement

The Cabinet Office has asked the EBC's assistance in distributing the Cabinet Office's annual survey on public procurement in Japan.

For more information, please refer to the documents in the links at right.

Completed questionnaires and any questions that you may have regarding this exercise should be addressed to:
Mr. Tatsuya Fujioka, the Office of Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary
1-6-1, Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8968
Tel. 03-5253-2111 ex82441 Fax. 03-3593-2259
E-mail: tfujiok@cas.go.jp
News from Finland

Finnish broadband strategy to be adopted in the EU

The strategy of the South Karelia region in eastern Finland for bringing broadband Internet access to nearly every home is now being recited in the corridors of Brussels. A working group reporting to the EU Commission, tasked with defining guidelines for distributing broadband access to rural areas, has set the region as an example, the regional council reports.

Finland's broadband working group initially offered Brussels the South Karelia strategy, where fast connection to the Internet is accessible equally in all regions via home connections or 40 free internet hotspots. The strategy was devised by the regional council together with Tietomaakunta eKarjala Oy, an IT company.

South Karelia is the first entire region in Finland where all telephone switchboards will have broadband capacity by the end of 2004. ADSL technology depending on a fixed telephone network brings broadband connections within reach of all inhabitants of the region.
Grin of the week

Honest Answer

You're in Florida. There is great chaos going on around you, caused by the hurricane. You are a news photographer and you are in the middle of this great disaster. You're trying to shoot very impressive photos. There are houses and people floating around you, disappearing into the water.

You see a man in the water, fighting for his life. Somehow the man looks familiar.

Suddenly you know who it is - - it's George W. Bush!

You have two options. You can save him or you can take the best photo of your life. So you can save the life of George W. Bush, or you can shoot a Pulitzer prize winning photo, a unique photo displaying the death of one of the world's most powerful men.

And here's the question (please give an honest answer):
- Would you select color film, or rather go with the simplicity of classic black and white?

Sorry, I should not get involved in politics in these bulletins, but thought this was rather funny. If you feel more comfortable, you could replace George W. Bush with John Kerry, or even put both names there...;-)

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 550 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, 15 individual and one special member.