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  ISSUE 23/2010 22 October 2010  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Just a bit over two months to Christmas, so time to think about the grand event of the year for the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party. This year held on Friday, 3 December at a new venue, Happo-en in Shirokanedai. We are now recruiting sponsors, registration starts 1 November. Read more below!

Also, a final reminder about the 18th edition of the Foreign Chambers Business Survey, which will close tonight. If you represent a Finnish affiliated company and have not yet participated in the survey, do so before you leave office tonight! Click image at right to go to the survey.

Friday, 29 October - FCCJ Special Lunch Event
HIRAMEKI Design x Finland Preview

The FCCJ will organize a lunch at iittala café and exhibition tour guided by the curators Harri Koskinen and Ilkka Suppanen on the opening day of HIRAMEKI, Friday, 29 October from 12:30 to ca 15::00.

Date & Time:Friday, 29 October, 12.30 - ca 15:00
Venue: Living Design Center Ozone, Shinjuku Park Tower 3F (iittala café)
3-7-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [map]
Cost:4,000 yen (limited to 20 persons, members only)
Registration:by Tuesday, 26 October

About HIRAMEKI Design x Finland
HIRAMEKI is a moment of epiphany, spark, inspiration. Design Forum Finland will stage a design export initiative at the Tokyo Designers Week - Hirameki Design ~ Finland - from 28 October to 7 November, which will present the Japanese public with a fresh and multifaceted image of Finnish design. The exhibition will cluster the full repertoire of Finnish design, from technological innovations to individual designers, around a series of scintillating themes. The aim of the pilot initiative is to support design exports and promote co-operative ventures between Finnish designers and firms in Japan.
If you would like to attend, click link at right.
Report from the SCCJ event with Yoshio Ishizaka, Toyota Motor Corp.

The Swedish Chamber had invited members of the other Nordic Chambers to a Business Seminar at the Swedish Embassy with former Toyota Motor Vice President Yoshio Ishizaka on Thursday, 21 October.

Mr. Ishizaka's presentation had three themes; Toyota Way 2001, the Toyota Way in Sales & Marketing, Leadership and Toyota's Future Challenges. Regarding the challenges, Mr. Ishizaka pointed out the following four areas: Regain Customer Trust, Environmental Issues, Car Safety & Accidents and Personal Mobility.

The presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session where Mr. Ishizaka was also asked about the effects of the recall issue. The event was attended by about 60 participants from SCCJ, DCCJ and FCCJ.

Click link below for more images from the Swedish Chamber Web Site.

Friday, 19 November - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Autumn 2010

The 18th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 19 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.

This time the venue is the same ans in spring, , Taiheiyo Club Narita Course, which is conveniently located just 6 km off the Tomisato I.C. (one before Narita) on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway.

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Friday, 3 December
The 18th Scandinavian Christmas Party

The social highlight of the year of the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the Scandinavian Christmas Party, is this year held on Friday, 3 December.

This year we will have a new venue for the party, Happo-en in Shiroganedai. We believe that the new venue will be an interesting one and create a new kind of experience. We also promise some new and exciting idea in the concept and program for the party

Sponsor Recruiting
Currently we are recruting sponsors and advertisers for the party. To get maximum benefit and exposure for your contribution, sign up soon by clicking Sponsoring the Event in the above menu. Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable as it has been throughout the years, for a reasonable cost of participation.

We open registration for the party on Monday, 1 November.

If you sign-up as a sponsor now (click link below for online sign-up), before we open registration and announce the site to all chamber members, you will get most benefit of your contribution.

METI's Subsidy Program for Projects Promoting the Location of Job-Creating and Law-Carbon Industries

European Business Council (EBC) informed yesterdaqy that JETRO had brought the following to their attention.

METI is offering subsidies of up to 15 billion yen to companies to cover facilities costs for "Projects promoting the location of job-creating and low-carbon industries". Applications opened on September 30 and will close on November 18. JETRO has today provided a provisional translation of the details and guidelines on its website. European firms in carbon industries considering new or additional investment in this field that would lead to job creation in Japan can apply - an EBC member firm in the materials sector received a grant of 600 million yen earlier this year under a similar METI scheme.

For more information from JETRO's web site:
  • Information
  • Guidelines (pdf file)

  • News from Finland

    Nokia announces market share drop and job cuts

    Nokia said Thursday its estimated handset market share had fallen to 30 per cent in the third quarter from an estimated 34 per cent in the same period last year.

    Nokia reported a July-to-September pretax profit of about 321 million euros versus a year-ago loss of some 469 million, with sales rising by about five per cent year-on-year.

    "In the five weeks since joining Nokia, I have found a company with many great strengths and a history of achievement that are second to none in the industry," Stephen Elop, Nokia's managing director, said in a statement.

    "And yet our company faces a remarkably disruptive time in the industry, with recent results demonstrating that we must reassess our role in and our approach to this industry."

    "We will make both the strategic and operational improvements necessary to ensure that we continue to delight our customers and deliver superior financial results to our shareholders."

    Nokia said in a separate statement it would cut up to 1,800 jobs, including about 850 in Finland.

    Grin of the Week

    Do what you know how to do - not what you need to do...

    A man went to see his doctor because he was suffering from a miserable cold. His doctor prescribed some pills, but they didn't help.

    On his next visit the doctor gave him a shot, but that didn't do any good.

    On his third visit the doctor told the man to go home and take a hot bath. As soon as he was finished bathing he was to throw open all the windows and stand in the draft.

    "But doc," protested the patient, "if I do that, I'll get pneumonia."

    "I know," said his physician. "I can cure pneumonia."
    Have a nice weekend and
    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.