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  ISSUE 24/2006

22 November, 2006  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

This bulletin is mainly a reminder of three events that all have registration dead-lines on Friday, 24 November. So if you plan to attend some or several of these, please hurry up, especially if you plan to take a looong weekend because of the holiday tomorrow.
We also have information on the Christmas Luncheon Meeting at the Embassy of Thursday, 14 December. Read more below!

Tue. 28 November - Joint Nordic Luncheon Meeting organized by FCCJ
with Glen S. Fukushima, President & CEO, Airbus Japan K.K.

At the November luncheon meeting, which is a joint meeting with the Scandinavian Chambers we will have an interesting speaker, Mr. Glen S. Fukushima , who leads the Japan operations of Airbus S.A.S., the world's leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft, with 57,000 employees from 85 nationalities, headquartered in Toulouse, France. Mr. Fukushima will speak, "off the record", on the theme:
U.S.-Japan Relations: A European Company Perspective.


Date & Time: Tue. 28 November 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Take Room (B2F)
Cost: 7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration: by Friday 24 November

Profile of Glen S. Fukushima
A native of California where he was born in 1949. He began his career in a Los Angeles law firm in 1982. From 1985 to 1990, he was based in Washington, D.C. as Director for Japanese Affairs (1985-1988) and Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China (1988-1990) at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President.

He has studied and worked in Japan for over 20 years, including at Keio University and University of Tokyo. He served as Vice President of AT&T Japan Ltd. 1990-1998. He was President and Representative Director of the Japan operations of Arthur D. Little, Inc. from 1998 to 2000, President and Chairman of the Japan operations of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. from 2000 to July 2004 and Co-President and Representative Director of NCR Japan Ltd. from August 2004 until he joined Airbus Japan in February 2005.

Mr Fukushima served two terms as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) in 1998 and 1999, and Vice President from 1993 to 1997.

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
Fri. 1 December - Stora Enso Cup - The Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge

The 9th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Finnish and the Swedish Chambers) is played on Friday 1 December for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.
Both Chambers will also play for their own respective cups.
We have already 18 players signed up from FCCJ, but there are still room for a few more.

Here are the details:
Date & Time:Friday, 1 December (first tee-off at 9:30)
Venue: Windsor Park Golf & Country Club, Ibaraki
Cost:11,000 yen (incl. green fee, lunch and party fee and tax)
Registration:by Friday, 24 November

Note that as we play stroke-play with handicap, we need you accurate handicap. If you do not have an official handicap, give your three latest scores. The team score will be calculated from the best 80% net scores in each team.
After the registration dead-line we will send you further information, starting times, groups and directions to the course. Prize donations are naturally most welcome!

For more information and registration form, please click link below.
Fri. 8 December - 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, 8 December, at the same venue as last year, The Westin Tokyo.

The registration has been open for a couple of weeks now. As the number of seats is limited and we expect the event to become sold out, if you plan to participate, please sign up as soon as possible.

We are also still recruiting sponsors for the party. 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.

Tor register or to sign-up as a sponsor, go to the Christmas Party web site by clicking link below.
Thu. 14 December - Christmas Luncheon Meeting
The traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon is again this year held at our Embassy, were we can enjoy a Finnish style Christmas buffet prepared by the Embassy's chef. We will also get an update of the Finnish EU Presidency and current developments in the Japan Finland relations by H.E. Ambassador Jorma Julin.

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Thursday, 14 December, 12:00-14:00
Place: Embassy of Finland
(3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo)  MAP 
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday, 12 December

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the Embassy and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 12 December and "no-shows".

If you would like to register alrady now, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Finnish Oct jobless rate up mth/mth at 7.2 pct

Finland's unemployment rate stood at 7.2 per cent in October, up from 6.8 per cent in September but flat year-on-year, Statistics Finland (SF) said in a statement Tuesday.

Adjusted for seasonal variation, the jobless rate was 7.9 per cent in October, the same as in September. The adjusted rate for young people was 19.2 per cent in September.

Grin of the week

Bear on a Rampage

Two campers were hiking in the forest when all of a sudden a bear jumps out of a bush and starts chasing them. Both campers start running for their lives, when one of them stops and starts to put on his running shoes.
His partner says, "What are you doing? You can't outrun a bear!"
His friend replies, "I don't have to outrun the bear, I only have to outrun you!"

Happy Thanksgiving & Labor Thanksgiving Day (in Japan) holiday tomorrow!
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
send it to: fccj@gol.com

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This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 600 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 67 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.