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  ISSUE 7/2007

9 April, 2007  

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

FCCJ won the Stora Enso Golf Cup and Finland got a new government with a female majority, those are the major news I have to report in this issue!

Also, the 11th edition of the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey is ongoing. The survey has become a widely accepted bi-annual barometer for the sentiments of foreign business leaders in Japan, their views on the Japanese economy, and their views on their own business performance. If you represent a Finnish affiliated company in Japan and have not yet responded, click HERE to participate. It would only take a couple of minutes to complete. The deadline for your input to be included in the results is Friday, 27 April..

I will report about the survey results in my next bulletin after the Golden Week.

Report from the Golf Challenge - FCCJ takes back the Stora Enso Cup

The eleventh Stora Enso Cup - the Golf Challenge between the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (SCCJ) and FCCJ - was played in warm weather on Friday 13 April at the fine course at Windsor Park Golf & Country Club near Mito in Ibaraki prefecture.

This time 35 players participated in the event, 23 representing the FCCJ. After having lost the previous competition in December 2006, the FCCJ now took its fourth win and beat the Swedish team. FCCJ team scored 78.1 and the SCCJ team 79.8 strokes (counted on the average of best 80% in the team).

Pictured above FCCJ team captain Timo Varhama (UPM-Kymmene Japan) gets the trophy from a pleased Stora Enso Japan President Tuomo Kuuppo.

For more about the event, many images and results, click link below.
Thu. 10 May - DCCJ Special Dinner Meeting with Ms. Savleen Bajaj:
The indispensability of Women in Business Today!
How Companies Can Benefit by Developing Their Women Workforce?

The Danish Chamber has invited the other Nordic Chambers to a special speaker evening event with Ms. Savleen Bajaj, an internationally recognized Executive Master Coach, Professional Speaker, Author, Facilitator and Consultant. The event is organized in cooperation with the American Management Association.

Date & Time:Thursday 10 May, 19.00-21.00
(registration from 18:30)
Place: Hotel Okura, Main Bldg. The Oak Room MAP
Cost:8,000 yen for members, non-members 12,000 yen
Registration:by Monday 7 May

Savleen Bajaj's profile
Savleen Bajaj brings with her a unique combination of innovative and creative skills along with a broad global corporate experience spanning several industries. Savleen is sought after as a speaker on success, motivation, leadership, women in business, human management, executive presentation skills, coaching & counselling, communication, assertiveness training and critical thinking. She is an internationally recognized personality and has appeared on live interviews, newsinfo, road shows, radio programs and global magazines.

For more information on Ms. Bajaj and the event, including registration go to the DCCJ web site by clicking link below.
Finnish Popular Music in Japan
Friday 25 May - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

At our luncheon meeting in May, held on Friday 25th, we will have Ms. Paulina Ahokas, Director, Music Export Finland (Musex Finland) as our guest speaker. Ms. Ahokas is then in Japan with a large group of Finnish musicians, publishers and agents for the annual Finnish Music Days in Tokyo, held from 24th to 27th of May. For more about the Music Days, click Musex logo above.

Date & Time:Friday 25 May, 12.00-14.00
Place: Hotel Okura, Main Bldg. The Clifford Room MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
Registration:by Wednesday 23 May

Profile of Pauliina Ahokas
M.Sc. Humanities 1998. Major in musicology, minor in business administration.
Positions held:
1991-1994: Promoter and manager of PR for a rock and jazz club in Prague.
1994-1998: Various productions for artists and events. Finishes university studies.
1998-1999: Manager of marketing and public relations for the Down by the Laituri city festival.
1999-2002: Arts manager for the Finnish Institute in London.
2002- : Director of Music Export Finland

About Music Export Finland
Music Export Finland (Musex Finland) is an export association that represents the entire Finnish music industry. It was started up in December 2002 as an export group of 12 founding member companies and organisations to initiate and facilitate the marketing, promotion and sales of Finnish popular music abroad.

If you would like attend and register already now, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Finnish Parliament elects Vanhanen PM

Finland's Parliament on Tuesday elected Matti Vanhanen, the Centre party leader, to continue as prime minister.

All the opposition party MPs present, a total of 70, voted against Mr Vanhanen.

Mr Vanhanen is to lead a coalition comprising the Centre party, the National Coalition party, the Green League and the Swedish People's party.

Paavo Vayrynen, an old hand in Finland's Centre party, is to be foreign trade and development minister in the country's new centre-right cabinet.

Considering the National Coalition party had named Ilkka Kanerva foreign minister, the entire foreign ministry will now be led by two old hands who learned the ropes in the 1970s in an utterly different world from the 21st century.

Finland's 70th government will not only be the first one where women outnumber the men, but clearly female-dominated. A dozen out of the total 20 portfolios will be held by women.

Grin of the week

Chinese Olofsson

This guy is walking through Chinatown and sees a building with a sign "Hans Olofsson's Laundry." "Hans Olofsson?", he thinks. "How in the world does that fit in here?"

So, he walks into the shop and sees an old Chinese gentleman sitting in the corner. The visitor asks, "How in the world did this place get a name like Hans Olofsson's Laundry?"

The old man answers "Is name of owner."

The visitor asks "Well, who is the owner?"

"I am he," answers the old man.

"You? How did you ever get a name like Hans Olofsson?"

The old man replies, "Many years ago when I come to this country, I was standing in line at Documentation Center. Man in front of me was big blonde Swede. Lady look at him and go, "What your name?" He say, " Hans Olofsson." She look at me say, "What your name?" I say, "Sam Ting."

Have a nice week & Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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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.