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  ISSUE 24

23 October, 2001  


Yesterday was the launch of the European Business Community (EBC) White Paper "Supporting the Reform Process - The EBC Report on the Japanese Business Environment", attended by about 300 persons representing Japanese Government, EU Commission, Embassies and company representatives. Both the event, and the white paper shows that the European business is clearly raising its profile in Japan.
More about the White Paper in my next bulletin.

November Luncheon Meeting
The October Luncheon meeting is held at the Capitol Tokyu Hotel in Akasaka, Pink Pearl Room, B2 floor, on Friday, 16 November, 2001 at 12.00
Our guest speaker is:
Mr. Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Minister for Transport & Communication.
Tentatively the theme is: The policy and future perspectives of the mobile telecommunication including 3G in Finland and Europe.

Due to the fact that the Minister is accompanied by a large delegation and Elcoteq Japan is organizing a seminar, which participants would attend the luncheon, we have reserved a large room at the hotel. So, as we have now a lot of space, please feel free to invite your colleages and business partners to this occasion. Fee is same for all, 7,000 yen.
We will send invitaions to later this week, but if you would like to register already now, please click link to the right.

Report from October Meeting
Our October Luncheon was held on Thursday 18th at Capitol Tokyu Hotel.
This time the theme was Electronic component and EMS business between Japan and Finland, and our guest speaker was Mr. Mika Mäkinen, President, Elcoteq Japan Co.,Ltd.
34 members and guests participated at this meeting.

For a report and and images from this meeting, please click link to the right. There you will also find Mr. Mäkinen's slide presentation.

FCCJ Golf Competition - reminder
The third FCCJ Golf Competition will be held on Friday 9 November at the Manna Country Club, Gary Player Course, in Chiba Pref.
The costs are 18,900 yen including play fee, caddie fee, lunch (w/one drink) and party (w/one drink). In adddition we collect a participation fee of 2,000 yen.
If you would like to participate and have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible by clicking link below.

Business Barometer
The FCCJ, in cooperation with the Embassy of Finland and the Finland Trade Center (Finpro), conducted jointly a Finnish Business Barometer 2001 survey in October among Finnish companies established in Japan.
This was the second survey using same questionnaire, the previous was made in April 2001.
The survey was sent out to 31 companies, of which 23 responded, which gives a response rate of 74 %. The purpose of the barometer is to collect the opinions of the Finnish companies on the current economic and market situation of Japan and evaluate present and future business conditions and plans.
To view the report, click link to the right.

Suomen kansalaisille - For Finnish Citizens

Suomen suurlähetystö päivittää Japanissa oleskelevien Suomen kansalaisten henkilötietorekisteriä. Rekisteriä käytetään ainoastaan kriisi- tai katastrofitilanteissa kuten maanjäristyksessä tms. yhteyden saamiseksi Suomen kansalaisiin. Lomakkeessa olevat tiedot käsitellään luottamuksellisesti. Pyydämme ystävällisesti Suomen kansalaisia täyttämään lomakkeen (klikkaa linkki alla) ja palauttamaan se suurlähetystöön faxilla tai postitse.

The Embassy of Finland is updating its database of Finnish citizens living in Japan. The database is used only to contact Finnish citizens in the event of a crisis situation such as an earthquake or other disaster. The information will naturally be considered confidential. The Embassy kindly requests Finnish citizens living in Japan to fill out the form (click link below) and return it to the Embassy, either by mail or by telefax.
News from Finland
World's best...?
According to the Growth Competitiveness Index produced by the World Economic Forum Finland has the world's greatest medium-term growth potential. The annual index is based on wide range of economic data and business surveys covering public institutions, macroeconomic stability and the level of technological sophistication.

Finland has risen up the rankings to overtake the US, judged the world's most competitive country last year, because of its strengths in measures of its potential for innovation such as education, R&D and the use of information technologies including mobile telephones and the internet.

1. Finland1.US
2. US2.Singapore
3. Canada3.Netherlands
4. Singapore4.Ireland
5. Australia6.Finland
6. Norway6.Canada
7. Taiwan7.Hong Kong
8. Netherlands8.UK
9. Sweden9.Switzerland
10. New Zealand10.Taiwan

For more news, click link to the right.

Huh... yes, this was a quite long bulletin, so I relieve you of those jokes this week.
On a final note... you know what it means when day's are getting shorter...?
Yes, of course, Christmas time is closing in. In the next issue I will inform about the Scandinavian Christmas Party, however, if you would like to make a donation for the party, and has not done so yet, please contact me. We still need a few "man-en" to reach our target....

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 280 persons 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 74 corporate members.