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  ISSUE 10/2008 24 April, 2008  

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

We lost the golf challenge against the Swedish Chamber - the Stora Enso Cup - but life must go on...;-)

Well, it is not that serious and we enjoyed a fine day with a lot of interaction between the FCCJ and SCCJ (read more below). We have already fixed the date for the Autumn Cup, Friday 7 November. So if you are a golfer, put this in your calendar already now. Venue is the same, Taiheiyo Club Ichihara Course, so let's then beat the course, and the Swedes!

Taking about golf, the Daimler & Chrysler Cup - the Annual North America - Europe Golf Challenge - will be played on Friday 26 September. The web site has now been updated to reflect this year's event, so check HERE for more. We are now recruiting sponsors, registration will start 9 June.

Finally, the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey is running. If you have not yet responded, please do so, at latest tomorrow evening when we close the survey. In case you have lost the link to the survey, please  MAIL ME . I will have a report of the survey results in my next bulletin after Golden Week.

Report from FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Suvi Lindén, Minister of Communications

At the FCCJ Luncheon Meeting on Wednesday 16 April we where again fortunate to have a distinguished guest speaker, the Minister of Communications of Finland, Ms. Suvi Lindén.

Minister Lindén spoke around the theme: "The Finnish Information Society Policy - Objectives and Challenges from the Public Policy View".

The luncheon, held at Hotel Okura, was attended by 53 persons. In addition to FCCJ members also the Minister's official delegation, Embassy invitees and a 17 head strong business delegation.

After Minister Lindén presentation, Mr. Kimmo Alkio, President of F-Secure Oyj and head of the Business Delegation explained about the purpose and composition of the delegation.

Fore more about the luncheon, click link at right.
Report from Stora Enso Cup - Sweden Finland Golf Challenge

The 12th Stora Enso Cup, the golf challenge between the Swedish and Finnish Chamber's was played on Friday 11 April at Taiheiyo Club-Ichihara Course in Chiba Prefecture.

Despite the weather forecasts predicting rain all week for Friday, the competition was played in fine and warm spring weather. The course, although challenging, was very much appreciated by the 32 participants, 21 from FCCJ, 11 from SCCJ.

This time the Swedish Chamber came on top, beating the Finnish Chamber by about one stroke on average per player, 83.44 versus 84.41 as average for the best 80% in each team. This was the eighth time the SCCJ won, FCCJ has 4 victories.

For more about the event, click link at right.
Tuesday, 20 May - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Joint Luncheon Meeting with Central Finland Chamber of Commerce

Our next luncheon meeting, held on Tuesday 20 May, will be a joint meeting with the Central Finland Chamber of Commerce who is visiting Japan with a 10 person strong delegation.

We will have two speakers:
  • Ms. Ritva Nirkkonen, Managing Director of Jyvaskyla Regional Development
    Company Jykes Ltd.
    Theme: "Human Tech Business Competence in Central Finland"
  • Mr. Timo Varhama, President, UPM-Kymmene Japan KK
    Theme: "Japan Business - Tips for Success"

    Date & Time:Tuesday, 20 May, 12.00-14:00
    Venue: Hotel Okura, Main Bldg. 2F, Clifford Room MAP
    Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
    (collected at the door)
    Registration:by Friday 16 May

    If you like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link below.
    Wednesday, 30 April - EBC Event
    Executive Training Programme (ETP) Information Evening

    The European Business Council (EBC) will hold a meeting to provide information about the European Commission's Executive Training Programme (ETP Japan/Korea 2009-2010). Applications for the programme are currently being accepted until September 30, 2008.
    The What, Why, How & When About
    ETP Japan/Korea 2009-2010

    Join an information evening on April 30, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. at the EBC Office in Tokyo to find out first-hand what the ETP is all about and how to apply.
    News from Finland

    Söör Markku
    (no "serious" news this week so here's a lighter one, could also qualify for the below section...)

    Finland's Markku-liitto, a not too serious association for people named Markku, is aiming at bringing thousands of its members to the Senate Square in Helsinki on the last Saturday of August in what would be the largest meeting ever of people with the same Finnish name.

    In Finland every day of the year is designated as a name day for one or more traditional names, and Markku is in turn on Friday.

    The Markku association, Finland's largest same-name club, has taken to celebrating the occasion at the appropriately named village of Söörmarkku in the Noormarkku region on the western coast of Finland.

    This year the association is expecting to welcome 50 new members, all with the same first name of course. Newcomers are traditionally dubbed at the occasion with the title Söör Markku, after the village, but sounding suspiciously similar in Finnish to the traditional title of knighthood. (Sir Markku).

    The seven Markkus on my mailing list, why don't you consider joining....

    Grin of the week

    Never felt better...

    The following is a courtroom exchange between a defense attorney and a farmer with a bodily injury claim.

    Attorney: "At the scene of the accident, did you tell the police officer you had never felt better in your life?"
    Farmer: "That's right."

    Attorney: "Well, then, how is it that you are now claiming you were seriously injured when my client's auto hit your wagon?"
    Farmer: "When the police officer arrived, he went over to my horse, who had a broken leg, and shot him. Then he went over to Rover, my dog, who was all banged up, and shot him. When he asked me how I felt, I just thought under the circumstances, it was a wise choice of words to say I've never felt better in my life.

  • I wish you a good Golden Week!

    Best regards

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

    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 64 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.