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  ISSUE 21/2002

24 June, 2002  


Last weekend the Midsummer was celebrated in Finland. Altough the Midsummer is in no way noted in Japan (why only the Spring and Autumn Equinox?), we have made some efforts to introduce this tradition in Japan, at least in a small scale. Read more about this below.
In Finland, the Midsummer also marks for many the start of the holiday season. So don't be surprised if you try to call your contact in Finland and you are told "he will be back in four (or five..) weeks time..."

June Luncheon Meeting
Pekka Hämäläinen
At our June meeting coming Thursday the theme will be about the World Cup and the future outlook for Finnish Football. Our guest speakers will be Pekka Hämäläinen, President and Teuvo Holopainen, General Secretary of the Football Association of Finland (FAF).
Date & Time:Thursday 27 June, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Nikko Room (B1F)
Cost:7,000 yen
Registration:by Tuesday 25 June

Mr. Hämäläinen and Mr. Holopainen are accompanied by an 8 member delegation of parliament members business executives representing the FAF and their sponsors.

If you plan to attend and have not registered yet, please do so by clicking link at right, at latest tomorrow Tuesday.
The EBC's year 2001 white paper, "Supporting the Reform Process - The EBC Report on the Japanese Business Environment 2001", was produced thanks to the generous support of many members. Thanks to the high quality of this publication, the EBC is regarded as an authority on the Japanese business and investment environment and our participation in the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table (held this year 7-9 July in Tokyo) is now considered to be indispensable.
Accordingly, EBC's Chairman, Mr. Richard Collasse, would like to build further on this momentum. The white paper should have the highest priority among EBC's activities this year. Both English and Japanese versions are expected to be ready for release at a launch event on November 18.
However, the EBC has limited operating funds and projects like the white paper must be conducted on a cost-recovery basis.
In order to produce the papers, EBC has decided to ask members to sponsor the publication in return for visible acknowledgment in the 2 volumes. See sponsorship details below.
It has also been decided also to take orders for the white papers at 5,000 yen for one set (1 English and 1 Japanese version).

  • Blue-Star Sponsorship: More than 150,000 yen (Company name on a 2-name page)
  • Special Sponsorship: 100,000 yen (Company name on a 10-name page)
  • Sponsorship: 50,000 yen (Company name on a 20-name page)

  • 5,000 yen per set: 1 English copy and 1 Japanese copy (including postage)

    If you would like to support the white paper as sponsor and/or would like to order copies please click links below for order forms.
    Finland Village & Midsummer Party
    If Tokyo is feel too hot and soggy during the summer months, a perfect retreat is the Finland Village in Matsubara-ko, Nagano Pref. Located at an altitude of 1,100 m the climate there is much cooler and dryer, and the lake and the forests makes you feel almost like in Finland.
    If your company is a shareholder, there are still a lot of vacancies in July, and some in August, please check for details at the Finland Village web site by clicking link below.
    On Friday, the local community and Finland Village organized a Finnish Midsummer Party, were we had the first real Finnish Juhannuskokko (Midsummer bonfire) in Japan.
    As at a typical Finnish party, there were a lot of food and drinks, but also some cultural nourishment in the form of a presentation on Finnish summer and summer traditions by Sami Hilvo from the Embassy, and music entertainment by both Japanese and Finnish groups...;-)
    To find out more about this, click link below.
    Japan Golf in Finland
    If you happen to be in Finland on 26 August (and play golf...), why don't you join the annual Japan Golf organized by Finnair, The Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce and the Embassy of Japan in Finland.

    The tournament is played at the Masters Golf, Forest Course in Espoo. The first 60 to register will be accepted, registration dead-line is 5 August.
    For more details and registration form, click link at right.
    News from Finland
    Jobless rise in May
    Unemployment rose to 323,000 in May, a jump of 19,000 from a year before, and 50,000 more than in April, Statistics Finland said. May's figure amounts to a jobless rate of 11.9 %. The seasonally adjusted figure was 9.3 %, compared with 9.1 % for the previous months of this year. SF blamed most, but not all, of the incease on students looking for summer jobs.

    Finance minister Sauli Niinistö told MPs the economy was troubled by uncertainty and sluggishness; that there were no signs of a stable recovery -- rather the opposite. 'We must face facts -- we are in recession,' he said.
    Grin of the Week
    Why Dogs Can't Use Computers
  • He's distracted by cats chasing his mouse.
  • The fire hydrant icon is simply too frustrating.
  • He can't help attacking the screen when he hears "You've Got Mail".
  • It's too messy to "mark" every Web site he visits.

  • One final note; the date for the FCCJ Golf Cup and the Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge has been set. Mark Friday 11 October in your calendar. More details to follow.

    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 400 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 71 corporate members.