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  ISSUE 7/2003

25 March, 2003  


In times like these it feels a bit superficial to talk about luncheon meetings and golf competitions, but assume that we should go on doing what we are supposed to do...

In any case, let's wish that the war does not drag on for too many weeks, although I am not so optimistic about that, from what we have seen in the last couple of days. But hopefully it does not, and would not, affect your business too much.

FCCJ Annual General Assembly - last reminder

The fifth Annual General Assembly will be held at the Embassy of Finland on Monday, 31 March, 2003 at 17.00

The General Asembly will be followed by a reception at 18:30.
The Reception is free for one representative per FCCJ member, additional participants will be charged 7,000 yen.

If you plan to attend, and have not yet registered, please click link at right, at latest tomorrow Wednesday.

The Reception is in part sponsored by Nippon Finnpap Ltd. and Stora Enso Japan K.K.
Stora Enso Cup:
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
The 3rd Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Finnish and the Swedish Chambers) is played on Friday 18 April for a trophy donated by StoraEnso Japan K.K.
We have already a dozen players registered from FCCJ, but would like to have a few more to ensure that we have a good chance to keep the trophy we won at the last competition...;-)

Date & Time:Friday 18 April, first tee-off 9:30
Place: Taiheiyo Club Gotemba-West, Shizuoka Pref.
Play format: Stroke play with handicap
Cost:17,150 yen incl. play fee, caddie & party
Bus fee 5,000 yen
Registration:by Wednesday 9 April

The SCCJ plans to arrange a chartered bus from Shibuya if more than 20 players would like to use it, cost will be 5,000 incl. snacks and drinks.

If you would like to participate, please register now by clicking link at right. Please also mark your present handicap when you register, and if you would like to use the bus.
April Luncheon Meeting

At the April Luncheon meeting our guest speaker will be Mr. Ruji Kita, President, Sunarrow Limited. The theme of his presentation is tentatively "Electronics component business with Finnish ICT companies". Sunarrow recently joined FCCJ.

Here are the details:

Date & Time:Friday, 25 April, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, B2F Take Room [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Wednesday 22 April

If you would like to attend, please click link to the right.
Joint Chamber Luncheon organized by the French Chamber
EU-Japan Relations and the latest developments in the EU
By: Berhard Zepter, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission in Japan

The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan invites members of the other foreign chambers in Japan to a luncheon with the new Ambassador of the EU to Japan.

Date & Time:Tuesday, 8 April , 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Pink Pearl Room (B2F) [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen
Registration:by Friday 4 April

Bernhard Zepter was born in Freiburg in 1944. He graduated in Law and join in 1973 the German Foreign Affairs Ministry. Before joining the European Commission in 1990, he worked many years as a diplomat and also as First Secretary of the German Permanent Mission to the NATO. He is specialist of foreign and security affairs and Multilateral Trade Negotiations and was from 1990 to 1995 diplomatic consellor and Deputy Head of the Cabinet of Jacques Delors, President of the European Commission. He is Ambassador, Head of the European Commission in Japan since October 2002.

To register, please click link at right.
SISU Vol. 4

The fourth edition of SISU has just been released. this time the main theme is health care and well being - care for elderly people as well as for children, healthy functional foods and simple good family life - all subjects of great interest to Japanese people.

SISU is available at selected book stores and costs 1,500 yen. If you cannot find it in your book store, or in case you would like to buy several copies, please contact the co-producer of SISU, the Finland Trade Center (Finpro), tel. 03-5447-6000/Ms. Agawa, or email her by clicking link at right.
News from Finland

Retail Sales Grew by 3.5 % in January

The Finnish retail sales grew by 3.5% in January compared to January 2002 accosring to Statistics Finland. The growth in car sales continued, rising by 3.1 %. Wholesale trade grew by 3.5 % and sales of daily goods by 4.3 %.
The sales at department stores, however, declined by 1.3%
Grin of the Week

Music Industry Unveils New Piracy-Proof Format

Music bosses have unveiled a revolutionary new recording format that they hope will help win the war on illegal file sharing which is thought to be costing the industry millions of dollars in lost revenue. Nicknamed the Record, the new format takes the form of a black, vinyl disc measuring 12 inches in diameter, which must be played on a specially designed turntable.

In the new format, raw audio data in the form of music is encoded by physically etching grooves onto the vinyl disc. The sound is thus translated into variations on the disc's surface in a process that industry insiders are describing as completely revolutionary and stunningly clever.

"We can state with absolute certainty that no computer in the world can access the data on this disc," said spokesman Brett Campbell. As part of the invention's testing process, the designers gave some discs to a group of teenage computer experts who to pirating music CDs.

Despite several days of trying, none of them were able to hack into the disc's code or access any of the music files contained within it. "It's like, really big and stuff," said Doug Flamboise, one of the testers. "I couldn't get it into any of my drives. I mean, what format is it? Is it, like, from France or something?"

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 450 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 72 corporate members.