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  ISSUE 10/2005

25 April, 2005  

Dear !*SALUTATION*! !*LAST_NAME*!,

The Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey closed on Friday. We received 408 valid responses (up 25 % from the previous survey in October 2004) from companies representing 13 foreign chambers and business organizations in Japan. 24 FCCJ companies responded and I would like thank those of you who took the trouble to submit the survey.
My thanks also goes to Finnair for supporting this survey!

I am now in the process of analyzing the results and the first indications show that although the sentiments about the Japanese economy are slightly less positive than in the previous survey, the companies continue to report positive developments in their own business and show a full commitment to the Japanese market. Full results will be available next week, when I also will report them in this bulletin.

Now to this weeks issues!

27 April - Club Evening at Juniper at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Come and do networking in an elegant but yet relaxed athmosphere!
Our April Club Evening will be held at the Juniper Cafe and Bar at Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Join new and old friends and colleagues in the elegant surroundings of Roppongi Hills. You can relax in this casual cafe atmosphere and enjoy delicious European style dishes.

Details:
Date & Time:Wednesday, 27 April, 19:00-
Place: Juniper Café and Bar at Grand Hyatt Tokyo at Roppongi Hills, 4F [MAP]
Cost:3,500 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and light buffet
Registration:by Tuesday 26 April 12:00


By keeping the fee low, we try to encourage many staff members from our member companies to join, guest and spouses are also welcome!
If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
12 May - Finland's National Day at Aichi Expo

The Finnish National Day will be held on 12 May, attended by Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen. The program will start at 11:00 in the Expo Dome.

The performers include Trio Töykeat, Anna-Mari Kähärä & Pekka Kuusisto, a cappella group Rajaton (pictured left) and the Sibelius High School Chorus.

For futher details about the performers, click link below.

Jyväskylä Business Seminar at Aichi Expo
13 May - Competitive Human Technologogy from Finland

The City Jyväskylä, the Regional Development Agency Jykes and Jyväskylä Science Park invites you to a Business seminar on Friday 13th of May, where they will introduce Jyväskylä Region and the business opportunities between Japanese and Finnish companies. What could be potential co-operation and the business opportunities for your company/organization in Finland?

Date & Time:Friday 13 May , 11:00 - 16:00
Venue: Nordic Pavilion, Aichi Expo
Cost:Free
Registration:by 28 April

For further information and registration forms, click link below.

16-17 May - Tokyo Ubiquitous Network Conference WSIS
Tokyo Ubiquitous Network Conference WSIS thematic meeting
"Toward the realization of a Ubiquitous Network Society"
- anytime, anywhere, by anything and anyone -


The "ubiquitous network society", which will make it possible to connect anytime, anywhere, by anything and anyone, is now rapidly becoming more than just a concept. In a ubiquitous network society, everyone and everything can be connected, and new innovations that will completely change the current dimension of ICT are anticipated. In the ideal ubiquitous network society, smooth interaction, reflection of usersf needs and points of view as well as the tapping of individual energy are set to be realized.

Date & Time:Monday 16 - Tuesday 17 May , 10:00 - 17:30
Venue: Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo [MAP]
Participants:Approximately 400 persons drawn from the governments, international organizations, the private sector and civil societies.
Cost:Free

For further information and registration forms, go to the WSIS web site by clicking link below.

News from Finland

UPM's Finnish mills to close on Wednesday due to industrial action

The Finnish mills of forest products group UPM are to grind to a halt for 24 hours, beginning 6am Wednesday morning, the chief shop stewards and union branches decided on Friday.

The stoppages in the Pietarsaari and Valkeakoski facilities are to start a day earlier and workers in UPM's other facilities are to join in on Wednesday.

Seppo Tyni, chief shop steward at the Pietarsaari mill, told the Finnish News Agency (STT) earlier on Friday that the reason behind the industrial action was the way the collective labour agreement talks had been prolonged, the tendency of the employer to "threaten with a lockout" and attempts by the employer to get worse terms for the Finnish employees than those found in other countries.
Grin of the week

Wife or Mistress?

A doctor, a lawyer and a manager were discussing the relative merits of having a wife or a mistress. The lawyer says: "For sure a mistress is better. If you have a wife and want a divorce, it causes all sorts of legal problems."

The doctor says: "It's better to have a wife because the sense of security lowers your stress and is good for your health."

The manager says: "You're both wrong. It's best to have both so that when the wife thinks you're with the mistress and the mistress thinks you're with your wife -- you can go to the office and do some work.


Hope to see many of you at our Club Evening on Wednesday!
And to all of you, have a nice Golden Week holiday!

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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ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 580 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, 16 individual and one special member.