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  ISSUE 13/2009 25 May, 2009  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

It is a bit early to talk about Midsummer, but I would like to inform my readers about the traditional Midsummer Party in Finland Village in Koumi-machi, Nagano prefecture, which will this year be held already on Saturday 6 June,. i.e. two weeks earlier than normal..

If you have not participated before nor have a clue what it is all about, check about last year's party HERE.

Also this year there will be a Nordic Walking event on both Saturday and Sunday. To find out more, CLICK HERE for a brochure prepared by Koumi-machi:

If you want to know more, or would like to participate, please CONTACT ME!

  Thursday, 28 May - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Hitotaka Sakurada, General Manager, F-Secure KK:
"IT security market dynamics and potential opportunity in Japan"

Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday, 28 May, where we will have Mr. Hitotaka Sakurada, General Manager, F-Secure KK as your speaker. Mr. Sakurada will talk about "IT security market dynamics and potential opportunity in Japan", e.g.
  • Japan Security Market size and segmentation
  • Market drivers cerate trend as today
  • What is future trend
  • Where is Japan market uniqueness and potential opportunity


    Date & Time:Thursday, 28 May, 12.00-14:00
    Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing 12F) MAP
    Cost:7,000 yen for members, guests 8,000 yen (collected at the door)
    Registration:by Tuesday, 26 May

    Profile of Mr. Sakurada
    Mr. Sakurada joined F-Secure May 2008 as General Manager at F-Secure K.K. From 2003 until joining F-Secure he held positions as Director for Partner Business Development and for the Enterprise Center of Competency at Dell Japan. Previously he also worked for among others, Lucent Technologies Japan, Marconi Communications Japan

    About F-Secure
    Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Finland, F-Secure protects consumers and businesses against computer security and other online threats from the Internet and mobile networks. We want to be the most reliable provider of internet security services in the market.

    If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link below, latest tomorrow Tuesday!.
    To check if you have registered and see who else have, click here.

    Upcoming Chamber Events

    Our luncheon meeting in June is held on the last day of the month, Tuesday 30th. Then we will have Mr. Darrel Whitten, Editor and Publisher of The Japan Investor as our guest speaker.
    The theme of his presentation is "What Will Pull Japan Out of its Recession?"
    More about that in my next bulletin.

    Dates for several, mainly social, events have also already been fixed.
    These include:
  • Fri. 2 October - Daimler & Chrysler Cup
        - The North America -Europe Golf Challenge in Japan -
    Note: Registration will start 1 June
  • Fri. 6 November - Stora Enso Cup - Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge
  • Fri. 12 December - The Scandinavian Christmas Party

    We will also have a club evening late August and luncheon meetings latter parts of September, October and November, rounding off 2009 with the traditional Christmas Luncheon meeting mid-December.

    For more about coming events, click links at right.

    Wednesday 27 May - Friday 29 May: Finland Fest

    The annual Finland Fest, organized by the Music Export Finland (Musex), the Finnish Music Information Centre (Fimic), The Sibelius Adademy and the Finnish Institute in Japan, presents an interesting selection of the hottest pop and rock in Finland.

    The main concert will be on Friday, May 29 at Liquid Room, Ebisu, starting at 18:30. The Boys' Evening and Girls' Night will present seven groups from Finland: Carmen Gray, Indica, Naked, Stalingrad Cowgirls, Sunrise Avenue, DJ Top Billin, and TV Off. Off the official selection, ex-Hanoi Rocks star Michael Monroe will perform too.

    See the details of the events from the following link; the links include also an interview clip of Michael Monroe by Guy Perryman:

    The attached flyer (click link below) also includes the ticket information.

    News from Finland

    Sunday opening to be permitted year round from 2010

    The main government parties have reached agreement on the liberation of store opening hours. The minister responsible, Labour Minister Tarja Cronberg (Greens), reported on Wednesday in a statement in conjunction with a party ministerial reshuffle that the matter has been agreed in government discussions and the bill to be put before Parliament is now being translated.

    According to Cronberg, the deal follows an agreement on opening hours worked out last November between the retail sector and sales staff, according to which shops will be able to remain open on Sundays all year around from 12:00-18:00, with the exception of public holidays.
    During the pre-Christmas season in November and December shops may if they so wish be open from 12:00-21:00 on Sundays.
    Smaller stores with a floor-area of 400 square metres or less can trade around the clock if they wish.

    If Parliament approves the amendments in the autumn, the new relaxed opening hours could come into effect from the beginning of 2010.

    Grin of the Week

    Waiting for a bus??

    A woman got a problem with her closet door - it was falling down every time a bus was passing by. So she called a repair man. The repairman comes and sees that indeed, the door falls out every time when a bus passes by.

    "OK, I am gonna see what is going on, just close the door behind me" and he steps into the closet. At that time the husband comes from work, opens the closet and finds the repairman.

    Husband: "What the hell are you doing here!"

    Repairman:"Well, you are not going to believe it, but I am waiting for a bus!"
  • Have a good week and
    Best regards

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

    This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 650 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, 15 individual and one special member.