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  ISSUE 20/2004

25 October, 2004  


Painting the town blue and white? Well, not quite, but the past week was very important for promoting Finnish interests in Japan and the image of Finland in Japan. The official visit of Finland's President Tarja Halonen - accompanied not only by her spouse, Dr. Arajärvi, but also by Ministers Paula Lehtomäki (Foreign Trade and Development) and Sinikka Mönkäre (Social Affairs and Health) - together with a business delegation gave Finland and Finnish companies publicity in the Japanese media and provided for access to e.g. Japanese ministries, which otherwise is not so easy for foreign businesses.

Somewhat disappointing of course was that we could not provide all FCCJ's members a chance to meet with the President. Unfortunately her schedule only allowed for the FCCJ's Board members to have a brief meeting during the seminar intermission (pictured right). But we had a very good breakfast meeting with Minister Lehtomäki (more below). Although it was regrettable that none of the Finnish media covering the visits did bother, in contrary to the Japanese media, to attend the meeting.

Report from the Breakfast Meeting with Minister Lehtomäki

On Friday 22 October the FCCJ organized a breakfast meeting with Ms. Paula Lehtomäki, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development. The meeting was also attended by the business delegation, the Executive Board of the Finnish Institute in Japan and members of the Japanese press.

Minister Lehtomäki accompanied Ms. Tarja Halonen, the President of Finland on her official working wisit to Japan.

At the meeting, attended by 82 persons, Mika Mäkinen, the President of the FCCJ, and Juha Rantanen, incoming president of Outokumpu Oyj and head of the Business Delegation, also made presentations.

For more about the breakfast meeting, click link at right.
5 November - Stora Enso Cup - The Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge

The 6th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Finnish and the Swedish Chambers) is played on Friday 5 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.
The Swedish Chamber won last three times, so now it is time to take back the cup!


Date & Time:Friday, 5 November (shotgun start at 9:00)
Venue: Windsor Park Golf & Country Club, Ibaraki
Cost:12,500 yen (incl. green fee, caddie, tax and lunch/party fee and tax)
Registration:by Tuesday, 26 October

Note that as we play stroke-play with handicap, we need you accurate handicap. If you do not have an official handicap, give your three latest scores.
After the registration dead-line we will send you further information, starting times, groups and directions to the course. Prize donations are naturally most welcome!

For map and more information, including the special additional pack, click here.

If you would like to register, no later than Tue. 26 October, please click link at right.
16 November - FCCJ Monthly Luncheon Meeting

The next luncheon meeting is held on Tuesday 16 November.

Our speaker is Mr. Matti Suokko, Group Manager, Business Development, Mobile Platforms Division, Microsoft Corporation
Theme: "The Next Wave in Mobile Computing - and why you should care..."


Date & Time:Tuesday, 16 November, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Take Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday 12 November

  Profile of Matti Suokko
Matti Suokko is responsible for business development with Microsoftfs leading hardware manufacturer partners in Japan and China for Mobile PC platforms, including the Tablet PC. Mr. Suokko joined Microsoft in June of 1993. Over the years he has served in a variety of marketing, product development and technical project management positions at Microsoft, including leading the Windows OEM product management efforts for several Windows operating system releases. For several years he has also managed technical collaboration on future product developments with world's leading IT companies.

Mr. Suokko studied in the Master of Science program at the Tampere University of Technology in Finland, majoring in computer hardware engineering. He has also served as the Honorary Consul of Finland in the Washington state of the U.S. since year 2000.

If you would like to register , please click link at right.
Cross Japanese borders with Nokia 7600 mobile phone

Nokia 7600 mobile phone


Send an e-mail to Club.Nokia-Japan@nokia.com to get a special price offer and detailed product information.
Offer is valid until 31, December, 2004.

  • Dual Mode Operation
  • WCDMA (Japan) and GSM 900/1800 (Europe/Africa/Asia Pacific excluding S.Korea) *
  • English and Japanese language interface

    Compact. Unconventional. Cutting edge. It's got a camera with video clip capture and play, fast WCDMA data download, streaming (network dependent), music player, and changeable Nokia Xpress-on™ sleeves. Choose your connection from USB cable, IrDA (infrared) and Bluetooth wireless technology. Comes with a PC suite.

    *GSM 900/1800 networks are not available in North America and South Korea, among some other countries. Contact your operator for details.

    The European Business Community White Paper Launch
    The EBC Report on the Japanese Business Environment 2004
    The launch of the EBC White Paper, the EBC's premier and one of extremely few events of the year, will be held on November 10.

    Come to the launch of "The EBC Report on the Japanese Business Environment 2004" and hear what experts from the European Business Community in Japan (EBC) have to say about progress made by the Japanese government and what still needs to be done. Comments will also be made by His Excellency, Ambassador Bernhard Zepter, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission in Japan, Mr. Fernando Valenzuela, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for External Relations, and Mr. Richard Collasse, Chairperson of the EBC.

    Date & Time:Wednesday, 10 November, 12:00-14:00
    Place: The Westin Hotel, Kaede Room, B1 MAP
    Cost:10,000 yen (collected at the door)
    Fee includes lunch, one copy of each of the English and Japanese reports
    Registration:directly to the EBC by Friday, 5 November

    For more information and registration form, click link below.
    News from Finland

    Finnair Cargo throttles up on back of booming Asian routes

    The volume of cargo flown by Finnair in its routes to Asia is expected to double this year, the Finnish flag carrier announced on Friday. The Asian services already makes up half of Finnair Cargo turnover.

    Further, cargo traffic to Asia rakes in more profits than all of Finnair's domestic services combined.

    President and chief executive Keijo Suila told the Finnish News Agency (STT) that Finnair Cargo's success is down to the carrier's strategy to concentrate its widebody fleet to destinations in China, Japan, Thailand and Singapore.
    Grin of the week

    Last Request

    Father O'Grady was saying his good-byes to the parishioners after his Sunday morning service as he always does when Mary Clancey came up to him in tears.
    "What's bothering you, dear?" asked Farther O'Grady.

    "Oh, father, I've got terrible news." Replied Mary. "My husband passed away last night."

    "Oh, Mary!" said the good father. "That's terrible. Tell me, Mary, did he have any last requests?"

    "Yes...," Mary replied sheepishly.


    "He said, 'Please, Mary, put down the gun.'"
  • A final note; I will take a few days holiday this week, from Wednesday until Saturday and I will not even take my notebook with me... Therefor I cannot reply to your mails before I am back. Also the office is closed during this time.

    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 550 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, 15 individual and one special member.