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  ISSUE 34/2002

25 November, 2002  


The guest speaker at our next luncheon meeting (read below) just became an EMIP!
"Even More Important Person"...
Finnair CEO Keijo Suila was on Friday appointed to serve as the next Chairman of the oneworld Governing Board, succeeding Cathay Pacific Airways' Chief Executive David Turnbull.
So now we could expect a presentation with an even wider perspective, please join.

Next Luncheon Meeting
Keijo Suila
Our next luncheon meeting will be held as a joint Scandinavian Chambers' meeting. We will have a prominent guest speaker, Mr. Keijo Suila, President & CEO of Finnair, who will give a presentation on a very timely topic: "Recovery for Airlines?"

Here are the details:
Date & Time:Monday, 2 December, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, B2F, Take Room
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Thursday, 28 November

Keijo Suila was born in 1945 in Laihia. He earned his B.Sc. from Helsinki University of Economics and Business Administration in 1968. After graduating, Mr. Suila started his business career at Unilever, where he held several positions until becoming Marketing Director from 1978 to 1981. Between 1981 and 1985 he was Executive Vice President at Oy Sinebrychoff Ab. In 1985 he joined the Huhtamaki group where he was President of Leaf Europe, 1985-1988, Leaf Group President, 1988-1998, Huhtamaki Member of the Board 1989-1998, Executive Vice President 1992-1998, Vice Chairman 1996-1998. He joined Finnair in 1998 and took up the position as President & CEO in 1999. And, as noted above, on Friday he was elected Chairman of the oneworld Alliance.

If you would like to attend, and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
Order the Compensation Survey Report
The Compensation Survey for locally hired staff at foreign-affiliated companies in Japan was conducted by the Foreign Chambers Information Group (FCIG) and PricewaterhouseCoopers in September. This survey was the first and the largest (213 companies participated) of its kind to be conducted in Japan. The report a definitive source of compensation benchmarks among foreign companies in Japan.

Get this valuable tool for your Human Resource planning and implementation. The 162 page report, with more than 150 tables and graphs, is available as a pdf file on a CD. Price is 25,000 yen for chamber members and 50,000 yen for others.
Click link at right for a leaflet and order form.
FCCJ News No. 23
We are now preparing the next issue of our printed newsletter, FCCJ NEWS, which will be out early December. This will include a comprehensive report on the recent Business Confidence Survey, meeting reports, and much more.
Or, if you have news from your company (e.g. changes in contact information, new staff, etc.) that you would like to convey to our readers, please drop us a line. Photos are also welcome!

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation seminar:
Brand-building and Marketing in Japan
By Caleb Hunt, Director of Strategic Insights,
desgrippes gobe group, Japan
This Seminar is aimed at providing a general understanding of the importance of Branding in the Japanese market. The seminar is business focused and will be of most interest to marketing or general managers, regardless of the expertise or length of time in Japan.
The speaker will draw from experience in industries such as FMCG, automotive sector and consumer products, but the basic points are relevant to anyone in marketing or running a business in Japan.

Seminar Details:
Date & Time:Friday, 29 November 2002 , 14:00-16:00 + coffee
Place: to be confirmed
Registration:first-come first-served

For more information and registration, click link at right,
The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan lecture:
"Japan's Policy Trap"
- Dollars, Deflation and the Crisis of Japanese Finance
By: Mr. Taggart Murphy
R. Taggart Murphy, an American national, is foreign professor, College of International Studies, Tsukuba University, Japan, and a nonresident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution. His recent books include The Weight of the Yen: How Denial Imperils America's Future and Ruins an Alliance (W.W. Norton, '96) and Ugokanu Nihon e no Shohosen (Prescriptions for a Japan That Is Not Moving), (Mainichi Shinbunsha, '98).

Seminar Details:
Date & Time:Monday, December 9, 2002 , 18:15 - 21:00
presentation starts 18:30, after presentation beverages are offered
Place: Tokyo Internatonal Forum, Room G-602
5-1 Marunouchi 3-chome, Chiyoda-ku (nearest station Yurakucho) URL:www.tif.or.jp
Cost:JPY 4,000 by remittance to bank account
JPY 5,000 in case of cash payment at the entrance
Registration:Tuesday, 3 December

For more information and registration, click link at right,
News from Finland
Finlandia goes America...
Brown-Forman of the US has bought the majority stake in Finlandia Vodka, one of the most famous Finnish brands. Brown-Forman acquired a miniority stake in Finlandia Vodka Worldwide Ltd. two years ago, but now the Finnish Government has decided to sell its main share.

Brown-Forman - one of the largest alchohol distributors - are going to put 18 mill. USD in the marketing of Finlandia.

Even though the decision making and majority ownership is going to move to America, the production of Finlandia will remain in FInland at least until 2017. "Brown-Forman thinks that the image and the trust in the product would be damaged in case it did not have a home base in Finland."
The Finnish Goverment got 70.2 mill. euro for its Finlandia shares.
Grin of the Week

Why Atheletes Can't Have Real Jobs

Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann, 1996: "Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."

Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach: "You guys line up alphabetically by height." And, "You guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle."

Chuck Nevitt, North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to Coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice: "My sister's expecting a baby, and I don't know if I'm going to be an uncle or an aunt."

Finally, a story more close to us....
Pauli Nevala, a Finnish javelin thrower, was after winning the Gold Medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 offered appearance fees to compete in local competitions. Once in Kauhajoki, he was offered 20,000 markkas (which was a lot of money in those days) and one third of the ticket proceeds. Mr. Nevala objected, "No way, I wan't to have one fourth!".

I used to be an athelete in my younger days, hope it doesn't show...(I mean mentally, physically of course it doesn't...)

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 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.