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  ISSUE 24/2003

25 November, 2003  


It took me a week to recover from the defeat in our golf challenge against the Swedish Chamber on 14 November. But now I have put it into perspective and give the report below. After all, it is just a game (right, SCCJ?).

SCCJ Chairman Tommy Kullberg (left) received the trophy from Stora Enso Japan's Eero Ala-Jääski
Stora Enso Cup- 4th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Again victory for the Swedish Chamber!
Despite our commitment to take back the Stora Enso Cup this Autumn, and despite changes in the rules, we were again forced to see the Swedish Chamber walk home with the trophy. Their victory was quite convincing this time, more than two strokes difference in the average scores, 82.44 to 84.58.

Another winner was the course. Golf Club Narita Hightree was beautiful, in perfect condition and challenging. A good measure of the difficulties many players experienced to navigate the course, and especially the greens, was that only 7 players out of 36 managed to break 100 gross.

For more information and photos from the event, click link below.
Scandinavian Christmas Party 2003

The Scandinavian Christmas Party, held on Friday 12 December at the Royal Park Hotel in Tokyo, is almost fully booked. At present we have registered 447 participants, 83 of those from FCCJ. As we can accept a total of about 460 (of which ca 90 for FCCJ), there is still a few seats left. But if you plan to participate and have not yet signed up, you need to hurry!

We have now 48 sponsors for the event, out of which 8 are Gold and 11 Silver, which entitles them to a logo on the web site. New sponsors are still accepted...;-)

To register, and/or sign up as sponsor, please visit the web site by clicking link below.
Christmas Luncheon Meeting
The traditional FCCJ Christmas Luncheon is again this year held at our Embassy, were we can enjoy a Finnish style Christmas buffet prepared by the Embassy's chef.

Here are the details:
Date & Time:Tuesday, 16 December, 12:00-14:00
Place: Embassy of Finland
(3-5-39, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo)  MAP 
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday, 12 December

H.E. Mr. Eero Salovaara, Ambassador of Finland to Japan, will brief us on current issues in Japan-Finland relations and we will also get updates on the Feel Finland campaign and the joint Nordic participation in the Expo 2005 Aichi.

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the Embassy and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 15 December and "no-shows".

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
FCCJ News No. 29

We are now preparing the December issue of our printed newsletter, FCCJ NEWS. This will include a report from the Business Confidecne Survey, member presentation, company news, meeting reports, and much more.

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!
Dead-line is Friday 5 December.
News from Finland

Elcoteq chief Kurkilahti appointed CEO of Kemira

Finnish chemicals group Kemira Plc said on Monday it had appointed Lasse Kurkilahti, B. Sc. Economics, as the company's new Chief Executive Officer. Kurkilahti will move to head Kemira from electronics contract manufacturer Elcoteq Plc, in which he has served as managing director.

Kurkilahti, who has also worked as managing director at Nokian Renkaat Plc and Raisio Plc, will begin in his position as the CEO of Kemira Oyj at the end of May 2004 and succeed Kemira's current CEO Tauno Pihlava.
Grin of the week

C.E.O. D.U.M.B

One day a secretary is leaving on her lunch break, and she notices her boss standing in front of a shredder with a clueless look on his face. The secretary walks up to him and asks if he needs help. "Yes!" he says looking and sounding relieved, "This is very important."

Glad to help, she turns the shredder on and inserts the paper. Then her boss says, "Thanks, I only need one copy."

Have a nice rest of the week and

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 500 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.