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  ISSUE 26/2005

25 November 2005  


Although we soon enter December, we have three more events this year, a luncheon meeting with Nokia and two "Christmassy" events, both with some tradition by now, the 13th Scandinavian Christmas Party and the 7th Christmas luncheon at our embassy.
Regarding the Christmas Party, I urge those members who plan to participate to sign up a.s.a.p., otherwise we will not have seats for you. Read more below!

The EBC White Paper was launched yesterday, where the shortcomings in the reform process in Japan was pointed out and many proposals for improvement were brought forward. As the EBC chairman Richard Collasse stressed, the EBC is continuously committed to support both the structural reforms and the Foreign Direct Investment policies of the Japanese Government.
For more about the White Paper, scroll down.

Thu. 1 December - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting

Heikki Tenhunen
At our next luncheon meeting on Thursday 1 December we will have Heikki Tenhunen, President of Nokia Japan Co., Ltd. as our speaker. The theme of his presentation will be around recent developments in the mobile communications market and Nokia's business globally and in Japan.


Date & Time:Thursday 1 December 12:00-1400
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Nara Room, B2F
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Tuesday 28 November

Heikki Tenhunen was born in 1959 and graduated from University of Oulu as Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1986. Before joining Nokia in 1993, Mr. Tenhunen worked for Polar Electro Oy, Kera Oy and Nokia-Mobira Oy.
He has held several positions at Nokia Mobile Phones and was appointed Vice President for the GSM1900 Product Line in 1997, and Vice President of Global PC Centre Management in 1999.
In March 2001 he moved to Japan and was Vice President of Nokia Japan Co.,Ltd. until July 2002 when he was appointed President. He will leave Japan towards the end of this year.

Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen at the door and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 23 January and "no-shows".

If you would like to attend and have not registered, please click link at right.
Fri. 9 December - Scandinavian Christmas Party

If you plan to participate at the 13th Scandinavian Christmas Party held at The Westin Tokyo on Friday 9 December and have not yet registered, you only have a few days left to make up your mind!
More than 90% of the seats are already taken, so please register as soon as possible, because we expect the event to be sold out.As of now we have 437 persons registered from the five chambers, the limit is 480.

The cost of participation is 17,000 yen per person. Note that all registrations should be made through the web site.

We are still recruiting sponsors for the party. Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable as it has been throughout the years. At present we have 48 sponsors, but only seven from FCCJ so there room for a major improvement from our side...

Note that only Gold and Silver sponsors are entitled to reserve full tables.
Wed. 14 December - 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:Wednesday, 14 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 Monay, 12 December

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 14 December and "no-shows".

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
Report from the EBC White Paper Launch

Richard Collasse speaking. Front right Finnish Ambassador designate Jorma Julin with ACCJ President Debbie Howard
Attended by over 260 representatives for European companies in Japan, Embassies, Chambers of Commerce, the press, representatives for Japanese ministries the EBC Report on the Japanese Business Environment - 2005; Key Moment for Reform , was launched at a luncheon on Thursday 24 November at the Westin Tokyo Hotel.

In his presentation of the report, the EBC Chairman Richard Collasse noted, that the main message in the white paper this year is that what is really necessary now is political leadership. The commitment to reform at the top is simply not shared among the ministries or agencies that substantiate and implement policies. That is the main reason for the slow pace of reform as we see it.

Collasse also said that we are not dancing the Fox Trot, always going forward-forward, but the Paso Doble, which for one step forward is two steps backwards.

Ambassador Bernhard Zepter, Head of Delegation of the European Commission to Japan, addresses the audience

If you want to order the White Paper, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Finnish government approves energy and climate strategy

Mauri Pekkarinen (centre), the Finnish trade and industry minister, told reporters Thursday that the state would buy a total of 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission rights in the 2008-2012 Kyoto period, leaving companies to pick up the bill for the estimated 8 million tonnes remaining. The government unveiled the energy and climate strategy on Thursday.

To ease the pain of extra annual costs of more than 170 million euros, the government is to slash the electricity tax in half, reducing corporate costs by some 100 million a year.

The government said it would invest in renewable energy sources, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The aim enshrined in the strategy is to increase the use of power derived from renewable sources by at least a quarter by 2015 and by at least 40 per cent by 2025.
Grin of the week

At the fortuneteller

A woman goes to visit a fortune teller. In a dark and hazy room, peering into a crystal ball, the mystic delivered grave news.

"There's no easy way to say this, so I'll just be blunt: Prepare yourself to be a widow. Your husband will die a violent and horrible death this year."

Visibly shaken, the woman stares at the fortune teller's lined face, then at the single flickering candle, then down at her hands.

She took a few deep breaths to compose herself. She simply had to know. She met the fortune teller's gaze, steadied her voice, and asked her question. "Will I be found guilty?"

Have a nice weekend!

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 600 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.