Dear !*SALUTATION*! !*LAST_NAME*!,
Finally, as the Swedes say..;-), the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake are over. But not only the Swedes leave the Games behind them with mixed feelings. Sometimes you feel that the Olympics nowadays are more a game between the athlete's doctors and the IOC Medical Committee, and corrupt judges, than between clean and honest atheletes. Something needs to be done to clean up this mess, but that's easier said than done, with all the money involved.
But let's tend to our businesses....
General Assembly 2001
Date & Time:||Tuesday, 19 March, 18.30 -21.00
Place: ||Embassy of Finland, Tokyo
Cost:||Free one representative per member, others 7,000 yen
The General Assembly will be followed by a Buffet Dinner, sponsored in part by Nippon Finnpap Ltd.
and AvestaPolarit Japan K.K.
Date & Time:||Monday, 4 March 18:00-20:00
Place: ||Nippon Finnpap Conference Room 7 Fl. |
1-1-2, Moto-Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo MAP
Cost:||5,000 yen (incl. light meal)
To give you an insight in the Japanese taxation, and some valuable tips for your tax return, FCCJ organizes the second tax seminar were Mr. Yoshinori Sano, Certified Public Accountant, FCCJ member and well known among the Finnish business community, is our expert on these issues.
Classification by resident status
Tax convention (treaty)
Deductions from income/tax table
Local inhabitant tax
Quasi-income tax return
Q & A
If you want to participate and have not yet registered, do so by clicking link at right, no later than tomorrow, Wed. 27 February.
FCCJ and Swedish Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Japan have decided to organize bi-annual golf competitions between members of the two Chambers. We are invited to the SCCJ Spring Golf Cup, and we will invite the Swedish Chamber to our FCCJ Golf Cup in the Autumn. We will play for a cup donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.
Here are the details for the first Golf Challenge:
Date & Time:||Friday, 12 April
Place: ||Tamatsukuri Golf Club , Nejiki Course, Ibaraki Pref. MAP
Cost:||ca. 18,000 yen (incl. play-fee, caddie, lunch and party fee)|
Bus fee, ca. 4,000 yen, is excluded
As the number of participants is limited, please register as soon as possible by clicking link at right.
Note that due to the rules of the competition, this invitation applies only to FCCJ members (incl. employees at member companies).
Guest Speaker: Mr. Kiyotaka Sasaki, Director for International Financial Issues, International Organizations Division, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance
Date & Time:||Tuesday, 19 March, 12:00-14:00
Place: ||Tokyo American Club, 4F|
2-1-2, Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
The Japanese Government has been making a sustained and diligent effort to cooperate with the global campaign against terrorist financing and money laundering. Mr. Sasaki will provide information on asset freezing of terrorist organizations under the Foreign Exchange Act as well as on-site inspections for compliance to the Act. He will brief on new legislation that MOF is drafting to further combat terrorist financing that will include more effective asset freezing.
Mr. Sasaki's presentation will be in English and to be followed by a Q&A session
For more about the luncheon, and registration form, click link at right.
The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan, in cooperation with the Canadian Chamber, organizes a presentation on the above theme by Mr. Richard Jerram and Mr. James Fiorillo, ING Baring Securities (Japan) Ltd.
Date & Time:||Thursday, 7 March, 18:30-20:00
Place: ||The theatre of the Canadian Embassy MAP |
7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Richard Jerram has been Chief Economist at ING Barings Securities (Japan) Ltd since 1996. He has been analyzing the Japanese economy since before the bubble, including a period at the Economist Intelligence Unit. Mr. Jerram has a BSc (Economics) from University College London and an MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics, where he has also taught.
Mr. Fiorillo is Director, Senior Analyst and head of the Financial Instutions Group at ING Barings. He joined ING Barings in 1993 after working at the Bank of New York here in Tokyo. Prior to that he worked at Salomon Brothers in New York. Mr. Fiorillo has an MBA from the IUJ/Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA in Finance and Investment from Baruch College NYC.
For more about the event, and registration form, click link at right.
Date & Time:||Wednesday, 20 March, 12:00-14:00
Place: ||International House of Japan MAP |
5-11-6 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Gerald L. Curtis is Burgess Professor of Political Science and former Director of the East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Currently on leave from Columbia University, he is Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo. He is the author of numerous books and articles in English and Japanese on Japan and on United States' relations with Japan and policy in East Asia. His most recent book, The Logic of Japanese Politics, draws on his intimate knowledge of the personalities that have dominated Japan's political landscape for the past thirty years.
For more about the luncheon, and registration form, click link at right.
The recently completed the JOHOGEN directory, 6th edition, is now available. The 200+ pages directory has been expanded from the last version to include new chapters, new entries and many other updates. The following chapters are included:
Sources of the mobile & wireless industry
Market and industry
Science and technology
Information on the government of Japan
Law, Patent and other IP information
Exhibitions and business seminars
Labour and employment information
Database and multimedia services
Libraries in Japan
Working with the Japanese language
The directory is free, you only have to send 600 yen value of stamps for postage.
For more information and order sheet, click link at right.
Euro not guilty
The entry of the euro on January 1 barely affected prices but they did turn sharply upwards from the month before, Statistics Finland reported. SF attributed most of the rise to dearer groceries. Its revised price index put the annual inflation rate for January at 2.3 %, compared with 1.8 % in January.
From the end of this week the 19th century markka will cease to be legal tender, though most banks will swap the old currency for euros until the end of this year.
Whilst the switch was generally said to have gone smoothly, retailers said sales of clothes and household and leisure goods fell by 3.3 % in January as buyers hesitated over price tags in the new currency.
SF said retail sales expanded by 2.6 % in December from a year before. Department stores gained most, increasing sales by 5.8 %, whilst grocers gained 3 %. But the overall figures were tarnished by flagging car sales.
Riding a dead horse... Buying a stronger whip.
Appointing a committee to study the horse.
Arranging to visit other countries to see how others ride
Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the
dead horse's performance.
Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would
Re-writing the expected performance requirements for all
Promoting the dead horse to a management position.
Changing the name of the computer (oops, horse)
The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.
Modern organizations often employ a whole range of far more advanced strategies, such as:
I wish you a good week, and for sports freaks, one with more sleep...
... and if I was a bit naughty at the Swedes in the beginning of this bulletin, that's just a psycological build-up for our Golf Challenge...
Clas G. Bystedt
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