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27 MARCH, 2001  


Busy times this week as most Japanese companies are closing their books end of this month. Not to mention all the Hanami parties you have to attend (?). But in case you have too much sake, don't fall asleep under the cherry trees, the nights are still cold...

FCCJ Annual General Assembly
The FCCJ Annual General Assembly will be held on Friday 30 March at 16.30 at the Embassy of Finland. The meeting will be followed by a buffet reception partly sponsored by Vaisala K.K. and Nippon Finnap Ltd. at 18.00.

53 parictpants have already registered, if you would like to you join, and have not yet register, please do it within today by clicking the link to the right. Please indicate if you ONLY participate in meeting or party.

April Luncheon Meeting
Out April meeting will be held on Friday 27 April at 12:00 at Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Nikko Room. Our guest speakers will be Mr. Pekka Rauhala, CEO and Mr.Yuichiro Takagawa, COO from Sonera Japan K.K. and their theme is "New Keitai Life".

Sonera, which is one of the leading European telecom operators, established their office in Japan last autumn. To find our more about Sonera, click their logo above.

From other Chambers

  • SCCJ Business Luncheon: "TOSHIBA and the challenges of further globalization"
    SCCJ is pleased to offer you an opportunity to listen directly to Mr. Taizo Nishimuro, Chairman of the Board, Toshiba Corporation.

    He has shown the great leadership to transform Giant Company "TOSHIBA" for 21 century. The speech subject - "TOSHIBA and the challenges of further globalization" indicates that we can learn the future direction of "TOSHIBA"

    Date: Friday, April 6th, 2001
    Time: 12:00 - 14:00
    Venue: International House 5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    Map available upon request.
    Fee: JPY 6,000
    Register directly to SCCJ, no later than 3th of April, by clicking link to the right.
  • DCCJ Workshop: "How to Run a Company in Japan"
    The Danish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (DCCJ) organizes a group workshop and business luncheon on the theme how to run a company in Japan.
    Date: Thursday, April 19, 2001
    Time: 09:00 - 13:00
    Venue: Tokyo American Club, 2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    Fee: JPY 8,000
    Moderator: Mr. Bradley S. Berning, Arthur Andersen
    Register, no later than 5th of April, by clicking link to the right.
  • Joint Chamber Seminar: Revisions of the Commercial Code
    The Japanese government is undertaking major revisions of the Commercial Code to modernize the legal environment in response to the changing international business environment. Reform of the Code is centered around five key points: facilitating speedy and flexible decision-making, expanding firms' choice of management systems, strengthening market monitoring of public companies, diversifying capital for private companies, and adopting information technology-related measures. While the government aims to increase the competitiveness of Japanese firms and revitalize the economy, appropriate revision of the Code to strengthen corporate governance and improve transaction mechanics will also further open up the environment for foreign direct investment in Japan.

    Tony Zaloom, Chairman of the Commercial Code Task Force of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and a partner with Mori Sogo Law Office, and Jonathan Kushner, the ACCJ's Director of Policy Affairs, will describe the ACCJ's activities in this area and provide some important insight on the Commercial Code reform process.

    Date: Monday, April 16
    Time: 18:30-20:00
    Place: Canadian Embassy 4F
    Cost: Members 3,000
    Snacks and beverages will be available.
    If you are intereseted in the event, please register by 10 April by clicking the link to the right.

ETP - Executive Training Programme
The European Commission will be accpeting applications for its Executive Training Programme in Japan (ETP-21). The ETP Japan is an 18-month total-immersion programme designed to develop the skills necessary for European executives to be able to operate successfully in the Japanese market.

The ETP Japan programme enables executives to acquire an understanding of the complexities of the Japanese business world through language training, university seminars and on-the-job experience at Japanese companies.

Sponsored by their current company and with Euro 120,000 in financial support from the EC, candidates will be relocated to Japan to take part in a 12 month intensive language course followed by a 6 month placement in one or more Japanese firms. Applicatns are expected to be between 25 and 37 years of age.

Appilcations must be received before 1 August 2001, for information, click link to the right.


News from Finland
HEX mood brightens
Despite the pasting the stock market has taken over the past few months, some optimism seems to be returning among professional investors.

According to a poll by Kauppalehti Saldo and the Finnish stock market foundation, 52 % of the pros expect the market to rise over the next six months, whilst 96 % said there would be an upturn over the year. In contrast, 31 pct foresee no change in six months and 17 % are bracing for further falls.

For more news, click link to the right.

Grin of the Week
Looking for a job...
A man went to apply for a job. After filling out all of his applications, he waited anxiously for the outcome. The employer read his applications and said, "We have an opening for people like you."
"Oh, great," he said, "What is it?"
"It's called the door!"

That's all for now, hope to see you on Friday at our AGA!

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 220 persons among its members and related organizations.
FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchage between Japan and Finland and has today 72 corporate members.