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  ISSUE 8/2008 27 March, 2008  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Finally we have some warmer weather in Japan, appropriately for the hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season. It is nicer to celebrate the arrival of spring under the cherry trees if you don't have to use kerosene heaters...
Unfortunately Finland got a takatalvi (back winter) with much snow and cold weather. But suppose in Finland we are used to celebrate spring indoors anyhow... until we get to Vappu (May Day).

A note to our members: In the events listed below does not include the FCCJ Annual General Assembly held at the Embassy of Finland on Thursday 3 April at 17:00, due to the fact that it is "sold out". As the Assembly s followed by a seated dinner we have to restrict the number of participants to 42 and we have already reached that number. But if you would like to attend the assembly only, you could still register.

Friday, 11 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden - Finland Golf Challenge 2008

The 12th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Swedish and the Finnish Chambers), the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday 11 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K. Members of the Finnish Chamber will also play for the FCCJ Cup and the Swedish Chamber for their Spring Golf Cup.

Date & Time:Friday, 11 April 2008 (start from no. 1 and 10, first tee-off at 10:02)
Venue: Taiheiyo Club Ichihara Course
151 Okuno, Ichihara-shi, Chiba 290-0513 MAP
Cost:15,925 yen (incl. green fee, lunch with one drink and party after play) to be settled directly to the club
Registration:by Friday, 4 April, by enclosed form or mailing  mailing me 
(note: remember to give your HCP)

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
We have already 23 players signed up from FCCJ, but there's still room for a few more.
Wednesday, 16 April - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Ms. Suvi Lindén, Minister of Communications of Finland

At our next luncheon meeting, held on Wednesday 16 April, we will have a prominent guest speaker, Ms. Suvi Lindén, Minister of Communications of Finland. Minister Lindén is accompanied to Tokyo by a business delegation and will, in addition to having high-level meetings, attend a Japan - Finland Business Seminar and Networking Luncheon on 15 April.
The theme of Minister Lindén's presentation is: "The Finnish Information Society Policy - Objectives and Challenges from the Public Policy View".

Date & Time:Wednesday, 16 April, 12.00-13:45
Venue: Hotel Okura, South Wing 12F, Kensington Terrace
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday, 14 April
Profile of Minister Lindén
Minister of Communications, 19 April 2007 to present
Master of Arts, Member of Parliament
National Coalition Party
Date and place of birth: 19 April 1962, Helsinki
Place of residence: Oulu
Minister of Culture, 15 April 1999 to 5 June 2002
Women's Federation of the National Coalition Party, Vice Chair 1998-1999
National Coalition Party, Member of the party's Board of Directors 1992-1995
National Coalition Party in North Ostrobothnia, Chair 1992-1995
Member of Parliament 1995 to present

If you like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link below.
Friday, 18 April - CCIFJ and EBC Lunch Conference
What European Companies Think about Europe?

Guest speaker: Mr. Ernest Antoine Seillière
President of BusinessEurope, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Wendel Group

Mr. Seillière would describe the European companies' position on the European construction process: governance, single market, euro, central bank, enlargement etc., with a particular focus on the reforms (Lisbon Agenda), the environment and energy policy, and the trade and monetary issues. He would also touch the social problems and try to give a feeling of the global European competitiveness.

Ernest-Antoine Seillière is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Wendel Group. He also acted as President of the MEDEF (French Business Confederation) from 1997 until 2005, when he undertook the post of President of the European Business Confederation, BusinessEurope, a position he has occupied to this day. As well as Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of both Wendel Group and Oranje-Nassau Groep, Ernest-Antoine Seilliere is also a member of the Supervisory Boards of Bureau Veritas, Editis Holding, Peugeot SA and Hermes International.

Date & Time:Friday, 18 April 12:00 - 14:00
Venue: Hotel Hyatt Regency, 27th floor, Excellence Room
2-7-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo MAP
Cost:7,500 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:Monday, 14 April

Please click link below for registration form.
Recruitment of Candidates for ETP Japan and ETP Korea

European Business Council (EBC) is serving as the official helpdesk in Japan for the European Commission's Executive Training Programme: ETP Japan/ETP Korea 2009-10.

This is a great opportunity to train one of your company's European executives for one of these markets in a short time with the substantial financial support from the European Commission of 24,000 Euros and the prestigious education programme provided free of charge.

This programme is open to all European nationals who are working for companies of the 27 EU Member States. Participants applying from Japan can be drawn from the company's employees already based in Japan.

Features of the program:
  • The overall programme is 12 months.
  • The participants remain largely based in their companies for the first 3 months of language and business culture training, which is conducted by distance education and only requires time off to join short intensive- immersion training sessions at three prestigious universities in Europe.
  • The next 6-month period of intensive language and business culture training is spent at: Waseda University in Tokyo or Yonsei University in Seoul
  • The remaining 3-month period is spent as an intern in Japanese or Korean companies.
  • During the 3-month internship in Japan or Korea, the participant will prepare a strategic business plan for his/her EU employer.

    Please refer to the attached PDF brochure and leaflet for information.
    Information is also available on the new ETP website at http://www.etp.org/

    Key Dates
  • The deadline for application to the programmes is September 30, 2008.
  • Selection of candidates will take place in October-November 2008
  • ETP Japan and ETP Korea will start in March 2009 and end in March 2010.

    The EBC will hold information evenings in the coming months with the opportunity for interested candidates and their employers to meet with former European participants in the programme (dates and details to be announced).

    Information and Assistance
    Alison Murray, Executive Director, European Business Council in Japan (EBC)
    Tel: 03-3263-6225; Fax: 03-3263-6223    E-mail: ebcam@gol.com
    Need staff or intern?

    Below information in their own words on two persons looking for job/internship in Japan. Your you are interested to know more, either contact the candidates directly by clicking respective link, or contact me. I have a CV of the second candidate.

    Finnish-Japanese male looking for work

    I have now been living in Helsinki for about. 5 years working for co-operatate travel agency for Helsingin Laatumatkat OY which is affiliated company of Japan Travel Bureau.

    Due to private reason, I will be returning to Japan latest in September of this year and will be looking for my new challenge in Japan possibly and hopefully in Finnish-Japanese community.

    My mother is Finnish and father is Japanese and I have been brought up in Japan having education background both in Japan and England and working experience both in Japan and Finland.

    I have mainly working experience in sales and customer service field in travel industry of both incoming and outgoing business. I have also working experience in Embassy of Japan in Finland and working training experience at Helsinki city tourist bureau.

    I am fluent both written and spoken in English and Finnish and Japanese are my native and mother languages and I have strong connections with Japanese societies in Finland.

    26 year old Finnish female looking for internship

    I am looking for a job in Tokyo starting in September 2008 or later for about a year. I will graduate with an LL.M degree from the University of Helsinki in June. I am currently revising my Thesis about the interrelationship between brands and trademarks. I will move to Tokyo in the Autumn with my boyfriend who will study at Waseda University.

    I am currently studying Business as a Nordplus exchange student at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. I have also previously studied Business in Vrije Universiteit Brussel as an Erasmus exchange student.

    In my studies I have concentrated on Finnish and European Union Commercial Law. In the field of Business I have mainly taken Management courses. I am however interested in widening my knowledge also of other areas of law and business. During my studies I have among others worked at a management consultancy, Finland's Ministry of Justice and an attorney's office. I am also interested in internship opportunities in Tokyo.

    News from Finland

    Etla cuts Finnish 2008 GDP growth forecast

    The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Etla) on Wednesday cut its 2008 Finnish gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast to 2.7 per cent from the three per cent it had predicted last autumn.

    Etla said export demand would remain strong while the increasing household debt-to-equity ratio and rising interest rates applied the brakes on domestic demand.

    The thinktank added it saw the Finnish economy growing at three per cent next year, an upgrade of half a point from its previous outlook.

    Etla expects Finland's inflation rate to accelerate to 3.2 per cent this year and to ease to 1.8 per cent by next year.

    Grins of the week


    Mr. Baldwin, the biology teacher called on Mary, "Can you tell me the part of the body that, under the right conditions, expands to six times it's normal size, and state the conditions."

    Mary gasped and said in a huff, "Why, Mr. Baldwin! That is an inappropriate question and my parents are going to hear of it when I get home!"
    She sat down, red-faced.

    "Susan, can you tell me the answer?" asked Mr. Baldwin.
    "The pupil of the eye, under dark conditions," said Susan.

    "Correct. Now Mary, I have three things to say to you. First, you have not studied your lesson. Second, you have a dirty mind. And third, boy are you going to be disappointed someday!"

  • Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt
    If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
    send it to: fccj@gol.com

    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 64 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.