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  ISSUE 14/2008 27 June, 2008  

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

This is the last bulletin before the summer break. There will be no FCCJ events in July, the next is a Club Evening at Moomin Bakery & Café towards the end of August. I will confirm the date and other details in my next bulletin latter part of July.
The FCCJ office will be closed from Friday, 4th to Monday 14th of July. Note that this concerns also the Finland Village reservation office.

I wish you all a pleasant and relaxing summer!

Report from Luncheon Meeting on Wednesday 18 June
At the FCCJ Luncheon Meeting on Wednesday 18 June we had Mr. Yasushi Ozu, Country Head - Japan Sub Region of Nokia Siemens Networks Japan Corp. as our speaker.

Mr. Ozu's gave a very compelling and enlightening presentation themed "Nokia Siemens Networks - background, current activities and future plans in Japan". After giving an overview of the purpose for and logic behind the merger of Nokia's and Siemens' network businesses he pointed out the challenges for the industry. According to their estimates, 5 billion people will be connected by 2015, 4 billion wireless and 2 billion fixed (i.e. 1 billion will have both). One of the main challenges is that in the emerging, and most rapidly growing markets, the revenue per user is very low, e.g. in India only 3 USD whereas it in Japan is 50 USD per month.

In Japan, Nokia Siemens Networks aims at being the No. 1 foreign supplier. One means in achieving this is the recently announced cooperation with Panasonic Mobile Communications on LTE development to meet NTT DoCoMo specific requirements.

For more about the event, click link at right.
Friday 26 September - The 6th Annual America North - Europe Golf Challenge:
The Daimler & Chrysler Cup 2008

The 2008 Cup will be played on Friday 26 September at Atsugi Kokusai Country Club. There will be 144 players teaming up, 72 for the European Team and 72 for the North American. Note that Japanese members in the respective chambers are naturally most welcome.

The European team is almost fully booked already but we still accept 5-10 registrations as we expect some cancellations, but sign-up soon to ensure your place in the tournament!

Even if we expect the European side to do well on the course (we won last year), Europe is at the moment far behind in regard to number of sponsors. Of the current 24 sponsors, only 6 are European companies.
Therefore we hope that you would consider sponsoring the event to balance the numbers, and more importantly for you, to promote your company through this event, and its web site.
Your contribution could be either money or goods/services. Sponsorship starts from 40,000 yen (100,000 yen in goods services). For more details, see the web site.

For more information, and to sign up as sponsor or player, please click link below.

EBC White Paper 2008

This year, The European Business Council (EBC) will again produce English and Japanese white papers for release in early November. This will be the 9th in the series and thanks to the seven previous editions, the EBC is regarded both in Japan and Europe as the European industry authority on the Japanese business and investment environment.

However, as usual, this hallmark report cannot be produced without financial support to cover the costs of production, translation, printing and distribution. So once again, EBC is asking members to sponsor the publication as "Blue-Star Sponsors," "Special Sponsors" or "Sponsors" in return for visible acknowledgment in the 2 volumes and we will also place all sponsor logos on our website homepage for 12 months. Similar to last year, the EBC will also take advance orders for the white papers at 5,000 yen for one set (1 English and 1 Japanese version per set) to assist with cost-recovery. Companies placing advance orders will be listed in the white paper as "Supporters."

White Paper Sponsorship
  • Blue-Star Sponsorship 150,000 yen (or more if you wish) (Company name on a 2-name page)
  • Special Sponsorship: 100,000 yen (Company name on a 10-name page)
  • Sponsorship: 50,000 yen (Company name on a 20-name page)

    Purchase Price of White Papers (including postage):
  • 5,000 yen per set: 1 English copy and 1 Japanese copy

    A sponsorship reply form and an order reply form are attached below right. If you would like to support the white paper as either a sponsor and/or would like to order copies please print out the forms and return them to the EBC secretariat by fax (3263-6223) or by e-mail (ebc@gol.com)
    The EBC would appreciate your response by July 31.
  • Friday, 4 July - Public address by Vice-President of the European Commission organized by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
    Common challenges for the competitiveness of the EU and Japan

    In this conference, Mr. Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the European Commission, will share with the participants some general reflections about the major challenges both Europe and Japan are faced with. In particular, Mr. Verheugen will call for strengthened economic cooperation between the EU and Japan, insisting on their need to do more together to reinforce their competitiveness and to open their markets on a reciprocal basis.
    Mr. Verheugen's speech will be followed by Mr. Hisamitsu Arai, President & CEO of the Tokyo Small and Medium Business Investment & Consultation Co., Ltd., who will talk about how Japan and EU should face these challenges and cooperate to create an innovative society.

    Date & Time:Friday, 4 July, 13:15-14:15
    Venue: Palace Hotel , B-1 floor, Golden Room MAP
    Language:English/Japanese (simultaneous interpretation)

    For more details and registration, please click link at right.
    News from Finland

    Reliable weather information for Beijing Olympics with Vaisala weather observation equipment

    Reliable weather information plays a key role at Beijing Olympics. To provide accurate and versatile weather information to the organizers and athletes, the Beijing Meteorological Offices (Aviation Meteorological Office and Civil Meteorological Bureau) have upgraded their weather observation network in the metropolitan area with Vaisala equipment. New weather equipment has also been installed at the main stadium and other venues.

    Vaisala has provided weather observation systems also to four previous Olympic games; Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens and Tourin.

  • Press Release in English
  • Press Release in Japanese

  • Grin of the week

    Under The Table

    John and Mary were having dinner in a very fine restaurant. Their waitress, taking another order at a table a few paces away, noticed that John was ever so slowly sliding down his chair under the table while Mary acted unconcerned.

    Their waitress watched as John slid all the way down his chair and out of sight under the table. Still, Mary appeared calm and unruffled, apparently unaware that John had disappeared under the table.

    After the waitress finished taking the order, she came over to the table and said to the woman,

    "Pardon me, ma'am, but I think your husband just slid under the table."

    The woman calmly looked up and replied firmly, "Oh, no. He did not. In fact, he just walked in the front door."

    Have a nice weekend and
    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.