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  ISSUE 20/2010 27 September 2010  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

The main reason for this bulletin, early on a Monday (studies show, that the optimal time to send out this kind of mails is at 15:00 on Wednesday, then recipients are most receptive...) is to serve at a last call for our luncheon meeting on Wednesday!
If you have not yet signed up for this event, read more below and do so today!

But we also have another timely issue. Our Japan veteran in Finnish business on Aoyama dori has a new contribution in his column, this time titled "Gone Fishing...". Fairly easy to guess what it is about....
Click banner at right to read this very interesting column!

  Wednesday, 29 September - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
The Silver Market in Japan

At our luncheon meeting on Wednesday, 29 September the theme will be: Silver Market in Japan.

We will have two guest speakers: Dr. Florian Kohlbacher, Head of Business and Economics Section, German Institute for Japanese Studies and Jutta Immanen-Pöyry, Head of R&D Unit, Sendai-Finland Wellbeing Center.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 29 September , 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, Kensington Terrace (South Wing. 12F) [MAP]
Cost:6,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
Registration:by today, Monday, 27 September

Dr Kohlbacher's Profile
1978 Born in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany
1999 - 2003 Master's Degree in Commerce/ International Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration; Exchange student at Kobe University (2000 - 2001); various internships
2003 - 2004 Marketing Assistant, Schindler Lifts and Escalators Ltd., Vienna
2004 - 2006 Doctoral Degree in Commerce/ International Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration; Visiting researcher at Hitotsubashi University Tokyo as a Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Research Student (2005 - 2007); Part-time assignments with Schindler Elevator KK (2005) and Siemens KK (2006)
2007 - present Research fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo

Ms. Immanen-Pöyry's Profile
1954 Born in Valkeala, Finland
1978 Master of Sciences (Econ.), Turku School of Economics
1990 - 1994 Area Manager, Vaisala Ltd.
1995 - 2000 Sales Director, Vaisala Ltd.
2000 - 2002 Marketing Director, Medixine Ltd.,
2002 - 2006 Senior Consultant, Finpro
2006 - present Director, International Development Collaboration (IDC) at STAKES -> THL, Helsinki
Head of R&D Unit, Sendai-Finland Wellbeing Center, Japan

If you would like to attend, please sign-up by clicking link at right!

Thursday, 21 October - Joint Nordic Business Seminar organized by the SCCJ
Yoshio Ishizaka, Advisor, Toyota Motor Corporation
(former Toyota Motor Executive Vice President)

The Swedish Chamber invites membes of the other Nordic Chambers to this event with former Toyota Motor Vice President Yoshio Ishizaka. The title of his presentation is: "Advancing the Toyota Way".

Date & Time:Thursday, 21 October, 18:30 - 20:30
Venue: Embassy of Sweden, Auditorium [MAP]
Cost:5,000 yen (incl. light buffet with drinks after the presentation)
Registration:by Thursday, 14 October

Yoshio Ishizaka was born January 9, 1940 in Tokyo. He graduated from Hitotsubashi University in March 1963 with a degree in law and joined Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in March the following year.

Mr. Ishizaka's career has centered on overseas business. He served as senior vice president and chief coordinating officer of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) from 1986 to 1990, while working on the special project that became the Lexus Division. He then became general manager of TMCfs Europe Division in 1990. In that position he supervised accelerating efforts to build an integrated, local organization in Europe to support expanded manufacturing, marketing and product development.

Named to TMC's board of directors in 1992, Mr. Ishizaka returned to TMS (USA) to serve as president from 1996 to 1999. He returned to Japan in 1999, whereupon he was promoted to senior managing director in charge of overseas operations. In 2001, he became an executive vice president in charge of Toyota's overall overseas operations, and in 2005, he became senior advisor to the board. In June 2008, Mr. Ishizaka became an advisor.

Click link below for registration, directly with the Swedish Chamber.
Thursday, 7 October - BLCCJ Event
Delighting Customers in Japan IX

The Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan is pleased to invite you to the 9th edition of "Delighting Customers in Japan". This year, we are privileged to welcome 4 distinguished speakers who will share with us their strategies, experiences and insights regarding their businesses in Japan: Mr. Ray Bremner, Senior VP Northeast Asia, Unilever Japan; Mr. Frederic Lucron, General Manager Hilton Tokyo Bay, Mr. Naoto Muraoka, General Manager, External Affairs Div., Honda Motor Co,; and Mr. Tim van den Bossche, President Asia, AGFA Graphics.

Date & Time:Thursday, 7 October, 17.00-19:00
Venue: NYK Building, 15F, 2-3-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku [MAP]
Cost:5,000 yen (BLCCJ members), 6,000 yen (Non-members)
Registration:by Friday, 1 October

The seminar will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session, and by a networking cocktail from 19:00 onwards.

For more information and registration form, click link at right.
European Commission: IPR Enforcement Survey

After similar exercises in 2003 and 2006 (see here), the Commission launched today a new survey regarding IPR protection and enforcement in third countries, targeting in the first place EU companies established or operating in third countries (relevant from a EU trade policy perspective).

The survey can be accessed here.

It will close on 31 October 2010. The replies to this survey will be taken into acccount by DG TRADE in reviewing its priorities in that area. In particular, combined with other sources of input, it will enable the Commission to update its list of "priority countries" (cf. IPR Enforcement Report 2009).

In order to ensure representative conclusions, as many EU right holders (and Member States' officials) as possible should participate in this survey.

News from Finland

Finnish July housing construction rate jumps 72 pct

The rate of housing construction soared by some 72 per cent year-on-year in July, Statistics Finland said in a statement Friday.

"The strong growth was due to the exceptionally low volume of residential building construction in 2009," the agency said in a statement.

Bo Salmen, chief economist at the Confederation of Construction Industries, said he saw housing starts rising to up to 31,000 units this year from last year's 23,000.

But the Technical Research Centre (VTT), a government agency, said demand would continue to outstrip supply, particularly in the capital region.

VTT is expected to raise its annual housing demand estimate to 35,000 new flats and houses.

Grin of the Week

Dictionary for women (guys, read on, there's some good lessons for you...)

Argument (ar*gyou*ment) n. A discussion that occurs when you're right, but he just hasn't realized it yet.

Bar-be-que (bar*bi*q) n. You bought the groceries, washed the lettuce, chopped the tomatoes, diced the onions, marinated the meat and cleaned everything up, but, he, "made the dinner."

Blonde jokes (blond joks) n. Jokes that are short so men can understand them.

Diet Soda (dy*it so*da) n. A drink you buy at a convenience store to go with a half pound bag of peanut M&Ms.

Exercise (ex*er*siz) v. To walk up and down a mall, occasionally resting to make a purchase.

Grocery List (grow*ser*ee list) n. What you spend half an hour writing, then forget to take with you to the store.

Hardware Store (hard*war stor) n. Similar to a black hole in space-if he goes in, he isn't coming out anytime soon.

Valentine's Day (val*en*tinez dae) n. A day when you have dreams of a candlelight dinner, diamonds, and romance, but consider yourself lucky to get a card.
Have a good week and
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 650 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 62 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.